U23 World C'ships

Geno Petriashvili Triumphs to Second World Title in Three Months

By Taylor Miller

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland – Georgia’s Geno Petriashvili bulldozed his way to another World title on Saturday night in Bydgoszcz, Poland, winning the U23 World Championships heavyweight gold.

Petriashvili, who recently stood atop the podium at the 2017 Senior World Championships in Paris France, in August, put together an impressive performance on Saturday, racking up four technical falls to win the 125 kg bracket.

In the finals, he dominated Magomedamin DIBIROV (RUS), storming out to a 5-0 lead at the break. He ended the match with a takedown and two gut wrenches for an 11-0 win.

On the day, the Georgian heavyweight outscored his opponents, 45-1.

Also tallying a gold-medal tech fall was 2011 Cadet World bronze medalist Rinya NAKMURA (JPN), who also finished fifth at the Senior World Championships this summer.

Nakamura overpowered Kuat AMIRTAYEV (KAZ) with 10 second-period points after trailing 2-2 on criteria at the break, taking home his first World title.

In his first World championships appearance, Alikhan ZHABRAILOV (RUS) rattled off three takedowns late in the 86 kg finals to edge out two-time World medalist Azamat DAULTBEKOV (KAZ), 8-7.

At 57 kg, 2017 Senior Pan American bronze medalist Reineri ANDREU ORTEGA (CUB) rallied to score six unanswered points in the second period of the gold-medal match to outlast six-time European Championships medalist Mikyay NAIM (BUL).

Tomorrow wraps up the 2017 U23 World Championships with the final four men’s freestyle weights. Action starts at 10 a.m. local time (4 a.m. ET).

Finals results
57 kg
Gold - Reineri ANDREU ORTEGA (CUB) dec. Mikyay Salim NAIM (BUL), 6-1
Bronze - Parviz IBRAHIMOV (AZE) dec. Zhandos ISMAILOV (KAZ), 2-2
Bronze - Suleyman ATLI (TUR) dec. Wanhao ZOU (CHN), 6-3

61 kg
Gold - Rinya NAKAMURA (JPN) tech. fall Kuat AMIRTAYEV (KAZ), 12-2
Bronze - Sedat OZDEMIR (TUR) dec. Mihai ESANU (MDA), 8-3
Bronze - Islam DUDAEV (RUS) dec. Husein SHAKHBANAU (BLR), 5-0

86 kg
Gold - Alikhan ZHABRAILOV (RUS) dec. Azamat DAULETBEKOV (KAZ), 8-7
Bronze - Uri KALASHNIKOV (ISR) dec. Raman CHYTADZE (BLR), 7-4
Bronze - Irakli MTSITURI (GEO) dec. Lazaro Daniel HERNANDEZ LUIS (CUB), 6-1

125 kg
Gold - Geno PETRIASHVILI (GEO) tech. fall Magomedamin DIBIROV (RUS), 11-0
Bronze - Amin Hossein TAHERI (IRI) tech. fall Mihaly NAGY (HUN), 10-0
Bronze - Danylo KARTAVYI (UKR) dec. Zhanxiang HU (CHN), 6-0

U23 World C'ships

UWW Executive Committee Agrees to Cancel U23 World Championships 

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (September 15) -- The United World Wrestling executive committee agreed Monday to cancel the U23 Wrestling World Championships originally scheduled for late October in Tampere, Finland. 

The executive committee also agreed to keep the international tournaments scheduled on the calendar for November and December, but organizers must implement sanitary conditions that protect the health of all participants. The UWW-provided protocols will be subject to review.

No decision was made about the Senior and Junior Worlds scheduled for Belgrade in mid-December.

Additionally, American Samoa was approved as the host nation for the 2021 Oceania championship and Buenos Aires was approved as the host city for the 2021 approved for the Pan-Am Cadets.