Russia Goes 3-for-3 in Quarterfinals, Aleksanyan Rallies to Reach Semifinals

By Andrew Hipps

BUDAPEST, Hungary (October 27) -- Russia went 3-for-3 in the Greco-Roman quarterfinals on Saturday, advancing Aleksandr CHEKHIRKIN (77kg), Musa EVLOEV (97kg) and Sergey SEMENOV (130kg) to the semifinals at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. 

After winning his first match, the 32-year-old Chekhirkin faced a tough round to the semifinals at 77kg. In his second match he battled returning world champion Viktor NEMES (SRB) and prevailed 2-1. He then blanked two-time world bronze medalist Elvin MURSALIYEV (AZE) 3-0 in the quarterfinals at 77kg. 

Evloev, a returning world silver medalist, picked up victories over Kyrgyzstan and Iran to reach the 97kg quarterfinals against Luillys PEREZ MORA (VEN). The Russian captilized on a first-period passivity and locked up a throw for two points to give him a 3-0 lead. The score would remain that way the rest of the match, giving Evloev a spot in the semifinals.

The Olympic bronze medalist Semenov threw Oscar PINO HINDS (CUB) in his quarterfinal match to earn a second-period fall. 

Artur ALEKSANYAN (ARM) remains on track in his quest for his fourth world title to go along with an Olympic gold in 2016, but it didn't come without a scare. After opening with a 5-1 win over Nikoloz KAKHELASHVILI (ITA), Aleksanyan faced Felix BALDAUF (NOR) in his next match. 

Baldauf dominated Aleksanyan in the early part of the match and took a 6-0 lead into the break. But the Armenian star came back late, using a pinch headlock to score four points and cut the deficit to 6-4. He then scored with three consecutive gut wrenches to build a four-point lead and grab a 10-6 win. In the quarterfinals, Aleksanyan trailed Revazi NADAREISHVILI (GEO) 1-0 at the break but came back to win 4-3. 

Aleksanyan will face Evloev in the semifinals at 97kg. The other semifinal at 97kg will pit Kiril MILOV (BUL) against Mihail KAJALA (SRB).

Milov was impressive in the quarterfinals, using two throws in the first minute to roll to a 9-0 technical fall over Laokratis KESIDIS (GRE). Milov first threw Kesidis for five points before using a headlock to close out the technical fall. Kajala controlled Ondrej DADAK (CZE) 5-1 in the quarterfinals.

At 130kg, two-time world champion Heiki NABI (EST) made a strong run to the semifinals, beating three-time world champion Riza KAYAALP (TUR) 2-1 in his first match before punching his ticket to the semifinals with a 2-1 win over Yasmani ACOSTA FERNANDEZ (CHI) in the quarterfinals to set up a semifinal match against Semenov. 

Adam COON (USA), a past junior world bronze medalist, advanced to the semifinals at 130kg with three falls. In the quarterfinals, Coon came back to earn a fall over Eduard POPP (GER). Popp led 3-1 late in the opening period before Coon used a body lock to throw Popp to his back for a fall. The American now meet Minseok KIM (KOR) in the semifinals. Kim scored a takedown with a little over a minute left in the match help him edge Alin CIURARIU (ROU) 3-2.

At 77kg, 2012 Olympic champion Hyeonwoo KIM (KOR) used a four-point body lock on his way to an 8-0 technical fall over returning world bronze medalist Fatih CENGIZ (TUR) in the quarterfinals. His opponent in the semifinals will be Tamas LORINCZ (HUN), a 2012 Olympic silver medalist and two-time world bronze medalist. The Hungarian blanked Bilan NALGIEV (UZB) 3-0 in the quarterfinals, scoring all three of his points off passivity.

Alex KESSIDIS (SWE) edged Igor BESLEAGA (MDA) 4-4 on criteria in a quarterfinal match at 77kg. Kessidis trailed 1-0 at the break but came out with a four-point throw early in the second period to take a 4-1 lead. The Moldovan mounted a late comeback but Kessidis held on for the win.

