UWW World Championship: Russia dominates freestyle category, wins 4 out of 6 golds

By   - 22/09/2019

If Greco-Roman squad was the under-performer for Russia, the freestyle men team has exceeded all expectations for the king of wrestling, the Russian team. At the end of the penultimate day of the world championship, Russia freestyle team has already won 4 out of 6 gold medals at stake. They are in finals of 2 more in 61kg & 97kg categories. 
 
Russia is also comfortable leading the team ranking point table currently. The top 8 teams will qualify for the world cup in each category. 

Team ranking
Rank Men’s freestyle Men’s Greco-Roman Women’s freestyle
Team Points Team Points Team Points
1  Russia 115  Russia 132  Japan 137
2  Kazakhstan 75  Uzbekistan 80  Russia 108
3  Iran 45  Georgia 79  United States 105
4  United States 40  Iran 75  China 102
5  India 38  Kazakhstan 72  Ukraine 92
6  Japan 32  Japan 65  Kazakhstan 53
7  Turkey 28  Hungary 64  Mongolia 49
8  Italy 26  Cuba 57  Azerbaijan 48
9  Georgia 25  Armenia 55  Germany 42
10  Poland 23  Germany 50  Sweden 41
At the end of the 8th day, Russia has already won 15 medals including 8 golds overall. The 8th day star for Russia was undoubtedly Zaurbek SIDAKOV. Sidakov successfully defended his world title in the freestyle 74kg class by defeating Frank CHAMIZO (ITA) 5-2 in the final, one of two titles won by Russia on Day 8 of the World Championships in Nur-Sultan.

“I can’t say it’s the same because last year was my first title,” Sidakov said. “After I became a world champion [last year in Budapest], I went to sleep and suddenly woke up at 4 a.m. Is it true that I became a world champion? I started looking for the belt.”

125kg, Geno PETRIASHVILI of Georgia won the Gold

In the latest clash of the titans at 125kg, Geno PETRIASHVILI (GEO) completed a three-peat of world titles when he scored a single-leg takedown with :08 left to edge nemesis Taha AKGAL (TUR) 6-6 on last-point criteria. Akgal, who won every world and Olympic titles from 2014 to 2016, scored the only points in the first period with a takedown, then doubled the lead with a takedown early in the second.

Midway through the period, Petriashvili got on the scoreboard with a takedown. The two then found themselves with mutual leg holds, then levered each other over in succession, Petriashvili momentarily holding the lead before quickly surrendering it with :39 left.

With the clock ticking down, the Georgian gave it one last shot and came up golden with the winning takedown.

“I didn’t plan anything,” said Petriashvili, who avenged a 7-0 loss to Akgal from the final at the European Championships in April. “The only thing I know is I have to wrestle until the last second.”

92kg – Jaden Cox of USA is the world champion

J’den COX (USA) repeated as 92kg champion when he scored two takedowns in the first period, then put up a wall of defense that Alireza KARAMIMACHIANI (IRI) had no means of penetrating for a 4-0 victory.

“I don’t know why, but it feels better,” Cox said of winning a second gold. “It’s a rare thing when people get to go back-to-back. I knew that coming into this, so to be able to do it, I knew the hard work I put in, the sacrifices I made.

David Baev won Russia’s second gold of the day in 70kg

At 70kg, David BAEV (RUS), two years removed from winning a world junior gold, picked up a senior gold in dominating fashion, overwhelming Nurkozha KAIPANOV (KAZ) by 14-2 technical fall in 3:46.

Baev was also a world cadet champion in 2014. Only a loss in the 2018 world U23 final to Taimuraz SALKAZANOV (SVK) has prevented him from completing the Grand Slam of age-group titles. At 21, he is still eligible to add that gold to his collection.

Day 8 Results – GOLD MEDALS

Freestyle

70kg (30 entries)

Gold – David BAEV (RUS) df. Nurkozha KAIPANOV (KAZ) by TF, 14-2, 3;46

74kg (39 entries)

Gold – Zaurbek SIDAKOV (RUS) df. Frank CHAMIZO (ITA), 5-2

92kg (18 entries)

Gold – J’den COX (USA) df. Alireza KARAMIMACHIANI (IRI), 4-0  97kg (26 entries)

125kg (28 entries)

Gold – Geno PETRIASHVILI (GEO) df. Taha AKGAL (TUR), 6-6

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