Greco-Roman Begins Alongside Big Female Throwers at World Championship

By William May

TASHKENT (September 12) – London 2012 Olympic Games gold medalist and former world champion Roman VLASOV (RUS) helps kick off the Greco-Roman competition at the World Championship on Friday with a bid to regain to the crown he lost in last year’s final.

Alongside action at 75kg and 85kg in Greco-Roman at the Gymnastics Palace, some of the biggest throwers in female wrestling, including top-ranked Anastasija GRIGORJEVA (LAT), will bring the curtain down on the women’s events with competition at 63kg.

European champion Grigorjeva will be joined by last year’s silver medalist SORONZONBOLD Battsetseg (MGL) and two-time Olympic bronze medalist Jackeline RENTERIA (COL) in a “group of death” battle at the bottom of the bracket for one lone berth in the semifinals.

Vlasov, meanwhile, will battle at 75kg with friend and London 2012 silver medalist Arsen JULFALAKYAN (ARM) from opposite halves of the bracket, while a host of challengers, including last year’s world silver medalist Saman TAHMASEBI (AZE), will seek to become the new 85kg champion.




Female Wrestling

63kg (25 entries)

European champion Grigorjeva, who missed last year’s meet with some neck problems, comes to Tashkent top-ranked with wins at the Klippan Open and the European championships.
She has drawn, however, to the bottom quarter of the bracket along with second-ranked Renteria, No.3 Elena PRIROZHKOVA (USA) and No.7 Soronzonbold.

Grigorjeva squares off with Golden Grand Prix Final winner Pirozhkova and Soronzonbold meets unranked Rio WATARI (JPN), who was runner-up at the 2013 Yarygin Grand Prix – to Grigorjeva.

The survivor of this “group of death” could meet veteran Monika MICHALIK (POL) or world student champion Danielle LAPPAGE (CAN) in the semifinals.
The upper half of the bracket features European bronze medalist Yulia TKACH (UKR), who could meet junior world runner-up Dalma CANEVA (ITA) in the other semifinal.


75kg (39 entries)

London 2012 gold medalist Vlasov begins his quest to regain the world title in the middle of the bracket.  He looks a potential match-up with 2013 Universiade silver medalist Hadi ALIZADEH POURNIA (IRI) in the quarterfinals and Golden Grand Prix Final bronze medalist Laszlo SZABO (HUN) in the semis. 

World bronze medalist Julfalakyan, a regular fixture on the international medals podium, is only three places away from Vlasov, but must navigate the lower half of the bracket.

His first test will come in the round of 32 against European bronze medalist Elvin MURSALIYEV (AZE), who won the Golden Grand Prix Final at 80kg. Robert ROSENGREN (SWE) is a likely quarterfinals opponent.
Among the 14 wrestlers who have drawn to the bottom of the bracket, 2007 world champion Yavor YANAKIEV (BUL) and GGP Final runner-up Zurabi DATUNASHVILI (GEO) appear to be likely candidates for the semifinals.

85kg (36 entries)

Tahmasebi, the silver medalist at the GGP Final, begins at the top of the bracket with a possible showdown with 2013 European runner-up Vladimir GEGESHIDZE (GEO) or 2010 world champion Hristo MARINOV (BUL) in the quarterfinals.

In the middle of the bracket, European champion Zhan BELENYUK (UKR) begins where he left off in Vantaa, Finland – opposite European silver medalist Rami HIETANIEMI (FIN) in the round of 32.

Battling them for a quarterfinal berth will be Russian national champion Asamat BIKBAEV (RUS) or 2010 world runner-up Pablo SHOREY (CUB).

London 2012 bronze medalist Damian JANIKOWSKI (POL) and Melonin NOUMONVI (FRA) will battle for one semifinal berth in the lower half of the bracket.

Asian silver medalist Rustam ASSAKALOV (UZB) will have the fans on their feet as he tries to surpass 2013 world bronze medal winners Javid HAMZATOV (BLR) and Viktor LORINCZ (HUN) in the lower quarter of the bracket.


