The Return of Rassadin and the Breakthrough of Baltuev 

By Russian Wrestling Federation

KRASNOYARSK, Russia (January 27) -- The international freestyle wrestling tournament "'22 Grand Prix Ivan Yarygin" started today. The finalists for 57kg, 61kg and 70kg. were reported by www.wrestrus.ru.

At 57kg, Olympic champion Zaur UGUEV (RUS) was released from the competition. In his absence, the champion of Russia in 2019, Ramiz GAMZATOV(RUS) and Akhmed IDRISOV (RUS), who performed brilliantly in juniors, reached the final. It will not be easy to name the favorite in this confrontation, the chances of the athletes are equal.

In the 61kg weight class, the world's weight leader, the current world and European champion Abasgadzhi MAGOMEDOV (RUS) confidently reached the final, where he'll face Fedor BALTUEV, who is full of determination. He had a rather bright day today, and in the semi-finals in the match with the representative of Kyrgyzstan, Ulukbek ZHOLDOSHBEKOV, where he pulled out a victory in the last seconds. Of course, Magomedov looks like the favorite, but Baltuev will strive to create the main sensation of the tournament.

Some time ago, there were active rumors that Viktor RASSADIN (RUS)  was close to the end of his career. Today, he proved that he is still ready for exploits on the carpet - Rassadin will compete in the finals of the Yarygin tournament at 70kg. His opponent will be Anzor ZAKUEV (RUS), who started quite brightly on the mat. In 2016, he became the closest wrestler to pick up a victory over Soslan RAMONOV (RUS), but up to this point he still has not reached serious results. Tomorrow he has a big chance to become the winner of the Yarygin Memorial.

Friday's Final Matchups:
(RUS) vs. Akhmed IDRISOV (RUS),
61kg. Fedor BALTUEV (RUS) vs. Abasgadzhi MAGOMEDOV (RUS)
70kg. Victor RASSADIN vs. Anzor ZAKUEV

Fedorova, Sokolova, Isakova, Ologonova and Tsyrempilova Reach Day One Finals​​​​​​

On the women's side of the competition, the preliminary and semi-final matches were held for 50kg, 55kg, 59kg and 65kg.

Women's Wrestling Finals:
50kg. Anzhelika FEDOROVA (RUS) vs. Nadezhda SOKOLOVA (RUS)
55 kg. Ekaterina ISAKOVA (RUS) vs. Irina OLOGONOVA (RUS)
59 kg. Zhargalma TSYREMPILOVA (RUS) vs. Tatyana KOLESNIK (AZE)
65 kg. Forrest MOLINARI (USA) vs. Emma Patricia BRUNTIL (USA)

For up to date news, highlights results from this year's Ivan Yariguin, visit www.wrestrus.ru.


WATCH: '22 Ivan Yariguin Gold-Medal Finals

By Eric Olanowski

KRASNOYARSK, Russia (January 31) -- The Russian Federation dominated wrestling's Winter Classic in the central Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk over the weekend, winning nine of ten freestyle gold medals at the Grand Prix Ivan Yarygin.

The lone non-Russian gold medalist was Kyle SNYDER (USA). The Rio Olympic gold medalist and Tokyo Olympic runner-up won gold at 97kg and claimed his third Yariguin title. "Capitan American" downed Shamil MUSAEV (RUS), 8-3, and picked up his first Yariguin gold medal since '18.

On the women's wrestling side of the competition, Russia, Mongolia, the United States, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan shared the gold-medal wealth. Still, it was the host nation who claimed a tournament-best four titles.

Russia's four champs were Nadezhda SOKOLOVA (50kg)Irina OLOGONOVA (55kg), Khanum VALIEVA (68kg) and Ksenia BURAKOVA (72kg).

Mongolia, led by Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist BAT-OCHIR Bolortuya, won 53kg and 62kg gold. Bat-Ochir grabbed the 53kg title while SUKHE Tserenchimed (MGL) picked up the highest hardware at 62kg.

Helen MAROULIS (USA) and Patricia BRUNTIL (USA) were the United States' pair of champs. Maroulis, the Rio Olympic gold medalist and Tokyo Olympic bronze-medal finisher, earned an injury default win in the 57kg finals, while Bruntil stopped fellow American Forrest MOLINARI (USA), 4-2, in the 65kg finals.

The final pair of women's golds went to Alena KOLESNIK (AZE) and Elmira SYZDYKOVA (KAZ). They ended the competition atop the podium at 59kg and 76kg, respectively.

Freestyle Final Results:
57kg. Ramiz GAMZATOV (RUS) df. Akhmed IDRISOV (RUS), 5-2
61kg - Abasgadzhi MAGOMEDOV (RUS) df.Fedor BALTUEV (RUS), 9-8
65kg - Shamil MAMMADOV (RUS)  df. Ramazan FERZALIEV (RUS), 8-6
70kg - Victor RASSADIN (RUS) df. Anzor ZAKUEV (RUS), 9-4
74kg - Chermen VALIEV (RUS) df. Jason NOLF (USA), 6-1
79kg - Radik VALIEV (RUS) df. Malik SHAVAEV (RUS), 3-1
86kg - Dauren KURUGLIEV (RUS) df. Amanula RASULOV (RUS), 6-0
92kg - Guram CHERTKOEV (RUS) df. Tamerlan TAPSIEV (RUS), 2-0 
97kg - Kyle SNYDER (USA) df. Shamil MUSAEV (RUS), 8-3
125kg - Anzor KHIZRIEV (RUS) df. Vitaly GOLOEV (RUS), 8-7

Women's Wrestling Final Results:
50kg - Nadezhda SOKOLOVA (RUS) df. Anzhelika FEDOROVA (RUS), 10-0 
53kg - BAT-OCHIR Bolortuya (MGL) df. GANBAATAR Otgonzhargal (MGL), 9-0
55kg - Irina OLOGONOVA (RUS) df. Ekaterina ISAKOVA (RUS), 10-0 
57kg - Helen MAROULIS (USA) df. Olga KHOROSHAVTSEVA (RUS), via injury default
59kg - Alena KOLESNIK (AZE) df. Zhargalma TSYRENOVA (RUS), 6-3
62kg - SUKHE Tserenchimed (MGL) df. Macy KILTY eelty (USA), 11-0
65kg - Patricia BRUNTIL (USA) df. Forrest MOLINARI (USA), 4-2 
68kg - Khanum VALIEVA (RUS) df. Tatyana SMOLOYK (RUS), 4-0
72kg - Ksenia BURAKOVA (RUS) df. Davaanasan ENKH AMAR (MGL), via fall 
76kg - Elmira SYZDYKOVA (KAZ) df. Ksenia DZIBUK (BLR), 15-4