2013 Military World Wrestling Championships

By Tim Foley

Ali Feiz - FILA Wrestling

Military wrestlers from all over the world gathered in Iran to compete in 2013 World Military Wrestling Championships, with host Iran capturing the team title in both Greco-Roman and freestyle

In Greco-Roman the home team captured three gold medals, two silver and two bronze medals. Iran Greco-Roman team placed first with 64 points, Kazakhstan came in second and Ukraine nabbed third.

In addition to military, several world and Olympic medal winners (also in the military) competed in this year’s event. North Korea’s Yun Won Chol -- who won the 2013 World Champion at 55-kilos -- had an excellent tournament, beating each of his opponents by technical superiority.

Iran joined in the winning ways, crowning two champions when Saeid Abdevali, a 2011 World champion at 66-kilo won the 74-kilo weight class, and 2011 world medalist Bashir Babajanzadeh captured the gold at 120-kilo.

Oleksander Shyshman from Ukraine defeated 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner Damian Janikowski of Poland 8-1 in the 84-kilo finals.

Iran also came out strong in freestyle, winning five golds and two silver medals.

Chian’s Deng Zhi Wei, a 2011 bronze medalist at the Asian Championships and who was fifth at 2013 World Championships, won the gold at 120-kilos to help avoid the Iranian shutout. Meanwhile at 55-kilos PR-Korea wrestler Jong Hakjin also took the gold, beating Iranian Hamidreza Khamesi.

Full results for both styles are below.

Greco-Roman Results:

55 kg

Gold: Yun Won Chol (PRK)

Silver: Hamidreza Khamesi (IRI)

Bronze: Rudik Mkrtchyan (ARM)

Bronze: Horlan Zhakansha(KAZ)

60 kg

Gold: Dostan Zhakansha (KAZ)

Silver: Saman Abdevali (IRI)

Bronze: Yevhen Miahkyi (UKR)

Bronze: Michal Tracz (POL)

66 kg

Gold: B. Aslanghradaghi (IRI)

Silver: Gevorg Sahakyan (ARM)

Bronze: Tarekaziz Benaissa (ALG)

Bronze: Demeu Zhadyrayev (KAZ)

74 kg

Gold: Saeid Abdvali (IRI)

Silver: Daulet Zhadyrayev (KAZ)

Bronze: Yevhen Pyshkov (UKR)

Bronze: Veli Karri Suominen (FIN)

84 kg

Gold: Oleksandr Shyshman (UKR)

Silver: Damian Janikowski (POL)

Bronze: Vagharshak Minasyan (ARM)

Bronze: Mojtaba Karimfar (IRI)

96 kg

Gold: Sergiy Yeroshkin (UKR)

Silver: Jiang Dawuer (CHN)

Bronze: Saman Norouzi (IRI)

Bronze: Vahe Simonyan (ARM)

120 kg

Gold: Bashir Babajanzadeh (IRI)

Silver: Damir Kuzembayev (KAZ)

Bronze: Lukasz Banak (POL)

Bronze: Beike Mulati (CHN)

Greco-Roman Team Rankings:

1. Iran 64

2. Kazakhstan 54

3. Ukraine 47

4. Armenia 36

5. Poland 30

6. China 24

7. Syria 24

8. Iraq 23

9. Pakistan 21

10. North Korea 20

Freestyle Results: 

55 kg

Gold: Jong Hakjin (PRK)

Silver: Omid Jalalibahar (IRI)

Bronze: Yeldos Abikenov (KAZ)

Bronze: Han Hairi (CHN)

60 kg

Gold: Farshad Safarzadeh (IRI)

Silver: Ervand Tadevosyan (ARM)

Bronze: Mykola Aivazian (UKR)

Bronze: Faeez Maher (IRQ)

66 kg

Gold: Mohammad Naderi (IRI)

Silver: Yang Chunsong(PRK)

Bronze: Yevheni Khavilov (UKR)

Bronze: Azat Sakayev (KAZ)

74 kg

Gold: Saeid Dadashpour (IRI)

Silver: Golymzhan Usrbayev (KAZ)

Bronze: Khan Nadir (PAK)

Bronze: Song Chol Min (PRK)

84 kg

Gold: Esmaeil Nejatian (IRI)

Silver: Maciej Balawender (POL)

Bronze: Adilet Davlumbayev(KAZ)

Bronze: B. Huwatibieke (CHN)

96 kg

Gold: Jafar Daliri (IRI)

Silver: Radoslaw Baran (POL)

Bronze: Suhil Mohammed (IRQ)

Bronze: Viktor Hazishvili (ARM)

120 kg

Gold: Deng Zhi Wei (CHN)

Silver: Jafar Shamse Nateri (IRI)

Bronze: Mateusz Gucman (POL)

Bronze: Mykola Kuchmiy (UKR)

Freestyle Team Rankings:

1. Iran 68

2. Kazakhstan 48

3. China 42

4. Ukraine 39

5. Iraq 37

6. Armenia 33

7. Poland 32

8. North Korea 30

9. Syria 23

10. Pakistan 19