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Olympic Medalist Yuliya Ratkevich joins Bengaluru Yodhas

Bengaluru Yodhas have replaced swedish wrestler Johanna Mattsson with Azerbaijan's Yuliya Ratkevich owing to an injury that the Swede is yet to recover from. The Pro Wrestling League will begin on the 10th of December with the Yodhas facing the Haryana Hammers on the 11th of December in their opening fixture at Delhi's KD Jadhav Stadium.

Ratkevich, born in Belarus but representing Azerbaijan internationally, is one of the most decorated wrestlers to be part of the PWL. The 30-year-old will compete for the Bengaluru-franchise in the 58-kg category.


JSW launch wrestling team Bengaluru Yodhas

The JSW Group, on Saturday, launched the Bengaluru franchise of the Pro Wrestling League, christening it Bengaluru Yodhas. The name along with the team crest was unveiled at a press conference addressed by JSW Sports CEO Mustafa Ghouse.

Bronze medallist at the 2015 World Wrestling Championship, Narsingh Yadav, the Yodhas' icon player was also present at the launch and was joined by Bajrang Punia, Sandeep Tomar, Lalita Sehrawat and Navjot Kaur who are all on the Yodhas roster. The team also has acquired the services of four foreigners in Ukraine's Pavlo Oliynik, Georgia's Davit Modzmanashvili, USA's Alyssa Lampe and Sweden's Johanna Mattsson. Bengaluru Yodhas will be coached by Kuldeep Malik, one of India's renowned wrestling coaches who also serves as the chief coach of the Indian men's freestyle wrestling team.


Narsingh Yadav wins bronze at World Wrestling Championships

Narsingh Yadav, the 74-kg category wrestler won the bronze medal at  World Wrestling Championships 2015 on Saturday night at the Orleans Arena, Las Vegas. Narsingh defeated France's Zelimkhan Khadjiev in the bronze-medal match after effecting a stunning comeback. With this win, Narsingh also booked his Olympic berth at Rio 2016.

Narsingh began the bronze-medal bout strongly, executing two take-downs on his way to a 4-2 lead. Khadjiev began in rather slow fashion but gradually fought back. In the second period, the French wrestler picked up the pace with three quick take-downs sending him into a massive 12-4 lead. 


Heartbreak for Bajrang Punia at World Wrestling Championship

Bajrang Punia, the 61-kg Indian wrestler, suffered heartbreak in the bronze medal match against Vasyl Shuptar of Ukraine losing the match on a Judges Verdict after the scores were tied at 6-6 at the World Wrestling Championship, Las Vegas.

21-year-old Bajrang had earlier defeated USA's Reece Humphrey in convincing fashion (6-0) and 2015 European silver medallist Beka Lomtadze of Georgia (13-6) in the repechage round in an authoritative display to set up the bronze medal match against Shuptar. 


Geeta Phogat's run at World Wrestling Championship ends

Geeta Phogat went down in the repechage round of the 58-kg category at the 2015 World Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas on Friday morning. The Indian wrestler lost 10-0 (technical superiority) to Turkish wrestler Elif Yesilirmak in the repechage round.

Earlier, the 26-year-old had been drawn to face nine-time World Champion Kaori Icho in the first round of qualifying in the 58-kg category. In what was always going to be an uphill task, Geeta seemed to have begun in confident fashion, not allowing Icho any clear openings in the first 45 seconds. She even managed to get her hands around the Japanese's waist but Icho was quick to break out of the lock. Over the next 30 seconds, Icho's potent double-leg attack helped her garner 10 points, ending up as the victor by virtue of technical superiority.


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