The Wrestling World Championships were cancelled this year because not enough top nations would be present for the UWW to declare the competition as a valid World Championship.
Nevertheless, the UWW decided to go ahead and host an Individual World Cup instead, also in Belgrade, Serbia. The first day of finals was today. We recap the Finals of the day. All but one featured a Russian fighter but Kiryl Maskevich (BLR) stole the show with a shock 10-0 to Olympic Champion Chakvetdze.
55 kg Greco-Roman
Emin SEFERSHAEV (RUS) df. Serif KILIC (TUR) by VSU, 8-0
Kilic escaped from Sefershaev almost turning him around when the Russian was already one point ahead due to a penalty. Sefershaev tried the four point throw and was unable to do it but scored two more by making Kilic leave the mat. There was a revision and the score was deleted. He did score another point. He then scored two more for passivity. The Russian finished it 8-0 to take the first gold for Russia today.
BRONZE: Eldaniz AZIZLI (AZE) df. Balbai DORDOKOV (KGZ) by VPO, 3-0
BRONZE: Abdelkarim FERGAT (ALG) df. Artiom DELEANU (MDA) by VPO1, 6-4
67 kg. Greco-Roman
Nazir ABDULLAEV (RUS) df. Islambek DADOV (AZE) by VPO1, 2-1
Dadov scored first. Abdullaev pushed Dadov around the ring and Dadov was warned but without a penalty point but then he was penalized for passivity, which equalized the score. He then pressed on and almost had Abdullaev off the ground.
Inside the last minute, Abdullaev pushed Dadov outside the ring and got the 2-1, which was decisive until the end and gave Russia their second gold medal.
BRONZE: Slavik GALSTYAN (ARM) df. Artur POLITAIEV (UKR) by VFA, 4-4
BRONZE: Roman PACURKOWSKI (POL) df. Khalmurat IBRAGIMOV (KGZ) by VPO1, 6-3
72 kg. Greco-Roman
Balint KORPÁSI (HUN) df. Malkhas AMOYAN (ARM) by VPO1, 1-1
The only Final tonight that did not involve a Russian. Amoyan scored the first point and was able to then fully carry Korpási but was not able to turn him around where he wanted. The combat got tied with a passivity penalty. However Amoyan was not able to score a second point and Hungary won gold.
BRONZE: Cengiz ARSLAN (TUR) df. Valentin PETIC (MDA) by VPO1, 5-1
BRONZE: Ruslan TSAREV (KGZ) df. Aik MNATSAKANIAN (BUL) by VPO1, 3-1
77 kg. Greco-Roman
Roman VLASOV (RUS) df. Zoltan LEVAI (HUN) by VPO1, 6-1
The 2-time Olympic Champion was dominant. When he was leading by 1, Vlasov scored a brilliant Suplex to take a 6-0 advantage and he did not let the Hungarian score during the rest, except for one point.
BRONZE: Viktor NEMES (SRB) df. Karapet CHALYAN (ARM) by VPO1, 4-1
BRONZE: Alexandrin GUTU (MDA) df. Yasaf ZEINALOV (UKR) by VPO1, 6-4
87 kg. Greco.Roman
Kiryl MASKEVICH (BLR) df. Davit CHAKVETADZE (RUS) by VSU, 10-0
Maskevich scored first against the Olympic Champion, who then gave up two more points. Then Maskevich made a great Suplex to score the 10-0 and quickly beat Chakvetadze by technical superiority! This was a big shocker from a new young wrestling star!
BRONZE: Semen NOVIKOV (UKR) df. Hossein Ahmad NOURI (IRI) by VSU1, 12-4
BRONZE: Zurabi DATUNASHVILI (SRB) df. Fabio PARISI (ITA) by VPO1, 3-1