Indian Wrestlers Rahul Aware and Sushil Kumar entered respective finals in the 57 kilogram and 74 kilogram categories of the men’s freestyle competition at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) on Thursday.
While Aware progresses to the final after a combative 12-8 victory over Pakistan’s Muhammad Bilal, Sushil assured India of its second medal from wrestling after wrapping up a quick win by fall against Connor Evans.
Aware will be up against Canada’s Steven Takahashi in the 57kg final, while Sushil will face South Africa’s Johannes Botha in the men’s 74kg wrestling final.Barring the semi-final, Aware won both his bouts so far in a comprehensive manner, overpowering George Ramm of England and Australia’s Thomas Cichhini by technical superiority.
Bilal displayed some excellent counter wrestling techniques to draw level at 4-4 early in the second round.
But the jubilation in the Pakistan camp did not last long as Aware pulled off a takedown before managing an ankle hold and to roll Bilal over several times for a 10-4 lead, before eventually incurring a 12-8 defeat.Sushil, on the other hand, overpowered Jevon Balfour of Canada to enter the quarter-finals of the men’s 74kg freestyle category, where he defeated Pakistan’s Muhammad Asad Butt 10-0, again via technical superiority.
In the round of 16, Aware powered his way to an 11-0 lead over the English wrestler early in the second round which prompted the judges to award him the bout.
Bouts are awarded on the basis of technical superiority when one wrestler takes a lead of 10 or more points.Aware took a 1-0 lead early in the opening period before a takedown earned him another two points towards the end of the round.
The Indian managed an ankle hold on his opponent right at the start of the second round.
He then applied the ‘fitley’ move to roll Ramm over several times and rack up the winning points. He was even more impressive in the quarter-finals, outclassing Cichhini in the first round.>