Nigeria’s Adekuoroye Loses First Pro Fight As Punjab Lifts Wrestling League

2015 World bronze medallist, Odunayo Adekuoroye lost her first fight to Swedish Sofia Mattsson at the finals of the Pro Wrestling League season two which ended Thursday night.

In a replay of their bout at last year’s Rio Olympics, Sofia took a 1-0 lead in the first round thanks to a pasivity point against Odunayo.

Nigeria's Adekuoroye With Punjab's  Wrestling League Trophy credit: Pro Wrestling League
Nigeria’s Adekuoroye With Punjab’s Wrestling League Trophy
credit: Pro Wrestling League

The Punjab grappler managed to draw level at 1-1 before taking the lead. But Sofia equalised at 3-3. The final seconds saw high drama when Odunayo claimed a pushout.

Her appeal was rejected by the judges following television replays and a penalty point was awarded to Sofia thus handing victory to the Rio Olympics bronze medallist.

In the group stage on Tuesday, Adekuoroye saw of Swedish’s Sofia Mattsson 6-1 after a keenly contested match.

The three times African champion fell to Sofia Mattsson of Sweden by fall at the 2015 world championships and again at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Punjab Lifts Wrestling League credit: Pro Wrestling League
Punjab Lifts Wrestling League
credit: Pro Wrestling League

Meanwhile Odunayo’s team the Punjab Royals produced a dramatic comeback to edge out Haryana Hammers 5-4 in the final of the second edition of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) at the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium.

Haryana, who were beaten to the title in the final of the inaugural edition by the now renamed Mumbai Garudas, saw the trophy slip narrowly from their grasp for the second edition in succession.

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