#Astana2019

Astana to Host 2019 Senior Wrestling World Championships

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (September 24) – United World Wrestling has announced the city of Astana will host the 2019 Senior Wrestling World Championships September 14-22 at the Daulet Arena.

The Kazakhstan capital city has hosted several United World Wrestling events in recent years, including the 2014 Senior Asian Wrestling Championships, 2016 Asian Olympic Qualifier, and the 2018 Grappling World Championships.

“We were very pleased with the presentation put on by the Organizing Committee from the city of Astana,” said United World Wrestling president Nenad Lalovic.

"With our recent success at the championships last year in Paris, and the upcoming championships in Budapest, I have every confidence that Astana will deliver an excellent event for our athletes, coaches, and fans.”

Competition to host the championships was intense, as the 2019 world championships will serve as the first qualification event for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The top six finishers in each Olympic weight category in Astana will secure an Olympic qualification for their nation, with the remaining qualification spots earned at continental competitions and a “Last Chance Qualifier” during the 2020 competition calendar.

“The Wrestling World Championships are a major event and will help popularize wrestling in Kazakhstan and the region,” said Kazakhstan Wrestling Federation president Sauat Mynbayev.

“We are excited to host the championships in Astana and are confident they will be remembered to you as one of the best sporting events and will receive positive feedback from fans.”

Tickets for the 2019 World Championships are expected to go on sale in January.

#WrestleNice

LIVE BLOG: Henri Deglane Grand Prix of France (Day Two)

By Eric Olanowski

The second day of wrestling at the #WrestleNice Henri Deglane Grand Prix of France is headlined by Olympic champions Vladimir KHINCHEGASHVILI (GEO) and Kyle SNYDER (USA), along with reigning three-time world champion Geno PETRIASHVILI (GEO).

WATCH: Henri Deglane Grand Prix of France 

Match Order + Brackets

9:48: That'll do it for today's coverage. We'll see you back here on Sunday morning for Greco-Roman action. Wrestling begins at 10:00 and no 10:30 as previously reported!

9:46: Magomed RAMAZANOV (RUS), the lone Russian entered, proved to be too much for Sebastian JEZIERZANSKI (POL) to handle, as he scored the 6-4 win en route to the 86kg title.

9:38: Last, but not least! It'll be Sebastian JEZIERZANSKI (POL) and Magomed RAMAZANOV (RUS) who'll close out the freestyle portion of the competition. They'll wrestle in the 86kg finals. 

9:37: Nika KENTCHADZE (GEO) laced his way to the 11-0 win in the 79kg finals against Saifedine ALEKMA (FRA). He is the fourth Georgian wrestler to win freestyle gold on Saturday.

9:33: Another American youngster claims gold. This time, it's Nick SURIANO (USA) who defeated Islam BAZARGANOV (AZE), 7-1, in the finals of the 57kg bracket.

9:26: Diakomihalis closed out his dazzling day with a 5-0 win over two-time world medalist James Green. In addition to that win, the American youngster also downed world and Olympic champion Vlad Khinchegasvili. 

9:21: We're moving over to Mat B for the all-American final at 65kg between James GREEN and Yianni DIAKOMIHALIS.

9:18: I'm not sure what the coaching staff said to Snyder after he trailed, 3-2, but it worked. The Olympic champion scored 12 unanswered points and claimed America's second gold of the night with a 14-3 final score in the 97kg finals. 

9:14: Great action in the opening period of the 97kg finals between Snyder and Givi MATCHARASHVILI (GEO). The American hold the 6-3 advantage heading into the final period.

9:08: Zurabi IAKOBISHVILI (GEO) keeps things rolling for Georgia, as he grabs the 70kg gold medal with a 10-0 win over Mihail SAVA (ROU). There have been four gold awarded and three of them have went to a Georgian wrestler!

8:55: Lomtadze easily take the 61kg gold with an 8-1 win over Musaev. That'll bring up Georgian big man and three-time world champion, Geno Petriashvili. He's wrestling Robert BARAN (POL) for the 125kg gold medal. 

8:47: Out with one reigning world champion and in with another. Reigning 61kg Beka Lomtadze is making his way to Mat A for his finals match against Ayub MUSAEV (GER).

8:44: Dake is the 74kg champion after Tlashadze injury defaulted out of the 74kg finals. 

8:39: Here we go! Two-time world champion Kyle Dake will kick off the finals on Mat A. He'll wrestle Daviti TLASHADZE (GEO) for the 74kg gold medal.

8:23: The freestyle medal matches are about to get underway! They'll get started after the match on Mat A wraps up.

As the semifinals keep rolling, I'll update the finals list. 

