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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.

Russia Claims 3 Freestyle Golds at CISM Military World Games

By Ali Feiz

WUHAN, China (October 22) -- World champion Gadzhimurad RASHIDOV led a strong Russian team at the 7th CISM Military World Games in Wuhan, China, that captured three of the six gold medals in freestyle. 

The 23-year-old Rashidov cruised to a 10-0 technical superiority in the finals at 65kg over Vasyl SHUPTAR (UKR) and finished the tournament with four technical superiorities in four matches.

Khetik TSABOLOV (74kg) and Artur NAIFONOV (86kg) also claimed titles for Russia. 

Tsabolov, a 2014 world champion, won his second CSIM Military Games title with a 12-0 technical superiority over Nurkozha KAIPANOV (KAZ) at 74kg.  Naifonov, a 2019 world bronze medalist, downed Ahmed DUDAROV (GER) by 10-0 technical superiority to earn gold at 86kg.

Taha Akgul (TUR), 2016 Olympic champion and two-time world champion, won gold at 125kg by shutting out two-time Asian champion Yadollah Mohebi (IRI), 30, in the finals. 

Mohammad Mohammadian (IRI) edged Aliksandr HUSHTYN (BLR), 3-2, in the finals at 97kg. Mohammadian scored a dominant 11-0 technical superiority in the semifinals over three-time European medalist Vladislav Baitsaev (RUS).

Pak Un GWANG (PRK) after winning gold at 57kg (Photo: Xinhua News Agency)

The first gold medal in wrestling at the CISM Military World Games went to Pak Un GWANG (PRK), who pinned Andrei DUKOV (ROM) in the 57kg finals.

Freestyle

57kg
GOLD: Pak Un GWANG (PRK) Pinned Andrei DUKOV (ROM)
BRONZE: Max NOWRY (USA) df. Subiri MWAZEMBE (TAN) by forfeit
BRONZE: Justin LEHR HORST (GER) df. Andrii YATSENKO (UKR), 15-6

Semifinals
Andrei DUKOV (ROM) TF. Max NOWRY (USA), 10-0
Oak Un GWANG (PRK) df. Andrii YATSENKO (UKR), 14-6

65kg
GOLD: Gadzhimurad RASHIDOV (RUS) TF. Vasyl SHUPTAR (UKR), 10-0
BRONZE: Selahattin KILICSALLAYAN (TUR) df. Kim Han SONG (PRK), 5-4
BRONZE: Tian Zhen GUANG (CHN) TF Bavyrzhan TOREBEK (KAZ), 12-2

Semifinals
Gadzhimurad RASHIDOV (RUS) TF Bavyrzhan TOREBEK (KAZ), 10-0
Vasyl SHUPTAR (UKR) df. Kim Han SONG (PRK), 8-0

74kg
GOLD: Khetik TSABOLOV (RUS) TF Nurkozha KAIPANOV (KAZ), 12-0
BRONZE: Soner DEMIRTAS (TUR) df. Zelimkhan KHADJIEV (FRA), 4-1
BRONZE: Lee Seung BONG (KOR) df. Aghahuseyn MUSTAFAYEV (AZE), 8-2

Semifinals
Khetik TSABOLOV (RUS) TF Zelimkhan KHADJIEV (FRA), 12-2
Nurkozha KAIPANOV (KAZ) df. Lee Seung BONG (KOR), 5-1

86kg
GOLD:  Artur NAIFONOV (RUS) TF Ahmed DUDAROV (GER), 10-0
BRONZE: Ahmad BAZRI (IRI) df. Adilet DAVLUMBAYEV (KAZ), 14-5
BRONZE-Mher MARKOSYAN (ARM) df. Uitmen ORGODOL (MGL), 10-10

Semifinals
Artur NAIFONOV (RUS) TF Adilet DAVLUMBAYEV (KAZ), 13-2
Ahmed DUDAROV (GER) df. Uitmen ORGODOL (MGL), 4-1

97kg
GOLD: Mohammad Hossein MOHAMMADIAN (IRI) df. Aliksandr HUSHTYN (BLR), 3-2
BRONZE: Fatih YASARLI (TUR) df. Huwatibieke BAHETIHAN (CHN), 4-2
BRONZE: Vladislav BAITSAEV (RUS) df. Andriy VLASOV (UKR), 7-0

Semifinals
Mohammad Hossein MOHAMMADIAN (IRI) TF Vladislav BAITSAEV (RUS), 11-0
Aliksandr HUSHTYN (BLR) TF Huwatibieke BAHETIHAN (CHN), 11-0

125kg
GOLD: Taha AKGUL (TUR) df. Yadollah MOHEBI (IRI), 3-0
BRONZE: Zhiwei DENG (CHN) TF Ioannis KARGIOTAKIS (GRE), 11-0
BRONZE: Robert BARAN (POL) df. Oleksandr KOLDOVSKYI (UKR), 2-0

Semifinals
Taha AKGUL (TUR) df. Robert BARAN (POL), 4-0
Yadollah MOHEBI (IRI) TF Ioannis KARGIOTAKIS (GRE)