Epp Mae and Sarita helped UP Dangal beat Mumbai Maharathi 4-3 for their first win in the Pro Wrestling League season four on Monday.
Epp Mae overcame a late onslaught by 2017 world championships silver medallist Zseneth Nemeth to score a heart-stopping 5-3 win in the 76 kg category.
Asian championships silver medallist Georgi Sakandelidze put UP Dangal 3-2 ahead beating European champion Baitseev Vladislav of Mumbai 2-1 in the 125 kg super-heavyweight bout.
After that, it was left to Mae to consolidate the lead and she did it in style, defeating the more experienced Zseneth in a close encounter. National champion Harphool won the last bout of the day, defeating Pankaj Rana 15-6 in an intensely fought men’s 65 kg category event, reducing UP’s victory margin to 4-3.
Earlier, the current national championships gold medallist Jitender put UP Dangal ahead, beating Mumbai Maharathi’s junior national champion Sachin Rathi 14-0 in a one-sided 74 kg bout.
The 2017 Asian Championships silver medallist Sarita caused a major upset, beating Mumbai Maharathi’s 2018 Pan American Championships bronze medallist from Venezuela, Betzabeth Angelica, 6-1 in the women’s 57 kg category.
It was a victory of Sarita’s grit and determination as she kept the aggressive Betzabeth at bay to put UP Dangal 2-0 ahead in the tie.
Deepak Punia brought Mumbai Maharathi back into the contest by upsetting the European U-23 silver medallist from Georgia Irakli Misituri of UP Dangal 3-2 in an intense contest to make it 1-2 after three bouts.
Mumbai Maharathi’s best bet, Asian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat, had to withstand a tough challenge from 2017 world champions Vanesa Kaladzinskaya to finally prevail 5-3 in the women’s 53 kg category.