Russia crowns three on Opening Day of European Championships

By Bill May | April 02, 2014, 8:39 p.m. (ET)
London Olympic Champion Togrul ASGAROV (AZE) suffered a first-round loss to Boris NOVACHKOV (BUL) at the 2014 European Wrestling Championships Tuesday in Vantaa, Finland. The championships were Asgarov's first tournament since the 2012 Olympic Games. (Photo: Martin Gabor,

VANTAA, Finland (April 1) – Russia crowned three champions on the opening day of the European senior wrestling championships, while Mariya STADNYK (AZE) prevented the sweep with her fourth continental title.

Valeria KOBLOVA-ZHOLOBOVA (RUS) and Magomed KURBANALIEV (RUS) won their first European titles and Adbusalam GADISOV (RUS) won his second, this time at 97kg, in the day’s final bout. Gadisov won the 96kg title in 2012.

Azerbaijan also pushed three wrestlers into the finals on the first day of competition, but only Stadnyk was able to bring home the gold as she notched a technical fall over Nataliya PULKOVSKA (UKR) for her fourth European crown.

Stadnyk also overwhelmed Nadezhda FEDEROVA (RUS) with a technical fall in the round of 16, but the junior world bronze medalist rebounded for third place at 48kg in women’s freestyle.

Meanwhile, Irina NETREBA (AZE) fell to Koblova-Zholobova, 5-0, in the women’s 58kg final while 2013 world silver medalist Khetag GAZYUMOV (AZE) could not keep up with Gadisov and dropped at 5-1 decision at 97kg

Also for Azerbaijan, London 2012 Olympic Games gold medalist Toghrul ASGAROV (AZE) was stunned in the opening round by Borislav NOVACHKOV (BUL) and eliminated from the competition early.

Novachkov hit Asgarov with a four-point double-leg takedown midway through the second period of their first round bout at 65kg for a sudden 8-4 lead and then landed on top of a throw attempt to make the final score 13-5.

Asgarov was later denied a chance to wrestle in the consolation bracket when Novachkov fell, 6-3, to Servet COSKUN (TUR) in the semifinals.

Men’s Freestyle 65kg

Magomed KURBANALIEV (RUS), 2012 junior world champion, getting his first shot at the European championships, scored with five clean leg attacks for a 10-0 technical fall triumph over Servet COSKUN (TUR).

Borislav NOVACHKOV (BUL) flipped Nikolai BOLOTNYUK (UKR) over from standing and pressed for the fall at 2:49, while Konstantine KHABALASHVILI (GEO) trapped Medved Prizes winner Azamat NURIKOV (BLR) in four straight gut wrenches for the technical fall, 11-0, at 0:55.

GOLD: Magomed KURBANALIEV (RUS) df. Servet COSKUN (TUR), 10-0 at 4:27
BRONZE:Borislav NOVACHKOV (BUL) df. Nikolai BOLOTNYUK (SVK), FALL at 2:49
BRONZE: Konstantine KAHBALASHVILI (GEO)df. Azamat NURIKOV (BLR) by TF, 11-0 at 0:55

Men’s Freestyle 97kg

Yarygin Grand Prix winner Abdusalam GADISOV (RUS) patiently worked for a pair of takedowns against three-time former European champion Khetag GAZYUMOV (AZE) for a 5-1 win.

Yarygin Grand Prix runner-up Ivan YANKOUSKI (BLR) scored a snap to go-behind takedown in the second period to edge 2013 European champion Pavlo OLIYNIK (UKR), 2-1. Nicolae CEBAN (MDA), 2011 European bronze medalist, converted a single-leg into a four-point takedown and eased his was to a 9-3 over William HARTH (GER).

GOLD: Abdusalam GADISOV (RUS) df. Khetag GAZYUMOV (AZE), 5-1
BRONZE: Nikolae CEBAN (MDA) df. William HARTH (GER), 9-3

Women’s Freestyle 48kg

Maria STADNYK (AZE) hit a second four-point takedown of the bout to open the second period and claimed her fourth European championships crown with an 11-0 technical fall over Nataliya PULKOVSKA (UKR).

Junior world bronze medalist at 48kg Frederika PETERSSON (SWE) defeated Anna LUKASIAK (POL), 6-2, with a late dump and turn, while Nadeshda FEDOROVA (RUS) edged Madalina LINGURARU (ROU), 3-0, in a scrappy bronze medal final.

GOLD: Mariya STADNYK (AZE) df. Nataliya PULKOVSKA (UKR) by TF, 11-0 at 3:04
BRONZE: Nadezhda FEDOROVA (RUS) df. Madalina LINGURARU (ROU), 3-0

Women’s Freestyle 58kg

World University Games champion Valeria KOBLOVA-ZHOLOBOVA (RUS) converted on a pair of single-leg attacks and defeated Universiade bronze medalist Irina NETREBA (AZE), 5-0.

