Thursday, December 1, 2022

Vekutho wins Phek Area Wrestling meet title

Vekutho Soho from Phek village emerged as the new champion of the 27th senior and second under-16 wrestling meet 2022 of Phek Area Wrestling Association (PAWA) held on Tuesday at local ground Phek Town.
27-year-old Vekutho Soho defeated a veteran and former champion Surhoneyi Soho in the final match of the PAWA wrestling meet.
42-year-old Surhoneyi Soho also from Phek village is a celebrated veteran wrestler and 7th times champion of the Phek Area winning his last in the year 2018.
Celebrating his 25th year at the wrestling arena, he managed to win the first bout in the finals, but Vekutho Soho, a younger and smarter grappler outwitted his opponent Hükhoneyi Soho in the second and third bout to take the title for the first time.
Weighing 85 kgs and standing 5 feet 7 inches tall, Vekutho Soho is the son of renowned wrestler Hükhoneyi Soho. Surhoneyi Soho is the brother of Hükhoneyi Soho, who weights 104 kgs and stands 5 feet 9 inches tall.
Akhrüku Vezüh (Khomi village) downed Sührhovoyi Neinu (Khomi village) to take the third position. The champion Vekutho walked home with a cash prize of Rs. 90,000, Surhoneyi received Rs 70,000, while third and fourth position holder Akhrüku Vezüh and Sührhovoyi Neinu got Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 40,000 respectively.
For U-16 category, Waku K. Tara (Losami village) took the first position followed by Khriesahu Rhakho (Kutsapo village), third and fourth position went to Khosato Neinu and Kelelo Lohe.
The junior champion was awarded with Rs. 20,000, Rs. 15,000, Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 7000 respectively for first 2nd, 3rd and 4th position respectively for U-16 category.
Defending champion Vekuzo Vezuh lost his second-round match against Kuluvezo Soho and failed to enter the knockout stage. A total of 64 wrestlers including 18 U-16 wrestlers competed for the coveted wrestling title.
Earlier, Küzholüzo (Azo) Nienu, MLA graced the inaugural session as the special guest. In his short address, he called upon the wrestling associations to improvise the standard of the training in order to compete along with other tribes.
Adding that not only in wrestling but also in other aspects of other career prospect, he viewed that the youths are lagging. He said scientific training was the need of the hour to achieve better performances. Nienu noticed that the Chakhesang wrestlers are still following the forefathers using old method and hasn’t improvised over the years. To this, he urged upon the need for more improvisation and more scientific training in their respective fields.
While also called upon the gathering to be more discipline in their profession to be better than others. He also encouraged the wrestlers to give their best in order become champions.
While guest of honour, NPF Phek division president Wepe Mekrisuh in his address suggested that traditional game should now turn into profession for wrestlers.
He said wrestling association has reach its fame to other parts of other tribe in Nagaland over the past years. With interest, he viewed that the wrestling has become a bigger prospect.
While adding that wrestler is not just about diet but also the need to maintain the physical aspects of the body. He also vouched for the need to give importance for U-16 wrestling for the growth of young wrestlers.

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