India U-15 wrestlers wrapped up the Under-15 Asian Wrestling Championships with 28 medals, including 13 gold, in Taichung. On the ultimate day of the championship, the Indian grapplers showed some great resilience to book four gold medals to ensure that India finished on top of the team rankings in freestyle for the first time. Indian women wrestlers were no different as they continued their magic on the final day to contribute three silver medals to the tally.
The proceedings of the final day were led by Deepak Chahal, 2019 Cadet World Championships bronze medalist, won the gold in 75kg weight category. His performance gave the confidence to Vishal Sagar Jalan and Jatin who won the gold in 62kg, 68 kg and 85 respectively.
Sagar’s performance was the highlight of the evening as at one stage he was trailing 1-6 against Bexultanov Yerkhan of Kazakhstan. As soon as the fight started, Kazakhstan wrestler Bexulatnav dominated Sagar with his agility and took six points lead, while Sagar could milk just one point.
However, when comeback for Sagar looked almost impossible the young lad from Haryana changed the course of the game in the last 27 seconds. Sagar used his favourite move to secure six points and to win the contest with a margin of 7-6. India took the top spot in the team standings for freestyle category with 225 points followed by Kazakhstan and Japan respectively.
India enjoyed a fair amount of success in the Greco-Roman style, as well as the grapplers, added one gold and two silver on the last day. Harsh was the one who ended the day on a high with yellow metal in the 44 kg category. India with 204 points stood behind Kazakhstan who topped the Greco-Roman standing with 230 points.
In the women’s division Komal (42kg), Sheetal (46kg) and Dhanshri Fand (50kg) added three silver medals to the tally. India was second in the standing in girls category with 212 points, 13 points less than leader Japan.