Finals Matches (As the semifinals wrap up, I'll continue to update the finals matches):
57kg: Nick SURIANO (USA) df. Islam BAZARGANOV (AZE), 7-1
61kg: Beka LOMTADZE (GEO) df. Ayub MUSAEV (GER), 8-1
65kg: Yianni DIAKOMIHALIS (USA) df. James GREEN (USA), 5-0

70kg:
Zurabi IAKOBISHVILI (GEO) df. Mihail SAVA (ROU), 10-0
74kg: Kyle DAKE (USA) df..Daviti TLASHADZE (GEO), via injury default
79kg:
Nika KENTCHADZE (GEO) df. Saifedine ALEKMA (FRA), 11-0
86kg: Magomed RAMAZANOV (RUS) df. Sebastian JEZIERZANSKI (POL), 6-4
92kg: --
97kg: Kyle SNYDER (USA) df. 
Givi MATCHARASHVILI (GEO), 14-3
125kg: Geno PETRIASHVILI (GEO) df. Robert BARAN (POL), 7-2

6:09: What a statement win for rising star Yianni Diakomihalis. The American moved into the 65kg finals with an impressive 12-2 win over Olympic champion "King Vlad" Khinchegashvili. He'll wrestle fellow American, James Green, in tonight's 65kg gold-medal match.

6:04: Reigning world champion Beka Lomtadze is wrestling in the 61kg semifinals on Mat A. He's taking on Germany's Viktor LYZEN.

5:59: Olympic champ "King Vlad" Khinchegashvili is wrestling Yianni Diakomihalis on Mat B.

Two-time world champion Kyle DAKE (USA) is headed to the 74kg finals. (Photo: Kadir Caliskan)

5:50: Dake just threw Gadzhiyev to his back for the fall with a massive Dake Bomb. That pin earns him a spot in tonight's 74kg finals.

5:48: Dake and Gadzhiyev are up first. The American scored an exposure via a crotch lift from an Azeri shot. He leads, 2-0.

5:43: I know..I know. When are the semifinals going to start? I promise, the wait is almost over. One more match on each mat and the semifinals will get underway.

5:24: Three matches left on each match and we'll right into the semifinal matches.

5:07: The first semifinal match is on the board. It'll be two-time world champion Kyle DAKE (USA) and  Khadzhimurad GADZHIYEV that'll kick things off. They'll be up in six matches on Mat A.

3:08: I wonder what the message was for Gwiazdowski at the break! The big man scored one point in the opening period, but bolted out ten second-period points and defeat Jere HEINO (FIN), 11-0. He'll wrestle in the 125kg semifinals later tonight.

2:52: Mat A is going to be the place to be for the next half hour or so. Here are some stars who are coming up:
Bout 41: NICK GWIAZDOWSKI (USA): Two-time world bronze medalist 
Bout 43: Geno PETRIASHVILI (GEO): Three-time world champion
Bout 45: Kyle SNYDER (USA): Olympic champion

2:47: World champion Zurabi IAKOBISHVILI (GEO) is taking on Evghenii VOLKOV (ROU) over on Mat A.

2:39: Switzerland's Tokyo Olympian Stefan REICHMUTH (SUI) is coming up in three matches on Mat D. He finished the '19 World Championships with a bronze medal and became the first Swiss wrestler to ever win a world medal. 


Three-time world champion Geno PETRIASHVILI (GEO) warms up for his semifinal meeting with Kamil KOSCIOLEK (POL). (Photo: Kadir Caliskan)

Semifinal Matches (As the quarterfinals wrap up, I'll continue to update)
57kg
SEMIFINAL - Thomas GILMAN (USA) vs. Islam BAZARGANOV (AZE)
SEMIFINAL - Nick SURIANO (USA) vs. Beka BUJIASHVILI (GEO)

61kg}
SEMIFINAL - Viktor LYZEN (GER) vs. Beka LOMTADZE (GEO)
SEMIFINAL - Ayub MUSAEV (GER) vs. Khamzat ARSAMERZOUEV (FRA)

65kg
SEMIFINAL - James GREEN (USA) vs. Turan BAYRAMOV (AZE)
SEMIFINAL – Vladimer KHINCHEGASHVILI (GEO) vs. Yianni DIAKOMIHALIS (USA)

74kg
SEMIFINAL - Daviti TLASHADZE (GER) vs. Joshgun AZIMOV (AZE)
SEMIFINAL - Kyle DAKE (USA) vs. Khadzhimurad GADZHIYEV

86kg
SEMIFINAL - Stefan REICHMUTH (SUI) vs. Sebastian JEZIERZANSKI (POL)
SEMIFINAL - Dato MARSAGISHVILI (GEO) vs. Magomed RAMAZANOV (RUS)

125kg
SEMIFINAL – Robert BARAN (POL) vs. Nick GWIAZDOWSKI (USA)
SEMIFINAL – Kamil KOSCIOLEK (POL) vs. Geno PETRIASHVILI (GEO)

2:02: Reigning world champion Beka Lomtadze is coming up next on Mat A.

