Valiant Bajrang Punia falls short in Madison Square Garden

NEW DELHI: Bajrang Punia The Winning Streak In The International Arena Came To An End When The Indian Wrestler Lost An Exciting 65 Kg Category Match To An Unheard American Yianni Diakomihalis By A Narrow 8-10 Margin In The 'Grapple At The Garden - Beat The Streets' Event In Famous New York Madison Square Garden .

Bajrang Was Invited By USA Wrestling - The National Governing Body For The Sport In United States - To Participate In The Event. The 25-year-old Became The First Indian Wrestler To Compete At The Iconic Madison Square Garden.

Bajrang Had Won Nine Gold Medals In His Last 10 International Tournaments - The One In Which He Missed Out Was 2018 World Championships Where He Won Silver. He Is Now The World 1 In 65 Kg Category." It Was A Fantastic Experience To Fight At The Madison Square Garden. The Match Was Very Competitive And Gave Me A Few Lessons To Learn.

" The Fact That I Competed In Three Different Continents In Three Weeks Is Quite Challenging. I Am Grateful For All The Support That I Have Received Through This Period. My Performances," He Added.

In The Last Three Weeks, Bajrang Each Won A Gold At The Asian Wrestling Championships In Bangkok And The Ali Aliyev Wrestling Tournament In Kaspiisk (Russia) Before Traveling To New York For The Fight.

After The Match, Yianni, Two Time NCAA As Well As Cadet World Champion, Tweeted:" Much Respect To @BajrangPunia. The Match Was Fought Very Hard And I Can't Wait To Battle The World No. 1 Again." He Added:" The Win Just Shows That I Have It To Beat The Best In The World."



Yianni Struck First And Was Up 2-0 Through An Exposure Move. Bajrang Then Fought Like A Wounded Tiger And Nailed A Single Move To Bring The Match On Level Terms. After The First Period, Both Wrestlers Were Tied At 2-2.

Soon After The Break, Diakomihalis Was Up 4-2 With A Brilliant Takedown In The Second Period. Bajrang And Yianni Exchanged Two Points On The Lookout As The Score Moved To 6-4 In Favor Of Yianni. The American Wrestler Was In No Mood To Let His Advantage Slip And Came Up With Another Takedown To Move Ahead 8-4.

Bajrang Then Showcased His Famous Second Period Stamina And Came Back In The Match To Restore Parity At 8-8. But Yianni, The 2019 US National Champion, Came Out With A Wild Scramble Late In The Match To Emerge Victorious At 10-8.

The Event's Main Bout Saw 2012 Olympic Champion And Four-time World Champion, Jordan Burroughs Of US, Score Of 11-0 Technical Fall On Country Mate Ben Askren. Also On The Winning Side Was 2016 Olympic Champion, Kyle Snyder Or US, Who Scored A Technical Fall On Nishan Randhawa Of Canada With The Final Score Being 15-1.

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