2017 Senior World Champion Fumita (JPN) Among #BuchaWrestU23 Semifinalists

By Taylor Miller

Photo: Kenchiro FUMITA (JPN) celebrates a World title at the 2017 Senior World Championships in Paris. Photo by Tony Rotundo.

BUCHAREST, Romania – After a full morning of Greco-Roman wrestling, the semifinals are set for the other five weights at the 2018 U23 World Championships in Bucharest, Romania.Among those that advanced to the semifinals, there is a 2017 Senior World champion, a U23 World champion, two Junior World champions and two other U23 World semifinalists.

2017 Senior World champion Kenchiro FUMITA (JPN) moved on to the semifinals after a close call against Armen MELIKYAN (ARM) in the quarterfinals. Tonight, Fumita will face Mehdi Seifollah MOHSEN NEJAD (IRI).

Two-time Junior World champion Murad MAMMADOV (AZE) defeated 2016 Junior World champion Dato CHKHARTISHVILI (GEO) in a tight 5-4 match to land a spot in the semifinals. Mammadov will go against 2017 and 2018 Junior World champion Kerim KAMAL (TUR).

Facing each other in the 67 kg semifinals is 2017 U23 World silver medalist Alen MIRZOIAN (RUS) and 2018 Senior World fifth-placer and 2016 Junior World bronze medalist Mohamed Ibrahim ELSAYED (EGY).

The other semifinal pits 2012 Cadet World champion Karim JAFAROV (AZE) against Otto LOSONCZI (HUN).

Battling for a spot in the finals at 72 kg will be Cengiz ARSLAN (TUR) and Artur POLITAIEV (UKR) on the top side of the bracket. To get to the semis, Politaiev pinned 2011 Cadet World bronze medalist Armen HAKOBYAN (ARM) with a first-period fall. Arslan took out 2014 Youth Olympic champion and 2016 Junior World bronze medalist Islambek DADOV (AZE) in the quarters.

On the bottom side, it will be 2016 Junior World silver medalist Kaharman KISSYMETOV (KAZ) against two-time Junior World champion and 2011 Cadet World champion Ramaz ZOIDZE (GEO).

At 82 kg, 2017 U23 World silver medalist Gela BOLKVADZE (GEO) wrestled his way to the semifinals and will face Takahiro TSURUDA (JPN) tonight.

On the other side of the bracket, home country’s Nicu OJOG (ROU), a 2015 Cadet World bronze medalist, will face two-time Junior African champion Ahmed Hassan AHMED (EGY), who, earlier in the day, knocked off the returning U23 World champion Vaag MARGARIAN (RUS) with a fall.

2017 U23 World champion Aleksandr GOLOVIN (RUS) defeated 2015 Junior World champion Nikoloz KAKHELASHVILI (ITA) in the quarterfinals to advance to the 97 kg semifinals. There, he will take on 2016 Junior World champion Giorgi MELIA (GEO).

The final semifinal of the night will feature three-time age-group World medalist Zsolt TOEROEK (HUN) and Ali Akbar HEIDARI (IRI).

The semifinals are set for 5:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET). Fans can watch live on unitedworldwrestling.org.

Semifinal matchups

60 kg
Kenchiro FUMITA (JPN) vs. Mehdi Seifollah MOHSEN NEJAD (IRI)
Murad MAMMADOV (AZE) vs. Kerim KAMAL (TUR)

67 kg
Alen MIRZOIAN (RUS) vs. Mohamed Ibrahim ELSAYED (EGY)

72 kg
Ramaz ZOIDZE (GEO) vs. Kaharman KISSYMETOV (KAZ)

82 kg
Nicu OJOG (ROU) vs. Ahmed Hassan AHMED (EGY)

97 kg
Ali Akbar HEIDARI (IRI) vs. Zsolt TOEROEK (HUN)
Giorgi MELIA (GEO) vs. Aleksandr GOLOVIN (RUS)


Russia Wins Two Golds on Sunday, Claims #BuchaWrestU23 Team Title

By Taylor Miller

BUCHAREST, Romania – Russia claimed the men’s freestyle team title, producing two champions on Sunday night at the 2018 U23 World Championships in Bucharest, Romania.

2018 U23 European champion Magomedrasul IDRISOV (RUS) began the night with a gold medal for Russia, defeating Sean FAUSZ (USA), 11-1, in the 61 kg finals, fueled by three takedowns in the second period.

At 74 kg, Avtandil KENTCHADZE (GEO) made his second World finals appearance in just a few weeks after claiming silver at the 2018 Senior World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, last month.

This time, he topped the podium, sticking host country’s Maxim VASILIOGLO (ROU) in the first period at the 1:51 mark.

Winning the crown at 86 kg was Kamran GHASEMPOUR (IRI), a 2013 Cadet World bronze medalist. Ghasempour controlled the entire match, giving up only one point to 2017 Junior World champion Artur NAIFONOV (RUS) in a 4-1 win.

Scoring 10 points in the second period, 2018 U23 European champion Shamil ZUBAIROV (AZE) toppled Aslanbek SOTIEV (RUS) with a 13-8 comeback win for the World title at 92 kg.

In the last 90 seconds, Zubairov scored two takedowns plus exposure points to get ahead.

Ending the night with another gold medal for Russia was 2015 Junior World champion Said GAMIDOV (RUS), who pinned Youssif HEMIDA (USA) in 2:07 for his second age-group World title.

Sending five to Sunday’s medal matches, Iran went 4-1, picking up one gold and three bronzes to earn a spot on the podium, taking third with 105 points. Georgia finished second in the team race with 108 points. Rounding out the top five was Japan and USA.

Final results

61 kg
GOLD: Magomedrasul IDRISOV (RUS) df. Sean FAUSZ (USA), 11-1
BRONZE: Minghu LIU (CHN) df. Iman Mokhtar SADEGHIKOUKANDEH (IRI), 3-3

74 kg
GOLD: Avtandil KENTCHADZE (GEO) df. Maxim VASILIOGLO (ROU), fall
BRONZE: Timur BIZHOEV (RUS) df. Akhsarbek GULAEV (SVK), 5-2
BRONZE: Navid ZANGANEH (IRI) df. Andranik GABRIELYAN (ARM), 10-0

86 kg
BRONZE: Murad SULEYMANOV (AZE) df. Alexander MOORE (CAN), 10-0
BRONZE: Gankhuyag GANBAATAR (MGL) df. Arif OZEN (TUR), 4-1

92 kg
GOLD: Shamil ZUBAIROV (AZE) df. Aslanbek SOTIEV (RUS), 13-8
BRONZE: Bohdan HRYTSAY (UKR) df. Sargis HOVSEPYAN (ARM), 4-0

125 kg
GOLD: Said GAMIDOV (RUS) df. Youssif HEMIDA (USA), fall
BRONZE: Amin TAHERI (IRI) df. Kamil Tomasz KOSCIOLEK (POL), fall
BRONZE: Rolandi ANDRIADZE (GEO) df. Yasuhiro YAMAMOTO (JPN), 4-0

Team results
1. Russia – 181
2. Georgia – 108
3. Iran – 105
4. Japan – 93
5. USA – 92