European Wrestling 2020 : Turkey announces star-studded freestyle squad, all Olympic hopefuls included in the team

By   - 01/02/2020

The sport of wrestling is the national sport for Turkey and it is obvious the Turkish wrestlers and team management are not leaving any stone unturned in their preparations for the European Wrestling Championships. Turkey won unprecedented 16 medals at the last European championships in Romania and according to the President Musa Adin they are all geared up to repeat that historic performance at Rome.

“There is little time left for Tokyo Olympics. We will give our first important exam in Italy before the Olympics. We aim to be in the top three as a team in all categories in the European championship.
I always say that the main goal in Wrestling is always the Olympics. In the 2016 Rio Olympics, five of the 8 medals our country received came from wrestling. Turkish wrestling has caught a major leap with the Rio Olympics. We have achieved historical success in all International championships we have participated in in the last 4 years. That is the reason we want to better our performance at Rome, we should win more medals than last time “he said.

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Turkey also has named star studded freestyle squad for the European Championships. World No. 2 Suleyman Atli (57kg), Soner Demirtas, Rio Olympic medallist in 74kg, Faith Erdin, Silver medallist in 86kg at World Championship in 2018 all have been named in the squad for European 2020.

Freestyle Squad for Turkey for European Wrestling 2020
57 Kg Süleyman ATLI
(European champion, 2nd in the world)
61 Kg Hamza ALACA (European World Champion)
65 Kg Selahattin KILIÇSALLAYAN (2nd in Europe)
70 Kg Haydar YAVUZ (U23 European 2nd)
74 Kg Soner DEMİRTAŞ (3 Times European Champion, 3rd in Olympic World)
79 Kg Batuhan DEMİRÇİN – (3rd in Europe)
86 Kg Fatih ERDİN – (World 2nd, European 3rd)
92 Kg Solomon BLACK – (Turkey Champion)
97 Kg İbrahim BölÜKBAŞI – (Olympic 5th)
125 Kg Tanju GEMİCİ (Turkey 2nd Place)

Greco-Roman for Turkey for European Wrestling 2020
55 Kg: Doğuş Ayazcı
60 Kg: Kerem Kamal
63 Kg: Rahman Bilici
67 Kg: Enes Başar
72 Kg: Selçuk Can
77 kg: Yunus Emre Başar
82 Kg: Burhan Akbudak
87 Kg: Metehan Başar
97 Kg: Cenk İldem
130 Kg: Rıza Our Kayaalp
Greco-Roman wrestling national team will move to Italy on February 8 for the tough championship. After the Greco-Roman matches, the Women wrestlers will appear on the mat. The women’s wrestling national team includes the following names:

Women’s wrestling for Turkey for European Wrestling 2020
50 Kg: Evin Demirhan
53 Kg: Zeynep Yetgil
55 Kg: Bediha Gün
57 Kg: Mehlika Öztürk
59 Kg: Elif Yanık
62 Kg: Elif Jale Yeşilırmak
65 Kg: Aslı Tuğcu
68 Kg: Kadriye Aksoy
72 Kg: Buse Tosun
76 Kg: Jasmine Our Adar
Women’s wrestling national team will go to Italy on February 10. In the European wrestling championship, The free wrestling national team will appear on the mat.

The coach of the Turkey team Isak Irbaikhanov is putting in 4-5 hours everyday in team’s tactical and technical training to prepare them for the European challenge. Stating that he is satisfied with the camp activities so far, coach İsak İrbaikhanov said: “There is little time left for the European wrestling championship. We started preparations this year as soon as the last world championship ended. We are currently continuing our workouts. We are also pleased with the performance of our athletes. ” Emphasizing that their main target is the 2020 Olympics, İsak İrbaikhanov said: “The peak of our work is the Olympics. And wrestling has always been the biggest sport for Turkey. So, as in the past, in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, wrestling has to be on top again.

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