Award Season

2017 Greco-Roman Matches of the Year

By Eric Olanowski

The top three Greco-Roman matches from 2017 included two age-level bouts and a bronze medal match from the 2017 World Championship.

60kg Asian Junior Championship QUARTERFINAL: Tynar SHARSHENBEKOV (KGZ) v. Seydylla TAZAYEV (TKM)
Tynar Sharshenbekov and Seydylla Tazayev put on a show in the the 60kg Asian Junior Championship quarterfinals that lit up the scoreboard with 27 points.

Tazayev was behind 4-0 early in the first but was able to capture the 9-8 lead heading into the break. Tazayev outscored Sharshenbekov 9-2 in the second period on his way to a 17-10 win.

74kg Junior World Championship GOLD:  Kamal Ameer BEY (USA) df. Akzhol MAKHMUDOV (KGZ) Makhmudov took the early 1-0 lead off a pushout. BEY (USA) went on to score 11 points, ending the first period with a combined 17 points. With 30 second left, Makhmudov closed the gap and got the match to within two points. A final takedown for Bey with three seconds left sealed the match which ended with a total of 27 points.

71kg World Championship BRONZE: Mohammadali Abdolhamid GERAEI (IRI) v. Daniel CATARAGA (MDA)
Mohammadali Abdolhamid Geraei trailed Daniel Cataraga by seven points heading into the second period of the 71kg bronze medal match at the World Championships. Geraei would outscore Cataraga 10-1 in the final three minutes to pick up his first world medal.

Award Season

2017 Women's Freestyle Matches of the Year

By Eric Olanowski

The best women’s wrestling matches of the year included two match-ups that pegged previous age-level and senior world champions against each other. The third match featured an ending with quite the proposal.

53kg World Championships GOLD: Vanesa KALADZINSKAYA (BLR) v. Mayu MUKAIDA (JPN)
Vanesa Kaldzinskaya showed no sign of panicking in the 53kg world finals, even while trailing 6-0. The 2012 world champion used a step out late in the first period to narrow Mukaida’s lead to five points. Her resilience was apparent throughout the match and eventually paid off with 10 seconds remaining as Kaldzinskaya’s four-point move gave her the 8-6 win.

75kg World Championships GOLD: Yasemin ADAR (TUR) v. Vasilisa MARZALIUK (BLR)
After picking up the first takedown, five-time world team member Yasemin Adar trailed on criteria heading into the second period. With under a minute to go, Adar used a late takedown to take the 4-4 lead on criteria. Adar tacked on one more point and won 5-4.

After Adar’s gold medal celebration, her boyfriend came on the mat, dropped to one knee and proposed to Yasemin.

63kg World Championships GOLD: Orkhon PUREVDORJ (MGL) v. Yuliia TKACH OSTAPCHUK (UKR)
In a battle of junior world champions, Orkhon Purevdorj needed three takedowns to defeat Yuliia Tkach Ostapchuk. Purevdorj picked up an early takedown in the first and led 2-1 after three minutes of action. Tkach Ostapchuk answered in the second period with a takedown of her own, but it was Purevdorj’s two second-period takedowns that gave her the 6-3 victory.