Gray Defeats Wiebe, Canada Advances 2 to Finals

By Andrew Hipps

BUDAPEST, Hungary (October 23) -- Three-time world champion Adeline GRAY (USA) is back in the finals of the World Championships for the first time in three years.

The 27-year-old American advanced to the gold-medal match at 76kg by defeating Olympic champion Erica WIEBE (CAN) 3-1 in the semifinals of the World Championships on Tuesday in Budapest, Hungary. 

After giving up a shot clock point to go down 1-0, Gray shot a double leg late in the first period to score a takedown and grab a 2-1 lead at the break. She would add a point off the shot clock in the second period and hold off Wiebe for the victory.

Gray will meet reigning world champion Yasemin ADAR (TUR) on Wednesday in the gold-medal match.

Adar was dominant in her semifinal match, beating Zsanett NEMETH (HUN) 9-1. 

Canada went 2-for-3 in the semifinals, advancing Danielle LAPPAGE and Justina DI STASIO to the finals. 

LAPPAGE (CAN), a past junior world champion, rolled to a dominant 11-0 victory over Iryna NETREBA (AZE) in the semifinals at 65kg. In the first period she scored off the shot clock and with a takedown to grab a 3-0 lead at the break. She then used a takedown and lace to go up 9-0 and ended the match a short time later. 

Her finals opponent will be top-seeded Petra OLLI (FIN), a 2015 world silver medalist. Olli came from behind, scoring a takedown with three seconds remaining to defeat Ayana GEMPEI (JPN) 6-6 on criteria. 

Olli jumped out to a 4-0 lead early in the match after scoring with a throw. Gempei mounted a comeback in the second period, scoring two step outs and a takedown to take a criteria lead. She then built her lead with another step out, which was challenged unsuccessfully. Trailing 6-4 late in the match, Olli took a shot and scored a takedown in the closing seconds to earn the victory.

Di Stasio shut out Samar HAMZA (EGY) 6-0 in the semifinals. She led 2-0 at the break after scoring off the shot clock and with a step out and added two takedowns in the final period. Her finals opponent will be Nasanburmaa OCHIRBAT (MGL), who advanced to the final after earning a fall over Juan WANG (CHN). The Mongolian led 2-0 at the break. Late in the match she used a counterattack to score a takedown and put Wang to her back for the fall.  

Koumba LARROQUE (FRA) will wrestle for her first senior world gold medal after edging Tamyra MENSAH (USA) 2-1 in the semifinals at 68kg. All the points scored in the match came from the shot clock. Larroque scored first off the shot clock and took a 1-0 lead into the break. Mensah took the lead in the second period off the shot. With just over 20 seconds remaining, Larroque scored the go-ahead point off the shot clock and held on for the victory. 

Larroque has won world gold medals at the U23, junior and cadet championships.

Larroque will wrestle for the gold medal against Alla CHERKASOVA (UKR), who defeated Feng ZHOU (CHN) 12-8 in a back-and-forth semifinal battle. 

Semifinal Results

Women's Wrestling

Petra Maarit OLLI (FIN) df. Ayana GEMPEI (JPN) by VPO1, 6-6
Danielle LAPPAGE (CAN) df. Iryna NETREBA (AZE) by VSU, 11-0

Alla CHERKASOVA (UKR) df. Feng ZHOU (CHN) by VPO1, 12-8
Koumba LARROQUE (FRA) df. Tamyra MENSAH (USA) by VPO1, 2-1

Justina DI STASIO (CAN) df. Samar HAMZA (EGY) by VPO, 6-0
Nasanburmaa OCHIRBAT (MGL) df. Juan WANG (CHN) by VFA, 6-0

Yasemin ADAR (TUR) df. Zsanett NEMETH (HUN) by VPO1, 9-1
Adeline GRAY (USA) df. Erica WIEBE (CAN) by VPO1, 3-1


Russia Sweeps Greco Gold Medals on Final Day of World Championships

By Andrew Hipps

BUDAPEST, Hungary (October 28) -- Russia put the finishing touches on a world team title in Greco-Roman by sweeping the gold medals on the final day of the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. 

