LIVE BLOG: Henri Deglane Grand Prix of France (Day Two)
Saturday, January 16, 2021 - 09:01 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).
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.
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
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)
SEMIFINAL - Thomas GILMAN (USA) vs. Islam BAZARGANOV (AZE)
SEMIFINAL - Nick SURIANO (USA) vs. Beka BUJIASHVILI (GEO)
SEMIFINAL - Viktor LYZEN (GER) vs. Beka LOMTADZE (GEO)
SEMIFINAL - Ayub MUSAEV (GER) vs. Khamzat ARSAMERZOUEV (FRA)
SEMIFINAL - James GREEN (USA) vs. Turan BAYRAMOV (AZE)
SEMIFINAL – Vladimer KHINCHEGASHVILI (GEO) vs. Yianni DIAKOMIHALIS (USA)
SEMIFINAL - Daviti TLASHADZE (GER) vs. Joshgun AZIMOV (AZE)
SEMIFINAL - Kyle DAKE (USA) vs. Khadzhimurad GADZHIYEV
SEMIFINAL - Stefan REICHMUTH (SUI) vs. Sebastian JEZIERZANSKI (POL)
SEMIFINAL - Dato MARSAGISHVILI (GEO) vs. Magomed RAMAZANOV (RUS)
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.