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Bajrang Punia to face USA’s Zain Retherford in exhibition wrestling match

The wrestling bout will be contested in USA at 6:00 am IST on December 23.

Bajrang Punia

India’s Bajrang Punia is set to take part in an exhibition wrestling bout against the USA’s Zain Retherford on Tuesday. The three-time medalist at the World Wrestling Championships will take part in a month-long camp in the USA and as a part of the same, will take part in this bout.

The bout will be the main card of the event organized by the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club. This is not the first time the duo will go head-to-head. They faced off against each other in the Rome Rankings which was held in January, 2020. Bajrang came up trumps in a close match with a 5-4 score-line.

Retherford – one of the best 65 kg wrestlers from the USA

Zain Retherford has been one of the hottest prospects in American wrestling for quite some time. Having represented his country at the Senior World Championships in 2017 and 2019, he has more than ample big-match experience. Although he hasn’t won any laurel of note for his nation, he has been one of the best 65 kg wrestlers from his country.

Retherford was also a freestyle wrestler in his youth days where he did win laurels for his country including a gold medal at the Cadet World Cup in 2012. The match-up against Bajrang Punia at 6:00 am IST on December 23 is bound to produce the thrills and the spills of high-quality wrestling.

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