Most of the wrestling bouts at the wrestling competition for retired and senior wrestlers, which was touted as the first-of-its-kind wrestling in the country, ended on an even note, with veterans of the sport reviving memories of their heydays at D. Devaraj Urs Multi-purpose Stadium at the Dasara Exhibition Ground premises here yesterday.
The event was organised by various garadi manes (traditional wrestling houses) marking the felicitation of MUDA Chairman D. Dhruvakumar, who is also a patron of wrestling sport.
More than 60 wrestlers aged over 40 years, went toe-to-toe, indulging in hand-to-hand combat.
The battle between Pailwans Karthik Kote and Yogesh Banbale went on for over an hour. The contest ended in a tie, so also the fight between Bijapur’s Sallauddin Turavi and Jinjan Patil from Maharashtra Pailwan Pandu Charlie from Bengaluru and Pailwan Randheer from Nanjangud and Tiger Balaji from Bhoothappana Garadi in Mysuru and Pailwan Iqbal of Bengaluru.
The winners were awarded a cash prize and certificate.
Earlier Retired IGP Muni Krishna inaugurated the event. MUDA Chairman D. Dhruvakumar was felicitated on the occasion. Former University of Mysore Vice-Chancellor Prof. K.S. Rangappa, JSS Mahavidyapeetha Secretary Manjunath, Corporators Shivanna, K.T. Cheluvegowda and others were present.