All Ten Russian Women Reach Podium At Cadet European Championships, Six Strike Gold

By Eric Olanowski

FAENZA, Italy (June 21) – It's almost unthinkable to imagine that Russia could repeat their Day 4 output that saw all five wrestlers win a cadet European medal -- including three of which were golds. But they were able to get the Russian national anthem played on the loudspeaker three times after Valeriia KHAIDAROVA, Viktoriia KHUSAINOVA, and Viktoriia PEREVOZKINA each dominated their way to a Cadet European title. 

On Thursday, they won three golds, a silver, and a bronze, with their three gold-medal winners outscoring their opponents by a combined score of 25-2. On Friday, they also won three golds, a silver, and a bronze, but their three gold medalists one-upped their teammates and scored two falls and one technical superiority victory. 

Valeriia Khaidarova and Viktoriia Pervozkina were the two Russian wrestlers who picked up falls, while Viktoriia Khusainova forged an 11-1 victory on her way to a continental title. 

Valeriia Khaidarova cinched up Russia's first gold of the day, planting Zozan AKAR (TUR) on her back for the fall in the opening period of the 40kg finals. Up until Khaidarova scored the fall, she was trailing 6-5, but stepped over a Turkish gut wrench attempt and won her second European title and first since she won the 2017 U15 European Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. 

Viktoriia PEREVOZKINA was one of two Russian women to stick their finals opponent on Day 5. (Photo: Kadir Caliskan)

The second Russian to stick her finals opponent was Viktoriia Perevozkina. She scored four takedowns in the first period and carried the 8-0 lead into the second period before head locking her Swiss opponent for the fall while leading 12-2. 

Pervozkina's gold-medal win on Friday night was her first European title and an improvement from her second-place finish from last year's U15 European Championships. 

Viktoriia KHUSAINOVA (RUS) handed Russia their third gold medal of the day with an 11-1 technical superiority victory over Germany's Amory Olivia ANDRICH (GER)  in the 61kg finals. (Photo: Kadir Caliskan)

Viktoriia Khusainova easily handled Amory Olivia ANDRICH (GER) in the 53kg finals. She was up 7-1 before ending the match with a pair a trapped arm gut wrenches to win the title with an 11-1 technical superiority victory. 

Russia also had a silver medalist and a bronze-medal finisher on Day 5. Tatiana KABANOVA (RUS) fell to Yuliia LESKOVETS (UKR), 2-1 in the 61kg finals, and Anastasia KOZLOVA (RUS) stuck Patrycja Monika SLOMSKA (POL) for the bronze medal at 69kg. 

With their ten Cadet European medals, Russia (220 points) finished the women's wrestling competition with the team title, 80 points ahead of second place Ukraine (140 points). Italy had 72 points and rounded out the top three in the team race. 

With Greco-Roman and women's wrestling behind us, freestyle takes over tomorrow morning. The action begins at 11:30 (local time) and can be followed on www.unitedworldwrestling.org. 


Final Women's Wrestling Team Scores
GOLD - Russia (220 points)
SILVER - Ukraine (140 points)
BRONZE - Belarus (83 points) 
Fourth - Germany (79 points)
Fifth - Italy (74 points)

GOLD - Valeriia KHAIDAROVA (RUS) df. Zozan AKAR (TUR), via fall 
BRONZE - Violetta SEMCHOVA (UKR) df. Alisa BORA (ROU), 6-5 
BRONZE - Michela CHESSA (ITA) df. Alina KURYLENKA (BLR), 4-1

GOLD - Viktoriia PEREVOZKINA (RUS) df. Svenja JUNGO (SUI), via fall 
BRONZE - Georgiana Lavinia ANTUCA (ROU)  df. Siria PERRONE (ITA), 4-4 
BRONZE - Tatsiana PERTSAVA (BLR) df. Daryna MATSOLA (UKR), 4-1 

GOLD - Viktoriia KHUSAINOVA (RUS) df. Amory Olivia ANDRICH (GER), 11-1 
BRONZE - Elnura MAMMADOVA (AZE) df. Patrycja Ewa STRZELCZYK (POL), 3-0 
BRONZE - Alesia HETMANAVA (BLR) df. Flora VIZI (HUN), 4-0 

GOLD - Yuliia LESKOVETS (UKR) df. Tatiana KABANOVA (RUS), 2-1 
BRONZE - Aurora RUSSO (ITA) df. Derya Nur KARADUMAN (TUR), 12-0
BRONZE - Iva GERIC (CRO) df. Chadia AYACHI (FRA), 4-3 