63kg - Female Wrestling

GOLD: Elena Sergey PIROZHKOVA (USA) v. Yuliya TKACH (UKR)

Semifinal: Elena Sergey PIROZHKOVA (USA) df. Monika Ewa MICHALIK (POL), 3-0  
Semifinal: Yuliya TKACH (UKR) df. Henna Katarina JOHANSSON (SWE) by FALL, 7-1

Repechage: Valeriia LAZINSKAYA (RUS) df. Agoro PAPAVASILEIOU (GRE) by TF, 13-0  
Repechage: Anastasija GRIGORJEVA (LAT) df. Danielle Suzanne LAPPAGE (CAN), 6-2  
Repechage: Anastasija GRIGORJEVA (LAT) df. Battsetseg SORONZONBOLD (MGL) by FALL, 7-7

Quarterfinal: Elena Sergey PIROZHKOV (USA) df. Danielle Suzanne LAPPAGE (CAN), 2-1  
Quarterfinal: Monika Ewa MICHALIK (POL) df. Maria MAMASHUK (BLR), 8-6  
Quarterfinal: Henna Katarina JOHANSSON (SWE) df. Dalma CANEVA (ITA) by TF, 10-0  
Quarterfinal: Yuliya TKACH (UKR) df. Agoro PAPAVASILEIOU (GRE) by TF, 10-0 

1/8: Elena Sergey PIROZHKOV (USA) df. Battsetseg SORONZONBOLD (MGL), 6-4  
1/8: Maria MAMASHUK (BLR) df. Elina Lyubchova VASEVA (BUL), 10-8  
1/8: Yuliya TKACH (UKR) df. Valeriia LAZINSKAYA (RUS), 2-2  
1/8: Danielle Suzanne LAPPAGE (CAN) df. Xiaoqian WANG (CHN), 10-5  
1/8: Henna Katarina JOHANSSON (SWE) df. Ragnelta GURBANZADE (AZE) by TF, 11-0  
1/8: Agoro PAPAVASILEIOU (GRE) df. Adela HANZLICKOVA (CZE) by TF, 16-4  
1/8: Monika Ewa MICHALIK (POL) df. Nadine WEINAUGE (GER), 3-0  
1/8: Dalma CANEVA (ITA) df. Olga KALININA (KAZ) by FALL, 10-1  

Qualification: Danielle Suzanne LAPPAGE (CAN) df. Kaur NAVJOT (IND) by TF, 10-0  
Qualification: Nadine WEINAUGE (GER) df. Wendy MARTINEZ (MEX), 7-3  
Qualification: Henna Katarina JOHANSSON (SWE) df. Buse TOSUN (TUR) by FALL, 12-2  
Qualification: Battsetseg SORONZONBOLD (MGL) df. Rio WATARI (JPN) by FALL, 10-4  
Qualification: Xiaoqian WANG (CHN) df. Khalbazar NARBAEVA (UZB) by FALL, 10-2  
Qualification: Elina Lyubchova VASEVA (BUL) df. Lais OLIVEIRA (BRA) by TF, 10-0  
Qualification: Elena Sergey PIROZHKOV (USA) df. Anastasija GRIGORJEVA (LAT), 5-4  
Qualification: Monika Ewa MICHALIK (POL) df. Jasira MENDONKA (GBS), 13-4  
Qualification: Maria MAMASHUK (BLR) df. Jackeline RENTERIA (COL) by FALL, 12-4

75kg - Greco-Roman

BRONZE: Hiroyuki SHIMIZU (JPN) v. Andrew Thomas BISEK (USA)

Semifinal: Arsen JULFALAKYAN (ARM) df. Zurabi DATUNASHVILI (GEO), 1-0  
Semifinal: Neven ZUGAJ (CRO) df. Hiroyuki SHIMIZU (JPN), 2-0  

Repechage: Elvin MURSALIYEV (AZE) df. Juan ESCOBAR (MEX), 4-1  
Repechage: Andrew Thomas BISEK (USA) df. Veli-Karri SUOMINEN (FIN), 6-5  
Repechage: Elvin MURSALIYEV (AZE) df. Florian MARCHL (AUT) by FALL, 5-0  
Repechage: Veli-Karri SUOMINEN (FIN) df. Hadi Asadollah ALIZADEHPOURNIA (IRI), 6-2

Quarterfinal: Zurabi DATUNASHVILI (GEO) df. Gurpreet SINGH (IND), 7-5  
Quarterfinal: Arsen JULFALAKYAN (ARM) df. Juan ESCOBAR (MEX) by TF, 11-2  
Quarterfinal: Neven ZUGAJ (CRO) df. Andrew Thomas BISEK (USA), 1-0  
Quarterfinal: Hiroyuki SHIMIZHU (JPN) df. Dmytro PYSHKOV (UKR), 5-5

