India’s Sunil Kumar gave good account of himself but still lost out on gold medal on the day 1 of UWW Rome Ranking Series event. Sunil was up against the UWW Greco-Roman wrestler of the year Victor Lorincz of Hungary in the finals of the 87kg. Coming into the Matteo Pellicone, LORINCZ already owned a 5 ranking series title and undefeated record in the ranking events. The 2019 Greco-Roman Wrestler of the Year defeated Sunil to capture his sixth career Ranking Series title on Wednesday night in the Roman seaside town of Ostia.
“I am very happy to win this tournament. I want to continue this very good series for me. I want to win the last two qualifications (European Championships and Poland Open) because it helps my seed for the Olympic Games,” said Lorincz.
Though Sunil lost out in the finals but he should be satisfied with his performance as he had downed 3 time Pan American Champion Avendano Rojas Eduardo of Venezuela to make it to the finals. Earlier he scored victory over Patrick Anthony Martinez of USA in the quarterfinals.
Other than Sunil, two more Indians had a chance to win medals on the day 1 but both Sachin Rana (60kg) and Ashu (67kg) lost their bronze medal bouts. Sachin went down to Firuz Tukhtaev of Uzbekistan 0-9. Ashu who scored some brilliant comeback victories in the morning session to make a bronze medal round lost tamely to Qiye Tian of China 0-9.
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Results all Medal Bouts
GOLD – Dogus AYAZCI (TUR)
SILVER – Max NOWRY (USA)
BRONZE – Andrii SEMENCHUK (UKR)
GOLD – Islomjon BAKHRAMOV (UZB) vs. Sailike WALIHAN (CHN)
BRONZE – Erbatu TUO (CHN) vs. Kerem KAMAL (TUR), 7-1
BRONZE – Firuz TUKHTAEV (UZB) df. Sachin RANA (IND), 9-0
GOLD – Andres Roberto MONTANO ARROYO (ECU)
SILVER – Stig-Andre BERGE (NOR)
BRONZE – Erik TORBA (HUN)
GOLD – Makhmud BAKHSHILLOEV (UZB) df. Abouhalima ABOUHALIMA (EGY), 3-2
BRONZE – Qiye TIAN (CHN) df. Ashu ASHU (IND), 9-0
BRONZE – Anthony PALENCIA PUENTES (VEN) df. Ruben MARVICE (ITA), 10-1
GOLD – Viktor LORINCZ (HUN) df. Kumar SUNIL (IND), 2-1
BRONZE – Ali CENGIZ (TUR) df. Josef Patrick RAU (USA), 9-0
BRONZE – Luis Eduardo AVENDANO ROJAS (VEN) df. Patrick Anthony MARTINEZ (USA), 4-1
GOLD – Nikoloz KAKHELASHVILI (ITA)df. Felix BALDAUF (NOR), 5-4
BRONZE – Mélonin NOUMONVI (FRA) df. Matti Elias KUOSMANEN (FIN), 3-2
BRONZE – Gangelo HANCOCK (USA) df. Semen NOVIKOV (UKR), 10-0
GOLD – Abdellatif MOHAMED (EGY) vdf Moises PEREZ HELLBURG (VEN), via fall (4:37)
BRONZE – Lingzhe MENG (CHN) df. Adam Jacob COON (USA), 4-2
BRONZE – Muminjon ABDULLAEV (UZB) df. Oskar MARVIK (NOR), 3-3