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By William May
(Japan Amateur Wrestling Federation, Public Information Committee:wmay52@hotmail.com


MOSCOW (September 8) – Selcuk Cebi (TUR) defended the 74kg he won a year ago but he could not help Turkey retain the team title as host Russia walked off with greco-roman honors on the third day of the wrestling world championships. Cebi defeated 2009 European champion Arsen Julfalakyan (ARM), 2-1, with a tight defense in a match decided solely on defensive points in par terre. The victory lifted Turkey into second place with 32 points, six points ahead of third-place Azerbaijan.

Russia won the team title with 46 points on the strength of a Ambako Vachadze's gold medal on the opening day and four bronze medals, including one by Imil Sharafetdinov. Imil Sharafetdinov (RUS) executed a lift and throw for three points against Rafig Huseynov (AZE) in the match for third place to secure Russia's fourth bronze medal of the greco-roman championships.

Two-time Asia champion Daniyar Kobonov took the other bronze at 74kg with a win over Japan's Takehiro Kanakubo. Also at Olympiyskiy Sports Complex, Hitomi Sakamoto kicked off the women's events with her seventh world title overall and her first at 48kg.

Sakamoto, returning to the mats after a two-year absence, had her hands full with Lorisa Oorzhak in the final. She finally got through Oorzhak's defense in the third period for a clean double-leg takedown and back points, and then sat on an attempted front headlock for back exposure and the technical fall.

At 51kg, national team newcomer Yu Horiuchi, just crowned junior world champ in July, upset defending world champ Sofia Mattsson (SWE) in her opening bout. The 19-year-old Nihon University student, however, let the jitters get to her in the finals, allowing the match to go to the clinch in both periods and giving Aleksandra Kohut (UKR) a chance to win her first world championship crown. Women's freestyle competition continues on September 9 with action at 55kg, 59kg and 63kg.


74kg (39 entries)
F1 – Selcuk Cebi (TUR) df. Armen Julfalakyan (ARM), 2-1 (0-1, 1-0, 1-0)
F3 – Imil Sharafetdinov (RUS) df. Rafig Huseynov (AZE), 2-0 (1-0, 4-0)
F3 – Daniyar Kobonov (KGZ) df. Takehiro Kanakubo (JPN), 2-0 (1-0, 2-0)
SF – Cebi (TUR) df. Sharafetdinov (RUS), 2-0 (8-0, 1-0)
SF – Julfalakyan (ARM) df. Kanakubo (JPN), 2-0 (4-0, 1-0)

Women's freestyle
48kg (25 entries)
F1 - Hitomi Sakamoto (JPN) df. Lorisa Oorzhak (RUS), 2-1 (2-2x=big point, 1-0, 6-0=1:52)
F3 - Zhao Shasha (CHN) df. Marziget Bagomedova (AZE), 2-0 (5-2, 3-0)
F3 – Carol Huynh (CAN) df. Iwona Matkowska (POL), 2-1 (0-2, 3-0, 1-0=2:03)
SF – Oorzhak (RUS) df. Bagomedova (AZE), 2-0 (1-0, 1-0)
SF – Sakamoto (JPN) df. Matkowska (POL), 2-0 (4-0, 1-0)

51kg (20 entries)
F1 – Oleksandra Kohut (UKR) df. Yu Horiuchi (JPN), 2-0(1-0=2:09, 1-0=2:11)
F3 – Sofia Mattsson (SWE) df. Roksana Zasina (POL) by fall, 2P=0:52 (1-0, F5-0)
F3 – Zamira Rakhmanova (RUS) df. Tatyana Bakatyuk (KAZ), 2-0 (3-1, 1-0=2:24)
SF – Horiuchi (JPN) df. Zasina (POL), 2-0 (1-0, 3-0)
SF – Kohut (UKR) df. Bakatyuk (KAZ), 2-0 (4-3, 1-0)

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