Cadet World Medalists Yetgil, Delcheva Power To Women's Finals At Cadet European C'ships

By Richard Immel

SARAJEVAO, Bosnia and Herzegovina (July 27) – Another day is in the books at the Cadet European Championships, and once again the women delivered a sensational session of wrestling as the championship matches were set in five weight categories.

Cadet world bronze medalist Zeynep YETGIL (TUR) is shooting for the 52kg gold against Ekaterina VERBINA (RUS). Yetgil took down a pair of two-time cadet European medalists on her route to the finals, Szimonetta Timea SZEKER (HUN) in her opener, and Teresa LUMIA (ITA) in the semis, both by 5-0 decisions. Verbina sparked her day with a 10-0 win over cadet European bronze medalist Mariana DRAGUTAN (MDA).

Cadet World silver medalist Petya Zarkova DELCHEVA (BUL) powered her way to the 40kg finals with an 11-0 victory over returning cadet European bronze medalist Zehra DEMIRHAN (TUR) and a pin over Regina MILLER (RUS). Her finals opponent will be Justine Fanny VIGOUROUX (FRA), who escaped with a 1-1 criteria win over Mariam KARELIDZE (GEO) in the semifinals.

Victoria VESSO (EST)

A highlight matchup comes in the 60kg championship between returning silver medalist Erika BOGNAR (HUN) and two-time cadet Nordic champion Viktoria VESSO (EST). Bognar’s signature win today came by fall against cadet European bronze medalist Iryna ZHURAULIOVA (BLR) in the quarterfinals. Similarly, Vesso downed defending silver medalist Elena SELL (GER) by fall in her second bout.

Russia picked up a second finalist with last year’s cadet European bronze medalist Natia SVANIDZE (RUS) qualifying for the 46kg gold-medal match against Beatrice Ionela FERENT (ROU). Ferent pulled off a big time pin over cadet world bronze medalist Aynur JAMALOVA (AZE) in the semifinals.

The 70kg finale will feature Romana VOVCHAK (UKR) taking on Mehtap GULTEKİN (TUR). Both women scored crucial wins in the quarterfinal round, Vovchak pinning cadet world bronze medalist Kamile GAUCAITE (LTU) and Gultekin edging past cadet European bronze medalist Bernadett NAGY (HUN), 1-0.

The finals for these five women’s wrestling weight categories will take place at 6 p.m. local time on Friday. The Greco-Roman competition will also kick off tomorrow with athletes at 42kg, 50kg, 58kg, 69kg and 85 kg taking the mat at 10:30 a.m.

For complete brackets and match-by-match results from the Cadet European Championships, visit our results page at

Women’s Wrestling Results

40kg (9 entries)

Gold: Justine Fanny VIGOUROUX (FRA) vs. Petya Zarkova DELCHEVA (BUL)


Semifinal:  Justine Fanny VIGOUROUX (FRA) df. Mariam KARELIDZE (GEO) by VPO1, 1-1 

Semifinal:  Petya Zarkova DELCHEVA (BUL) df. Regina MILLER (RUS) by VFA, 2-2


46kg (16 entries)

Gold: Beatrice Ionela FERENT (ROU) vs. Natia SVANIDZE (RUS)


Semifinal:  Natia SVANIDZE (RUS) df. Anastasiya YANOTOVA (BLR) by VFA, 10-0 

Semifinal:  Beatrice Ionela FERENT (ROU) df. Aynur JAMALOVA (AZE) by VFA, 2-0


52kg (18 entries)

Gold: Zeynep YETGIL (TUR) vs. Ekaterina VERBINA (RUS)


Semifinal:  Zeynep YETGIL (TUR) df. Teresa LUMIA (ITA) by VPO, 5-0 

Semifinal:  Ekaterina VERBINA (RUS) df. Othelie Annette HOEIE (NOR) by VSU, 10-0


60kg (19 entries)

Gold: Erika BOGNAR (HUN) vs. Viktoria VESSO (EST)


Semifinal:  Viktoria VESSO (EST) df. Karyna KOLESNIK (UKR) by VFA, 4-2 

Semifinal:  Erika BOGNAR (HUN) df. Morena DE VITA (ITA) by VPO1, 2-1


70kg (12 entries)

Gold: Romana VOVCHAK (UKR) vs. Mehtap GULTEKİN (TUR)


Semifinal:  Romana VOVCHAK (UKR) df. Valeriia TRIFONOVA (RUS) by VFA, 2-5 

Semifinal:  Mehtap GULTEKİN (TUR) df. Hanna MASLAKOVA (BLR) by VPO1, 5-2