World Wrestling Championships: Ravinder falls short in bronze medal bout

The Indian wrestler lost by technical superiority (0-10) in the bronze medal match of the men’s 61kg freestyle.

By Naveen Peter
Picture by United World Wrestling / Martin Gabor

India’s Ravinder suffered a 0-10 loss on technical superiority to Arsen Harutyunyan of Armenia in the bronze medal bout of the men’s 61kg freestyle category at the World Wrestling Championships 2021 in Oslo, Norway on Sunday.

Having made the medal round through the repechage route, the Indian wrestler couldn’t make the most of the opportunity as the former European champion Arsen Harutyunyan wrapped up the match in under two minutes.

Earlier, Ravinder showcased some top-draw wrestling in the first bout of the repechage round at the Jordal Amfi.

Facing Bulgaria’s Georgi Vangelov, a wrestler who finished fifth at the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics, Ravinder looked to be heading towards a heavy defeat before turning the tables on his opponent to pin him and seal a place in the medal bout.

Meanwhile, the other Indian wrestlers who took the mat on Sunday couldn’t go past the Round of 16 at the Oslo Worlds.

In the 57kg freestyle category, Pankaj began with a 4-3 win over Levan Vartanov of Spain but was on the receiving end of a 0-10 loss on technical superiority against Turkey’s Süleyman Atlı, a two-time World Championships medallist.

Indian wrestler Rohit lost 4-5 to the reigning European champion, Zagir Shakhiev of the Russian Wrestling Federation, in the men’s 65kg freestyle segment. He had earlier eased past Sri Lanka’s Charles Fernando 11-0.

Gourav Baliyan, meanwhile, was ousted from the men’s 79kg freestyle category in the opening round following a 0-10 loss on technical superiority against Mongolia’s Bat Erdene Byambasuren.

In the men’s 92kg freestyle segment, Pruthviraj Patil lost to Osman Nurmagomedov 0-10 to bow out from the round of 16. Pruthviraj got a first round bye.