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Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 14:51 By United World Wrestling Press
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 13:04 By Eric Olanowski
Discussing Russia winning the Freestyle World Cup on home soil and looking at theThor Masters results. Also looking at the upcoming U23 Asian Championships, "Hollywood wrestles Bollywood" and the European Championships.
1. Russia Wins Freestyle World Cup on Home Soil
The Russian Federation closed out the Freestyle World Cup with an impressive 9-1 win over Iran to claim their first team title since the 2011 Makhachkala World Cup. This was their seventh Freestyle World Cup title, but first in eight years.
Overall, Russia went 4-0 on the weekend and compiled a combined individual record of 36-4 over their 40 matches. In addition to their finals win over Iran, they also picked up wins over Cuba (10-0), Japan (8-2), and Turkey (9-1).
Meanwhile, in the third-place bout, the defending champion the United States edged Japan, 6-4.
The pair traded blows and were tied three-all after the first six matches. Sohsuke TAKATANI (JPN) broke that tie after his 14-3 routing of Samuel Joseph BROOKS (USA), but three consecutive American wins from Hayden ZILLMER, Kyven Ross GADSON, and Anthony NELSON gave the Stars and Stripes the 6-4 advantage, and ultimately the third-place finish.
Cuba finished fifth place after they defeated Mongolia, 6-4, and Georgia claimed seventh place after beating Turkey, 8-2.
GOLD - Russia df. Iran, 9-1
BRONZE - United States df. Japan, 6-4
Fifth - Cuba df. Mongolia, 6-4
Seventh - Georgia df. Turkey, 8-2
2. U23 Asian Championships Starts Thursday
The U23 Continental Championships train continues to roll this weekend and will make its stop in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, for the 2019 U23 Asian Championships.
The four-day tournament begins on Thursday and will go through Sunday.
Thursday (March 21)
9:30 - Medical examination and Weigh-in GR - 60,67,72,77,82,97,130kg
11:30 - Qualification rounds and repechage GR - 60,67,72,77,82,97,130kg
14:45 - Draw - GR - 55,63,87kg / WW - 55,59,72kg / FS – 61,92kg
17:30 - Opening Ceremony
18:00 - Finals GR – 60,67,72,77,82,97,130kg
Friday (March 22)
9:30 - Medical examination and Weigh-in (GR - 55,63,87kg / WW - 55,59,72kg / FS – 61,92kg)
11:30 - Qualification rounds and repechages - GR - 55,63,87kg / WW - 55,59,72kg / FS – 61,92kg
14:45 - Draw WW – 50,57,65,68kg / FS – 57,65,74,125kg
18: 00 - Finals GR - 55,63,87kg / WW - 55,59,72kg / FS – 61,92kg
Saturday (March 23)
19:30 - Medical examination and Weigh-in - WW – 50,57,65,68kg / FS – 57,65,74,125kg
11:30 - Qualification rounds and repechages - WW – 50,57,65,68kg / FS – 57,65,74,125kg
14:45 - Draw WW – 53,62,76kg / FS – 70,79,86,97kg
18: 00 - Finals WW – 50,57,65,68kg / FS – 57,65,74,125kg
Sunday (March 24)
9:30 - Medical examination and Weigh-in - WW – 53,62,76kg / FS – 70,79,86,97kg
11:30 - Qualifications rounds and repechage WW – 53,62,76kg / FS – 70,79,86,97kg
18:00 - Finals WW – 53,62,76kg / FS – 70,79,86,97kg
Roland SCHWARZ was one of three German wretlers who won a gold medal at the 2019 Thor Masters last weekend. (Photo: Max Rose-Fyne)
3. Germany win Three Thor Masters Golds
The Thor Masters, an all-Greco-Roman tournament, wrapped up last weekend in Nykobing Falster, Denmark, and Germany was the frontrunner, winning three of the ten gold medals. Denmark and Ukraine had a pair of gold medalists, while Finland, Norway, and Sweden each had a solo gold medalist.
