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Romania and Georgia Dominate First Stop of Beach Wrestling World Series

By Tim Foley

CHAVES, Portugal (March 30) – Georgia and Romania asserted themselves as the world’s premier beach wrestling nations Saturday in Chaves as they combined to win 6 of 8 gold medals in men’s and women’s wrestling.

The Georgian squad was led by 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Dato MARSAGISHVILI who dominated the -90kg competition over the course of the two-day competition to take gold. Marsagishvili was also awarded “Best Move of the Tournament” after back-arching his quarterfinal opponent for what fans thought was the most spectacular technique of the weekend.

“I’m very happy to be involved in beach wrestling,” said Marsagishvili. “This is my first time and I was really excited to win. Beach wrestling is amazing it’s like a celebration atmosphere, which had me smiling.”

Levan KELEKHSASHVILI (60kg) and Davit KHUTSISHVILI (80kg) also took home gold medals for their efforts, each winning 3-0 in their finals bouts.

Team Georgia would have won all four medals, were it not for Iannis KARGIOTAKIS (GRE) who used a front head pinch to twist an undersized Mamuka KORDZAIA (GEO) for a match-ending three-point move in the semifinals to earn a spot in the afternoon's finals.

Kargiotakis’ upset run finally ended in the finals when Azeri big man Oyan NAZARIANI (AZE) used a series of underhooks and snap downs for three one-point moves and the +90kg title.

On the women’s side the Romanians -- who won four gold medals at the 2018 World Championships in Dalyan -- were once again tops in their division, winning three of the event’s four women’s categories.

The small European nation was led by Georgiana FILIP (60kg) who used two takedowns and a three-point throw in the finals to win her title, 5-0.

“We are used to mat wrestling, but we also practice a lot for the beach events,” said Filip. “We are focused on qualification for the World Beach Games and hope to be in Rio for the next World Beach Series event.”

The Romanian squad, who is also competing next week at the 2019 European Championships in the Olympic style of women’s wrestling, were boosted by a workwoman-like performance of 50kg megastar Stefania PRICEPUTU. Though shorter than most her opponents, Priceputu used a combination of intensity, heavy hand pressure and snap downs to earn the gold and 1000 CHF.

Greece earned the +70kg title with a comeback performance by Aikaterini PITSIAVA, who trailed 2-0 late in her match with Diana VLASCEANU, but bullied her way to a 3-2 gold medal.

The next stop on the Beach Wrestling World Series will be May 10-11 in Rio de Janerio. The points from the Chaves and Rio stops will determing which wrestlers and nations qualify for the 2019 ANOC World Beach Games in October.

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Men’s Beach Wrestling

70kg

GOLD: Levan KELEKHSASHVILI (GEO) df. Panah ILYASLI (AZE), 2-2
BRONZE: Niko AROUZMANIDIS (GRE) df. Stefan Ionut COMAN (ROU), 1-1

80kg
GOLD: Davit KHUTSISHVILI (GEO) df. Ibrahim YUSUBOV (AZE), 3-0
BRONZE: Georgios KOULOUCHIDIS (GRE) df. Vasile Madalin MINZALA (ROU), Inj Def.

-90kg
GOLD: Dato MARSAGISHVILI (GEO) df. Murat OZKAN (TUR), 3-0
BRONZE: Pedro Jacinto GARCIA PEREZ (ESP) df. Christos SAMARTSIDIS (GRE), 3 - 1

+90kg
GOLD: Oyan NAZARIANI (AZE) df. Ioannis KARGIOTAKIS (GRE), 3-0
BRONZE: Baki SAHIN (TUR) df. Mamuka KORDZAIA (GEO), 3 - 2

Women’s Beach Wrestling

50kg
GOLD: Stefania Claudia PRICEPUTU (ROU)
SILVER: Kamila BARBOSA VITO DA SILVA (BRA)
BRONZE: Carmen Nireida GOMES TEIXEIRA VIEIRA (POR)

60kg
GOLD: Georgiana Narcisa FILIP (ROU)
SILVER: Camila FAMA TRISTAO (BRA)
BRONZE: Jeannie Agnes KESSLER (AUT)

70kg
GOLD: Adina Elena POPESCU (ROU)
SILVER: Sonia Marina PEREIRA BRAZIO (POR)
BRONZE: Sinem Cisem DOGDU (TUR)

+70kg
GOLD: Aikaterini Eirini PITSIAVA (GRE)
SILVER: Diana Elena VLASCEANU (ROU)

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Razzia des Brésiliennes et des Géorgiens à Rio

By Tim Foley

RIO DE JANEIRO (le 11 mai) – Du funk brésilien résonnait dans l'après-midi de samedi, alors que quatre lutteuses brésiliennes de beach wrestling s'emparaient de l'or de chaque catégorie de la deuxième épreuve des Beach Wrestling World Series (BWWS). Les Brésiliennes, riant et dansant, ont également empoché 1000 francs suisses par victoire.