1/8: Juan ESCOBAR (MEX) df. Xifeng LI (CHN) by TF, 8-0  
1/8: Neven ZUGAJ (CRO) df. Hadi Asadollah ALIZADEHPOURNIA (IRI), 8-3  
1/8: Zurabi DATUNASHVILI (GEO) df. Yavor Dimitrov YANAKIEV (BUL), 2-2  
1/8: Arsen JULFALAKYAN (ARM) df. Florian MARCHL (AUT) by TF, 12-1  
1/8: Dmytro PYSHKOV (UKR) df. Laszlo SZABO (HUN), 4-4  
1/8: Gurpreet SINGH (IND) df. Petr NOVAK (CZE) by FALL, 9-2  
1/8: Andrew Thomas BISEK (USA) df. Roman VLASOV (RUS), 6-6  
1/8: Hiroyuki SHIMIZHU (JPN) df. Igor BESLEAGA (MDA), 4-1  

1/16: Zurabi DATUNASHVILI (GEO) df. Valery PALENSKI (BLR), 4-2  
1/16: Gurpreet SINGH (IND) df. Ricardo GIL (ESP) by TF, 12-4  
1/16: Florian MARCHL (AUT) df. Ciro RUSSO (ITA) by TF, 11-0  
1/16: Andrew Thomas BISEK (USA) df. Petros MANOUILIDIS (GRE), 5-0  
1/16: Dmytro PYSHKOV (UKR) df. Nurullo KHASANOV (TJK) by TF, 11-0  
1/16: Hiroyuki SHIMIZHU (JPN) df. Seref TUFENK (TUR), 4-2  
1/16: Yavor Dimitrov YANAKIEV (BUL) df. Yorgen Jose COVA (VEN), 5-0  
1/16: Juan ESCOBAR (MEX) df. Robert Patrik ROSENGREN (SWE), 7-1  
1/16: Arsen JULFALAKYAN (ARM) df. Elvin MURSALIYEV (AZE) by TF, 9-0  
1/16: Neven ZUGAJ (CRO) df. Veli-Karri SUOMINEN (FIN), 3-1  
1/16: Laszlo SZABO (HUN) df. Florian NEUMAIER (GER), 4-0  
1/16: Petr NOVAK (CZE) df. Dae-Seung PARK (KOR), 9-3  
1/16: Xifeng LI (CHN) df. Maximiliano Daniel PRUDENZANO (ARG), 2-1  
1/16: Roman VLASOV (RUS) df. Richard RICO (SVK) by TF, 10-0  
1/16: Hadi Asadollah ALIZADEHPOURNIA (IRI) df. Nurbek KHASHIMBEKOV (UZB), 4-0  
1/16: Igor BESLEAGA (MDA) df. Damian DIETSCHE (SUI), 13-6  

Qualification: Zurabi DATUNASHVILI (GEO) df. Arkadiusz Marcin KULYNYCZ (POL) by TF, 8-0  
Qualification: Dae-Seung PARK (KOR) df. Jure KUHAR (SLO), 2-2  
Qualification: Yorgen Jose COVA (VEN) df. Rashid KOCHIYEV (KAZ), 5-0  
Qualification: Petr NOVAK (CZE) df. Aleksandrs VISNAKOVS (LAT), 4-0  
Qualification: Valery PALENSKI (BLR) df. Tarek Mohamed ABDELSALAM (EGY) by TF, 10-1  
Qualification: Yavor Dimitrov YANAKIEV (BUL) df. Viktor NEMES (SRB), 3-0  
Qualification: Gurpreet SINGH (IND) df. Amanaly ATAYEV (TKM), 8-6  

85kg - Greco-Roman

BRONZE: Viktor LORINCZ (HUN) v. Kristofer Alf Ragnar JOHANSSON (SWE)

Semifinal: Melonin NOUMONVI (FRA) df. Viktor LORINCZ (HUN), 1-0  
Semifinal: Saman TEHMASEBI (AZE) df. Zhan BELENIUK (UKR) by DQ, 4-0  