GOLD - Lili UJFALVI (HUN) df. Alina MAKSIMAVA (BLR), 4-3
BRONZE - Sophia SCHAEFLE (GER) df. Paula Aurelia Izabela ROTARU (ROU), 9-6
BRONZE - Anastasia KOZLOVA (RUS) df. Patrycja Monika SLOMSKA (POL), via fall 


Russian Cadets Match Junior Squad, Sweep European Team Races

By Eric Olanowski

FAENZA, Italy (June 23) – The Cadet European Championships came to a close on Sunday night with five different nations claiming individual freestyle golds, but it was the Russian Federation who grabbed the team title to pick up their second straight continental sweep. Their junior team also won the freestyle, Greco-Roman and women's wrestling team tiles two weeks ago in Pontevedra, Spain. 

Overall, through the three cadet, junior and senior European Championships, Russia has accumulated eight out of nine team titles. They swept the cadet and junior European Championships, while also finishing with two of three team titles at the Senior European Championships. So far, Ukraine’s women’s wrestlers are the only ones to dethrone the Russians in a team race. 

In Faenza, Russia’s freestyle team capped off their run to a third team title of the week with nine medals and were ten points shy of hitting 200 points. They welcomed their 190 points from four champions, a silver medalist, and four bronze medals. 

They had a trio of Day 6 champions and grabbed their fourth freestyle gold medal of the competition when Abdulkerim ABDULAEV (RUS) demolished Davit KUTCHUASHVILI (GEO), 10-0 in the 72kg gold-medal bout to close out the tournament. 

In the finals, Abdulaev dug his toes in the mat and pushed Kutchuashvili out of bounds shortly after being awarded an inactivity point and collected the two-point advantage over the Georgian heading into the final two minutes of the match. 

In the second period, Abdulaev halted Kutchuashvili’s knee pull single off the whistle and picked up a counter-offensive spin behind. This extended his lead to 4-0. Abdulaev quickly jumped to a left-sided gut wrench then hopped over, locking up a trap arm gut wrench. The Russian ended the match with a pair of turns and won his first European title since winning gold at the 2017 U15 European Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. 

Azerbaijan finished in second place with a solo champion, a pair of runner-ups, and four bronze-medal finishers. Their lone gold medalist came on Sunday night when Sabir JAFAROV (AZE) defeated Genik ASATRYAN (ARM), 6-1 in the 60kg finals. 

Georgia ended their tournament with 140 points, which was good enough for third in the team race. Nikolozi SANTELADZE (GEO) reached the top of the podium on Sunday with a 12-5 win against Murad HAGVERDIYEV (AZE) in the 45kg finals. They also had two wrestlers fall short in the finals and had to settle for a pair of silvers, while also finishing with three bronze medalists. 


Final Freestyle Team Scores 
GOLD – Russia (190 points)
SILVER – Azerbaijan (153 points)
BRONZE – Georgia (140 points)
Fourth – Armenia (102 points)
Fifth - Ukraine (87 points)

GOLD - Nikolozi SANTELADZE (GEO) df. Murad HAGVERDIYEV (AZE), 12-5 
BRONZE - Tolga OZBEK (TUR) df. Anzor MAZHIDOV (RUS), 8-4
BRONZE - Mikita BERAZUN (BLR) df. Stefan SHTERJOV (MKD), 4-2 

GOLD - Mykyta ABRAMOV (UKR) df. Giorgi GOGRITCHIANI (GEO), 16-6 
BRONZE - Kanan HEYBATOV (AZE) df. Ilya RAHOZAU (BLR), 10-0 
BRONZE - Umar UMAROV (RUS) df. Pavel GRAUR (MDA), 8-1 

GOLD - Sabir JAFAROV (AZE) df. Genik ASATRYAN (ARM), 6-1 
BRONZE - Ayub Muratovitch MUSAEV (BEL) df. Alexandru Ioan MATEA (ROU), 10-0 

GOLD - Abdulkerim ABDULAEV (RUS) df. Davit KUTCHUASHVILI (GEO), 10-0 
BRONZE - Muhammed Halit OZMUS (TUR) df. Gabriel IGLESIAS RAMOS (ESP), 10-0 
BRONZE - Menua YARIBEKYAN (ARM) df. Lilian BALAN (MDA), 6-4 

GOLD - Lyova GEVORGYAN (ARM) df. Islam KARTOEV (RUS), 6-3 
BRONZE - Sagadulla AGAEV (AZE) df. Redjep HAJDARI (MKD), 15-2