The UWW World Championships concluded in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, with Russia finishing off one of its best tournaments ever and six of the 2018 gold medalists repeating in their weight classes.
Russians won five of the 10 classes, picked up one silver and three bronze medals on the way to the men’s Freestyle team title. On Sunday, Abdulrashid Sadulaev claimed his second consecutive world title at 97 kg, becoming the sixth successful defender in 2019:
● 57 kg: Zavur Uguev (RUS)
● 74 kg: Zaurbek Sidakov (RUS)
● 79 kg: Kyle Dake (USA)
● 92 kg: J’Den Cox (USA)
● 97 kg: Abdulrashid Sadulaev (RUS)
● 125 kg: Geno Petriashvili (GEO)
Dake won his second straight 79 kg title by defeating Jabrayil Hasanov (AZE) in a 2018 re-match by 4-2. It’s a non-Olympic weight class, so Dake will have to decide whether to try for the 74 kg class or go up in weight to 86 kg to try for the 2020 Olympic Games.
There were two 2017 champions who won again, with heavyweight Geno Petriashvili (GEO) claiming his third straight title at 125 kg. Iran’s Hassan Yazdani won his second title at 86 kg.
The 2019 Worlds qualified the top six in each Olympic class for the 2020 Games; there will be regional tournaments in February and March of 2020 for most of the places in the tournaments. Men’s Freestyle summaries:
United World Wrestling World Championships
Nur-Sultan (KAZ) ~ 14-22 September 2019
(Full results here)
57 kg: Gold: Zavur Uguev (RUS) d. Suleyman Atli (TUR), 13-3. Bronze: Kumar Ravi (IND) d. Reza Atrinagharchi (IRI), 6-3; Nurislam Sanayev (KAZ) d. Stevan Micic (SRB), 4-3.
61 kg: Gold: Beka Lomtadze (GEO) d. Magomedrasul Idrisov (RUS), 6-1. Bronze: Rahul Balasaheb Aware (IND) d. Tyler Graff (USA), 11-4; Behnam Ehsanpoor (IRI) d. Abbos Rakhmonov (UZB), 8-0.
65 kg: Gold: Gadzhimurad Rashidov (RUS) d. Daulet Niyazbekov (KAZ), 11-0. Bronze: Iszmail Muszukajev (HUN) d. Takuto Otoguro (JPN), 5-3; Bajrang Bajrang (IND) d. Tulga Ochir (MGL), 8-7.
70 kg: Gold: David Baev (RUS) d. Nurkozha Kaipanov (KAZ), 14-2; Bronze: Yones Aliakbar Emamichoghaei (IRI) d. Nicolae Cojocaru (GBR), 8-0; Magomedmurad Gadzhiev (POL) d. Zurabi Iakobishvili (GEO), 3-2.
74 kg: Gold: Zaurbek Sidakov (RUS) d. Frank Chamizo (ITA), 5-2. Bronze: Jordan Burroughs (USA) d. Mao Okui (JPN), 10-0; Zelimkhan Khadjiev (FRA) d. Daniyar Kaisanov (KAZ) , 4-3
79 kg: Gold: Kyle Dake (USA) d. Jabrayil Hasanov (AZE), 4-2. Bronze: Taimuraz Salkazanov (SVK) d. Galymzhan Usserbayev (KAZ), 3-2; Gadzhi Nabiev (RUS) d. Rashid Kurbanov (UZB), 8-3.
86 kg: Gold: Hassan Yazdani (IRI) d. Deepak Punia (IND), 0-0 (criteria). Bronze: Artur Naifonov (RUS) d. Myles Amine (SMR), 6-0; Stefan Reichmuth (SUI) d. Carlos Izquierdo (COL), 3-0.
92 kg: Gold: J’Den Cox (USA) d. Ali Karami (IRI), 4-0. Bronze: Alikhan Zhabrailov (RUS) df. Georgii Rubaev (MDA), 3-2; Irakli Mtsituri (GEO) d. Nurgali Nurgaipuly (KAZ), 2-1.
97 kg: Gold: Abdulrashid Sadulaev (RUS) d. Sharif Sharifov (AZE), 4-0. Bronze: Magomedgadji Nurov (MKD) d. Alisher Yergali (KAZ), 8-5; Kyle Snyder (USA) d. Elizbar Odikadze (GEO), 5-0.
125 kg: Gold: Geno Petriashvili (GEO) d. Taha Akgul (TUR). 6-6 (criteria). Bronze: Khasanboy Rakhimov (UZB) df. Zhiwei Deng (CHN), 6-1; Oleksandr Khotsianivskyi (UKR) d. Badzha Khutaba (SYR), 5-1.
Team Leaders: 1. Russia, 190; 2. Kazakhstan, 103; 3. United States, 94; 4. Iran, 93; 5. Georgia, 85; 6. India, 79; 7. Azerbaijan, 50; 8. Uzbekistan, 49; 9. Turkey, 48; 10. Japan, 34.