Russia Greco-Roman Team got the Wrestling World Cup back!

Roman Vlasov: "It wasn't just a wrestling - it was a battle of the gladiators..."

Russia Greco-Roman Wrestling Team won the World Cup 2017 in Abadan, Iran where the top eight national teams were competing to be the World’s best. Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Germany, Ukraine and Belarus brought the best wrestlers to Iran to show the world who wants the World Cup the most.

Russia Greco-Roman Team holding world cup 2017

In the interview the two time Olympic Champion Roman Vlasov said that the competition there was more than wrestling, it was a battle of the gladiators. He also shared some thoughts and memories from the tournament.

Roman Vlasov– We came here to win the title. We prepared well and we were confident about winning the championship.
– The quality of the duals shows the high level of the tournament. We had a good team and the atmosphere in the hall and the organization of the World Cup was very interesting. I love Iran and the Iranian fans. The Iranian legend Hamid SORYAN is one of my best friends.

Gift from the Iranian fan

“One of the most touching moments of the World Cup for me took place after the awarding ceremony,” said Roman Vlasov, “We left the hall and were heading to the bus, when am Iranian fan broke through the fence, took off his ring and presented it to me. We spoke a little bit in English, he expressed “respect”, said that he loves the wrestling and the he is rooting for me. The Iranians call me not Vlasov but Velasov, and Gogi Murmanovich (the Russia Greco-Roman Wrestling head coach) started to tease me by, calling Velasov. (Smiles) I always go to Iran with a great pleasure.

The fans make the most of every opportunity to not just to talk to you, but to touch you. In Russia I have never seen something like that. When I went into the bus, I went to the front door and threw a T-shirt into the crow… Davit Chakvetadze (Olympic Champion 2016) threw a T-shirt as well through the hatch. The Iranians fought for it a real battle, literally fought. It was both strange, and surprising, and very pleasant “

The most difficult moment

“Everyone is a hero, but I’ll especially sing point out Sergei Semenov. That happened with Iran and with Azerbaijan, his victories were decisive.” When Serega got off the wrestling mat, he just fell down. Everyone began to congratulate him, to hug him – he brought a lot of happiness to us. For a long time I did not see our head coach to be so happy – Gogi Murmanovich said that winning the World Cup was both his dream and his goal. It’s always hard to watch him how he worries for us – Gogi Murmanovich is a great coach and we are very happy that did not disappoint him and confirmed that he is the coach of the strongest team in the world “




Results: Greco-Roman Wrestling World Cup 2017

Abadan, Iran | 17-18 March, 2017

First-place Final

Russia (RUS) df. Azerbaijan (AZE), 5-3 
59 kg – Mingiyan SEMENOV (RUS) df. Taleh MAMMADOV (AZE), 9-2
66 kg – Artem SURKOV (RUS) df. Nofal BABAYEV (AZE) by TF, 8-0
71 kg – Rasul CHUNAYEV (AZE) df. Abuyazid MANTSIGOV (RUS), 2-1
75 kg – Roman VLASOV (RUS) df. Elvin MURSALIYEV (AZE), 2-0
80 kg – Rafig HUSEYNOV (AZE) df. Adlan AKIEV (RUS), 1-1
85 kg – Davit CHAKVETADZE (RUS) df. Islam ABBASOV (AZE), 2-1
98 kg – Orkhan NURIYEV (AZE) df. Maksim SAFARIAN (RUS), 3-0
130 kg – Sergey SEMENOV (RUS) df. Sabah SHARIATI (AZE), 1-1

Third-place Final

Iran (IRI) df. Turkey (TUR), 6-2 
59 kg – Saman Morad ABDOULI (IRI) df. Hammet RUSTEM (TUR) by TF, 9-0
66 kg – Mehdi Chooli ZEIDVAND (IRI) df. Atakan YUKSEL (TUR), 4-0
71 kg – Mohammadali Abdolhamid GERAEI (IRI) df. Ilker SONMEZ (TUR) by TF, 9-0
75 kg – Emrah KUS (TUR) df. Rasoul Sadegh GARMSIRI (IRI), 2-1
80 kg – Yousef Ahmad GHADERIAN (IRI) df. Aslan ATEM (TUR), 2-1
85 kg – Metehan BASAR (TUR) df. Mahdi Ebrahim FALLAHHAMIDABADI (IRI) by DQ, 1-2
98 kg – Mahdi Abbas ALIYARIFEIZABADI (IRI) df. Cenk ILDEM (TUR), 7-1
130 kg – Behnam Aliakbar MEHDIZADEH ARYATAPEH (IRI) df. Ali Nail ARSLAN (TUR), 2-1

Fifth-place Final

Germany (GER) df. Ukraine (UKR), 5-3 
59 kg – Zhora ABOVIAN (UKR) df. Christopher Josef KRAEMER (GER), 3-2
66 kg – Parviz NASIBOV (UKR) df. Erik WEISS (GER), 2-1
71 kg – Maximilian Andreas SCHWABE (GER) df. Ruslan ISRAFILOV (UKR) by FALL, 2-0
75 kg – Florian NEUMAIER (GER) df. Mykola DARAGAN (UKR), 2-1
80 kg – Pascal EISELE (GER) df. Dmytro PYSHKOV (UKR), 7-3
85 kg – Ramsin AZIZSIR (GER) df. Iurii SHKRIUBA (UKR), 2-0
98 kg – Peter OEHLER (GER) df. Volodymyr VASYLIEV (UKR), 7-0
130 kg – Oleksandr CHERNETSKYY (UKR) df. Christian JOHN (GER) by TF, 8-0

Seventh-place Final

Kazakhstan (KAZ) df. Belarus (BLR), 6-2 
59 kg – Zhanserik SARSENBIYEV (KAZ) df. Maksim KAZHARSKI (BLR), 7-3
66 kg – Daniyar KALENOV (KAZ) df. Yaraslau KARDASH (BLR) by Injury Default, 0-0
71 kg – Pavel LIAKH (BLR) df. Demeu ZHADRAYEV (KAZ), 4-2
75 kg – Yahor KASIANKOU (BLR) df. Maxat YEREZHEPOV (KAZ) by TF, 9-1
80 kg – Daulet ZHAXYLYKOV (KAZ) df. Radzik KULIYEU (BLR), 6-1
85 kg – Azamat KUSTUBAYEV (KAZ) df. Mikalai STADUB (BLR), 4-1
98 kg – Alimkhan SYZDYKOV (KAZ) df. Yahor YASKAVETS (BLR) by FALL, 8-0
130 kg – Damir KUZEMBAYEV (KAZ) df. Heorhi CHUHASHVILI (BLR) by FALL, 6-0

World Cup 2017 Russia Wrestling Award ceremony

Photo by: Alireza Akbari

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