GOLD - Fabian SCHMITT (GER)
SILVER - Marat GARIPOV (BRA)
BRONZE - Anders ROENNINGEN (NOR)
GOLD - Etienne KINSINGER (GER)
SILVER - Christoph KRAEMER (GER)
BRONZE - Lauri MAEHOENEN (FIN)
GOLD - Stig ANDREW BERG (NOR)
SILVER - Lenur TEMIROV (UKR)
BRONZE - Nasrullakh NASIBO (UKR)
GOLD - Fredrik BJERREHUUS (DEN)
SILVER - Ruslan KUDRYNETS (UKR)
BRONZE - Aleksey KALINICHENKO (UKR)
GOLD - Parviz NASIBOV (UKR)
SILVER - Vegard JOERGENSEN (NOR)
BRONZE - Michael WIDMAYER (GER)
GOLD - Roland SCHWARZ (GER)
SILVER - Florian NEUMAIER (GER)
BRONZE - Vladimir YAKOVLEV (UKR)
GOLD - Raibek BISULTANOV (DEN)
SILVER - Hannes WAGNER (GER)
BRONZE - Bogdan KOURINNOI (SWE)
GOLD - Zakarias BERG (SWE)
SILVER - Denis KUDLA (GER)
BRONZE - Amer HRUSTANOVIC (AUT)
GOLD - Matti KUOSMANEN (FIN)
SILVER - Felix BALDAUF (NOR)
BRONZE - G'Angelo HANCOCK (USA)
GOLD - Nikolai KUCHMIY (UKR)
SILVER - Eduard POPP (GER)
BRONZE - Konsta MAEENPAEAE (FIN)
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4. "Hollywood wrestles Bollywood" Begins March 31
Women's Wrestling stars from the United States and India will face off against each other on Sunday, March 31 in the 'Hollywood Wrestles Bollywood' at Los Angles' historic Wiltern Theater.
According to www.beatthestreets-la.org, "The dual will be apart of Beat the Streets Los Angeles’ 5th Annual Benefit and International Competition, which is a yearly fundraising and awareness event for the LA-based wrestling non-profit."
There will be eleven top-15 ranked wrestlers in action, with six of those being ranked in the top-5 of the latest world rankings. (The latest rankings can be found on www.unitedworldwrestling.org 's homepage)
Of the ten star-studded bouts, the most intriguing matchup comes at 53kg, where returning world runner-up and top-ranked Sarah HILDEBRANDT (USA) will take on No. 11 Vinesh VINESH (IND).
This will be a rematch of last months Dan Kolov semifinals, where Vinesh stuck Hildebrant to put herself in the Ranking Series tournament finals. She ultimately fell to China's PANG Qianyu in the finals.
The dual starts at 15:00 on March 31.
United States vs. India
50kg: No. 15 Whitney CONDER vs. Sheetal TOMAR
53kg: No. 1 Sarah HILDEBRANDT vs. No. 11 Vinesh VINESH
55kg: No. 6 Jacarra WINCHESTER vs. Pinki PINKI
57kg: Jenna BURKERT vs. No. 6 Pooja DHANDA
59kg: Alli RAGAN vs. No. 4 Sarita SARITA
62kg: No. 5 Mallory VELTE vs. Sakshi MALIK
65kg: No. 2 Forrest MOLINARI vs. Navjot KAUR
68kg: No. 2 Tamyra MENSAH vs. Divya KAKRAN
72kg: Rachel WATTERS vs. No. 12 (at 76kg) Kiran KIRAN
76kg: No. 1 Adeline GRAY vs. Sudesh SUDESH
Abdulrashid SADUALEV (RUS) is expected to compete for Russia at the 2019 European Championships. (Photo: Max Rose-Fyne)
5. European Championships Less Than Three Weeks Away
In less than three weeks, 20 days to be exact, Bucharest, Romania, will be the host site for the 2019 European Championships. Europe proves year in and year out to be the deepest wrestling continent in the world when it comes to placing wrestlers on the podium at the World Championships.
In total, eighteen of last year’s thirty world champions hailed from Europe. Ten Greco-Roman, five freestyle and three women’s wrestling world champions came from Europe.
The tournament begins on April 8 and will go until April 14 and can be watched on www.unitedworldwrestling.org.
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