US wrestlers win two freestyle gold medals at UWW Poland Open opening night
The United States have won two of the five freestyle finals that took place today in United World Wrestling’s final classification event, the Polish Open, at the Ursynow Arena in Warsaw.
While the freestyle event in the final points classification for the top four at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 lacked Turkish wrestlers – following the late withdrawal of the team by their federation – the level of competition remained extremely high.
Fittingly, the night ended with Mohammadhossein MohammadIan winning a 97-kilogram all-Iran final against Ali Khali Shabanibengar on decision after finishing 1-1.
Iran also won one of the two bronze medals thanks to Alireza Karimimachiani, while Kazakh Alisher Yergali won the other.
America’s first gold medal of the evening, in the 70kg final, was guaranteed, as it was between two American wrestlers, and Alec Pantaleo – who had beaten Azerbaijani world champion Haji Aliyev in the half. final – placed on top of the podium after beating James Green 5-3.
Aliyev won bronze after beating Georgian Zurabi Iakobishvili 2-1.
The second victory for the United States came in the 86 kg category, where Zahid Valencia beat Georgian Sandro Aminashvili 10-0.
Bronze medals went to Poles Cezary Sadowski and Myles Amine of San Marino.
Slovak Akhsarbek Gulaev won the 79kg gold medal after finishing 2-2 with Uzbekistan’s Rashid Kurbanov.
The bronze medals went to Mateusz Kampik from Poland and Vasyl Mykhailov from Ukraine.
In the 57 kg category, Stevan Andria Micic from Serbia won gold, Beka Bujiashvili from Georgia won silver and Makhmudjon Shavkatov from Uzbekistan won bronze.