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Nov 6, 2009

Local cops emerge champs at state wrestling tourney

Times of Navi Mumbai (older article)
Posted On Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 05:59:19 PM

B B Nayak 

Nerul: Two cops from Navi Mumbai police force knocked down their closest rivals in wrestling bastion Kolhapur to win titles in their respective groups at the just concluded state level wrestling competition. The second edition of the state level contest was organized by Nerul-basedsports outfit Samrat Sports Academy at Ramleela grounds, near Sarsole bus depot, Nerul.

getting a grip: City wrestler duo Atul Jagtap and Shashikant Lokhande emerged as champions in their respective groups
Navi Mumbai wrestler duo Atul Jagtap and Shashikant Lokhande from city police had put forth a stellar performance against their tough contenders to bag crowns in different groups. The surging local wrestling buffs that turned up to root for the grapplers were treated with some fine techniques, throws, locks and knock downs.
On their win, the victorious duo was encouraged by their boss Gulabrao Pol, city police commissioner, who made his presence felt at the closing ceremony of the show. Both local champions received pats on their back for doing the city policemen proud  and emerged as group champions.
Many Shivchhatrapati and Arjuna awardees in varied sports disciplines were present to motivate the grapplers at state level wrestling competition. The tourney  had over a hundred amateur and professional grapplers from across the state vying for elite spots.

Those present on the occasion were sports administrators Bal Wadawalikar (wrestling) and Jaya Shetty (kabaddi) besides Navi Mumbai police commissioner Gulabrao Pol among others.
The wrestlers from Pune, Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli, Mumbai, Solapur and Thane regaled the crowd with their muscle strength and grappling tricks on the makeshift clay-filled fighting arena. The winners in different categories included Rajendra Rajmane (Atpadi), Badam Magdum (Kolhapur), Sunil Mohite (Kolhapur), Amol Kashid (Mumbai), Rajendra Sutar (Atpadi), Sanjay Jadhav (Sondli), Atul Jagtap and Shashikant Lokhande (Navi Mumbai Police), Manoj Achre (Sondli), Pratap Patil (Kotoli).
For the championship bout, Kolhapur wrestler Kantilal Jadhav and Atpadi grappler Ravindra Gaikwad were supposed to lock horns. But Kolhapur wrestler Kantilal  called it a day for the coveted title due to severe injury he sustained during an earlier bout. As a result, Ravindra was declared as the champion  on merit as he performed well in all the rounds he fought.

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