Photo of Ismael Borrero Molina by Tony Rotundo/Wrestlers are Warriors
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan -The 67 kg bracket was the arguably the deepest of the tournament and the final featured two Greco-Roman Monsters, Ismael Borrero Molina of Cuba and returning World champion Artem Surkov of Russia.
Borrero Molina is a 2016 Olympic champion and 2015 World Champion at 59 kg. He did not compete in 2017. In 2018, his first time at 67 kg for a World Championships, he finished 16th.
In addition to his World title last year, Surkov took bronze at the 2015 and 2017 World Championships at 66 kg.
Borrero Molina struck first, earning a passivity point and then exposing Surkov with a gut wrench to take a 3-0 lead.
In the second period Surkov earned a passivity point but was unable to turn the Cuban in par terre. The score would hold, 3-1, and Borrero Molina would win his second World gold medal, the first at his new weight class.
87 kg featured 2015 World champion Zhan Beleniuk of Ukraine squaring off with Viktor Lorincz of Hungary. Beleniuk, the 2018 World runner-up, also holds a 2016 Olympic silver and a 2014 World bronze at 85 kg Lorincz is a 2014 World bronze medalist at 85 kg and a 2013 World bronze medalist at 84 kg.
Beleniuk scored first with a passivity point but was unable to turn Lorincz in par terre. In the beginning of the second period, Lorincz earned a passivity point to tie the match With 30 seconds remaining, Beleniuk scored another passivity point. He’d hold on to win 2-1.
97 kg was anticlimactic. What was supposed to be the rubber match between 2016 Olympic gold medalist and two-time World champion Artur Aleksanyan of Armenia and last year’s World champion and 2017 runner-up Musa Evloev of Russia, turned out to be forfeit.
After his semifinals match, Aleksanyan came off the mat screaming in pain. The severity of the injury was enough to cause Aleksanyan to not wrestle in the finals. Evloev defeated Alesksanyan in last year’s World semifinals. In 2017, Aleksanyan defeated Evloev in the 2017 World Championships.
Tomorrow will conclude the Greco-Roman portion of the World Championships. The U.S. does not have any wrestlers alive in the brackets.
2019 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
U.S. Group 2 Greco-Roman Results
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Ellis Coleman, (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army WCAP), dnp/16th
WIN Meirzhan Shermakhanbet (Kazakhstan), 10-2
LOSS Devyid Dimitrov (Bulgaria), 5-0
87 kg/191.5 lbs. – Joe Rau, (Chicago, lll./Titan Mercury WC/Chicago RTC), dnp./16th
WIN Kumar Sunil (India), 6-0
LOSS Nikolai Stadub (Belarus), 9-1
97 kg/213.75 lbs. - G’Angelo Hancock, (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids), dnp/15th
WIN Nikolai Krysov (Ukraine), 6-0
LOSS Melonin Noumonvi (France), 6-2
Group 2 Results
Gold - Ismael Borrero Molina (Cuba)
Silver Artem Surkov (Russia)
Bronze – Mate Nemes (Serbia)
Bronze – Frank Staebler (Germany)
5th – Fredrik Holmquist Bjerrehuus (Denmark)
5th – Mohamed Ibrahim Elsayed Ibrahi Elsayed (Egypt)
7th – Geovorg Sahakyan (Poland)
8th – Hansu Ryu (Korea)
9th – Deyvid Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
10th - Atakan Yuksel (Turkey)
Gold - Borrero Molina dec Surkov, 3-1
Bronze Nemes tech. fall Bierrehussll,10-0
Bronze – Staebler dec Elsayed,, 6-5
Gold – Zhan Beleniuk (Ukraine)
Silver – Viktor Lorincz (Hungary)
Bronze – Denis Kudla (Germany)
Bronze – Rustam Assakalov (Uzbekistan)
5th – Mikalai Stadub (Belarus)
5th – Atabek Azisbekov (Krygyzstan)
7th – Daniel Hechavarria (Cuba)
8th – Ivan Huklek (Croatia)
9th – Azamat Kustubayev (Kazakhstan)
10th – Junjie Na (China)
Gold – Beleniuk dec Lorincz, 2-1
Bronze - Kudla dec. Stadup, 2-1
Bronze – Assakalov dec. Azisbekov, 6-2
Gold – Musa Evloev (Russia
Silver – Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia)
Bronze – Mihail Kajaia (Serbia)
Bronze – Cenk Ildem (Turkey)
5th – Tadeusz Michalik (Poland)
5th – Giorgi Melia (Georgia)
7th – Mohammadhadi Abdollah Saravi (Iran)
8th – Artur Omarov (Czechia)
9th – Gabriel Alejanro Rosilllo Kindelan (Cuba)
10th – Melonin Noumonvi (France)
Gold – Evloev def. Aleksanyan, Forfeit
Bronze- Kajaia dec. Michalik, 9-1
Bronze Ildem dec. Melia, 4-1
Group 2 finals pairings
60 kg - Sergey Emelin (Russia) vs. Kenichiro Fumita (Japan)
77 kg - Tamas Lorincz (Hungary) vs. Alex Michel Bjurberg Kessidis (Sweden)
130 kg – Riza Kayaalp (Tureyvs. Oscar Pino Hinds (Cuba)
Group 2 semi-finals results
Sergey Emelin (Russia) tech fall. Mirambek Ainagulov (Kazakhstan), 8-0
Kenichiro Fumita (Japan) tech fall. Ali Reza Ayat Ollah Nejat (Iran), 10-1
Tamas Lorincz (Hungary) dec. Askhat Dilmukhamedov (Kazakhstan), 1-1
Alex Michel Bjurberg Kessidis (Sweden) dec. Karapet Chalyan (Armenia), 3-2
Riza Kayaalp (Turkey) dec. Eduard Popp (Germany), 3-1
Oscar Pino Hinds (Cuba) dec. Amir Mohammadali Ghasemimonjezi (Iran), 6-2