U23 World Championships day five semifinals set
Friday, October 21, 2022 - 08:51 By Vinay Siwach
PONTEVEDRA, Spain (October 21) -- The U23 World Championships enters day five with freestyle action in five weight classes -- 57kg, 65kg, 70kg, 79kg, and 97kg. The bouts will go through the semifinal round before the evening session which will see the medal bouts of women's wrestling.
The semifinals for the evening session
14:45: Aman wins 13-2 against Abe to move into the 57kg semifinal against Bekzat ALMAZ UULU (KGZ) who defeated Munkh Erdene BATKHUYAG (MGL) via fall. The other semifinal will have Giorgi GEGELASHVILI (GEO) going up against Ahmet DUMAN (TUR) who defeated Kamil KERYMOV (UKR) 14-4.
14:15: Giorgi ELBAKIDZE (GEO) hangs on for a 5-4 win against U20 world champion Kanan HEYBATOV (AZE) at 70kg. Earlier at 57kg, Giorgi GEGELASHVILI (GEO) avenged his U23 European final loss against Horst LEHR (GER). Gegelashvili was leading 4-3 when he tried a four but Lehr countered. Both wrestlers got two points each. Lehr, still needing a takedown to win, tried a desperate chest wrap but gave up four points. Gegelashvili won 11-6
14:00: Amirali AZARPIRA (IRI) wins 10-0 against Richard VEGH (HUN) and moves into the semifinals at 97kg. On Mat C, Matthews with a comeback against Askarov won made it 4-3 and tried scoring a takedown but Askarov with an ankle pick and win 6-4. On Mat A, Starocci moves into the semifinal with a 7-1 win over Balta.
13:55: Big matches going on concurrently. Cole MATTHEWS (USA) has Adlan ASKAROV (KAZ) at 65kg on Mat C. Defending champion Amirali AZARPIRA (IRI) wrestling Richard VEGH (HUN) at 97kg on Mat B and Carter STAROCCI (USA) is up against Abdulvasi BALTA (TUR) at 79kg.
13:50: Erik ARUSHANIAN (UKR) and Dominik LARITZ (SUI) wrestled for only two minutes and 13 seconds but racked up 16 points. Arushanian wins 16-4 to move into the quarterfinals at 65kg.
13:45: Amirmohammad YAZDANI (IRI) has to show up back on the mat in a quick time. He wrestles Kota TAKAHASHI (JPN) at 70kg. He has takedown but also gives up one. He leads 5-3 at the break. He then makes it 7-3 but Takahashi answers with two takedowns to lead 7-7. Yazdani with a suplex for 4! Two exposures on Takahashi make it 15-7. Yazdani wins 17-7
13:37: More action at 57kg as Bekzat ALMAZ UULU (KGZ) beats Vitali ARUJAU (USA) 11-6 to set up a quarterfinal against Munkh Erdene BATKHUYAG (MGL) while AMAN (IND) moves into the quarterfinal against Abe.
13:30: Ahmad MOHAMMADNEZHAD (IRI) is wrestling world bronze medalist Horst LEHR (GER). A 2-2 first period with Lehr leading on criteria. Horst with a five! He goes behind Mohammadnezhad and launches a suplex. Perfection. He gives up a takedown but leads 7-4. He moves on with a 9-4 win.
13:15: Amirmohammad YAZDANI (IRI) and Syrbaz TALGAT (KAZ) going down on Mat C at 70kg. Yazdani starts with a takedown before Talgat adds a stepout. Yazdani with a stepout and takedown to lead 5-3 at the break. Talgat starts the second period with a stepout. Yazdani answers with a double leg for two. A single leg for Talgat and he scores a stepout. Yazdani leads 7-5 and shoots a low attack and converts it into a takedown. Talgat tries to attack but is easily countered by Yazdani who now leads 11-5. Yazdani ends it with a 15-5 technical superiority win
13:00: These 65kg quarterfinals!
12:50: Former U20 world champion Toshiya ABE (JPN) begins with a 6-0 win against Logan SLOAN (CAN) at 57kg. He moves closer to a rematch against Vitali ARAJAU (USA) who he beat to win the U20 gold.
12:30: At 97kg, Richard VEGH (HUN) pulls off a last-second move to beat Radu LEFTER (MDA) 7-6. Lefter was the returning silver medalist. But the returning gold medalist Amirali AZARPIRA (IRI) moves into the quarterfinals with a 12-2 win over Vasyl SOVA (UKR)
11:55: Vagzen TEVANYAN (ARM) and Adlan ASKAROV (KAZ) continue their winning runs and move into the quarterfinals at 65kg. On Mat A, Ahmad MOHAMMADNEZHAD (IRI) scores a late exposure after getting thrown for four to win 5-4 against Manvel KHNDZRTSYAN (ARM) at 57kg.
11:35: At 70kg, Kota TAKAHASHI (JPN) works up a 7-4 win over European silver medalist Arman ANDREASYAN (ARM). Takahashi has a win over world champion Taishi NARIKUNI (JPN). The next bout is between Hibiki ITO (JPN) and Ertugrul AGCA (GER) at 97kg. Ito, towering 1.95 meters, is the child of a former Olympic wrestler and an Olympic bronze medalist Volleyball player. He has built a 4-2 at the break against Agca. A double-leg attack from Agca gives him a 4-4 criteria lead. A late stepout from a tiring Agca seals it even as Ito tried to get a takedown.
11:25: On Mat A, Vagzen TEVANYAN (ARM) with a dominant 10-0 win over Daniel COLES (CAN) at 65kg. He is followed by Adlan ASKAROV (KAZ) who also notches up a technical superiority win over Constantin CHIRILOV (BUL)
11:15: A quick 10-0 technical superiority win for senior and U23 European champion Georgios KOUGIOUMTSIDIS (GRE) over Zsombor NAGY (HUN) at 79kg,
10:50: A thriller to begin the day! Former U17 world champion Hamza ALACA (TUR) had raced to a lead before Kian MAHMOUD (IRI) mounted a comeback. Alaca struggled with his conditioning but he held on for an 8-7 win.
10:30: Another exciting morning here in Pontevedra. The action on the mat is in the same line with 57kg, 65kg, 70kg, 79kg and 97kg weight classes in action.