ISTANBUL (September 18) – Two of Russia's defending champions fell on the final day of the senior wrestling world championships, but Russia still managed to hold onto the men's freestyle team title.
Two-time defending champion Denis Tsargush was stunned in the second round by newcomer Jordan Burroughs (USA) at 74kg and three-time winner Bilyal Makhov succumbed to the clinch in the 120kg championship final.
Burroughs claimed the 74kg crown while Alexei Shemarov (BLR) took the title from Makhov in the final on a pair of clinches. And, while these were the first titles for Burroughs and Shemarov, Mehdi Taghavi Kermani (IRI) reclaimed the 66kg world title he first won in 2009.
Burroughs' triumph gave the United States its first champion in the men's events since 2006 while Shemarov's win was the first gold medal in men's freestyle since 2001. Alim Selimov won a gold medal for Belarus in greco-roman earlier in the championships.
At 66kg, Taghavi Kermani defeated Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu (JPN) in a reversal of the Asian Games final won by Yonemitsu last fall. Japan had been hoping to see their first world champion since 1983 in the men's events and their first in men's freestyle since 1981.
Despite the disappointments, Russia held onto the team title with two champions and 43 points. Iran racked up 19 points on the final day to leap into second place with 41 points followed by the United States with 38 points.
In the earlier rounds, 60kg defending champion Sushil Kumar (IND) went down in a hard fought bout with Olympic silver medalist and 2009 European champion Andrey Stadnik (UKR) in the second round along with Olympic champion Ramazan Sahin (TUR) who was pipped by Ali Shabanev (BLR) in the closing seconds of their bout.
In addition to his win over Tsargush, Burroughs also defeated last year's runner-up Sadegh Goudarzi (IRI) in the championship final.
At 120kg, two-time Olympic and world champion Artur Taimazov (UZB) was tripped up by Tervel Dlagnev (USA)
66kg (46 entries)
F1 – Mehdi Taghavi Kermani (IRI) df. Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu (JPN), 2-0 (1-0, 1-0=2:05)
F3 – Jabrayil Hasanov (AZE) df. Leonid Bazan (BUL), 2-0 (2-0, 4-2)
F3 – Livan Lopez Azcuy (CUB) df. Adam Batirov (RUS), 2-0 (4-1, 1-0)
SF – Yonemitsu (JPN) df. Bazan (BUL), 2-0 (2-0, 4-2)
SF – Taghavi Kermani (IRI) df. Lopez Azcuy (CUB), 2-0 (3-0, 3-0)
74kg (45 entries)
F1 – Jordan Burroughs (USA) df. Sadegh Goudarzi (IRI), 2-0 (3-2, 4-1)
F3 – Ashraf Aliyev (AZE) df. Ricardo Robertty Moreno (VEN), 2-1 (0-1=2:03, 2-0, 1-0)
F3 – David Khutsishvili (GEO) df. Abdulhakim Shapiyev (KAZ), 2-1 (1-5, 1-0=2:05, 2-0=2:10)
SF – Sadegh Goudarzi (IRI) df. Shapiyev (KAZ), 2-1 (1-0, 0-1, 4-0)
SF – Burroughs (USA) df. Aliyev (AZE), 2-1 (0-2, 5-4, 3-0)
120kg (31 entries)
F1 – Alexei Shemarov (BLR) df. Bilyal Makhov (RUS), 2-0 (1-0=2:03, 1-0=2:05)
F3 – Jamaladdin Magomedov (AZE) df. Jargalsaikhan Chuluunbat (MGL), 2-0 (1-0, 1-0)
F3 – David Modzmanashvili (GEO) df. Tervel Dlagnev (USA), 2-1 (1-0, 0-1, 1-0=2:02)
SF – Bilyal Makhov (RUS) df. Jamaladdin Magomedov (AZE), 2-1 (0-1, 1-1, 4-1)
SF – Alexei Shemarov (BLR) df. Tervel Dlagnev (USA), 2-0 (1-0, 1-0)