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Azerbaijan Brings #WrestleDortmund Gold Medal Haul to Three

By Eric Olanowski

DORTMUND, Germany (June 29) --- Azerbaijan’s Kanan HEYBATOV (AZE) and Dzhabrail GADZHIEV (AZE), cornered by recent-retiree and Rio Olympic bronze medalist Jabrail HASANOV (AZE), claimed junior European gold on Wednesday night and brought their overall gold medal haul to three.

Turan BAYRAMOV (AZE), who won 70kg gold on Tuesday night, was Azerbaijan’s third junior freestyle gold medalist.

After two cadet European bronze medal finishes, Heybatov finally got over the hump and claimed his long-awaited gold medal. He trailed Levik MIKAYELYAN (ARM), 3-0, but flipped his offensive switch on and picked up a pair of takedowns and exposures in the final two minutes and won the 61kg title, 8-5.

Gadzhiev, a  ’19 cadet world champion, blew through Taner GARIP (TUR) and won his second European title of the year. He also won gold at the U23 European Championships earlier this year.

In the first period, Gadzhiev trailed 1-0, but grasped a high-level single leg and quickly transitioned into a right-side gut wrench for the 4-1 lead. In the closing period, the 19-year-old planted Garip on his face with a snap down and extended his lead to 6-1. He pushed that lead to eight points after he threw his Turkish opponent for four points. Leading 10-2, the Azeri used an underhook throw-by to pick up the match-ending takedown and the 74kg title.

Arslan BAGAEV (RUS) scores the match-winning stepout against Joshua MORODION (GER) in the 86kg finals. (Photo: Kadir Caliskan)

Meanwhile, Russia (185 points) came into Wednesday with three champs and tacked on two additional golds, and walked away with the team title, 59 points ahead of second-place Turkey (126 points)

Azerbaijan (119 points), Ukraine (103 points) and Armenia (101 points) rounded out the top five in the freestyle team race.

Arslan BAGAEV (RUS) bagged 86kg gold with an impressive 10-0 throttling of Joshua MORODION (GER).  While leading 1-0 off a step out, the Russian hit an elbow pass to a trio of leg laces and headed into the second period with a commanding 9-0 lead. He wasted no time in the second period, shooting an open double leg which resulted in a stepout to win, 10-0.

Islam KILCHUKOV (RUS) picked up a four-point win over Johannes MAYER (GER) in the 92kg finals and handed Russia their fifth overall gold medal of the competition. He picked up an inactivity point and stopped a pair of German shots and scooped up four counteroffensive points to win, 5-1.

The final freestyle gold medal of the competition went to Lyova GEVORGYAN (ARM). He crushed Aydin AHMADOV (AZE) in the gold medal match and won his second career European title and first since winning the ’18 cadet European gold. He only needed a little over two minutes to score his 11 points and reach the top of the European podium.

Wrestling at the Junior European Championships resumes on Thursday at 11:30 (local time) and can be followed on www.uww.org.

RESULTS

61kg
GOLD - Kanan HEYBATOV (AZE) df. Levik MIKAYELYAN (ARM), 8-5
BRONZE - Daviti ABDALADZE (GEO) df. Khamzat ARSAMERZOUEV (FRA), 3-3
BRONZE - Pavel ANDRUSCA (MDA) df. Hamza ZOPALI (TUR), 8-4

74kg
GOLD - Dzhabrail GADZHIEV (AZE) df. Taner GARIP (TUR), 12-2
BRONZE - Magomed ABDULKADYROV (RUS) df. Vladimeri GAMKRELIDZE (GEO), 3-3
BRONZE - Stas David WOLF (GER) df. Vadym KURYLENKO (UKR), 7-3l

86kg
GOLD - Arslan BAGAEV (RUS) df Joshua Philipp David MORODION (GER), 10-0
BRONZE - Rakhim MAGAMADOV (FRA) Denys SAHALIUK (UKR), 6-1
BRONZE - Emre CIFTCI (TUR) df. Joel HENCZ (HUN), 7-5

92kg
GOLD - Islam KILCHUKOV (RUS) df. Johannes MAYER (GER), 5-1
BRONZE - Sergey SARGSYAN (ARM)  df. Krisztian Gabor ANGYAL (HUN), 11-0
BRONZE - Daniil PIDLYPENETS (UKR) df. Andro MARGISHVILI (GEO), 3-2

125kg
GOLD - Lyova GEVORGYAN (ARM) df. Aydin AHMADOV (AZE), 11-0"
BRONZE - Arsamag ZASSEEV (RUS) df. Daniel PIRTACHI (MDA), 11-0
BRONZE - Vasyl SOVA (UKR) df. Csaba UBORNYAK (HUN), 6-5

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Georgia Wins GR Title with Two Gold on Final Day at #WrestleDortmund

By Vinay Siwach

DORTMUND, Germany (July 4) --- After having subdued day at the junior European Championships on Saturday, Russia came up with two gold medal winning performances on Sunday to regain some lost ground in Dortmund, Germany.

Winning the title at 82kg and 97kg, Russia managed to climb up to the second spot in the team title race with Georgia winning the title as it won three gold and two silver. Turkey, with one gold, silver and bronze each in Dortmund, finished third.

