No one had heard much about 18 year old Ashu before the Indian team trials last week. He surprised everyone as he won the trials by overpowering many establish names to make it to the senior Indian team for the first time in the 67kg category. On the opening day, Ashu proved that wins in the trials were no flash in the pan as he won his opening round against Senior Asian Medallist Mirzobek Rakhmatov after being down 7-0.
The 2017 World Cadet Runner-up was up against experienced Rakhmatov of Uzbekistan. No one gave Indian any chance against the Uzbek especially when his other more established team-mates were falling by way-side. But the Indian champion made a most amazing comeback to score 11 consecutive points to settle the bout in his favor.
Earlier India had started on a disappointing note as both Naveen and Gyanender lost their opening rounds bouts to the Chinese opponents.
60 Kg – Erbatu Tuo (China) vs Gyanender (India)
Gyanender was up against the 2019 Asian Champion Erbatu Tuo of China. The Indian national champion in 60kg took the first point of the bout but Chinese came back strongly to take 5-1 lead. Gyanender tried making a comeback as he reduced the deficit to 3-5 but Chinese managed to hold his slender lead to win the bout 5-3.
130kg Qualification: Lingzhe MENG (CHN) bt Naveen (IND) by 7-0
Earlier India started on a disappointing note as Naveen lost out his opening round bout in the 130kg Greco-Roman category. Naveen was drawn to play Lingzhe Meng of China in the opener. Former Asian Junior runner-up Meng did not gave any chance to Naveen and won the bout 7-0.