Olympic champ Aleksanyan wins third World title in Monday’s World Championships Greco-Roman finals

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Aug. 21, 2017, 3:36 p.m. (ET)
Artur Aleksanyan of Armenia wins his third World title, to go with a 2016 Olympic gold, beating Musa Evloev of Russia in the 98 kg finals in Paris. Photo by Justin Hoch.

PARIS, France - Massive Artur Aleksanyan of Armenia came into Monday night’s World Championships finals as the most decorated wrestler among the finalists. When the night was over, he added another title to his impressive legacy.

Aleksanyan defeated 2013 Junior World champion Musa Evloev of Russia, 3-1 in the finals at 98 kg/215 lbs. It was his third career World title (2014, 2015, 2017), to go with a 2016 Olympic gold, a 2013 World silver and a 2012 World bronze.

The bout was tied 1-1 at the break, with passivity penalties against each. In the second period, Aleksanyan added another passivity point, then forced Evloev to step out for his third and deciding point.

Another talented star won a second career World title, when Frank Staebler of Germany controlled 2016 University World silver medalist Demeu Zhadrayev of Kazakhstan, 8-3 in the 71 kg/156 lbs. finals. Staebler was also a 2015 World champion and a 2013 World bronze medalist. He made his name down at 66 kg, moving up in weight this year.

Staebler jumped to a 4-0 lead right off the bat, scoring a takedown and a turn early in the first period. Although Zhadrayev battled back valiantly, Staebler was able to score when he needed to and kept the match out of reach in the second period.

The finals featured only three wrestlers who had won a previous World or Olympic medal, a display of some of the new talent breaking through in the Greco-Roman world.

Winning only the second World gold medal in the wrestling history of Serbia, Viktor Nemes defeated 2014 European champion Aleksandr Chekhirkin of Russia, 4-1 for the gold at 75 kg/165 lbs. Leading 2-1 in the second period, Nemes scored a clutch takedown for the margin of victory.

The other individual champion was 2017 European silver medalist Metehan Basar of Turkey, who edged 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Denis Kudla of Germany in the finals at 98 kg/215 lbs. In the second period, with the bout tied 1-1, Kudla was hit with a passivity penalty, giving Basar the margin of victory.

Russia leads the team standings after day one with 30 points, followed by Hungary in second with 27 and Iran in third with 24 points.

At Paris, France

Greco-Roman results

71 kg/156 lbs.
Gold - Frank Staebler (Germany)
Silver - Demeu Zhadrayev (Kazakhstan)
Bronze - Balint Korpasi (Hungary)
Bronze - Mohammadali Geraei (Iran)
5th - Adam Kurak (Russia)
5th - Daniel Cataraga (Moldova),
7th - Rasul Chunayev (Azerbaijan)
8th - Evrik Nikoghosyan (France)
9th - Nurgazy Asangulov (Kyrgyzstan)
10th - Ibrahim Mahmoud Ghanev (Egypt)
Gold - Frank Staebler (Germany) dec. Demeu Zhadrayev (Kazakhstan), 8-3
Bronze - Balint Korpasi (Hungary) dec. Adam Kurak (Russia), 2-1
Bronze - Mohammadali Geraei (Iran) dec. Daniel Cataraga (Moldova), 10-8

75 kg/165 lbs.
Gold- Viktor Nemes (Serbia)
Silver - Aleksandr Chekhirkin (Russia)
Bronze - Tamas Lorincz (Hungary)
Bronze - Saeid Morad Abdvali (Iran)
5th - Fatih Cengiz (Turkey)
5th - Kazbek Kilou (Belarus)
7th – Mindia Tsulukidze (Georgia)
8th - Hyeonwoo Kim (Korea)
9th - Karapet Chalyan (Armenia)
10th - Gang Zhang (China)
Gold- Viktor Nemes (Serbia) dec. Aleksandr Chekhirkin (Russia), 4-1
Bronze - Tamas Lorincz (Hungary) dec. Fatih Cengiz (Turkey), 2-1
Bronze - Saeid Morad Abdvali (Iran) tech. fall Kazbek Kilou (Belarus), 8-0

85 kg/187.5 lbs.
Gold - Metehan Basar (Turkey)
Silver - Denis Kudla (Germany)
Bronze - Hossein Ahmad Nouri (Iran)
Bronze - Roberti Kobliashvili (Georgia)
5th - Islam Abbasov (Azerbaijan), 4-0
5th - Davit Chakvetadze (Russia)
7th - Daniel Hechevarria (Cuba)
8th - Viktor Lorincz (Hungary)
9th - Nikolay Bayryakov (Bulgaria)
10th - Azamat Kustabayev (Kazakhstan)
Gold - Metehan Basar (Turkey) dec. Denis Kudla (Germany), 2-1
Bronze - Hossein Ahmad Nouri (Iran) dec. Islam Abbasov (Azerbaijan), 4-0
Bronze - Roberti Kobliashvili (Georgia) inj. dft. over Davit Chakvetadze (Russia)

98 kg/215 lbs.
Gold - Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia)
Silver - Musa Evloev (Russia)
Bronze - Revazi Nadareishvili (Georgia)
Bronze - Balazs Kiss (Hungary)
5th - Rustam Assakalov (Uzbekistan)
5th - Dimitriy Timchenko (Ukraine),
7th - Mélonin Noumonvi (France)
8th - Vilius Laurinaitis (Lithuania)
9th - Mikheil Kajaia (Serbia)
10th - Laokratis Kesidis (Greece)
Gold - Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia) dec. Musa Evloev (Russia), 3-1
Bronze - Revazi Nadareishvili (Georgia) dec. Rustam Assakalov (Uzbekistan), 3-1
Bronze - Balazs Kiss (Hungary) dec. Dimitriy Timchenko (Ukraine), 3-1

U.S. Greco-Roman results

71 kg/156 lbs. - Pat Smith, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), dnp/15th
WIN Matous Morbitzer (Czech Republic), 5-0
LOSS Nurgazy Asangulov (Kyrgyzstan), 8-2

75 kg/165 lbs. - Mason Manville, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP), dnp/17th
WIN Manfred Edsberg (Sweden), 4-2
LOSS Mindia Tsulukidze (Georgia), 4-2

85 kg/187 lbs. - Ben Provisor, Stevens Points, Wis. (New York AC), dnp/21st
LOSS Oleksander Shyshman (Ukraine), 6-2

98 kg/215.5 lbs. - G’Angelo Hancock, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids/New York AC/OTC), dnp 13th
WIN Fatih Baskoy (Turkey), 3-0
LOSS Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia), 10-1 tech. fall
LOSS Seyedmosta Salehizadeh (Iran), 3-1

Top 10 after Day One
1 RUSSIA, 30
3 IRAN, 24
6 TURKEY, 16
7 SERBIA, 12