Wow what a performance! India has been investing in wrestling for the part few years and they have completely jumped levels. They had their first junior freestyle champ in many years this year too.
Vinesh - just wow. She is very quick and moved her opponent’s around well. Her sneaky go behinds is a perfect low risk move for women’s Freestyle. She got smashed by Japan but other than that, she looked amazing.
Dhanda - places 5th. Not sure how good she is but 5th even at a non Olympic is something to build off of.
Ravi - out of nowhere medals. Super impressive wrestling. Only loss was to now 2 time champ August and it wasn’t a blow out. Also decisively took out a former world champ and returning bronze, plus other high level guys. Weight is qualified
Aware - in bronze match. Weak weight but still overperformed.
Bajrang - dream draw but he earned that seeding. His semi was ridiculous. He wins that 9/10. Props for the bronze. Qualified the weight.
Punia - this is the guy that bear Warner at junior worlds, won juniors this year and made the finals. He had a dream draw but still overperformed. He isn’t the second best guy, but still props for beating the grown men in front of him. Qualified the weight.
That is 3 medals and possible a 4th! The US is in a similar spot with 3 medals and possibly 5. We have more finalists though.
India also qualified 3 weights. That is very impressive. I’m really blown away by their improvements