Amirkhan TSECHOEV (RUS) was the first gold medalist for Russia as he claimed the 82kg title by beating Mykyta ALIEKSIEIEV (UKR) in the final. This was the second title for Russia for the event after Pavel REKLIN (RUS) won gold at 55kg on Saturday.

Tsechoev took the momentum in the 82kg final and was awarded a point for Alieksieiev's passivity. From the par terre position, he got two points for a throw. He was awarded two more points for another throw but Ukraine challenged tha call. Ukraine won the challenge but Russia still led 4-0.

In rush of adrenaline, Alieksiesiev went for a body lock but Tsechoev used that momentum to convert it into a four point throw. In just one minute 49 seconds, the Russian captured the gold medal with a technical superiority win.

A historic moment was witnessed at 82kg as Marcel STERKENBURG (NED) became the first ever medalist for Netherlands at the junior European Championships. He defeated Mikhail KHACHATURAU (BLR) 9-3 in a tense bronze medal bout.

Aleksei MILESHIN (RUS)Aleksei MILESHIN (RUS) won the 97kg title at junior European Championships in Dortmund. (Photo: UWW / Kadir Caliskan)

Aleksei MILESHIN (RUS) was the second Russian to win the gold medal on Sunday. He ended the hopes of local wrestler Anton VIEWEG (GER) by beating him 5-0 in the 97kg final.

Mileshin, a cadet World Championships silver medalist, got a point for Vieweg's passivity. He used a throw from par terre to increase the lead to 3-0. In the second period, he scored a takedown and hung on to the 5-0 lead to win the top medal.

Georgia also had two European champions on Sunday as Pridon ABULADZE (GEO) won the 60kg title while Giorgi CHKHIKVADZE (GEO) won the 72kg title.

In the 60kg final, Abuladze scored a come-from-behind victory over Dinislam BAMMATOV (RUS). Bammatov was leading 4-0 but Abuladze scored five unanswered points to win 5-4. A disappointed Russian expressed his displeasure at the end and even his coach showed a protest.

Bammatov used a chest wrap to gut wrench to lead 4-0. But it all changed in the second period, he was called for passivity and Abuladze scored a step out. Russia challenged the call but lost and the difference was reduced to 4-3.

After a warning, the referee cautioned Bammatov for using aggressive force on Abuladze's arm and the judges confirmed it which gave the Georgian a 5-4 lead. The clock expired at the same score.

But Abuladze's biggest win came in the semifinal when he defeated former senior European champion Edmond NAZARYAN (BUL) 3-2. The Bulgarian, a cadet world champion, was the favourite to win the title.

At 72kg, Chkhikvadze defeated Attila TOESMAGI (HUN) 4-1 in the final. The Youth Olympic Games champion led 1-0 after the Hungarian's inactivity. He added two more points with a throw from par terre.

Toesmagi, a bronze medalist at cadet Worlds, could not take advantage after the Georgian was called for inactivity. Toesmagi challenged for a leg foul but lost. The score changed to 4-1 but remained in Georgian's favour.

Azerbaijan won a gold medal on Sunday with Hasrat JAFAROV (AZE) defeating Serhat KIRIK (TUR) in just one minute and 39 seconds.

It only needed a passivity from Kirik as Jafarov pounced on the opportunity and combined a throw and gut to lead 4-0. It looked like Kirik would defend the next attack from the Azerbaijani but Jafarov's strength was unmatched.

He scored two more throws for four points and secured a 9-0 win in the 67kg final.

RESULTS GR

60kg
GOLD: Pridon ABULADZE (GEO) df Dinislam BAMMATOV (RUS), 5-4

BRONZE: Nihat MAMMADLI (AZE) df Hleb MAKARANKA (BLR), 4-0
BRONZE: Edmond NAZARYAN (BUL) df Arslanbek SALIMOV (POL), 12-7

67kg
GOLD: Hasrat JAFAROV (AZE) df Serhat KIRIK (TUR), 9-0

BRONZE: Shant KHACHATRYAN (ARM) df Vilius SAVICKAS (LTU), 10-1
BRONZE: Luka OCHIGAVA (GEO) df Adam POHILEC (HUN), 10-0

72kg
GOLD: Giorgi CHKHIKVADZE (GEO) df Attila TOESMAGI (HUN), 4-1

BRONZE: Khasay HASANLI (AZE) df Luka MALOBABIC (CRO), via fall
BRONZE: Samuel BELLSCHEIDT (GER) df Omer DOGAN (TUR), 8-3

82kg
GOLD: Amirkhan TSECHOEV (RUS) df Mykyta ALIEKSIEIEV (UKR), 8-0

BRONZE: Marcel STERKENBURG (NED) df Mikhail KHACHATURAU (BLR), 9-3
BRONZE: Samet YALDIRAN (TUR) df Kevin GREMM (GER), 8-3

97kg
GOLD: Aleksei MILESHIN (RUS) df Anton VIEWEG (GER), 5-0

BRONZE: Marcus WORREN (NOR) df Lasha TVILDIANI (GEO), via fall
BRONZE: Pavel HLINCHUK (BLR) df Antti HAANPAEAE (FIN), via fall