Defending champions Mumbai Maharathi produced a dominant performance to overpower UP Dangal 5-2 in a Pro Wrestling League (PWL) contest at the KD Jadhav Stadium here on Saturday.
It was the first victory for Mumbai this season as they they had lost their first two ties. They have now climbed to the second spot on the PWL table with two points from three ties — two points behind joint leaders Haryana Hammers and Jaipur Ninjas.
UP, on the other hand, suffered their second loss in as many ties.
The opening bout of the tie saw an upset of sorts with Mumbai’s Pritam staging a comeback win over former Asian champion Amit Dhankar of UP in the men’s 70 kilogram category.
The bout was tied 3-3, but Pritam was awarded the win by virtue of having scored last.
Mumbai skipper Erica Wiebe doubled the team’s lead with a 4-0 win over UP’s Belarussian star Maria Mamashuk in the women’s 75kg category.
Carolina Castillo Hidalgo then extended Mumbai’s lead with a 4-1 verdict over Elisa Yankova in the women’s 48kg category.
Andrey Kviatkovski reduced the gap for UP by defeating Mumbai’s promising youngster Vikas in a nailbiting bout in the men’s 65kg division.
But Sarita ensured that Mumbai won the tie with a 9-1 victory over Manisha in the women’s 58kg category.
Rio Olympics bronze medallist Jabrayil Hasanov of Azerbaijan extended Mumbai’s lead to 5-1 by defeating UP’s Tariel Gaprindashvili 3-1.
Former Asian champion and 2013 World Championships silver medallist Amit Dahiya provided some consolation for UP fans towards the end by clinching a 3-2 win over Mumbai’s Rahul Aware in a hard fought bout in the men’s 57kg division.