Greater Noida, January 24, 2019: Debutant MP Yodha will look to cement their place in the semi-final with a win over UP Dangal when they clash in the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) Season-4 at the Gautam Buddha University Indoor Stadium in Greater Noida on Friday. After two consecutive defeats, UP Dangal came back strongly against Mumbai Maharathi to put their campaign back on track and they will look to brighten their chances by turning the tables on the debutant.

MP Yodha, with two wins and two loss, needs a win to book their berth in the semis, whereas a defeat against UP would make them wait for the outcome of the other matches in the league. For UP to make it to the semis, they have to win their remaining two bouts against MP and defending champions Punjab Royals.

Some of the key clashes in this tie will be seen in the men’s 74 kg, and women’s 57 kg and 62 kg categories. In the men’s 74 kg category UP Dangal’s Jitender, who has just returned from a training stint in Georgia, will take on Vasil Mikhailov who had a narrow escape against Praveen Rana in the previous bout. Jitender, on the other hand, defeated the giant-killer Sachin Rathi in a one-sided encounter. Expect a cracker of a contest in the women’s 57kg category too where world championships silver medalist Pooja Dhanda will take on an inform Sarita Maan who has already caused two upsets this season. It is an excellent opportunity for Sarita to show that she also a force to reckon with in women’s wrestling.

Another tough contest can be expected in the women’s 62kg category where India’s only Asian Championships gold medalist Navjot Kaur will be up against European Championships bronze medal winner Elise Manolova.UP Dangal’s co-owner Sunny Katiyal said: “This is a do-or-die match for us and I am pretty confident that my team will make it to the semis by winning the remaining two bouts.”

The MP coach Jagminder said: “We want to show the same zeal and energy we showed in our two wins this season. The defeats are definitely eyeopeners and we have learnt a lot from those defeats. But, even though our team lost, I was very impressed with the way my team played.”

SQUADS:

MP Yodha: Ritu Phogat (53 Kg), Sandeep Tomar (57 Kg), Pooja Dhanda (57 Kg), Elise Manolova (62 Kg), Haji Aliyev (65 Kg), Vasil Mikhaillov (74 Kg), Andrea Carolina (76 Kg), Deepak (86 Kg), Akash Antil (125 Kg).

UP Dangal: Vanesa Kaladzinskaya (53 Kg), Naveen (57 Kg), Sarita (57 Kg), Navjot Kaur (64 Kg), Pankaj Rana (65 Kg), Jitendra (74 Kg), Epp Mae (76 Kg) Irakli Misituri (86 Kg), Giorgi Sakandelidze (125 Kg).

For all the latest PWL Season 4 News, download NewsX App