Chamizo Cements 74kg Tokyo Top Seed with Silver at Poland Open

By Vinay Siwach

WARSAW, Poland (June 9) – Having already locked up the top seed for Tokyo Olympics, Frank CHAMIZO (ITA) landed in Warsaw with a single goal of getting into wrestling form before the Games.

By the end of the day, he cemented his spot as the top-seeded wrestler at 74kg at the Olympic Games after winning Ranking Series silver, forfeiting the 74kg final on Wednesday.

The two-time world champion came into the Poland Open with a two-point advantage (62 points) over fellow two-time world gold medalist Zaurbek SIDAKOV (RUS). Despite settling for the silver medal on Wednesday, Chamizo collected 14 points Ranking Series points and sits atop the Tokyo ranks with 76 points.

Poland Open

“I wrestled three matches, and in the last one, it was getting a little hard on my shoulder,” Chamizo said. “I didn't wrestle the final because I am number one in the rankings and I have a lot of points. So next stop is Olympics.”

Perhaps it was the shoulder that was stopping him from going all out on Wednesday as he had close wins -- especially the semifinal. His Ukrainian opponent Semen RADULOV rallied back to score four points in the final minute after trailing 5-0. But Chamizo hung on for the win.

“I am chilling. I don't want to get hurt, do something wrong because Olympics is so close,” he said. “I want to take care of myself. Poland Open is not tough level so I was going easy.”

The next stop for the Italian will be Tokyo and he doesn't want to leave any stone unturned going into the second Games of the career.

“I am trying to getting better physically. I want to breathe better, like a Ferrari. Consistent and training hard and trying to get to the top in my training. I can't wait to be at the Olympics. It's a big moment and I want to live my dream. I am going to try and fight for my medal,” he said.

Also at 74kg, Daniyar KAISANOV (KAZ) claimed the bronze medal and improved his seed at the Tokyo Olympic Games. He scored 12 points and leapfrogged Zaurbek SIDAKOV (RUS) for the second seed. The Kazakh wrestler now has 69 points.

After removing wrestlers who we know won’t compete in Tokyo -- Jordan BURROUGHS (USA), Murad KURAMAGOMEDOV (HUN) and Soner DEMIRTAS (TUR) -- the top four seeds in Tokyo will be Chamizo, Kaisanov, Sidakov and Franklin GOMEZ MATOS (PUR), respectively.

At 61kg, Gulomjon ABDULLAEV (UZB) shocked world bronze medalist Ravi KUMAR (IND) en route to winning gold. He had stunned another bronze medalist Nurislam SANAYEV (KAZ) in the semifinals.

Abdullaev allowed his Indian opponent to capitalize on a late right-legged attack with three seconds left in the period and trailed 2-1 after the opening frame. In the closing period, the Uzbek flipped the script and struck twice on a pair of takedowns and never looked back. He surrendered a stepout point but hung on to win the match, 5-3.

Abdullaev vs Ravi Poland

Earlier in the day, Ravi had earned a 10-1 win over the same opponent before defeated Adlan ASKAROV (KAZ), Nathan TOMASELLO (USA) and Reza ATRINAGHARCHI (IRI) to reach the final.

“It was a tournament that I wanted to play before the Olympics,” Kumar said. “I wanted to check myself and I learned a lot. Hopefully, I don't make the mistakes again.”

“I was really slow at the start and I have to change it a lot. Sometimes the body isn't active enough and that was it.”

Despite falling to world bronze medalist Iszmail MUSZUKAJEV (HUN) in the morning session’s pool-play action, John DIAKOMIHALIS (USA) cruised to a three-point win over Eduard GRIGOREV (POL) in the 65kg gold-medal match and won his second career Poland Open gold medal.

In the first period, Diakomihalis scored a pair of takedowns and was awarded a fifth point from a failed Polish challenge. He struck early in the second period with a shot attempt that resulted in a step out at extended his lead to 6-1. The American closed out the match with another stepout and claimed his second Ranking Series title and first since winning the ’19 Yasar Dogu.

“He [Muszukajev] is very skilled and athletic,” Diakomihalis said. “I can wrestle with him but with guys like that who are explosive and then fade away a little bit, you have to have the right tactics. I thought I did.

“Fortunately I am able to go back and learn by watching the video. But it did expose a lot of weaknesses.”

Muszukajev later forfeited his bouts denying a possibility of a rematch with the American in the final. Instead, Grigorev made it to the final and captured the silver medal.

