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Russia Leads Georgia Heading into Final Day of Freestyle Competition

By Eric Olanowski

NOVI SAD, Serbia (March 9) – Razambek ZHAMALOV and Radik VALIEV claimed Day 6 freestyle gold medals and helped the Russian Federation carry a 25 points lead over Georgia into the final day of wrestling at the U23 European Championships. 

Zhamalov barreled past Poland’s Patryk OLENCZYN and scored the 13-0 technical superiority victory in the 70kg finals. The Russian pocketed his impressive 13 points from a five-point fireman’s carry, a four-point throw, and a pair of takedowns, and claimed his first-ever continental medal. 

Radik Valiev didn’t have much trouble with Turkey's Ramazan SARI in the 79kg finals, where he scored the 7-2 victory and won his second consecutive U23 European title.

Russia also collected 20 points from their pair of Day 6 silver medalists Amirkhan GUVAZHOKOV and Shamil MUSAEV. 

Guvazhokov fell short to Ukraine’s Andrii YATSENKO in the 57kg gold-medal bout. Yatsenko was behind in the closing minute but scored a takedown and a leg lace to gain the 8-8 lead on criteria with under a minute to go in the match. The Ukrainian wrestler tacked on an exposure and another point for a failed Russian challenge and won the 57kg title, 11-8.

Yatsenko’s win on Saturday night gave him his first European title since he won the 2013 Cadet European Championships. 

The second Russian who dropped his finals match was Shamil Musaev, who fell to Turkey’s Ibrahim CIFTCI, 7-4 in the 97kg finals. 

The fifth gold medal of the day came at the only weight that did not feature a Russian competitor, 65kg. Armenia’s Vazgen TEVANYAN scored a late downtown in the first period, which ultimately turned out to be the match-deciding scoring sequence, as he defeated Edemi BOLKVADZE (GEO), 2-1. 

RESULTS 
Team Scores 
GOLD - Russia (94 points)
SILVER – Georgia  (69 points)
BRONZE - Turkey (66 points)
Fourth – Ukraine  (52 points)
Fifth – Moldova (36 points)

57kg 
GOLD - Andrii YATSENKO (UKR) df. Amirkhan GUVAZHOKOV (RUS), 11-8 
BRONZE - Saban KIZILTAS (TUR) df. Razvan KOVACS (ROU), 7-5
BRONZE - Roberti DINGASHVILI (GEO) df. Mikyay Salim NAIM (BUL), 5-4

65kg 
GOLD - Vazgen TEVANYAN (ARM) df. Edemi BOLKVADZE (GEO), 2-1 
BRONZE - Ilman MUKHTAROV (FRA) df. Maxim SACULTAN (MDA), 3-1
BRONZE - Roman ASHARIN (HUN) df. Fati VEJSELI (MKD), 14-2

70kg
GOLD - Razambek ZHAMALOV (RUS) df. Patryk OLENCZYN (POL), 11-0 
BRONZE - Daud IBRAGIMOV (AZE) df. Vasile DIACON (MDA), 6-5 
BRONZE - Mihail Iliev GEORGIEV (BUL) df. Daniel CHOMANIC (SVK), 5-0

79kg 
GOLD - Radik VALIEV (RUS) df. Ramazan Ishak SARI (TUR), 7-2 
BRONZE - Tariel GAPHRINDASHVILI (GEO) df. Uladzislau YELISEYEU (BLR), 4-0 
BRONZE - Adlan BATAIEV (UKR) df. Simon Christian HARTMANN (AUT), 10-0 

97kg
GOLD -  Ibrahim CIFTCI (TUR) df. Shamil Alievitch MUSAEV (RUS), 7-4 
BRONZE - Dzianis KHRAMIANKOU (BLR) df. Simone IANNATTONI (ITA), 11-0 
BRONZE - Givi MATCHARASHVILI (GEO) df. Aleksandar PANTELIC (SRB), 10-0