Second Day of Finals for the Wrestling Individual World Cup, which is replacing the World Championship. Russia had a wrestler on every single final day although they did not take very gold. Notably Sharshenbeko (KGZ) pulled the upset against Maryanyan (RUS). Evloev (RUS) remains dominant in the 97 kilogram divison.
We recap today’s finals.
60 kg. Greco-Roman
GOLD: Zholaman SHARSHENBEKOV (KGZ) df. Stepan MARYANYAN (RUS) by VPO1, 4-4
BRONZE: Kristian FRIS (SRB) df. Krisztian KECSKEMETI (HUN) by VPO, 2-0
BRONZE: Maksim KAZHARSKI (BLR) df. Ahmet UYAR (TUR) by VPO1, 3-3
Maryanyan, former World Champion (2018), was the favorite on paper to give Russia yet another gold, the first one today. He rolled Sharshenbeko two times for the 3-0 but the Kyrgyz defended well on the floor. AN entertaining combat where Sharshenbeko also had good attempts and threw Maryanyan down for a point. A big moment was when he picked the Russian up with a jolt and put him down for two points and a 4-4, where he would be taking gold. And he did! Gold for Kyrgyzstan! Big win!
63 kg. Greco-Roman
GOLD: Zhambolat LOKYAEV (RUS) df. Erik TORBA (HUN) by VPO1, 4-1
BRONZE: Kaly SULAIMANOV (KGZ) df. Taleh MAMMADOV (AZE) by VPO1, 7-6
BRONZE: Soslan DAUROV (BLR) df. Abdeldjebar DJEBBARI (ALG) by VPO1, 5-1
A contest between two Olympic medal candidates if the division existed. Torba had an early point advantage and Lokyaev equalized. Lokyaev had Torba un in the air but the Hungarian defended well with the hands in the floor and avoided a score. Lokyaev scored and single point for the 2-1 and defended well while standing to take the first gold for Russia.
82 kg. Greco-Roman
GOLD: Milad ALIRZAEV (RUS) df. Salih AYDIN (TUR) by VSU, 11-0
BRONZE: Roland SCHWARZ (GER) df. Oldrich VARGA (CZE) by VSU1, 9-1
BRONZE: Radzik KULIYEU (BLR) df. Mihail BRADU (MDA) by VPO1, 5-1
Alizraev made the first points with a takedown and a rolled takedown and kept on being aggressive and superior with different actions for points and he finished it with a Suplex that gave him the 11-0. Big performance by him.
97 kg. Greco-Roman
GOLD: Musa EVLOEV (RUS) df. Alex Gergo SZOKE (HUN) by VPO, 3-0
BRONZE: Mohammadhadi SARAVI (IRI) df. Kiril MILOV (BUL) by VPO, 3-0
BRONZE: Artur OMAROV (CZE) df. Uzur DZHUZUPBEKOV (KGZ) by VPO1, 4-1
Another Russia vs Hungary Final. Szoke defended on the floor with excellent defense although the 2-time World Champion Evloev was able to score three. Most of the match happened standing until the end and the world’s number one prevailed.
130 kg. Greco-Roman
GOLD: Sergey SEMENOV (RUS) df. Osman YILDIRIM (TUR) by VPO1, 7-1
BRONZE: Beka KANDELAKI (AZE) df. Rafal Andrzej KRAJEWSKI (POL) by VSU, 9-0
BRONZE: Mykola KUCHMII (UKR) df. David OVASAPYAN (ARM) by VPO1, 4-2
2018 World Champion and three-time Russian Champion, Semenov, managed a takedown, a roll and a Suplex for the first five points. In the rest of the fight he defended well while standing and eded up winning 7-1, giving Russia their seventh gold medal so far in ten finals, with just two days in.