Ukraine's Kremzer Reclaims World Title, Japan Takes Team Honors at Cadet Championships

By William May

HUMENNE, Slovakia – Olena KREMZER (UKR) won her second cadet world title and Japan turned away a challenge from Ukraine and Russia for team honors on the final day of female events at the Cadet Wrestling World Championships.

Kremzer, one of three finalists from Ukraine at Humenne Hockey Stadium, scored a late snap-down and go-behind to come from behind and defeat European bronze medalist Alina KAZYMOVA (RUS), 4-3, in the 52kg final for a gold to go with her 2012 gold at 40kg and a 2013 silver at 46kg.

Earlier, Yumeko TANABE (JPN) stunned returning champion Oksana LIVACH (UKR) with a technical fall in the 40kg final and 2013 bronze medalist Miho IGARASHI (JPN) turned away European silver medalist Mariana KOLOS (UKR), 9-1, in the 46kg final.

The victories by Tanabe and Igarashi gave Japan a total of five champions and three bronze medalists over two days for 77 points and the team title ahead of Russia with 65 points and Ukraine with 62.

In the day’s other finals, European champions Grace BULLEN (NOR) and Nicole AMMANN (GER) won titles at 60kg and 70kg, besting challengers from May’s European meet in Samokov, Bulgaria.

Wrestling continues Saturday, July 18, in freestyle at five weight categories: 42kg, 50kg, 58kg, 69kg, and 85kg. 

Female Wrestling

40kg (13 entries)
Klippan winner Yumeka TANABE (JPN) shook off an early takedown by returning world champion Oksana LIVACH (UKR) and scored 12 unanswered points for the technical fall at 2:52 and her first world title.

In the bronze medal bouts, European silver medalist Aleksandra SKIRENKO (RUS) could not finish a nearfall situation in the first period against Derya KAYAR (TUR) but came back with a hip toss in the second for the fall at 3:06.

Asia champion Dinura SULAIMANOVA (KGZ) rolled up a quick technical fall against European bronze medalist Stefanuia PRICEPUTU (ROU), 10-0, in 1:12.

46kg (17 entries)
World bronze medalist Miho IGARASHI (JPN) darted past European silver medalist Mariana KOLOS (UKR) with single-leg and double-leg takedowns, capping her high energy performance with a double-leg with lift for four points and a 9-1 victory.

European champion Turkan NASIROVA (AZE) secured a fall at 1:45 over Annika WENDLE (GER) for one bronze medal and Morgane GERARD (ITA) scored a go-behind takedown midway through the first period and made it stand for a 2-1 win over Beata KOSLA (POL, 13w5) for the second bronze.

52kg (19 entries)
In a match-up of 2013 world silver medalists, Olena KREMZER (UKR) scrambled for a late go-behind for a 4-3 win over Alina KAZYMOVA (RUS) to claim the 2014 gold medal.  Kremzer, who was also the world champion in 2012, took silver at 46kg while Kazymova was the 49kg runner-up.

Haruna OKUNO (JPN) cranked Gabriella GARCIA (USA) over an arm bar and pressed for the fall at 1:49 for one of Japan’s bronze medals while Elena BRUGGER (GER) made sure an early go-behind was enough against Arianna CARIERI (ITA) for German’s first medal of the evening.

60kg (20 entries)
In a repeat of the European championship final in May, Grace BULLEN (NOR) scored a single-leg takedown and a series of force-outs over

Koumba LARROQUE (FRA) for Norway’s first cadet gold since 1990 and third overall. 

Klippan Open winner Yukako KAWAI (JPN) rebounded from a semifinal loss to Bullen to claim Japan’s second bronze medal of the evening with an 11-0 technical fall over Emma JOHANSSON (SWE).

European bronze medalist Anzhelina LYSAK (UKR) whipped Paulina NASTAROWICZ (POL) to her back early and held for the fall at 1:20 in the other bronze medal final.

70kg (17 entries)
European champion Nicole AMMANN (GER) rolled up at 10-0 lead against European bronze medalist Natalia STRZALKA (POL) and then held for the fall at 2:56 for Germany’s first gold medal in the women’s events since Brigitte WAGNER (GER) won at 40kg in 1998.

Olga ZENNA (BLR), only 11th in the 2012 European championships, notched her third victory by fall for the day against Lisa NEUMAIER (AUT) with an over-and-under lock and drop, with the slap of the mat coming at 1:02 for one bronze medal.

Kristina DUDAEVA (RUS) forged an 8-0 win over European bronze medalist Pauline LeCARPENTIER (FRA) with go-behind counters and leg turn for the second bronze.
GOLD: Yumenka TANABE (JPN) df. Oksana LIVACH (UKR) by TF, 12-2
BRONZE: Aleksandra SKIRENKO (RUS) df. Kayar DERYA (TUR) by FALL
BRONZE: Dinura SULAIMANOVA (KGZ) df. Stefania Claudia PRICEPUTU (ROU) by TF, 10-0 

Semifinal: Yumenka TANABE (JPN) df. Dinura SULAIMANOVA (KGZ) by TF, 11-0
Semifinal: Oksana LIVACH (UKR) df. Kayar DERYA (TUR) by TF, 10-0 

GOLD: Miho IGRASHI (JPN) df. Mariana KOLOS (UKR), 9-1
BRONZE: Morgane GERARD (ITA) df. Beata KOSLA (POL), 3-1

Semifinal: Miho IGRASHI (JPN) df. Annika WENDLE (GER) by TF, 10-0
Semifinal: Mariana KOLOS (UKR) df. Beata KOSLA (POL) by FALL, 6-0
GOLD: Olena KREMZER (UKR) df. Alina KAZYMOVA (RUS), 4-3 
BRONZE: Elena BRUGGER (GER) df. Arianna CARIERI (ITA), 3-1 
BRONZE: Haruna OKUNO (JPN) v. Gabrielle GARCIA (USA) by TF, 10-0

Semifinal: Alina KAZYMOVA (RUS) df. Gabrielle GARCIA (USA), 4-2
Semifinal: Olena KREMZER (UKR) df. Elena BRUGGER (GER) by TF, 10-0
GOLD: Bullen GRACE (NOR) df. Koumba LARROQUE (FRA), 5-0
BRONZE: Yukako KAWAI (JPN) df. Emma JOHANSSON (SWE) by TF, 11-0

Semifinal: Koumba LARROQUE (FRA) df. Anhelina LYSAK (UKR), 5-4
Semifinal: Bullen GRACE (NOR) df. Yukako KAWAI (JPN) by FALL, 11-1
GOLD: Nicole AMMANN (GER) df. Natalia STRZALKA (POL) by FALL

Semifinal: Nicole AMMANN (GER) df. Pauline LECARPENITIER (FRA), 4-0
Semifinal: Natalia STRZALKA (POL) df. Volha ZENINA (BLR) by FALL, 6-0