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Wrestlers fight it out in two-day state meet

- 120 try their luck in Dhanbad, final today

Dhanbad, Oct. 13: Wrestlers from Ranchi, Palamau, Garhwa, Ramgarh, Lohardaga, Khunti, Bokaro and Jharkhand police made their units proud by winning the first bout of the Jharkhand Wrestling Championship that kicked off in the coal capital today.

The two-day event, which will see more than 120 wrestlers showing their skills on the mat during its course, was inaugurated by state land and revenue minister Mathura Prasad Mahto in the presence of Dhanbad DC Prashant Kumar at the district ground.

During the day’s events today, Raju Munda (Ranchi), Vikas Kumar (Chatra), Deepak Kumar (Garhwa) and Vijay Kumar (Khunti) booked semi-final berths in the 40kg category by defeating their opponents, while Sanju Kumar (Ranchi), Sachin Oraon (Lohardagga), Avinash Kumar (Ranchi) and Sunil Kumar (Bokaro) made it to the last four in the 45kg category.

The 50kg category, however, saw Hemant Gurung (Ranchi), Vikas Kumar (Palamu), Sunil Kumar (Khunti) and Anuj Kumar (Bokaro) prevailing of their opponents to move to the semi-final round. The 55kg on the other hand saw Bablu Kumar (Ranchi), Sunder Kumar (Lohardagga), Shant Bahadur (Ramgarh) and Kishore Kumar (Garhwa) advancing.

Chand Bahadur (Garhwa), Vijay Gurung (Ranchi), Manish Kumar (Jharkhand police) and Chintu Kumar (Bokaro) survived their bouts in the 60kg category to stay in contention for a medal while Ajit Kumar (Ranchi), Indra Bahadur (Jharkhand police), A. Gurung (Ramgarh) and Nawal Verma (Jharkhand police) shone in the 65kg category to move into the last four.

The semi-final matches were scheduled to take place later in the evening today with the final being played out tomorrow.