Reigning World Champs Kilty, Susaki and Velieva Roll Into Semifinals

By Eric Olanowski

TRNAVA, Slovakia (September 19) - Reigning world champions Macey KILTY (USA), Yui SUSAKI (JPN) and Khanum VELIEVA (RUS) opened up the women’s wrestling portion of the Trnava Junior World Championships with a pair of wins and moved into Wednesday night’s semifinals. 

Last year’s cadet world champion Macey Kilty breezed past her first two opponents. In her first match, Kilty quickly dismantled Tindra SJOEBERG (SWE), scoring a 12-0 technical superiority victory. In her quarterfinals bout, she commanded a 4-0 lead on Alina RUDNYTSKA LEVYTSKA (UKR) before picking up the fall to move into the 68kg semifinals where she’ll meet China’s WANG Yan.

Susaki, the reigning Paris world champion only needed 43 seconds in her opening round match to pick up the 10-0 technical superiority victory over Mariana DRAGUTAN (MDA). 

In the quarterfinals, Susaki trampled China’s ZHONG Yumei (CHN), 10-0, grabbing the 53-second technical superiority win. Through two matches, Susaki has been on the mat for a total of 99 seconds and has outscored her opponents 20-0. 

The 19-year-old Japanese superstar will meet three-time age-level world bronze medalist and reigning junior European champion Veronika GURSKAYA (RUS) in tonight’s semifinals. 

Russia’s Tampere junior world gold medalist Khanum Velieva began her day with a 6-2 first round routing of Japan’s 2016 cadet world runner-up, Miwa MORIKAWA (JPN).

She then moved to the semifinals with a 10-0 win over Rihem AYARI (TUN). In the semifinals, Velieva will wrestle Korea’s PARK Hyeonyeong (KOR).

Women's wrestling semifinals begin at 17:15, and will be followed by the Greco-Roman finals which begin at 18:00. 


Veronika GURSKAYA (RUS) vs. Yui SUSAKI (JPN) 

Ekaterina VERBINA (RUS) vs. Saki IGARASHI (JPN) 
Jiajing HOU (CHN) vs. Khaliunaa BAYARAA (MGL) 

Yekaterina FIRSTOVA (KAZ) vs. Anastasia NICHITA (MDA) 
Sae NANJO (JPN) vs. Anshu ANSHU (IND) 

Khanum VELIEVA (RUS) vs. Hyeonyeong PARK (KOR) 
Yan WANG (CHN) vs. Macey Ellen KILTY (USA) 

Yuanyuan HUANG (CHN) vs. Yasuha MATSUYUKI (JPN) 


Russia Wins Fifth Gold Medal, Junior World Team Title

By Eric Olanowski

TRNAVA, Slovakia (September 23) – Russia closed out the 2018 Junior World Championships winning the freestyle team title on the backs of five individual gold medals. Heading into the final day of wrestling, the Russian Federation led the second-place United States by 31 points and finished 67 points ahead of the returning champions. 

Russia grabbed a trio of gold medals on the sixth day of competition and seized championships from Abasgadzhi MAGOMEDOV (RUS) and Soslan KHINCHAGOV (RUS) on the seventh day of wrestling at Trnava’s City Sports Hall. 

Abasgadzhi Magomedov improved his 2015 cadet runner-up finish, ending the 61kg finals bout early, grabbing the 10-0 technical superiority victory over Georgia’s Ramaz TURMANIDZE. 

The 2016 junior European champion technically and tactfully scored three takedowns via short drags, and two gut-wrenches, ending the gold-medal bout in 2:50. 

Soslan KHINCHAGOV (RUS), who was competing in his first age-level world championship since claiming the silver medal at the 2015 Cadet World Championships, shutout Aly BARGHOUT (CAN), 7-0 in the 125kg finals, giving Russia their fifth and final gold medal of the tournament. 

Overall, Russia capped off the 2018 Junior World Championships with seven medalists. In addition to their five gold medals, they also won a silver and bronze medal. Though they had seven medalists a year ago, there five gold medals are an improvement from last year’s four gold medals. 

Meanwhile, in his third career freestyle tournament, Mekhi LEWIS (USA) sealed the team silver medal for the United States with a 5-1 win over Abubakr ABAKAROV (AZE) in the 74kg finals.

Lewis trailed 1-0 in the opening period, surrendering a passivity point before scoring a takedown and stepout, controlling a 3-1 lead into the final period. In the second period, Lewis scored a brutality point and a second stepout to give America their first champion across any division of the 2018 Junior World Championships. 

In the 86kg gold-medal bout, Arif OZEN (TUR) stopped Deepak PUNIA (IND) from winning India’s first freestyle junior world gold medal since 2001. 

The Turkish wrestler struck first, scoring an early takedown, which ended up being the match-deciding takedown. Ozen gave up a stepout as time expired, but won the match, 2-1, giving Turkey their first freestyle gold medal of these championships.

Abbas Ali FOROUTANRAMI (IRI) put on a takedown clinic in the 92kg championships bout, blanking Alisher YERGALI (KAZ), 11-0.

After three-minutes, Foroutanrami commanded the 3-0 lead before firing off four takedowns in the second period to end the match with the technical superiority victory.   


Team Scores 
GOLD – Russia (182 points)
SILVER – United States (115 points)
BRONZE –  Iran (98 points)
Fourth – Azerbaijan (91 points)
Fifth – India (84 points)

GOLD – Abasgadzhi MAGOMEDOV (RUS) df. Ramaz TURMANIDZE (GEO), 10-0 

BRONZE - Vazgen TEVANYAN (ARM) df. Abbos RAKHMONOV (UZB), 9 - 3
BRONZE - Syrbaz TALGAT (KAZ) df. Minsu CHO (KOR), 10-4 

GOLD - Mekhi Kevin LEWIS (USA) df. Abubakr ABAKAROV (AZE), 5-1 

BRONZE - Devid BETANOV (RUS) df. Sachin RATHI (IND), 11 - 1

GOLD - Arif OZEN (TUR) df. Deepak PUNIA (IND), 2-1 


GOLD - Abbas Ali FOROUTANRAMI (IRI) df. Alisher YERGALI (KAZ), 11-0 

BRONZE - Askhab HAMZATOV (AZE) df. Makhsud VEYSALOV (UZB), 9 - 3
BRONZE - Erhan YAYLACI (TUR) df. Khokh KHUGAEV (RUS), 7-3

GOLD - Soslan KHINCHAGOV (RUS) df. Aly Medhat Abde BARGHOUT (CAN), 7-0 

BRONZE - Khasanboy RAKHIMOV (UZB) df. Amir Nader YARI (IRI), 6 - 4
BRONZE - Samhan JABRAILOV (MDA) df. Rahid HAMIDLI (AZE), 3-1