1:57: What an impressive performance by American youngster, Nick SURIANO. He tallied a flawless 7-0 win over European Games champion Mahir AMIRASLANOV (AZE).

1:47: Gilman closes out the match on a 6-0 run and moved into the semifinals with the 6-2 victory over Arujau.

1:44: Gilman fell behind early but after six unanswered points, he leads Arujau, 6-2.

1:38: Americans Thomas Gilman and Vitali ARUJAU are squaring off on Mat B for a spot in the 57kg semifinals.


Olympic champion Vladimir KHINCHEGASHVILI (GEO) is in the 65kg semifinals after scoring a 6-1 win over Semisor. (Photo: Tony Rotundo)

1:35: Khinchegashvili moves into the semifinals with a 6-1 win over Semisor.

1:12:  World and Olympic champion Vlad Khinchegashvili is coming up in three matches on Mat B. He'll wrestle Alexander SEMISOROW (GER) for a spot in the 65kg semifinals.

1:11: Jams Green moves into the semifinals with a dominant 11-0 shutout win over Olympian Agustin Destribats.

1:03: The quarterfinals are underway on Mat A. Two-time world medalist James Green and Tokyo Olympian Agustin Destribat will kick the round off.

12:47: The quarterfinals will get started in  six matches on Mat A and three matches on Mat B.

12:16: And there's your upset of the day, and arguably the upset of the competition. Givi Matcharashvili takes out Olympic champion Sharif Sharifov, 8-3, and plays 97kg bracket buster.

12:12: Scratch that! Sharifov challenged the last exchange and won. He trailed 4-2, but has since picked up a step out, so he heads into the second period down by one point.

12:06: An upset is brewing over on Mat B! Givi MATCHARASHVILI (GEO) is leading Olympic champion Sharif SHARIFOV (AZE), 6-2! 

11:51: Solid start for the Olympic champion. Snyder only needed five minutes to score the 11-1 smothering win over Erik THIELE (GER).

11:33: How about this lineup for upcoming wrestlers on Mat A?
Bout 15: Petriashvili: Three-time world champion
Bout 17: Kyle SNYDER (USA): Olympic champion 
Bout 19: Sharif SHARIFOV (AZE): Olympic champion 

11:27: One of the world's best is coming up next on Mat B. Reigning three-time world champion Geno PETRIASHVI (GEO) will wrestle Johannes LUDESC (AUT).

11:15: Reigning world champion Beka LOMTADZE (GEO is making his way to Mat A.


World silver medalist Thomas GILMAN (USA) started his day with a 4-0 shutout win over two-time European champion Giorgi EDISHERASHVILI (AZE). (Photo: Tony Rotundo)

11:08: That wasn't the best showing for Edisherashvili. Gilman controlled the entire bout, shutting the Azeri down completely. The American moved into the next round with a 4-0 win.

10:55: You're not going to want to miss the next match on Mat B. It'll be two-time European champion Giorgi EDISHERASHVILI (AZE) wrestling world silver medalist Thomas GILMAN (USA).

10:46: Olympic champion Vladimir KHINCHEGASHVILI (GEO) is wrestling now on Mat B.

10:42: Dake makes quick work of Jonathan ALVAREZ (ESP) and moves into the quarterfinals with an 11-0 win.

10:30: Two-time world champion Kyle DAKE (USA) is coming up next on Mat A.


Agustin DESTRIBATS (ARG) scored six unanswered points against Nikolai OKHLOPKOV (ROU) and claimed the 6-4 opening-round win. (Photo: Gabor Martin)

10:26: There's your comeback of the morning. Destribats trailed 4-0, but scored six unanswered second-period points to defeat Okhlopkov, 6-4.

10:19: Nikolai OKHLOPKOV (ROU) leads Tokyo Olympian Agustin DESTRIBATS (ARG), 4-0, over on Mat A.

10:14, That's how you want to kick things off if you're Jame Green. He cruised to a 12-1 opening round over France's Marwane YEZZA. 

10:11:And just like that, we're rolling! James GREEN (USA), the two-time world medalist, is up first on Mat B.

10:09: Sorry for the delay, wrestling fans. We're fixing a small streaming issue that should be fixed within the next few minutes.