Kohima: 25-year-old Venüzo Dawhuo retained the Naga wrestling title on Monday, demonstrating his domination after defeating 29-year-old Mhasilhusie Nagi in two straight bouts during the final match of the 28th Naga wrestling championship.

The 28th Naga wrestling and 2nd Under-16 championship meet was held at Khuochiezie in Kohima on Monday. 

The two-time champion who represented the Chakhesang Wrestling Association (CWA) received Rs 3,20,000 as cash reward from the NWA along with a championship belt and citation. The Lt Velahü Puro Memorial Trophy was also awarded to the champion along with a cash award of Rs 30,000. In addition, Nagaland legislator Neiba Kronu donated an amount of Rs 50,000 to the champ. 

Nagi from the Angami Wrestling Association (ASA) walked away with a cash reward of Rs 2,20,000 along with citation. 23-year-old Kezhaseluo-o Pienyü (ASA) secured the third position winning a cash reward of Rs 1,20,000 along with citation. 27-year-old Pfüsato Tetseo (CWA) secured the fourth position and received a cash reward of Rs 1,00,000 along with citation. 

As per the organizers, over 25,000 spectators thronged the Kohima local ground to witness the indigenous sport. 

Losing quarterfinalists received Rs 25,000 each, while other participants received Rs 4,000 each for participation. 

The Angami Wrestling Association (ASA) emerged as the overall champion with a total of 157 points, and received a cash reward of Rs 30,000 along with WC Krome (first president of NWA) memorial group running championship trophy. 

As for the 2nd Under-16 Naga wrestling, Thuputha Hesuh emerged as the champion winning a cash reward of Rs 90,000 of which Rs 30,000 was donated by Minister Neiba Kronu. Küvetsüto Kezo secured the second position winning a cash reward of Rs 40,000. 

Zhoveto Nakro secured the third position and received Rs 30,000 while Mudozo Tetseo secured the fourth position with Rs 25,000. The winners also received a citation each. The other wrestlers received a cash of Rs 3,000 each for participation. 

In addition, student wrestlers who made to the quarter final will each receive a scholarship of Rs 12,000 for one year. 

On Monday morning, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio graced the inaugural ceremony as the special guest. Rio had announced that the state government has acquired 13 acres of land to build a wrestling indoor stadium. 

As per the organizers, over 25,000 spectators thronged the Kohima local ground to witness the indigenous sport. 

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