Russia Wins Two Golds as “Tank” Dominates at World Cadets

By Tim Foley

Abdulrashid “The Russian Tank” Sadulaev throws Muhammed Enes Altun of Turkey to his back during the finals of the Cadet World Championships Saturday afternoon in Zrenjanin, Serbia. Photo: T.R. Foley, FILA News

T.R. Foley, FILA News Bureau

ZRENJANIN, SERBIA (Aug. 24)-- Abdulrashid “The Russian Tank” Sadulaev lived up to his ominous and crushing nickname Saturday Night at the Cadet World Championships in Zrenjanin.

The 17-year-old Russian went 5-0 on the day, never ceding a point for his day on the mat. The 2012 World Champion at 76kg, Sadulaev met European silver medalist Muhammed Enes Altun of Turkey in the finals, securing the fall and his second consecutive world title in just 46 seconds. He was never challenged.

Russia’s other gold medal performance came at 50kg where Afbulagav Shakhbanov used his two-on-one setup to secure two takedowns on the way to a workman-like 7-3 win over European bronze medalist Mahir Amiraslanov of Azerbaijan.

Toshohiro Hasegawa of Japan and Iralki Mkheidze of Georgia took home the bronze.

Japan’s Ryo Matsui utilized the tournament’s best leg lace to defeat his semifinal and finals opponent by technical fall at 42kg. The diminutive wrestler changed levels on his feet to open up various leg attacks. Once on top he locked up opponent’s ankles and spun repeatedly for one-point exposures. He beat Iran’ Younes Emamchoghaei in the finals, 8-1.

Viktor Terzi of Ukraine and Jatin of India picked up the bronze medals at 42kg.

Turkey’s Selim Kozan impressed against longtime rival Ramaz Zoidze of Georgia earning a first period technical fall in the finals at 58kg.  Kozan launched an exciting three-point toss seconds after the opening whistle.  Their finals match was a rematch of a second-round qualification match at the European Championships won by Kozan, 6-3.

In the semifinals Kozan upended Mahammadali Aliyev of Azerbijian 4-2, only weeks after Aliyev beat him 5-2 in the finals of the European Championships.

Aliyev and Uruzbeg Tcomartov of Russia would go on to win the bronze.

The night’s most competitive and compelling match belonged to Kamran Ghasempour of Iran and Abdulmuslim Mukhuddinov of Azerbaijan. The continental champions opened with a flurry of action, much of which benefitted the agile and aggressive Ghasempour. The Iranian held his 3-2 lead late in the second period, but with only seconds remaining Mukhuddinov used a whizzer to bump Ghasempour hips and whip him to his back where the Azerbaijani would quickly earn the fall.

Latvia’s Alberts Juvcenko won his country’s first medal of the competition, pinning India’s Pritam in 2:37. Tariel Gaphrindashvili of Georgia earned the other bronze.

Ten countries won medals on the first day (Russia, Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Japan, India, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Ukraine and Latvia), a modest decline in the parity seen the opening day of the women’s

freestyle competition where a dozen countries won medals. The Americans, who finished eighth a year ago, failed to advance any wrestlers into the medal round.

Action resumes Sunday  at 9am local time (7am GMT/3am EST) with 46kg, 54kg, 63kg, 76kg and 100kg. Finals are scheduled for 4pm local time (Noon GMT/8am EST). Tune-in to for the LIVE streaming action and up-to-minute results.


At Zrenjanin, Serbia, August 24

Men’s freestyle  

42 kg/92.5 lbs.

Gold – Ryo Matsui (Japan)
Silver – Younes Emamchoghaei (Iran)
Bronze – Viktor Terzi (Ukraine)
Bronze – Jatin Jatin (India)
5th – Aybek Suleymanov (Kazakhstan)
5th – Temerlan Aliev (Russia)
7th - Viktor Lyzen (Germany)
8th - Farrukh Aliyev (Azerbaijan)
9th - Sanzharbek Turdubaev (Kyrgyzstan)
10th - Marton Nemeth (Hungary)
Gold – Ryo Matsui (Japan) tech. fall Younes Emamchoghaei (Iran), 8-1
Bronze – Viktor Terzi (Ukraine) tech. fall Aybek Suleymanov (Kazakhstan), 9-0
Bronze – Jatin Jatin (India) tech fall Temerlan Aliev (Russia), 7-0


50 kg/110 lbs.

