LIVE BLOG: European Olympic Qualifier, Day Four

By Eric Olanowski

BUDAPEST, Hungary (March 20) --- The fourth and final day of wrestling at the #WrestleBudapest European Olympic Qualifier gets underway at 18:00 (local time).

19:10: That'll do it for our coverage of the European Olympic Qualifier. Congratulations to everyone who helped their nation reach the Olympic Games. Until next time, so long, wrestling fans. 

19:03: Sergey SEMENOV (RUS) rolled up Mantas KNYSTAUTAS (LTU) with a pair of second-period side headlocks and claimed Russia's second gold of the night. 

18:47: Islam ABBASOV (AZE) and Arvi Martin SAVOLAINEN (FIN) finals opponents forfeited so they were awarded the gold medals at 87kg and 97kg, respectively.

18:23: The next finals match will be the 87kg finals between '19 world champion Lasha GOBADZE (GEO) and Islam ABBASOV (AZE).

18:22: From the looks of things, Bozo STARCEVIC (CRO) is sitting out of the finals, too. That'll give Aleksandr CHEKHIRKIN (RUS) the 77kg gold.

18:16: It looks like Balint KORPASI (HUN) has elected to sit out of the finals, which means the 68kg gold goes to Georgia's Ramaz ZOIDZE.

18:11: The 60kg title goes to the 21-year-old Turk, Kamal. He scored a four-point throw in the first and an inactivity in the second to defeat Kinsinger, 5-1. It's his second gold of the year. Kamal also won gold at the Heni Deglane in January. 

18:02: Here we got with Day Four action from Budapest. The first gold-medal match of the day will be at 60kg. It'll be Kerem KAMAL (TUR) and Etienne KINSINGER (GER) wrestling for gold.


Semenov and Chekhirkin Claim Gold on Final Day of European OG Qualifier

By Eric Olanowski

BUDAPEST, Hungary (January 20) – Russian wrestlers Aleksandr CHEKHIRKIN (RUS) and Sergey SEMENOV (RUS) closed out the final day of the European Olympic Qualifiers with a pair of golds, while Kerem KAMAL (TUR) cruised to his second title of the ’21 season.

Semenov rolled past Lithuania’s Mantas KNYSTAUTAS (LTU) with a pair of second-period side headlocks after he collected an inactivity point. He claimed the 130kg gold, 5-1. Semenov's compatriot and fellow ’18 world champion Chekhirkin also won gold on Sunday night. He was awarded the 77kg gold after his finals opponent Bozo STARCEVIC (CRO) injury defaulted out of the gold-medal match.

Kamal reached the podium for the second time this season (he also won the Henri Deglane) with a four-point victory over Etienne KINSINGER (GER) in the 60kg finals. The match was tied in the opening period when Kamal peddled to the edge of the mat, jarred an underhook in, and tossed the German to his back for four points.

In the second period, Kamal kept his pace high and earned an inactivity point, putting Kingsinger down in par terre. The 21-year-old went for a right-side gut wrench but was stopped mid-way through and conceded a reversal. He stayed poised in the final minute and closed out the match victorious, 5-1.

The final two golds of the evening went to Ramaz ZOIDZE (GEO) and Islam ABBASOV (AZE). They were awarded the 67kg and 87kg golds, respectively, after their finals opponent’s injury defaulted out of the gold-medal matches.

That wraps up our coverage of the European Olympic Qualifier. The event calendar resumes with the African and Oceania Olympic Qualifier April 2-4 in Hammamet, Tunisia.

*Please note that wrestlers who won their semifinal matches at the European Olympic Qualifiers earned berths for their respective nations to the Tokyo Olympic Games. 

GOLD - Kerem KAMAL (TUR) df. Etienne KINSINGER (GER), 5-1
BRONZE - Ivan LIZATOVIC (CRO) df. Murad MAMMADOV (AZE), via injury default
BRONZE - Irakli DZIMISTARISHVILI (GEO) df. Erik TORBA (HUN), via forfeit

GOLD - Ramaz ZOIDZE (GEO) df. Balint KORPASI (HUN), via injury default
BRONZE - Artur POLITAIEV (UKR) df. Slavik GALSTYAN (ARM), via injury default
BRONZE - Deyvid Tihomirov DIMITROV (BUL) df. Donior ISLAMOV (MDA), 9-7

GOLD - Aleksandr CHEKHIRKIN (RUS) df. Bozo STARCEVIC (CRO), via injury default
BRONZE - Viktor NEMES (SRB) df. Aik MNATSAKANIAN (BUL), via injury default

BRONZE - Sanan SULEYMANOV (AZE) df. Oldrich VARGA (CZE), via injury default

GOLD - Islam ABBASOV (AZE) df. Lasha GOBADZE (GEO), via injury default
BRONZE -Metehan BASAR (TUR) df. Milad Valerikovitch ALIRZAEV (RUS), via injury default

GOLD - Arvi Martin SAVOLAINEN (FIN) df. Kiril MILOV (BUL), via injury default
BRONZE - Alex Gergo SZOKE (HUN) df. Artur OMAROV (CZE)

BRONZE - Pontus Johan LUND (SWE) df. Nikoloz KAKHELASHVILI (ITA)

GOLD - Sergey SEMENOV (RUS) df. Mantas KNYSTAUTAS (LTU), 5-1
BRONZE - Adam VARGA (HUN) df. Radoslav Plamenov GEORGIEV (BUL), 3-1

BRONZE - Rafal Andrzej KRAJEWSKI (POL) df. Marko KOSCEVIC (CRO), 11-5