Aleksandr CHEKHIRKIN (77kg), Musa EVLOEV (97kg) and Sergey SEMENOV (130kg) came through to win gold medals in Greco-Roman for Russia on Sunday.

Russia finished with 178 team points in Greco-Roman, 89 points ahead of runner-up Hungary (89). Turkey finished third in the team standings with 75 points. 

Chekhirkin captured his gold medal by defeating crowd favorite Tamas LORINCZ (HUN) 3-1 in the gold-medal match at 77kg. The Russian led 1-1 on criteria after the opening period and added to his lead in the second period off a passivity and then scored a late step out to win by two. 

Evloev upgraded his world medal from silver to gold as he topped Kiril MILOV (BUL) 7-2 in the gold-medal match at 97kg. The Bulgarian scored the first point of the match off a passivity, but Evloev dominated the rest of the way. He came back with a takedown to lead 2-1 at the break. After extending his lead to 3-1, the 25-year-old Russian used a side lift to execute a four-point throw to extend his lead. 

Semenov dominated Adam COON (USA) 9-0 in the gold-medal match at 130kg. The 23-year-old Russian heavyweight used two four-point throws to cruise to the technical fall victory. Semenov was a gold medalist at the U23 World Championships last year and won two world gold medals as a junior. 

The bronze medals at 77kg were won by world champions Hyeonwoo KIM (KOR) and Viktor NEMES (SRB)

Kim, a multiple-time Olympic medalist, picked up a 3-1 win over Bilan NALGIEV (UZB). The Korean scored a two-point throw in the first period, which proved to be the difference in the match. 

Nemes won his second straight world medal by defeating Alex KESSIDIS (SWE) 6-2 for bronze. The Serb held a 2-2 criteria lead after the opening period and tacked on four more points in the second period.

In the first bronze-medal match at 97kg, Mihail KAJALA (SRB) won his first world medal and denied Balazs KISS (HUN) a fourth world medal. Kiss seemed to be in control early after scoring off a passivity and adding a takedown to grab a 3-0 lead at the break. But Kajala used a four-point arm throw to grab the lead midway through the second period and hung on to win on criteria, 4-4. 

Mahdi ALIYARIFEIZABADI (IRI) won the other 97kg bronze medal by forfeit.

At 130kg, Oscar PINO HINDS (CUB) won his second straight world bronze medal with a 3-1 victory over Heiki NABI (EST). Pino Hinds scored his first point off a passivity. Nabi grabbed the lead in the second period after getting a passivity point of his own. But the Cuban would add another passivity point along with a point for a failed challenge to win by two. 

Minseok KIM (KOR), a past junior world bronze medalist, claimed his first senior world medal as he hung on to defeat Eduard POPP (GER) 2-1 in the second bronze-medal match at 130kg. Kim scored a two-point exposure in the first period, which was enough to get him the victory. 

Final Results


GOLD: Aleksandr CHEKHIRKIN (RUS) df. Tamas LORINCZ (HUN) by VPO1, 3-1
BRONZE: Hyeonwoo KIM (KOR) df. Bilan NALGIEV (UZB) by VPO1, 3-1

GOLD: Musa EVLOEV (RUS) df. Kiril MILOV (BUL) by VPO1, 7-2
BRONZE: Mihail KAJALA (SRB) df. Balazs KISS (HUN) df. VPO1, 4-4

GOLD: Sergey SEMENOV (RUS) df. Adam COON (USA) by VSU, 9-0
BRONZE: Minseok KIM (KOR) df. Eduard POPP (GER) by VPO1, 2-1
BRONZE: Oscar PINO HINDS (CUB) df. Heiki NABI (EST) by VPO1, 3-1