Tokyo Olympics Wrestling LIVE: Deepak Punia thrashed out of the semifinals in a 1-Round match, beaten 10-0 by USA’s David Taylor

Tokyo Olympics Wrestling LIVE – Deepak Punia SEMIFINALS LIVE: Deepak Punia vs David Taylor: The young Indian wrestler Deepak Punia has been knocked out by USA’s David Taylor as the American won 10-0 on technical superiority. Punia is playing his 1st Olympics gave a great account of himself as he had made it to the semifinals of 86kg category. The double Junior World Champion had a huge task fighting against the 2018 Senior World Champion David Taylor. Taylor is one of the most accomplished wrestlers on the international circuit. 

India grappler Deepak Punia suffered a 10-0 loss in the semi-finals of the men’s freestyle 86kg category against USA’s David Taylor in the Tokyo Olympics here at the Makuhari Messe Hall A on Wednesday.

Taylor defeated Punia and will now contest for either silver or gold on Thursday. Punia was nowhere in the contest and Taylor made light work of the match, and he easily wrapped up the game.

Earlier on Wednesday, India grappler Ravi Kumar Dahiya stormed into the finals of the men’s freestyle 57kg category at the Tokyo Olympics after defeating Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev in the semi-finals here at Makuhari Messe Hall A, Mat B. The Indian wrestler won by fall.

Dahiya will now contest the finals on Thursday and he is the first to enter the final since Sushil in 2012. In the first period, Ravi Dahiya managed to take a 2-1 lead and in the second period, the pressure was entirely on Sanayev. He did make a comeback, but Dahiya held on and took the game.

Tokyo Olympics Wrestling LIVE: Deepak Punia’s big Semifinals test coming up @ 3 PM, Punia to grapple with 2018 World Champion David Taylor, follow live updates

The match only lasted 1 round. Deepak Punia has been knocked out of the semi-finals 10-0 due to technical superiority.

@3:22 PM: 1st round

  • Taylor straight into the offensive, went for Punia’s legs, well defended
  • Deepak Punia was told to be attacking due to passivity.
  • Deepak has gotten the 30 seconds and he has to take a point now.
  • Taylor receives a point due to inactivity and takes down Punia at the same time
  • Taylor takes 8 points continuously, he leads 9-0

@3:21 PM: And now, the fight we were all waiting for, Deepak Punia and Taylor have entered the cirle.

@3:18 PM: Iran’s Hassan YAZDANICHARATI has defeated Russia’s Naifonov and has entered the finals.

@3:10 PM: Deepak Punia will be live after the 1st semifinals between Iran and the Russian Olympic Committee get over.

@3:00 PM: Good news for Indian wrestling fans, Ravi Kumar Dahiya has beaten Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sayanev to enter the finals of the 57kgs men’s freestyle event!

@2:15 PM: Deepak Punia has reached the semi-finals in an impressive style. He has a tough matchup as he takes on USA’s David Taylor

Deepak Punia SEMIFINALS LIVE: Earlier Deepak Punia gave a brilliant display in the dying seconds of bout to defeat China’s Lin Zushen in the Quarterfinals. In the 1st Round, the champion Indian defeated Nigeria’s Ekerekeme Agiomor 12-1 on technical superiority. The match with the Chinese was tied till last 7 seconds with an advantage to Chinese because of the last scored point. But Punia overturned the Chinese wrestler with a great move and great power show and made it to the SEMIFINALS. Deepak will now face USA’s DAVID Taylor in the semifinals. Follow Deepak Punia vs DM Taylor semifinals live on

86KG Semifinals: DEEPAK PUNIA vs DAVID TAYLOR Live at 3 PM: How tough will be the challenge for PUNIA – Check OUT?

  • David Taylor is 2018 World Champion
  • He hasn’t participated in World Championship 2019, the event where Punia won Silver medal
  • Though unseeded here because of his absence from the world of wrestling, Taylor is the only man in the world to beat GREAT Hassan YAZDANICHARATI of Iran – not once but twice

@9:25AM: Deepak Punia’s Quarterfinal Also Coming UP – 86Kg: Deepak Punia vs Lin Zushen (China)

Deepak Punia wins 6-3, enters semifinals to face USA’s DM Taylor.

