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Oct 17, 2009

Soni declared best wrestler

Tribune, Chandigarh

Bilaspur, March 23
The seven-day state-level Nalwari fair concluded here late this evening. Soni of Ludhiana was declared the best wrestler of the five centuries old wrestling bouts of Nalwadi mela as he downed Inder Singh of Laliyan-Garh Shankar in the final bout here at the Luhnu Ground.

Both wrestlers grappled for about 45 minutes after repeated extensions of time and then the jury decided in favour Soni as he succeeded in giving a “downing” to his rival Inder Singh.
Chief guest Ashwini Kapoor, Divisional Commissioner Mandi Zone, gave away cash prize of Rs 51,000 to Soni and the silver mace of “Malli” called Bhim Gada while Inder Singh got a cash prize of Rs 31,000.
Kamaljit of Ropar was declared third and awarded Rs 15,000.
Earlier, Gaurav Rana of Una was declared “Himachal Kumar” (the best Himachal wrestler up to 21 years in the state) and was given a cash prize of Rs 21,000 and silver mace called Abhimanyu Gada. He defeated Mukesh of Kangra.
Some 500 renowned wrestlers drawn from 12 states participated in the wrestling bouts.

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