The home country did have a champion. Zbigniew BARANOWSKI (POL) claimed the gold medal in the 92kg final after a 12-3 win over Illia ARCHAIA (UKR), giving the home country something to cheer about.

The final saw a series of takedowns from Baranowski and a solid defensive performance which kept any attacks of Archaia away.

The Ukrainian had upset two-time world champion J'den COX (USA) in the semifinal with a 2-1 win. After being called for passivity, Archaia managed to pull off a takedown late in the second period and fend off an attack from Cox with a powerful pull of his leg.

Cox later did not wrestle for the bronze medal as he suffered cramps and continuous vomiting.

At 125kg, Amir ZARE (IRI) smothered Nicholas GWIAZDOWSKI (USA) in the finals, winning his second Ranking Series title after the two-time world bronze medalist was dinged with three fleeing the hold calls. Zare, who led 5-1 at the time of the third caution, used a right-ride underhook to dominate the match and only need 2 minutes and 40 seconds to score the bulldozing win.

The gold medal also won Zare the spot on the Iran team for the Olympics. Amin Hossein TAHERI (IRI) was also competing for the spot but he suffered a 6-3 loss to Youssif HEMIDA (EGY) in the quarterfinals.

Iran Undecided for 74kg

Iran, treating the Poland Open as a selection trial for their Olympic team, are yet to finalize the freestyle team. It arrived in Warsaw with 74kg, 97kg and 125kg as undecided but after two days of competition, they are yet to confirm the 74kg representative.

Mohammad MOHAMMADIAN (IRI) at 97kg and Amir ZARE (IRI) at 125kg were confirmed for the Tokyo team.

Vice-president of the Iran Wrestling Federation Hamid SOURIAN told UWW that they will take a decision at 74kg after conducting a technical committee meeting in Theran.

“We will sit with the committee and decided whether or not to host a trial for 74kg,” Sourian said. “For now, the 74kg weight class is the only undecided for Iran.”

On Wednesday, Mostafa HOSSEINKHANI (IRI) and Yones EMAMICHOGHAEI (IRI) were entered and were on collision course but Khadzhimurad GADZHIYEV (AZE) played spoilsport for Iran.

Both Iran wrestlers were to meet in the semifinal but Emamichoghaei lost to Gadzhiyev 4-2 before Hosseinkhani defeated the Azerbaijan wrestler 3-0 in the semifinal.

The Iran federation were planning to host the trial in Warsaw after the competition but decided to cancel it at the last moment keeping the fans waiting for the final team announcement.

125kg Podium


GOLD - Gulomjon ABDULLAEV (UZB) df Ravi KUMAR (IND), 5-3
BRONZE - Nurislam SANAYEV (KAZ) df Reza Ahmadali ATRINAGHARCHI (IRI), 5-0

GOLD -John Michael DIAKOMIHALIS (USA) df. Eduard GRIGOREV (POL), 7-3
BRONZE - Joseph Christopher MC KENNA (USA) df. Vasyl SHUPTAR (UKR), via forfiet

GOLD -Mostafa Mohabbali HOSSEINKHANI (IRI) df. Frank CHAMIZO MARQUEZ (ITA), via inj. def.
BRONZE - Daniyar KAISANOV (KAZ) df. Semen RADULOV (UKR), 5-2
BRONZE - Khadzhimurad GADZHIYEV (AZE) df. Kamil RYBICKI (POL), 9-1

GOLD - Zbigniew BARANOWSKI (POL) df. Illia ARCHAIA (UKR), 12-3
BRONZE - Nathan Dyamin JACKSON (USA) df. Rustam SHODIEV (UZB), 12-0
BRONZE - Krzysztof Grzegorz SADOWIK (POL) df. Jden Tbory COX (USA), via inj. def.

GOLD – Amir ZARE (IRI) df. Nicholas GWIAZDOWSKI (USA), via disqualification
BRONZE - Yusup BATIRMURZAEV (KAZ) vs. Youssif HEMIDA (EGY), 13-2
BRONZE - Oleksandr KOLDOVSKYI (UKR) df. Diaaeldin Kamal Gouda ABDELMOTTALEB (EGY), 7-0


Double Olympic Champ Vlasov Suffers Loss, Hurts Tokyo Games Chances

By Vinay Siwach

WARSAW, Poland (June 12) --- “The smallest,” Roman VLASOV (RUS) did not mince his words when asked about his chances to make the Russian team for the Tokyo Olympics.

He was the favorite to win the 77kg weight class in Warsaw on Saturday but the Russian suffered a shock defeat to the rising star Tamas LEVAI (HUN) in the semifinal 1-1, hurting his own chances of making the Russian team for the Games.