@9:41: Deepak Punia leads 3-5
@9:30: Chinese score  3-3
@9:25: Deepak Punia leads 3-1

Deepak Punia vs Nigeria’s Ekerekeme Agiomor (Quarter-finals)

Deepak Punia has defeated Nigeria’s Ekerekeme Agiomor 12-1He will now face China’s Zushen Lin in the quarterfinals. Punia, one of the seven contenders from India’s strong wrestling contingent will fancy his chances against the Nigerian, who is the sole representative in the sport from his country. Meanwhile, wrestling has been India’s stronghold, with medals in each of the last three Olympics coming from the sport.

Indian grappler Deepak Punia progressed into the quarter-finals of Men’s Freestyle 86kg at the Tokyo Olympics after defeating Nigeria’s Ekerekeme Agiomor here at Makuhari Messe Hall A — Mat C on Wednesday.

Deepak Punia comfortably overcame the challenge of Nigeria’s Ekerekeme Agiomor by the Technical Superiority of 12-1. The Indian never faced any real problems against Ekerekeme as he cruised into the next round of the competition. The second-seeded Indian started the rather cagey contest with caution as he gathered two points against the Nigerian’s defense in starting moments of the match. Agiomor soon took one point but Punia ended the first half on high with another two-pointer takedown.

Starting the second half, the silver medalist at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships, read the Nigerian game brilliantly and gave no chance whatsoever to him as the 22-year-old Indian demolished all defenses of Ekerekeme. Deepak managed to put an unanswered 8 points in the second period against the Nigerian.

Tokyo Olympics Wrestling LIVE: Deepak Punia vs Ekerekeme Agiomor live updates:

@9:06 AM: Deepak Punia beats Nigeria’s Ekerekeme Agiomor 12-1 on technical superiority. He will now face China’s Zushen Lin in the quarterfinals.

@9:04 AM: 2nd period

  • Agiomor was aggressive from the start, tried a single leg takedown.
  • Deepak reverses and is able to push the Nigerian out of the passive zone to take another point.
  • Great presentation by Deepak, he takes the Nigerian down to take 2 more points. He leads 7-1.
  • Deepak has been excellent both offensively and defensively. He pushes Agiomor out of bounds and now takes an 8-1 lead.
  • 2 more points for Deepak. He needs 1 more for technical superiority.
  • He wins it by technical superiority 12-1

@9:00 AM: 1st Period

  • Deepak Punia went for the 1-leg take but Agiomor is defending well and is evading attacks.
  • Deepak takes down after tough defense from Agiomor. He leads 2-0
  • Agiomor takes 1 point after Deepak chooses to step out of the passive zone
  • 2 more points for Deepak Punia, he takes down Agiomor in the final few seconds. He leads 4-1

@8:58 AM: The match between the USA and Belarus has ended and now the World No. 2 Deepak Punia will come up.

@8:56 AM: We are minutes away as Deepak Punia commences his Tokyo Olympics campaign against Nigerian Agiomor.

Earlier in the day, Ravi Dahiya stormed into the quarter-finals of the men’s freestyle 57kg category after overpowering Colombia’s Oscar Eduardo Tigreros Urbano here on Mat A. Fourth-seeded Ravi comfortably overcame the challenge of Oscar Eduardo by the Technical Superiority of 13-2.

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Deepak Punia comes in with a reputation of having won the silver medal at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships. Seeded No.2 in his category, the 22-year-old has received a favorable draw making him one of the favorites to at least make it to the semi-finals in Tokyo. A junior world champion, Punia comes into the Summer Games without much match preparation following his left-hand injury. He has not competed since the 2020 World Cup and is yet to be proven at the international level, which presents him with an opportunity, while could also turn out to be a weakness on the day.

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