OSLO, October 10 –
Saturday’s Medal Matches
60kg (19 entries)
GOLD – Victor CIOBANU (MDA) df. Zholaman SHARSHENBEKOV (KGZ), 9-3
Ciobanu broke a close match open with a reverse lock around the shoulder blades of Sharsenbekov for a 4-point throw and a 5-3 lead. He also received points for a head butt from his opponent and a lost challenge for a 9-3 final tally.
With the victory, Ciobanu became the first wrestler to win a world championship title for Moldova.
BRONZE – Stepan MARYANYAN (RWF) df. Gevorg GHARIBYAN (ARM), 3-1
BRONZE – Murad MAMMADOV (AZE) df. Maksim KAZHARSKI (BLR), 2-0
Former world champion Maryanyan defeated 2020 European champion Gharibyan, 3-1, in the first bronze medal bout. Mammadov followed with another conservative win, 2-0, over veteran Kazharski.
97kg (27 entries)
GOLD – Mohammadhadi Abdollah SARAVI (IRI) df. Alex Gergo SZOEKE (HUN), 3-1
Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist Saravi opens with a first-period gut wrench in par terre and denies fellow Olympian Szoeke the same in the second period.
BRONZE – Artur SARGSIAN (RWF) df. Nikoloz KAKHELASHVILI (ITA), 6-0
BRONZE – Tracy G’Angelo HANCOCK (USA) df. Peter OEHLER (GER) by Injury Default, 3:33
Sargsian launched a five-point throw in the first period against Kakhelashvili on his way to a 6-0 win. Hancock built a 3-0 lead in the first period, but early in the second period, Oehler appeared to break or severely injure his ankle, resulting in an injury default.
130kg (22 entries)
GOLD – Aliakbar YOUSOFIAHMADCHALI (IRI) df. Zurabi GEDEKHAURI (RWF), 5-1
\Junior and U23 world champion Yousofiahmadchali pressured European bronze medal winner Gedekhauri around the ring throughout their sumo-like finale to claim a 5-1 win.
BRONZE – Iakobi KAJAIA (GEO) df. Osman YILDIRIM (TUR), 2-1
BRONZE – Oskar MARVIK (NOR) v Yasmani ACOSTA FERNANDEZ (CHI)
Tokyo 2020 silver medalist Kajaia grabs a 2-1 win over Yildirim without an active point being scored. Marvik wins one for the home crowd, taking a bronze medal on criteria over a hobbled Acosta Fernandez.
(For Medal Matches on Sunday)
63kg (21 entries)
Leri ABULADZE (GEO) df. Erik TORBA (HUN), 7-1
Meysam DALKHANI (IRI) df. Taleh MAMMADOV (AZE) by TS, 9-0, 1:48
Former world U23 champion Dalkhani rolled to 9-0 win over European silver medalist Mammadov. European bronze medalist Abuladze fashioned a 7-1 win over 2020 European bronze medal winner Torba.
67kg (27 entries)
Mohammadreza GERAEI (IRI) df. Ramaz ZOIDZE (GEO), 7-6
Nazir ABDULLAEV (RWF) df. Almat KEBISPAYEV (KAZ), 10-5
Tokyo 2020 gold medalist Geraei came back from a 1-5 deficit to snare a last-second 7-6 win over fellow Tokyo Olympian Zoidze. Abdullaev and Kebispayev traded big throws, but Abdullaev earned the berth in Sunday’s gold medal match.
87kg (25 entries)
Zurabi DATUSHVILI (SRB) df. Turpal-Ali BISULTANOV (DEN), 5-1
Kiryl MASKEVICH (BLR) df. Istvan TAKACS (HUN) by Fall, 5:43 (12-6)
Tokyo Olympian Maskevich uncorked a pair of throws in his semifinal bout with on his way to a win by fall. Meanwhile, Tokyo bronze medalist Datunashvili hammered out a 5-1 win over junior European champion Bisultanov.