Repechage: Kristofer Alf Ragnar JOHANSSON (SWE) df. Masayuki AMANO (JPN), 6-4  
Repechage: Ramsin AZIZSIR (GER) df. Vladimer GEGESHIDZE (GEO), 2-0  
Repechage: Kristofer Alf Ragnar JOHANSSON (SWE) df. Amer HRUSTANOVIC (AUT), 5-0  
Repechage: Ramsin AZIZSIR (GER) df. Liang KONG (CHN), 6-0

Quarterfinal: Viktor LORINCZ (HUN) df. Javid HAMZATAU (BLR), 2-0  
Quarterfinal: Melonin NOUMONVI (FRA) df. Masayuki AMANO (JPN), 2-0  
Quarterfinal: Zhan BELENIUK (UKR) df. Ahmed mohamed IBRAHIM (EGY) by TF, 10-1  
Quarterfinal: Saman TEHMASEBI (AZE) df. Vladimer GEGESHIDZE (GEO), 4-0 

1/8: Viktor LORINCZ (HUN) df. Artur OMAROV (CZE), 2-0  
1/8: Ahmed mohamed IBRAHIM (EGY) df. Laimutis ADOMAITIS (LTU), 2-1  
1/8: Saman TEHMASEBI (AZE) df. Liang KONG (CHN), 2-0  
1/8: Melonin NOUMONVI (FRA) df. Kristofer Alf Ragnar JOHANSSON (SWE), 2-2  
1/8: Zhan BELENIUK (UKR) df. Pablo Enrique SHOREY (CUB), 6-1  
1/8: Javid HAMZATAU (BLR) df. Rustam ASSAKALOV (UZB), 6-0  
1/8: Masayuki AMANO (JPN) df. Damian JANIKOWSKI (POL) by TF, 8-0  
1/8: Vladimer GEGESHIDZE (GEO) df. Isfandiyor LATIPOV (TJK) by TF, 10-1  

1/16: Javid HAMZATAU (BLR) df. Aman TOKTOGONOV (KGZ) by TF, 9-0  
1/16: Melonin NOUMONVI (FRA) df. Amer HRUSTANOVIC (AUT), 5-0  
1/16: Masayuki AMANO (JPN) df. Alexander Jose BRAZON (VEN), 3-1  
1/16: Zhan BELENIUK (UKR) df. Rami Antero HIETANIEMI (FIN), 1-0  
1/16: Vladimer GEGESHIDZE (GEO) df. Hristo Diyanov MARINOV (BUL), 4-3  
1/16: Viktor LORINCZ (HUN) df. Nenad ZUGAJ (CRO), 3-0  
1/16: Kristofer Alf Ragnar JOHANSSON (SWE) df. Attila Gheza TAMAS (ROU) by TF, 9-0  
1/16: Ahmed mohamed IBRAHIM (EGY) df. Alfonso YEPEZ (MEX) by TF, 12-4  
1/16: Pablo Enrique SHOREY (CUB) df. Azamat Izubaevitch BIKBAEV (RUS), 6-3  
1/16: Liang KONG (CHN) df. Andrey SAMOKHIN (KAZ), 3-1  
1/16: Rustam ASSAKALOV (UZB) df. Mojtaba Ali KARIMFAR (IRI), 8-4  
1/16: Artur OMAROV (CZE) df. Metehan BASAR (TUR), 2-2  
1/16: Damian JANIKOWSKI (POL) df. Nae-Koo KANG (KOR), 5-3  
1/16: Laimutis ADOMAITIS (LTU) df. Manoj KUMAR (IND) by TF, 8-0  
1/16: Isfandiyor LATIPOV (TJK) df. Fanolua FANOLUA (ASA) by FALL, 7-0  
1/16: Saman TEHMASEBI (AZE) df. Ramsin AZIZSIR (GER), 3-2  

Qualification: Javid HAMZATAU (BLR) df. Rasmus Nes TJORSTAD (NOR), 3-0  
Qualification: Mojtaba Ali KARIMFAR (IRI) df. Artur SHAHINYAN (ARM), 3-0  
Qualification: Aman TOKTOGONOV (KGZ) df. Dimitrios PAPADOPOULOS (GRE), 12-7  
Qualification: Rustam ASSAKALOV (UZB) df. Jordan Robert HOLM (USA), 5-0