OSLO, October 5 – Abdulrashid SADULAEV (RUS) snared his third straight “Snyderlaev” event on Tuesday with a 6-0 triumph over Kyle SNYDER (USA) to clost the men’s freestyle competition at the Oslo 2021 Senior Wrestling World Championships.
Sadulaev’s victory also secured the freestyle team title for Russia after a tight three-team race over the first three days of the competition. Russia claimed the team title with three individual champions and 173 points.
The U.S. team also had three champions with 168 points while Iran, going into the final day of competition the team score leader, slumped to third overall with 162 points. Iran also had three individual champions.
Also, on the final day of freestyle competition, Magomedmurad GADZHIEV (POL) scored a single force-out point after exchanging shot-clock points with Ernazar AKMATALIEV (KGZ) to claim a 2-1 win and secure his first world championship title.
Women’s wrestling also kicked off with two categories decided on Wednesday at Jordal Amfi Arena. Tsugumi SAKURAI (JPN) took the 55kg crown with a 10-0 technical superiority win over former two-time European bronze medalist Nina HEMMER (GER).
At 62kg, Tokyo 2020 Olympic silver medalist Aisuluu TYNYBEKOVA (KGZ) fashioned a 7-1 win over Kayla MIRACLE (USA) for her second world championship crown after becoming Kyrgyzstan’s first wrestling world champion in 2019.
In the women’s semifinals, Japan’s three entries booked berths in Wednesday evening’s gold medal matches with two wins by technical superiority and a hard-fought 6-2 triumph by Miwa MORIKAWA (JPN) at 65kg over Forrest MOLINARI (USA).
Despite Molinari’s loss, Sarah Hildebrandt (USA) and Adeline GRAY (USA) booked berths in the gold medal finals at 50kg and 76kg on the first full day of women’s wrestling.
Meanwhile, Iulia LEORDA (MDA) and Irina RINGACI (MDA) both recorded come-from-behind victories by fall in their search for whatever lies over the rainbow.
70kg (26 entries)
GOLD – Magomedmurad GADZHIEV (POL) df. Ernazar AKMATALIEV (KGZ), 2-1
BRONZE – Zurabi IAKOBISHVILI (GEO) df. Turan BAYRAMOV (AZE), 4-3
BRONZE – Evgenii ZHERBAEV (RWF) df. Arman ANDREASYAN (ARM), 6-0
97kg (22 entries)
GOLD – Abdulrashid SADULAEV (RWF) df. Kyle SNYDER (USA), 6-0
BRONZE – Mahamed ZAKARIIEV (UKR) df. Aleksandr HUSHTYN (BLR), 9-3
BRONZE – Mojtaba GOLEIJ (IRI) df. Batzul ULZIISAIKHAN (MGL) by TS, 10-0, 4:16
55kg (14 entries)
GOLD – Tsugumi SAKURAI (JPN) df. Nina HEMMER (GER) by TS, 10-0, 2:09
BRONZE – Jenna Rose BURKERT (USA) df. Pinki PINKI (IND), 5-2
BRONZE – Oleksandra KHOMENETS (UKR) df. Olga KHOROSHAVTSEVA (RWF), 10-8
62kg (17 entries)
GOLD – Aisuluu TYNYBEKOVA (KGZ) df. Kayla MIRACLE (USA), 7-0
BRONZE – Gantuya ENKHBAT (MGL) df. Lais NUNES DE OLIVEIRA (BRA), 7-6
BRONZE – Nonoka OZAKI (JPN) df. Ilona PROKOPEVNIUK (UKR) by TS, 12-0, 5:15
Sarah HILDEBRANT (USA) df. Nadezhda SOKOLOVA (RWF) by TS, 12-1, 5:43
Remina YOSHIMOTO (JPN) df. Emilia VUC (ROU) by TS, 11-0, 3:50
Akari FUJINAMI (JPN) df. Katarzyna KRAWCZYK (POL) by TS, 10-0, 3:04
Iulia LEORDA (MDA) df. Khrystyna BEREZA (UKR) by Fall, 5:45 (6-10)
Miwa MORIKAWA (JPN) df. Forrest MOLINARI (USA), 6-2
Irina RINGACI (MDA) df. Mimi HRISTOVA (BUL) by Fall, 2:42 (4-8)
Adeline GRAY (USA) df. Samar HAMZA (EGY) by Fall, 3:59 (11-1)
Epp MAEE (EST) df. Aiperi MEDET KYZY (KGZ), 3-3 (last points)