Award Season

2017 Greco-Roman Matches of the Year

By Eric Olanowski

The top three Greco-Roman matches from 2017 included two age-level bouts and a bronze medal match from the 2017 World Championship.

60kg Asian Junior Championship QUARTERFINAL: Tynar SHARSHENBEKOV (KGZ) v. Seydylla TAZAYEV (TKM)
Tynar Sharshenbekov and Seydylla Tazayev put on a show in the the 60kg Asian Junior Championship quarterfinals that lit up the scoreboard with 27 points.

Tazayev was behind 4-0 early in the first but was able to capture the 9-8 lead heading into the break. Tazayev outscored Sharshenbekov 9-2 in the second period on his way to a 17-10 win.

74kg Junior World Championship GOLD:  Kamal Ameer BEY (USA) df. Akzhol MAKHMUDOV (KGZ) Makhmudov took the early 1-0 lead off a pushout. BEY (USA) went on to score 11 points, ending the first period with a combined 17 points. With 30 second left, Makhmudov closed the gap and got the match to within two points. A final takedown for Bey with three seconds left sealed the match which ended with a total of 27 points.

71kg World Championship BRONZE: Mohammadali Abdolhamid GERAEI (IRI) v. Daniel CATARAGA (MDA)
Mohammadali Abdolhamid Geraei trailed Daniel Cataraga by seven points heading into the second period of the 71kg bronze medal match at the World Championships. Geraei would outscore Cataraga 10-1 in the final three minutes to pick up his first world medal.