Menuosetuo is Hornbill Naga wrestling champ

Menuosetuo is Hornbill Naga wrestling champ
Menuosetuo (hands raised) and other winners with the organisers at Kisama on Tuesday.
Correspondent Kohima, Dec 4 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/4/2018 11:12:18 AM IST

Reigning NWA champion, Menuosetuo Yiese defeated Venuzo Dawhuo (reigning King of the Ring Series 7) in the final match of the 12th International Hornbill Naga Wrestling Championship 2018 to emerge as champion on Tuesday. 

The championship was organised by Nagaland Wrestling Association and sponsored by department of Tourism, Government of Nagaland.

Six feet tall and weighing 118 kg, Yiese lost the first bout in the final match, but came back stronger in the second and third bout to overpower his opponent to take the title. It may be mentioned Venuzo defeated Menuosetuo in the King of the Ring Series final held in Kohima in the month of October.  

The 20-year old of Kohima village representing Angami Sports’ Association (ASA) walked away with a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000 along with citation. While 21 year old Venuzo Dawhuo, the runners up from Thenyizu village received Rs 60,000.

Kezhavizo Thevo downed Vetuzo Dawhuo in the 3rd place and received a cash of Rs. 30,000, while Dawhuo got Rs 20,000.

Yeise on his way to the final defeated Kezhavizo Thevo in the semis, Pusuhu Kezo in quarters while Venuzo downed Vetuzo Dawhuo in semis and beat Keduvilie in quarters.

One of the prominent wrestler Vekutho Soho NWA runners up 2018 lost his first bout against Venuzo Dawhuo.

22 wrestlers representing Angami Sports’ Association (ASA), Chakhesang Wrestling Association (CWA), Zeliang Wrestling Association (ZWA) participated in the championship.

Earlier the president of Nagaland Taekwondo Association Pele Khezhie graced the occasion as the special guest. In his speech, he said Naga wrestling occupies the most prominent places amongst the Nagas and has developed immensely over time. 

He said wrestling is no more only about a sheer power and strength but also of wit and strategy unlike the olden days.

Encouraging the sportsperson he said, “with interest, practise and dedication, we can accomplish great heights in the sports.”

Bongtang  phom wins Amateur & Tourist category
Bongtang Phom (17 years) from Longleng district emerged as the winner of the Amateur & Tourist category of the 12th International Hornbill Naga Wrestling Championship on Tuesday.
Standing 5.1 feet tall, Phom emerged victorious in the final match against a taller opponent S Mongtsoalam Khiamniungan. It may be mentioned Phom is also a gold medallist in MAS wrestling of the 6th National Traditional Wrestling & Pankration Championship 2018 which was held in Pune, Maharastra from May 2 to 5 this year. Phom walked home with cash prized of Rs 30,000, while second place S Mongtsoalam Khiamniungan received Rs 20,000. Thechamo Murry and Sanjeet Kumar Thakur from Bihar in third and fourth received Rs. 10,000 and 5,000 respectively.
Altogether six participants including three from Bihar, Kerala and Chandigarh took part in the traditional wrestling.
Talking to this correspondent, Karan from Chandigarh said taking part in wrestling will be best part of his memory that he will take home from the festival. 
Thasleem from Kerela said more than the Hornbill cultural festival, he felt wrestling was more interesting than the others events. Being part of traditional wrestling, Thasleem observed that wrestling needs good stamina, dedication and hard-work but said getting local experience was more than enough.

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