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Mohit Kumar becomes U-20 World Champion in Men’s 61 kg Freestyle category

Through a captivating display of skill and unwavering resolve, Mohit Kumar has made a permanent mark in the records of Indian wrestling. He has achieved the distinction of being the first Indian wrestler to attain the junior world championship title since 2019.

In the final match, Mohit Kumar was trailing 0-6 against Russia’s Eldar Akhmaduninov. Through adeptly executed maneuvers, he garnered nine consecutive points, ultimately securing the coveted gold medal.

A Historic Achievement in Indian Wrestling

Prior to Mohit’s victory, Deepak Punia had clinched the title in 2019, before making a transition to the senior circuit. Mohit’s accomplishment places him among an elite group of Indian wrestlers who have achieved this honor. Notable wrestlers like Palwinder Cheema (2001) and Ramesh Kumar (2001) have previously secured the prestigious world junior title, making Mohit only the fourth Indian wrestler to ascend to this wrestling throne.

Men’s Freestyle Wrestling Participants by Weight Category

Sno Weight Category Wrestlers
1 57kg Sagar
2 61kg Mohit Kumar
3 65kg Jaskaran Singh
4 70kg Narender
5 74kg Jaideep
6 79kg Sagar Jaglan
7 86kg Mukul Dahiya
8 92kg Vinay
9 97kg Deepak Chahal
10 125kg Rajat Ruhal


Recipients of Medals in Men’s Freestyle at the 2023 U20 World Wrestling Championships


Wrestler Category Medal
Mohit Kumar Men’s freestyle 61kg Gold
Sagar Jaglan Men’s freestyle 79kg Silver
Jaideep Men’s freestyle 74kg Bronze
Deepak Chahal Men’s freestyle 97kg Bronze
Rajat Ruhal Men’s freestyle 125kg Bronze


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