Vasilisa Marzaluik helped Veer Marathas inch closer to a semifinal berth by winning the sixth and final bout of the night to complete a 4-2 victory over Delhi Sultans in the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) in New Delhi.
The 2017 world championship silver medallist, Vasilisa, breezed past Egypt’s Samar Hamza for a 6-0 win at the Siri Fort Indoor Stadium.
Commonwealth Championship silver medallist Parveen Rana set up the victory for the Marathas before her, by easily taking down Vinod Omprakash in the 74-kg category.
Rana got off to a flying start as he scored two points in the first round; he survived a late scare though, as Vinod, who replaced injury hit Sushil Kumar, almost tied him down, to finish with a comprehensive 4-0 victory to give his side a 3-2 lead.
In the fourth bout of the day, down 1-2 in the tie, Marathas’ Marwa Amri (57-kg) romped past the 2017 Commonwealth Championship silver medallist Sangeeta Phogat to level the tie.
Marwa pinned Sangeeta down for a comfortable 4-0 win in the first round itself.
Earlier in the day, Veer Marathas won the toss and blocked World Champion Haji Aliev (65-kg) while the Sultans used the opportunity to put Ritu Malik out of action.
In the lung opener, the Sultans got off to a winning start as Sandeep Tomar registered his fourth consecutive win, pinning his compatriot Naveen Kumar.
Sandeep dominated his opponent from the word go and came into his elements in the second round when he rolled his opponent and overpowered him with his might.
Veer Marathas’ Ritu Phogat promptly restored parity, defeating African Championship gold medalist Maroi Meizen in a lop-sided affair.
Maroi tried to put up a stiff defence but Ritu brought out all the tricks up her sleeve and took an impregnable 14-1 lead at the break. Ritu continued to overshadow her opponent and extended her lead to 17-1 to win on technical superiority.
World Championship bronze medallist Aslan Alborov, however, maintained his unbeaten run in the league to help the Sultans regain the lead by winning the 92kg clash.
In a clash between titans, Alborov narrowly beat Georgi Keteov of Veer Marathas 3-1 to give the Sultans a slight edge. Both wrestlers began cautiously, waiting for the other to make the big move.
Alborov found an opening as the first period was drawing to a close, rolling his burly opponent to take a 3-0 lead. Keteov tried to fight back in the second period but just couldn’t find a way past Alborov’s defences.
He managed to pick up a point but that was never going to be enough.