It was one of those matches where Vlasov failed to find his rhythm despite being the aggressive wrestler. He did not anticipate the tactics Levai deployed first to come out unharmed from the par terre position and then defend the 1-1 criteria lead until the end of time.

The two-time Olympic champion's fate now hangs in balance as Russia will decide the the Tokyo Olympian later this month.


In the 77kg final, Abuiazid MANTSIGOV (RUS) manhandled Levai -- outplacing Vlasov in the process -- and will likely square off against fellow world champion Aleksander CHEKHIRKIN (RUS) for the Russian 77kg at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Much like Iran did earlier in the week with their freestyle squad, Russia used the Poland Open as a special wrestle-off. But in the case of Russia’s 77kg spot, they used the Poland Open as a placeholder for a spot in a showdown against Chekhirkin, who punched his nation’s ticket to Tokyo through his gold-medal performance at the European Olympic Qualifier in March.

It’s not clear when or where the special wrestle-off will take place, but once that information is available, it’ll be posted on www.uww.org and all of our social media accounts.

However, Iran got their Olympian at 130kg. In the all-Iranian battle for the gold and a place on the team for Tokyo, Amin MIRZAZADEH (IRI) used a mean underhook throw-by with 45 seconds left in the second period to pick up the match's only offensive points against Aliakbar YOUSOFIAHMADCHALI (IRI). That was the match-deciding takedown, as Mirzazadeh claimed gold with the 3-1 victory.


There was a third Iranian -- Amir GHASEMIMONJEZI (IRI) -- part of the process but Muminjon ABDULLAEV (UZB) defeated him 8-0 in the quarterfinal to end his run for the Olympics.

Abdullaev finished with the bronze medal and will receive 12 points, breaking into the top four seedings for the Olympics. His 12 points made his jump over Moises Salvador PEREZ HELLBURG (VEN) and sit fourth with 40 points.

At 67kg, Murat FIRAT (TUR) forged a five-point second-period comeback and stopped Mohamed ELSAYED (EGY) from putting a third Ranking Series gold on his resume. The 24-year-old Turk surrendered an inactivity point and a right-sided two-point gut wrench against the Tokyo Olympian, but conserved enough energy to string together five unanswered points and steal the match from the Egyptian.

Firat’s point-scoring frenzy started with a pair of step-outs, followed by a two-point exposure that results from an inactivity point.

What the silver medal does is take Elsayed to second place in the Tokyo seeds at 67kg as he collected 12 points for his silver medal. His total of 50 points keeps him behind Ismael BORRERO MOLINA (CUB) who has 80 points but he moves ahead of Artem SURKOV (RUS) and Mate NEMES (SRB) who have 40 points and 39 points respectively.

Elsayed said he missed competing internationally and due to lack of training due to COVID-19, he was not 100 percent on Saturday. But the U23 world champion was confident of being in best shape for the Olympics.

Another Olympic qualified athlete claimed the gold medal as Jalgasbay BERDIMURATOV (UZB) traded inactivity points with Yaroslav FILCHAKOV (UKR) and held criteria in the end and grabbed 82kg gold.

The youngsters' win here doesn't give any ranking points for the Tokyo Olympics as he will be moving down to 77kg at the Olympics.

At 55kg, Max NOWRY (USA) was awarded the gold medal as he was the only entry in the weight class.

Greco-Roman wrestling will continue on Sunday with five more weight categories in action in Warsaw.



GOLD - Murat FIRAT (TUR) df. Mohamed ELSAYED (EGY), 5-3
BRONZE - Elmurat TASMURADOV (UZB) df. Makhmud BAKHSHILLOEV (UZB), via injury default
BRONZE - Bohdan KOVERNYUK (UKR) df. Mateusz SZEWCZUK (POL), 4-1

GOLD - Abuiazid MANTSIGOV (RUS) df. Tamas LEVAI (HUN), 9-0
BRONZE - Yasaf ZEINALOV (UKR) df. Yunus Emre BASAR (TUR), via injury default

GOLD – Jalgasbay BERDIMURATOV (UZB) df. Yaroslav FILCHAKOV (UKR), 1-1
BRONZE - Rafig HUSEYNOV (AZE) df. Magnus GROENVIK (NOR), 9-0

GOLD - Amin Mohammadzaman MIRZAZADEH (IRI) df. Aliakbar Hossein YOUSOFIAHMADCHALI (IRI), 3-1
BRONZE - Eduard POPP (GER) df. Heiki NABI (EST), via injury default