Yariguin Final Pairings Set for Sunday Afternoon
Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 22:22 By Eric Olanowski
KRASNOYARSK, Russia (January 26) - Russia continued its stronghold on the freestyle competition and inserted three additional wrestlers into Day Four Yariguin finals. They also have two of the four wrestlers competing for the top spot in the 92kg round-robin tournament.
The Russian Federation has already won six gold medals and has an opportunity to sweep the freestyle competition. If they can find a way to remain undefeated during Sunday’s final session, they’ll claim a gold medal in each of the ten weight classes.
In women’s wrestling, Russia leads the gold medal race with a trio of champions, but Japan, who has a pair of champions and a pair of day four finalists, can take control of the gold medal race if they win each of their two gold medal matches on Sunday.
Belarus and the United States claimed the remaining two women’s wrestling finalist spots.
Belarus is looking for their first Yariguin gold medal of 2019, while Tamyra Mariama MENSAH is looking to give the United States their second women’s wrestling title in the past two days.
If Mensah wins against Japan’s Hiroe MINAGAWA SUZUKI, she’ll become the first American wrestler in any style to win three Yariguin titles.
The final day of wrestling begins at 11:00 (local time), with the finals expected to start at (13:00).
74kg - Zaurbek SIDAKOV (RUS) vs. Yakup GOR (TUR)
86kg - Dauren KURUGLIEV (RUS) vs. Fatih ERDIN (TUR)
97kg - Shamil MUSAEV (RUS) vs. Aliaksandr HUSHTYN (BLR)
72kg - Tamyra Mariama MENSAH (USA) vs. Yuka KAGAMI (JPN)
76kg - Hiroe MINAGAWA SUZUKI (JPN) vs. Vasilisa MARZALIUK (BLR)