Live Blog: Poland Open Ranking Series, Day Three

By Eric Olanowski

Poland Open enters day three with women's wrestling in action in Warsaw on Thursday. Stars like Mariya STADNIK (AZE), Erica Wiebe (CAN), Aisuluu TYNYBEKOVA (KGZ) and many more will take the mat. (Day 2 Recap)


Final Matches: (As they come in):
50kg - Oksana LIVACH (UKR) vs. Mariya STADNIK (AZE)
62kg - Ana Paula GODINEZ GONZALEZ (CAN) vs. Aisuluu TYNYBEKOVA (KGZ) 
65kg - Henna Katarina JOHANSSON (SWE) vs. Anastasiia LAVRENCHUK (UKR) 
76kg - Aline ROTTER FOCKEN (GER) vs. Epp MAEE (EST) 

13:16: That does it for the morning session. We'll see you back here at 18:00 for Thursday's women's wrestling medal matches. 

12:36: Very limited action in that semifinal, but Rotter Focken holds on to criteria and reaches the finals with a 1-1 win over Olympic champ Wiebe. She'll take on the winner of Aiperi MEDET KYZY (KGZ) and Epp MAEE (EST).

12:22: I'm not sure how today flew by so fast, but we're already to the Day Three semifinals. We'll wrap up these final matches on each mat and roll right into today's semifinals. 

12:18: If there's such thing as too many world champions wrestling in one day, today is that day! One world champion walks off Mat A and another one walks on! Mat A welcomes Bulgaria's Taybe Yusein! 

12:15: What a show Tynybekova and Ovcharova are putting on! There are 18 points on the board already and we still have two minutes left to go!

12:05: World champion Aisuulu Tynybekova is coming up on Mat A. She's wrestling '19 world silver medalist Liubov OVCHAROVA (RUS).

12:04: Stadnik is on fire today. She's won both matches by technical superiority. 

12:03: Stadnik is back up again. She's wrestling Golston on Mat A. Stadnik scored two early takedowns and leads 4-0 after the opening 45 seconds.

11:51: Mae does it again! This time, she scored a takedown and won the match, 3-1.

11:46: Mae beat Olympic champion Vorobieva to win European gold a few months ago. The two are wrestling again on Mat C right now!

11:41: Olympic champion Erica Wiebe built a substantial lead over on Mat C. It looks like she's going to close things out with a 7-0 win over Elmira SYZDYKOVA (KAZ). Weibe will wrestle the winner of Bout 119 (Mat A) between Aline DA SILVA FERREIRA (BRA) and Aline ROTTER FOCKEN (GER) 

11:31: Olympic bronze medalist and four-time world medalist -- including '13 world champion -- Maria SASTIN (HUN) are squaring off on Mat B. Amri leads 1-0 after the first period. 

11:27: Tynybekova Watch: She'll be up in seven matches on Mat A.

11:24: Quick suggestion: do not take down Stanik. Vuc took her down and led, 2-0. Stadnik proceeded to score 12 points in 25 seconds and moved into the quarterfinals where she'll wrestle the winner of Erin Simone GOLSTON (USA) and Weronika SIKORA (POL).

11:19: We have a rematch of the '19 world finals between Mariya STADNIK (AZE) and Emilia Alina VUC (ROU) going on on Mat A. 

11:15: For a second time this season, Olympic champion Natalia VOROBEVA (RUS) defeats Vasilisa MARZALIUK (BLR). She also beat her in the finals of the European Olympic Qualifier. Today, the final score was 4-1 in favor of the Russian.

11:14: World bronze medalist Epp MAE (EST) is making her tournament debut on Mat A. This is her first competition since back since becoming Estonia's first woman to win gold at the European Championships. She's wrestling Aysegul OZBEGE (TUR). 

11:11: Good morning, wrestling fans! After two days of exciting days of wrestling, freestyle is in the rearview mirror.  Women's wrestling takes center stage on  Day Three in Poland.


Saravi Dominates #WrestleWarsaw to Claim Spot on Iran Olympic Team

By Vinay Siwach

WARSAW, Poland (June 13) --- After the 97kg Greco-Roman final, Mehdi BALIHAMZEHDEH (IRI) went up to the judge to seek answers. His actions were justified as he had not only lost the gold medal to compatriot Mohammadhadi SARAVI (IRI) but also the opportunity to represent Iran at the Tokyo Olympics.

Iran, treating the Poland Open as the selection trial for Tokyo Games, had entered the two and on Sunday, they dominated the field and reached the final. This was the last category that was undecided for Iran after three freestyle and one Greco-Roman class finalized in Warsaw.


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They had to wait till the end of the day as it was the final bout and then more as both Iran wrestlers had mistakenly wore opposite singlets. 50 seconds into the bout they changed the singlets and resumed the bout. Saravi got the advantage of Balihamzehdeh being passive in the first period and he got an exposure to lead 3-0.

