Suraj Vashisht defeated Azerbaijan wrestler Faraim Mustafayev by technical superiority 11-0 in the final to win the gold medal in Greco-Roman.
16-year-old Suraj Vashisht has made history. While making his country as he turned into India’s first Greco-Roman U17 title holder. As he won a gold medal in the 55kg in 32 years of age. Suraj defeated Azerbaijan wrestler Faraim Mustafayev by technical superiority 11-0 in the last over win the gold medal in Rome.
India’s last hero at the 2022 World Cadet Championship was Pappu Yadav in 1990. Vinod Kumar, meanwhile, had won the U17 gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling in 1980.
Suraj ruled every one of his rivals in the competition. As he beat Alexandru Vladut Varzari of Romania by technical superiority to start his campaign. He moved to record victories over Japanese wrestler Kohaku Kanazawa and Uzbekistan’s Khurshidbek Normukhammadov to advance to the final round where he decimated Mustafayev.
“I have dreams to turn into the best in my weight class. Clearly, a senior world title is a dream as well,” Suraj Vashisht told United World Wrestling following the success. Indian coach Inderjeet Singh, in the mean time, revealed the guidelines he had given to Suraj Vashisht.
“He had an extremely open position so we advised him to close his hands,” India coach Inderjeet Singh was quoted as saying by UWW.
“Then the mark terre defence of Indian wrestlers is weak so we told him not to be passive. He did well to defend a few par terre situations,” he said.
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