Semifinal Matchups


Hyeonwoo KIM (KOR) vs. Tamas LORINCZ (HUN) 

Kiril Milenov MILOV (BUL) vs. Mihail KAJALA (SRB)

Heiki NABI (EST) vs. Sergey SEMENOV (RUS)
Adam COON (USA) vs. Minseok KIM (KOR)


Russia Sweeps Greco Gold Medals on Final Day of World Championships

By Andrew Hipps

BUDAPEST, Hungary (October 28) -- Russia put the finishing touches on a world team title in Greco-Roman by sweeping the gold medals on the final day of the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. 

Aleksandr CHEKHIRKIN (77kg), Musa EVLOEV (97kg) and Sergey SEMENOV (130kg) came through to win gold medals in Greco-Roman for Russia on Sunday.

Russia finished with 178 team points in Greco-Roman, 89 points ahead of runner-up Hungary (89). Turkey finished third in the team standings with 75 points. 

Chekhirkin captured his gold medal by defeating crowd favorite Tamas LORINCZ (HUN) 3-1 in the gold-medal match at 77kg. The Russian led 1-1 on criteria after the opening period and added to his lead in the second period off a passivity and then scored a late step out to win by two. 

Evloev upgraded his world medal from silver to gold as he topped Kiril MILOV (BUL) 7-2 in the gold-medal match at 97kg. The Bulgarian scored the first point of the match off a passivity, but Evloev dominated the rest of the way. He came back with a takedown to lead 2-1 at the break. After extending his lead to 3-1, the 25-year-old Russian used a side lift to execute a four-point throw to extend his lead. 

Semenov dominated Adam COON (USA) 9-0 in the gold-medal match at 130kg. The 23-year-old Russian heavyweight used two four-point throws to cruise to the technical fall victory. Semenov was a gold medalist at the U23 World Championships last year and won two world gold medals as a junior. 

The bronze medals at 77kg were won by world champions Hyeonwoo KIM (KOR) and Viktor NEMES (SRB)

Kim, a multiple-time Olympic medalist, picked up a 3-1 win over Bilan NALGIEV (UZB). The Korean scored a two-point throw in the first period, which proved to be the difference in the match. 

Nemes won his second straight world medal by defeating Alex KESSIDIS (SWE) 6-2 for bronze. The Serb held a 2-2 criteria lead after the opening period and tacked on four more points in the second period.

In the first bronze-medal match at 97kg, Mihail KAJALA (SRB) won his first world medal and denied Balazs KISS (HUN) a fourth world medal. Kiss seemed to be in control early after scoring off a passivity and adding a takedown to grab a 3-0 lead at the break. But Kajala used a four-point arm throw to grab the lead midway through the second period and hung on to win on criteria, 4-4. 

Mahdi ALIYARIFEIZABADI (IRI) won the other 97kg bronze medal by forfeit.

At 130kg, Oscar PINO HINDS (CUB) won his second straight world bronze medal with a 3-1 victory over Heiki NABI (EST). Pino Hinds scored his first point off a passivity. Nabi grabbed the lead in the second period after getting a passivity point of his own. But the Cuban would add another passivity point along with a point for a failed challenge to win by two. 

Minseok KIM (KOR), a past junior world bronze medalist, claimed his first senior world medal as he hung on to defeat Eduard POPP (GER) 2-1 in the second bronze-medal match at 130kg. Kim scored a two-point exposure in the first period, which was enough to get him the victory. 

Final Results


GOLD: Aleksandr CHEKHIRKIN (RUS) df. Tamas LORINCZ (HUN) by VPO1, 3-1
BRONZE: Hyeonwoo KIM (KOR) df. Bilan NALGIEV (UZB) by VPO1, 3-1

GOLD: Musa EVLOEV (RUS) df. Kiril MILOV (BUL) by VPO1, 7-2
BRONZE: Mihail KAJALA (SRB) df. Balazs KISS (HUN) df. VPO1, 4-4

GOLD: Sergey SEMENOV (RUS) df. Adam COON (USA) by VSU, 9-0
BRONZE: Minseok KIM (KOR) df. Eduard POPP (GER) by VPO1, 2-1
BRONZE: Oscar PINO HINDS (CUB) df. Heiki NABI (EST) by VPO1, 3-1