Balihamzehdeh was hoping that Saravi will be warned for inactivity as well but that did not happen as the latter kept on the pressure throughout the period. It ended 3-0 in favour of Saravi, completing the Iran team for the upcoming Games.

His gold medal also pushes him to third position in the Tokyo seeding as he collected 16 points. His total of 52 points takes him ahead of Cenk ILDEM (TUR) who is now out of the seeding.

Tadeusz MICHALIK (POL) finished fifth in Warsaw and collected 10 points for a total of 42 to edge past Ildem by a point.

There was no other major shuffle in the Olympic seedings for the weight classes that were in action on Sunday.

At 87kg, veteran Uzbek wrestler Rustam ASSAKALOV (UZB) won a bronze medal to collect 12 points but that doesn't change his third position in the seedings.


The gold medal was captured but he upcoming star and two-time U23 world champion Semen NAVIKOV (UKR). In the final, he defeated Istvan TAKACS (HUN) 2-1 with all points scored on referees call.

Takacs had earlier stopped Rio Olympic bronze medalist Assakalov's run in the tournament with a 2-1 win in the semifinal. The Uzbek then came back in the bronze medal bout against Arkadiusz KULYNYCZ (POL) with a big fall.

The next big thing in Ukrainian wrestling Navikov will not be at the Olympics as another star wrestler Zhan BELENIUK (UKR) is scheduled to wrestle in the Japanese capital city.

In the remaining three weight categories, hosts Poland captured two gold medals while the third went to Uzbekistan.

Michal TRACZ (POL) wrestled Ekrem OZTURK (TUR) in the 60kg final and held on for 3-2 win for his home country. In the nordic style bracket, he won two bouts to reach the semifinal in which he came out on top against Mukhammadkodir YUSUPOV (UZB) 3-2.

Ozturk had a back-and-forth semifinal against Olivier SKRZYPCZAK (POL) as the two scored 26 points in the stipulated six minutes. In the end, Ozturk won 15-11 to reach the final.

Gevorg SAHAKYAN (POL) won the second gold medal for Poland as he defeated Mirzobek RAKHMATOV (UZB) 4-3 in the 72kg final.

The Pole had some tough bouts throughout the day as he began with a 3-1 win against Krisztian VANCZA (HUN) 3-1 before pulling through a 1-1 win against compatriot Roman PACURKOWSKI (POL).

From the other side, Rakhmatov defeated Juan AAK (NOR) 9-0 in the qualification before clinching a 7-0 win over Mateusz BERNATEK (POL) in the quarterfinal. He had a tough one against Cengiz ARSLAN (TUR) in the semifinal but managed to pull off 5-4.

Uzbekistan did get it's gold medal on Sunday as five-time ranking series finalist Islomjon BAKHRAMOV (UZB) managed to hang on and defeat Ayata SUZUKI (JPN) 5-3 in the 63kg final. Suzuki was awarded a point for Bakhramov's passivity and he later got an exposure from par terre to lead 3-0. But Bakhramov reversed it and completed a head-pinch to make it 3-2.

In the second period, he got the point for Suzuki's inactivity and then exposed him from the par terre position to lead 5-3. The Japanese did try quite a few arm throws but failed to get any points.

From Japan, world champion Kenichiro FUMITA (JPN) was also scheduled to make the Poland trip but pulled out at the last moment due to unforeseen circumstances. Fumita has now not competed internationally since winning the gold medal at the Asian Championships in New Delhi in February, 2020.

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GOLD: Michal TRACZ (POL) df Ekrem OZTURK (TUR), 3-2
BRONZE: Mukhammadkodir YUSUPOV (UZB) df Olivier SKRZYPCZAK (POL), 10-2

GOLD: Islomjon BAKHRAMOV (UZB) df. Ayata SUZUKI (JPN), 5-3
BRONZE: Christopher KRAEMER (GER) df. Artor HAGERUP (NOR), via fall
BRONZE: Krisztian KECSKEMETI (HUN) df. Mairbek SALIMOV (POL), 4-0

GOLD: Gevorg SAHAKYAN (POL) df. Mirzobek RAKHMATOV (UZB), 4-3
BRONZE: Cengiz ARSLAN (TUR) df. Juan AAK (NOR), 2-1
BRONZE: Krisztian VANCZA (HUN) df. Roman PACURKOWSKI (POL), 3-1

GOLD: Semen NOVIKOV (UKR) df. Istvan TAKACS (HUN), 2-1
BRONZE: Rustam ASSAKALOV (UZB) df. Arkadiusz KULYNYCZ (POL), via fall
BRONZE: Metehan BASAR (TUR) df. Bachir SID AZARA (ALG), 1-1

GOLD: Mohammadhadi SARAVI (IRI) df. Mehdi BALIHAMZEHDEH (IRI), 3-0
BRONZE: Islam ABBASOV (AZE) df. Gerard Cyprian KURNICZAK (POL), 4-0