Armenia's Stefan Kazaryan, Hall of Fame Wrestler and Referee, Dies at 84

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (June 24) -- Stefan KAZARYAN (ARM), former wrestler and referee inducted into the UWW Hall of Fame in 2011, has died. He was 84.

In addition to success on the mats and as a referee, Kazarayan was also an establishing member of the FILA Coaches, Technical, and Advanced School for Coaches Department.

Kazaryan's Resume

  • 10 times referee at the Olympic Games
  • Instructed over than 100 international Referee courses
  • Has been awarded with the FILA Golden Whistle 1984
  • Has received FILA medals in 1976, 1987, 2010
  • Inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2011

Bendegúz Tóth, Promising Hungarian Freestyle Wrestler, Dies at 22

By United World Wrestling Press

BUDAPEST, Hungary (June 6) -- Bendegúz Tóth, a silver medalist at the 2014 Cadet European championships, died suddenly on Friday during an outdoor training session with his teammates. The cause of death hasn’t been certified, but medical officials at the training session cited sudden heart failure. 
Tóth was seen as the centerpiece of Hungary’s growing freestyle wrestling program. He’d won silver medal on the Cadet European Championships in 2014, silver on the U23 European Championships in 2017, and won silver medals in both styles on the University World Championships in 2018. Tóth was also the member of the adult national team and participated on the Senior World Championships in 2019 and on the Senior European Championships in 2020.

“We are deeply pained and words are of no help in expressing the sorrow we feel at this moment,” said Mr Peter Bacsa Bureau Member of UWW and Vice-president of Hungarian Wrestling Federation. “His kind face remains forever in our image. We lost a great person and a fantastic wrestler.”

The Wrestling Federation of Hungary announced that it has also suspended training through next week.