Viktoria BOBEVA (BUL), only fifth place at last year’s junior world meet, scored go-behind takedown with 10 seconds remaining to defeat 2013 European champion Anastassia HUCHOK (BLR), 6-5.
Petra OLLI (FIN), two-time European junior champion, earned her first senior-level medal with two late takedowns for a 5-2 win over Luisa NIEMESCH (GER) for the bronze.

BRONZE:Viktoria BOBEVA (BUL) df. Anastasiya HUCHOK (BLR), 6-5
BRONZE:Petra OLLI (FIN) df. Luisa NIEMESCH (GER), 5-2


MEN’S FREESTYLE 65KG (20 entries)

Championship final
Magomed KURBANALIEV (RUS) df. Servet COSKUN (TUR) by TF, 10-0, 4:27

Bronze medal finals
Borislav NOVACHKOV (BUL) df. Nikolai BOLOTNYUK (SVK) by fall, 2:49
Konstantine KAHBALASHVILI (GEO) df. Azamat NURIKOV (BLR) by TF, 0-11, 0:55

Servet COSKUN (TUR) df. Borislav NOVACHKOV (BUL), 6-3
Magomed KURBANALIEV (RUS) df. Azamat NURIKOV (BLR) by fall, 1:45

Nikolai BOLOTNYUK (SVK) df. Norbert LUKACS (HUN), 9-0
Konstantine KAHBALASHVILI (GEO) df. Arkadiusz SZEJA (POL) by TF, 11-1
Konstatnine KAHBALASHVILI (GEO) df. Martin DAUM (GER) by TF, 13-2, 4:55

Borislav NOVACHKOV (BUL) df .George BUCUR (ROU), 4-3
Servet COSKUN (TUR) df. Nikolai BOLOTNYUK (SVK) by TF, 10-0, 3:29
Azamat NURIKOV (BLR) df. Vladimir GOTISAN (MDA) by fall, 4:56
Magomed KURBANALIEV (RUS) df. Martin DAUM (GER) by fall, 3:52

Round of 16
Borislav NOVACHKOV (BUL) df. Toghrul ASGAROV (AZE), 13-5
George BUCUR (ROU) df. Elton AZUNI (ALB) by TF, 12-1, 3:53
Nikolai BOLOTNYUK (SVK) df. Steven GRAF (SUI) by TF, 11-1, 5:54
Servet COSKUN (TUR) df. Norbert LUKACS (HUN), 10-2
Azamat NURIKOV (BLR) df. Igor GERTNER (ISR), 7-2
Vladimir GOTISAN (MDA) df. Maximilian AUSSERLEITNER (AUT) by TF, 12-2
Magomed KURBANALIEV (RUS) df. Konstantine KHABALASHVILI (GEO) by TF, 10-0
Martin DAUM (GER) df. Andrey KVIATKOVSKI (UKR), 6-3

Konstantine KHABALASHVILI (GEO) df. Angelo COSTO ((ITA) by TF, 10-0, 4:33
Magomed KURBANALIEV (RUS) df. Arkadiusz SZEJA (POL) by TF, 13-2
Martin DAUM (GER) df. Maxime FIQUET (FRA), 7-2

MEN'S FREESTYLE 97kg (20 entries)
Championship final
Abdusalam GADISOV (RUS) df. Khetag GAZYUMOV (AZE), 5-1

Bronze medal finals
Ivan YANKOUSKI (BLR) df. Pavlo OLIINYK (UKR), 3-1
Nikolae CEBAN (MDA) df. William HARTH (GER), 9-3

Khetag GAZYUMOV (AZE) df. Pavlo OLIINYK (UKR), 4-0
Abdusalam GADISOV (RUS) df. Nikolae CEBAN (MDA) by TF, 11-0, 3:37

Ivan YANKOUSKI (BLR) df. Kamil SKASKIEWICZ (POL) by TF, 10-0, 3:52
William HARTH (GER) df. Jere HEINO (FIN), 4-1
William HARTH (GER) df. Attila SZMIK (HUN), 3-1

Khetag GAZYUMOV (AZE) df. Kamil SKASKIEWICZ (POL), 6-2
Pavlo OLIINYK (UKR) df. Edgar YENOKYAN (ARM), 2-1
Nikolae CEBAN (MDA) df. Lyuben ILIEV (BUL), 9-6
Abdusalam GADISOV (RUS) df. Attila SZMIK (HUN), 8-1

