To Our Friends in Wrestling Around the world


By William May
(Japan Amateur Wrestling Federation, Public Information Committee
Kyodo World Services, senior sports


HERNING, Denmark (September 25) – Hamid Soryan Reihanpour (IRI) dominated greco-roman wrestling at 55kg from 2005 to 2007 only to slip to fifth place the Beijing Olympics last summer.

But, at the world championships in Herning, Soryan Reihanpour showed he is still one of the premier greco-roman wrestlers in the world today, handily claiming his fourth world championship with five convincing wins. In the final at 55kg, Soryan Reihanpour wrapped up former European champion Roman Amoyan (ARM) with a takedown to back exposure and then a gut wrench in par terre in the first period. In the second period, he sealed the title with solid positioning that earned him a point on defense.

Hosts were elated with a bronze medal from local favorite Hakan Nyblom (DEN), although Nyblom had more than he could handle with Soryan Reihanpour in the semifinals.

Another three-time world champion in Herning, Stanka Zlateva (BUL) did not fare as well, getting tripped up in the quarterfinals by World Cup champion Qin Xiaoqing (CHN), who slicked her way out of two clinch situations. Zlateva, however, rebounded for a bronze medal while Qin fashioned a 1-0, 1-0 win over Asian bronze medalist Ochirbat Burmaa (MGL) in the final at 72kg.

At 67kg, Martine Dugrenier successfully defended the title she won in 2008 by pinning Julia Bartinovskaia (RUS) in the first period of the championship final.

With the completion of the women’s events, Azerbaijan hoisted the team trophy with 42 points, ahead of Japan and Canada each with 37 points. Japan received the trophy for second place with two individual champions to Canada’s one.

Women’s freestyle

67kg (21 entries)
F1 – Martine Dugrenier (CAN) df. Julia Bartnovskaia (RUS) by fall, 1P=0:40 (F4-0)
F3 – Ifeoma Iheanacho (NGR) df. Adeline Gray (USA), 2-1 (1-6, 2x-2=last, 2-0)
F3 – Odonchimeg Badrakh (MGL) df. Yoshiko Inoue (JPN), 2-0 (3-1, 1-0=2:30)
SF – Bartinovskaia (RUS) df. Iheanacho (NGR), 2-1 (1x-1, 4-5, 3-0)
SF – Dugrenier (CAN) df. Inoue (JPN), 2-1 (1-0, 1-3, 1-0)

72kg (21 entries)
F1 – Qin Xiaoqing (CHN) df. Ochirbat Burmaa (MGL), 2-0 (1-0, 1-0)
F3 – Maider Unda (ESP) df. Marina Gastl (AUT), 3-0 (0-1=2:10, 1-0, 4-0)
F3 – Stanka Zlateav (BUL) df. Svetlana Sayenko (UKR), 2-0 (1-0, 1-0)
SF – Burmaa (MGL) df. Gastl (AUT), 2-0 (1-0, 1-0)
SF – Qin (CHN) df. Sayenko (UKR), 2-1 (0-1, 1-0, 1-0)

Men’s Greco-Roman

55kg (36 entries)
F1 – Hamid Soryan Reihanpour (IRI) df. Roman Amoyan (ARM), 2-0 (5-0, 1-0)
F3 – Hakan Nyblom (DEN) df. Erhan Karakus (TUR), 2-1 (3-0, 0-1, 1-0)
F3 – Rovshan Bayramov (AZE) df. Virgil Munteanu (ROU), 2-0 (3-0, 1-0)
SF – Soryan Reihanpour (IRI) df. Nyblom (DEN), 2-0 (1-0, 6-0)
SF – Amoyan (ARM) df. Munteanu (ROU), 2-0 (1-0, 2-0)