India’s star grappler Bajrang Punia won a second successive gold medal at the Matteo Pellicone ranking series as he defeated Mongolia's Tulga Tumur Ochir 2-2 by criteria in the 65kg freestyle event final. Returning to the international circuit after a year due to the Covid pandemic, Punia remained patient and exhibited his defensive dexterity to win the title after securing a two-pointer in the last 30 seconds of the bout. Last year, Punia had won gold at this competition by beating Jordan Oliver of the USA in the final. After the sport returned to action, following the Covid pandemic, Punia had competed in an invitational event and an exhibition match in the USA. The Haryana wrestler had defeated Joseph Christopher of the USA in the semi-final with a 6-3 margin while his quarterfinal victim was Turkey's Selim Kozan whom he defeated 7-0.