Gold – Abdulagav Shakhbanov (Russia)

Silver – Mahir Amiraslanov (Azerbaijan)

Bronze – Toshohiro Hasegawa (Japan)

Bronze – Iralki Mkheidze (Georgia)

5th – Ravinder Ravinder (India)

5th – Patryk Olenczyn (Poland)

7th - Spencer Lee (USA)

8th - Abbos Rakhmonov (Uzbekistan)

9th - Pavel Ivanov (Bulgaria)

10th - Abolfazi Hajipouramiji (Iran)

Gold – Abdulagav Shakhbanov (Russia) dec. Mahir Amiraslanov (Azerbaijan), 7-3

Bronze – Toshohiro Hasegawa (Japan) dec. Ravinder Ravinder (India), 11-8

Bronze – Iralki Mkheidze (Georgia) tech. fall Patryk Olenczyn (Poland), 8-0


58 kg/127.75 lbs.

Gold – Selim Kozan (Turkey)

Silver – Ramaz Zoidze (Georgia)

Bronze – Mahammadali Aliyev (Azerbaijan)

Bronze – Uruzbeg Tcomartov (Russia)

5th – Amit Amit (India)

5th – Dzianis Maksimau (Belarus)

7th - Maxim Sacultan (Moldova)

8th - Rei Higuchi (Japan)

9th - Sean Fausz (USA)

10th - Marcin Majka (Poland)

Gold – Selim Kozan (Turkey) dec. Ramaz Zoidze (Georgia), 7-0

Bronze – Mahammadali Aliyev (Azerbaijan) dec. Amit Amit (India), 3-0

Bronze - Uruzbeg Tcomartov (Russia) tech. fall Dzianis Maksimau (Belarus), 8-1


69 kg/152 lbs.

Gold – Abdulmuslim Mukhuddinov (Azerbaijan)

Silver – Kamran Ghasempour (Iran)

Bronze – Tariel Gaphrindashvili (Georgia)

Bronze – Alberts Juvcenko (Latvia)

5th – Timur Bizhoev (Russia)

5th – Pritam Pritam (India)

7th - Yernar Amangeldyev (Kazakhstan)

8th - Tigran Mnatsakanyan (Armenia)

9th - Benjamin Optiz (Germany)

10th - Jon Jay Chavez (USA)

Gold – Abdulmuslim Mukhuddinov (Azerbaijan) pin Kamran Ghasempour (Iran), 3:47

Bronze – Tariel Gaphrindashvili (Georgia) pin Timur Bizhoev (Russia), 1:13

Bronze – Alberts Juvcenko (Latvia) pin Pritam Pritam (India), 2:37


85 kg/187.4 lbs.

Gold – Abdulrashid Sadulaev (Russia)

Silver – Muhammed Enes Altun (Turkey)

Bronze – Zhassulan Yermembet (Kazakhstan)

Bronze – Nuramagomed Gadzhiyev (Azerbaijan)

5th – Abdallah Hatem Abdelmotelb (Egypt)

5th – Hossein Shanbazi Gazvar (Iran)

7th - Parveen Parveen (India)

8th - Beksultan Sultanaliev (Kyrgyzstan)

9th - Dmitri Ceacusta (Moldova)

10th - Shun Umehara (Japan)

Gold – Abdulrashid Sadulaev (Russia) pin Muhammed Enes Altun (Turkey), 0:46

Bronze – Zhassulan Yermembet (Kazakhstan) tech. fall Abdallah Hatem Abdelmotelb (Egypt), 7-4 (2 three-point throws)

Bronze - Nuramagomed Gadzhiyev (Azerbaijan) tech fall Hossein Shanbazi Gazvar (Iran), 8-0

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