Haryana Hammers continued their winning streak, overpowering Jaipur Ninjas 5-2 to enter the semifinals of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) at the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium here on Saturday.
Haryana are now at the top of the PWL table with eight points having won all the four ties they have played so far.
Jaipurhad already qualified for the last four stage. Punjab Royals and Mumbai Maharathi, who have played four and five ties respectively, are also in the semi-finals with with six points each.
Haryana took the early lead when reigning world champion Magomed Kurbanaliev trounced Jaipur’s Vinod Kumar 12-0 in a rather one-sided contest in the men’s 70kg bout. Jenny restored parity for Jaipur with a 3-0 win over Haryana’s in the women’s 75kg category.
Former world champion Abdusalam Gadisov handed the lead back to Haryana, outclassing Jaipur’s Rubaljit Singh Rangi by technical superiority in the men’s 97kg division. Jaipur equalised once again as Georgian star Jakob Makarashvili edged out Haryana’s Sumit Sehrawat 3-0 in the men’s 74kg category.
Sandeep Tomar handed the tie to Haryana when he edged out Utkarsh Kale 5-3 in a pulsating contest in the men’s 57kg category.
Rio Olympics bronze medallist Marwa Amri finished things off in style for Haryana, defeating Jaipur’s Pooja Dhanda by fall.