Round of 16
Khetag GAZYUMOV (AZE) df.Ivan YANKOUSKI (BLR), 7-0
Edgar YENOKYAN (ARM) df. Jozef JALOVIAR (SVK) by TF, 10-0, 2:01
Pavlo OLIINYK (UKR) df. Simas NORKUS (LTU) by TF, 12-0
Nikolae CEBAN (MDA) df. Philipp HUTTER (SUI), 10-1
Lyuben ILIEV (BUL) df. Riza YILDIRIM (TUR), 5-2
Attila SZMIK (HUN) df.Johannes LUDESCHER (AUT), 10-0, 5:28
Abdusalam GADISOV (RUS) df .William HARTH (GER) by TF, 10-0, 5:07

Johannes LUDESCHER (AUT) df. Hector RODRIGUEZ (ESP), 10-1
Attila SZMIK (HUN) df. Egzon SHALA (ALB), 8-4
Abdusalam GADISOV (RUS) df. Jere HEINO (FIN) by TF, 12-1, 2:03
William HARTH (GER) df. Dato KERASHVILI (GEO), 2-1

WOMEN'S FREESTYLE 58kg (12 entries)
Championship final

Bronze medal finals
Viktoria BOBEVA (BUL) df. Anastasiya HUCHOK (BLR), 6-5
Petra OLLI (FIN) df. Luisa NIEMESCH (GER), 5-2

Irina NETREBA (AZE) df. Anastasiya HUCHOK (BLR), 6-1
Valeria KOBLOVA-ZHOLOBOVA (RUS) df. Petra OLLI (FIN), 8-1

Luisa NIEMESCH (GER) df. Irina PETROVA (LAT) by TF, 15-4, 2:24

Irina NETREBA (AZE) df. Viktoria BOBEVA (BUL), 8-4
Anastasiya HUCHOK (BLR) df. Anna VASILENKO (UKR), 16-10
Petra OLLI (FIN) df. Marianna SASTIN (HUN), 2-2=last point
Valeria KOBLOVA-ZHOLOBOVA (RUS) df. Luisa NIEMESCH (GER), by TF, 10-0, 4:18

Marianna SASTIN (HUN) df. Karima SANCHEZ (ESP) by fall
Petra OLLI (FIN) df. Katarzyna MICHALAK (POL) by TF, 11-0, 2:12
Luisa NIEMESCH (GER) df. Carola RAINERO (ITA), 6-5
Valeria KOBLOVA-ZHOLOBOVA (RUS) df. Irina PETROVA (LAT) by TF, 10-0

WOMEN'S FREESTYLE 48kg (19 entries)
Championship final
Mariya STADNYK (AZE) by Nataliya PULKOVSKA (UKR) by TF, 11-0, 3:04

Bronze medal finals
Fredrika PETERSSON (SWE) df. Anna LUKASIAK (POL), 6-2
Nadezhda FEDOROVA (RUS) df. Madalina LINGURARU (ROU), 3-0

Nataliya PULKOVSKA (UKR) df. Fredrika PETERSSON (SWE) by fall
Mariya STADNYK (AZE) df. Madalina LINGURARU (ROU) by TF, 11-0, 3:29

Anna LUKASIAK (POL) df. Emilia BUDEANU (MDA), 14-6
Nadezhda FEDOROVA (RUS) df. Mercedesz DENES (HUN) by fall, 2:24

Fredrika PETERSSON (SWE) df. Silvia FELICE (ITA), 2-0
Nataliya PULKOVSKA (UKR) df. Anna LUKASIAK (POL), 8-0
Madalina LINGURARU (ROU) df. Julie SABATIE (FRA), 6-2
Mariya STADNYK (AZE) df. Mercedesz DENES (HUN), 10-0, 2:39

Round of 16
Silvia FELICE (ITA) df. Violeta PONOMARJOVA (LAT) by fall
Fredrika PETERSSON (SWE) df. Elitsa YANKOVA (BUL), 7-4
Anna LUKASIAK (POL) df. Liliana SANTOS (POR), 8-0
Nataliya PULKOVSKA (UKR) df. Emilia BUDEANU (MDA) by fall, 4:29
Madalina LINGURARU (ROU) df Violeta CHYRYK (BLR), 4-2
Julie SABATIE (FRA) df. Jaquellin SCHELLIN (GER), 6-5
Mariya STADNYK (AZE) df. Nadezhda FEDOROVA (RUS) by TF, 14-2
Mercedesz DENES (HUN) df. Sumeyya SEZER (TUR) by fall, 5:45

Nadezhda FEDOROVA (RUS) df. Sarianne SAVOLA (FIN) by fall, 5:43
Mercedesz DENES (HUN) df. Lenka MATEJOVA (SVK) by TF, 10-0, 4:42
Sumeyya SEZER (TUR) df. Nekane CEPAS (ESP) by TF, 10-0, 3:57

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