Live Blog: World Championships Day 6 - GR 55kg, 72kg, 77kg, 82kg

By Vinay Siwach

OSLO, Norway (October 7) -- Greco-Roman action begins in Oslo on day six of the World Championships with two-time Olympic champion Roman VLASOV (RWF) aiming for a Worlds gold. A host of other Greco-Roman will be on the mat at the Jordan Amfi arena. (Day 5 Wrap - Gray, Fujinami Dominate to Gold)


1400: Quarterfinal results of the GR 82kg weight class

Burhan AKBUDAK (TUR) df Benjamin PROVISOR (USA), 10-0
Adlan AKIEV (RWF) df Hannes WAGNER (GER), via fall
Rafiq HUSEYNOV (AZE) df Alex KESSIDIS (SWE), 7-6
Pejman POSHTAM (IRI) df Radzik KULIYEU (BLR), 3-1

1350: Quarterfinal results of the GR 72kg weight class

Mohammad MOKHTARI (IRI) df Ulvu GANIZADE (AZE), 10-0
Malkhas AMOYAN (ARM) df Kristupas SLEIVA (LTU), 5-0
Sergei KUTUZOV (RWF) df Gevorg SAHAKYAN (POL), 7-3
Cengiz ARSLAN (TUR) df Mikko PELTOKANGAS (FIN), 9-0

1335: Quarterfinal results of the GR 77kg weight class

Roman VLASOV (RWF) df Mohammadali GERAEI (IRI), 10-1
Tamas LEVAI (HUN) df Viktor NEMES (SRB), 1-1
Sanan SULEYMANOV (AZE) df Roland SCHWARZ (GER), 10-2
Tsimur BERDYIEU (BLR) df Kodai SAKURABA (JPN), 11-3

1325: Quarterfinal results of the GR 55kg weight class

Ken MATSUI (JPN) df Ekrem OZTURK (TUR), 5-5 
Norayr HAKHOYAN (ARM) df Max NOWRY (USA), 9-0
Eldaniz AZIZLI (AZE) df Sardarbek KONUSHBAEV (KGZ), 10-1

1300: What a win! Rafig HUSEYNOV (AZE) trailed 0-1 at the break but goes for a five-point throw then a chest wrap to four for an 11-1 win over Kalidin ASYKEEV (KGZ)

1245: Another top bout at 77kg. Tamas LEVAI (HUN) and former world champ Viktor NEMES (SRB) will be wrestling for a spot in the quarterfinal

1230: Emin SEFERSHAEV (RWF) has set up a quarterfinal against Khorlan ZHAKANSHA (KAZ) at 55kg. At 77kg, a huge bout coming up as Roman VLASOV (RWF) wrestles Mohammadali Abdolhamid GERAEI (IRI). 

1205: Roland SCHWARZ (GER) is moving on to the next round after upsetting Alexandrin GUTU (MDA) 7-1. Good win for Schwarz

1150: Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Rafig HUSEYNOV (AZE) is once again back to 82kg. He won a silver in Nursultan and now he has begin with a 9-0 win over Ranet KALJOLA (EST)

1130: Alex BJURBERG KESSIDIS (SWE) wins a 9-3 battle against Maxat YEREZHEPOV (KAZ) to the delight of the crowd. 

1110: Two-time Olympic champion Roman VLASOV (RWF) in on Mat B against Tamerlan SHADUKAYEV (KAZ). He gets going with a passivity call. 1-0 up. A gut and a huge four-point throw against once again a gut and he will finish it 9-0 in two minutes and 10 seconds

1100: Tamas LEVAI (HUN) hangs on for a 5-5 win over Antonio KAMENJASEVIC (CRO) in a tough match. Meanwhile, World Championships bronze medalist Mohammadali GERAEI (IRI) wins 6-1 in his first bout.

1050: Junior world championships bronze medalist Alexandrin GUTU (MDA) gets going with a 7-2 win over Emmanuel BENITEZ CASTRO (MEX) in the opening round at 77kg

1030: We are underway with the Greco-Roman style here at Jordan Amfi arena. Big crowd in already for the day


Yazdani details emotional win over Taylor that propelled him to third world title

By Eric Olanowski

OSLO, Norway (November 26) --- Hassan “The Greatest” YAZDANI (IRI) headed into the Oslo World Championships with revenge on his mind. He lost to career rival David TAYLOR (USA) in three consecutive matches – including once in August via a last-second takedown in the Tokyo Olympic finals.

Yazdani turned the tides in Oslo on a cold October night and exacted revenge on Taylor and claimed his third world title.

United World Wrestling sat down with Yazdani after his epic win to talk about the losses that drove him to become a three-time world champion, what was different about his Iranian team in Oslo and what’s motivating him to chase a second Olympic gold medal.

The Epic Oslo Matchup:
Yazdani controlled the 86kg world finals match from start to finish to notch a solid 6-2 victory over Taylor in the highly anticipated 86kg final at the Oslo World Championships.

Yazdani's victory, coming two months after a heartbreaking loss to Taylor in the final at the Tokyo Olympics, gave him a third world title to go with his 2016 Rio Olympic gold, and capped a remarkable day for Iran in the Jordal Amfi arena.

"I made the people of Iran happy," Yazdani said. "I need to appreciate Taylor, because he worked as a motivation and inspiration for me to work better and better and become the champion."

The vocal contingent of Iranian fans were sent into a frenzy when rising star Amir ZARE (IRI) claimed the 125kg title, having earlier seen Iran gain finalists in all four weight classes that got underway Sunday, including Yazdani's cousin Amir YAZDANI (IRI).

"Iran always supports their wrestlers and fans here were great," Yazdani said. "And it was because of them and God I won."

The United States had mixed success in the two other finals, with Kyle DAKE (USA) prevailing at 74kg, but Daton FIX (USA) coming up short against Abasgadzhi MAGOMEDOV (RWF) at 61kg.

In Tokyo, Yazdani had to settle for the Olympic silver when Taylor scored a takedown with 17 seconds left for a 4-3 win in the final. On Sunday, he never gave the American the chance to get close.

Yazdani continually kept the pressure on, using an underhook to force Taylor to the edge and score a pair of stepout points in the first period. In the second period, he added a takedown, before Taylor got on the scoreboard with a takedown with 1:03 left.

With the clock ticking down, Taylor tried a counter lift, but Yazdani held firm and dumped him to the mat for a takedown and the final points of an well-earned victory.

"He's a great competitor," said Taylor, whose lone world title came in 2018, where he beat Yazdani in the first round. "Not my day."

Asked what he could have done differently, Taylor quipped, "Scored my points. He's a good wrestler. We will go again."