Rakhimov Sticks Three-Time World Champion Steveson
Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 14:46 By Eric Olanowski
TRNAVA, Slovaia (September 22) - Uzbekistan’s Khasanboy RAKHIMOV shocked the wrestling world in the 125kg junior world quarterfinals, sticking three-time age-level world champion, Gable STEVESON (USA).
In the opening period, Rakhimov, the 2018 junior Asian runner-up gambled big and his upper body confidence paid off. The 2015 cadet world runner-up went for a throw with double overhooks and threw Steveson to his back, picking up the fall at 1:42.
Prior to Saturday’s quarterfinal loss, Steveson had never lost an international bout on his way to winning two cadet world titles and a junior world gold medal.
Rakhimov will wrestle Russia’s Soslan KHINCHAGOV (RUS) for a spot in the 125kg finals.
The 2018 Junior World Championships is Khinchagov’s first age-level tournament since taking the bronze medal in the 2015 Cadet World Championships. Since then, he's competed at five senior-level tournaments, where he’s won three medals.
The semifinals begin at 17:15 and the finals will start at 18:00.
Syrbaz TALGAT (KAZ) vs. Ramaz TURMANIDZE (GEO)
Abbos RAKHMONOV (UZB) vs. Abasgadzhi MAGOMEDOV (RUS)
Sachin RATHI (IND) vs. Abubakr ABAKAROV (AZE)
Mekhi Kevin LEWIS (USA) vs. Bat-Erdene BYAMBASUREN (MGL)
Arif OZEN (TUR) vs. Seyedabolfazl Seyedabbasali HASHEMIJOUYBARI (IRI)
Deepak PUNIA (IND) vs. Ivan NEDEALCO (MDA)
Makhsud VEYSALOV (UZB) vs. Alisher YERGALI (KAZ)
Abbas Ali FOROUTANRAMI (IRI) vs. Khokh KHUGAEV (RUS)
Soslan KHINCHAGOV (RUS) vs. Khasanboy RAKHIMOV (UZB)
Rahid HAMIDLI (AZE) vs. Aly Medhat Abde BARGHOUT (CAN)