World No.1's Beleniuk, Semenov Among Greco Semifinalists at European Games
Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 11:21 By United World Wrestling Press
MINSK, Belarus (June 29) - World No.1 Greco-Roman wrestlers Zhan BELENIUK (UKR) and Sergey SEMENOV (RUS) were among the dozen wrestlers to reach the semifinals of the European Games in Greco-Roman on Saturday at the Minsk Sports Palace.
Beleniuk, a 2015 world champion and 2016 Olympic silver medalist, opened his tournament at 87kg with a tough test against 2017 world champion Maksim MANUKYAN (ARM). The Armenian scored first and led 1-0 at the break, but Beleniuk scored five unanswered points in the second period to win 5-1. He then claimed a 9-1 technical superiority over Arkadiusz KULYNYCZ (POL). Beleniuk will face world No.6 Radzik KULIYEU (BLR) in the semifinals.
Also at 87kg, two-time U23 world medalist Islam ABBASOV (AZE) topped two-time world bronze medalist Viktor LORINCZ (HUN) in the quarterfinals. His semifinal opponent will be Ivan HUKLEK (CRO), who advanced to the semifinals by beating Bekkhan OZDOEV (RUS). Ozdoev knocked off two-time returning world champion Metehan BASAR (TUR) 5-0 in a preliminary match, scoring all five of his points in the opening period.
Semenov, a returning world champion and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, opened with a 2-0 victory over Jello KRAHMER (GER) before defeating U23 world silver medalist Osman YILDIRIM (TUR) 7-1 in the quarterfinals. He will now meet Kiryl HRYSHCHANKA (BLR), one of three semifinalists for Belarus. The other semifinal at 130kg pits world No.7 Oskar MARVIK (NOR) against European silver medalist Iakobi KAJAIA (GEO).
Artur ALEKSANYAN (ARM), a 2016 Olympic champion and three-time world champion, had to come from behind in each of his first two matches on Saturday to reach the semifinals at 97kg. In his first match, Aleksanyan gave up the first point against 2017 world bronze medalist Revazi NADAREISHVILI (GEO), but came back to win 2-1. In the quarterfinals, Daniel GASTL (AUT) took a 1-0 lead on Aleksanyan to the break. The 27-year-old Armenian came back with three unanswered points in the second period to win 3-1. His semifinal opponent will be two-time U23 world champion Aleksandr GOLOVIN (RUS).
Olympic bronze medalist Cenk ILDEM (TUR) moved into the semifinals at 97kg with a 7-5 victory over world No.5 Mihail KAJALA (SRB). Ildem will face Aliaksandr HRABOVIK (BLR) in the semifinals.
Saturday's semifinal matches are scheduled to begin at 18:00 local time.
SEMIFINAL - Ivan HUKLEK (CRO) vs. Islam ABBASOV (AZE)
SEMIFINAL - Radzik KULIYEU (BLR) vs. Zhan BELENIUK (UKR)
SEMIFINAL - Aliaksandr HRABOVIK (BLR) vs. Cenk ILDEM (TUR)
SEMIFINAL - Aleksandr GOLOVIN (RUS) vs. Artur ALEKSANYAN (ARM)
SEMIFINAL - Kiryl HRYSHCHANKA (BLR) vs. Sergey SEMENOV (RUS)
SEMIFINAL - Iakobi KAJAIA (GEO) vs. Oskar MARVIK (NOR)