Kamila BARBOSA (50kg), Camila FAMA (60kg), Brenda AGUIAR DOS SANTOS (70kg) et Aline DA SILVA FERREIRA (BRA) ont chacune donné le meilleur d'elles-mêmes pendant les deux jours de la compétition, à la grande satisfaction du public local.

“C'était vraiment particulier de pouvoir remporter les quatre médailles ici à Rio,” a déclaré Fama. “J'ai adoré comme on a lutté et j'adore le beach wrestling !”

Comme pour les premières BWWS, au Portugal, l'ambiance était festive à Rio, des lutteurs d'une douzaine de pays se mélangeant et dansant entre les tours de la compétition.

Et comme au Portugal aussi, quatre Géorgiens se sont retrouvés en finale, à la différence que cette fois tous sont repartis avec une médaille d'or. C'est Dato MARSAGISHVILI (90kg), perpétuellement souriant, qui a mené la danse, dans une rencontre âprement combattue contre le double champion du monde Muhammed INAM (PAK), 2-0.

“C'était fun,” a dit Marsagishvili. “J'aime le beach wrestling et la compétition était bonne.”

Les Géorgiens étaient au sommet de leur forme pendant les deux jours de la compétition, inscrivant plusieurs victoires sans appel et marquant de grandes projections. Les anciens lutteurs de tapis ont utilisé un mélange de contrôles de tête et de ramassements de jambes pour aligner 20 victoires sur le sable.

Les Prix BWWS sont de 1000 CHF pour l'or, de 500 CHF pour l'argent et de 250 CHF pour le bronze. Le public peut aussi voter pour la meilleure projection de la compétition. Le vainqueur de l'édition de Rio, et du prix de 1000 CHF, est Semen RADULOV (UKR), pour un double ramassement de jambe explosif au premier jour de la compétition.

L'Ukraine accueillera la troisième étape des Beach Wrestling World Series à Odessa les 9 et 10 août prochain. La dernière étape sera le championnat du monde de Beach Wrestling de Zagreb en Croatie, les 6 et 7 septembre.

Beach Wrestling, Hommes

70kg
OR : Levan KELEKHSASHVILI (GEO)
ARGENT : Semen RADULOV (UKR)
BRONZE : Reece HUMPHREY (USA)

80kg
OR : Davit KHUTSISHVILI (GEO)

ARGENT : Ibrahim YUSUBOV (AZE)
BRONZE : Efe Sami UNAL (TUR)

90kg
OR : Dato MARSAGISHVILI (GEO)
ARGENT : Muhammad INAM (PAK)
BRONZE : Kanan ALIYEV (AZE)

+90kg
OR : Mamuka KORDZAIA (GEO)

ARGENT : Oyan NAZARIANI (AZE)
BRONZE : Ioannis KARGIOTAKIS (GRE)

Beach Wrestling, Femmes

50kg
OR : Kamila BARBOSA VITO DA SILVA (BRA)

ARGENT : Susana Paula DE ALMEIDA DOS SANTOS (BRA)
BRONZE : Claudia Soledad CABRERA (ARG)

60kg
OR : Camila FAMA TRISTAO (BRA)

ARGENT : Mehlika OZTURK (TUR)
BRONZE : Ana Luiza PEREIRA FRANCA (BRA)

70kg
OR : Brenda AGUIAR DOS SANTOS (BRA)
ARGENT : Nikeli FERREIRA DE OLIVEIRA (BRA)
BRONZE : Sonia Marina PEREIRA BRAZIO (POR)

+70kg
OR : Aline DA SILVA FERREIRA (BRA)
ARGENT  : Aysegul OZBEGE (TUR)

BRONZE : Dailane GOMES DOS REIS (BRA)