Live Blog: Poland Open Ranking Series, Day Two

By Eric Olanowski

Day two here in Warsaw as freestyle action continues in 61kg, 65kg, 74kg, 92kg and 125kg at the Poland Open Ranking Series event. Day 1 Recap


Final Matchups (As they come in):
61kg - Kumar RAVI (IND) vs. Gulomjon ABDULLAEV (UZB) 
65kg - John Michael DIAKOMIHALIS (USA) vs. Eduard GRIGOREV (POL) 
74kg - Mostafa Mohabbali HOSSEINKHANI (IRI) vs. Frank CHAMIZO MARQUEZ (ITA) 
92kg - Illia ARCHAIA (UKR) vs. Zbigniew BARANOWSKI (POL) 
125kg - Amir Hossein Abbas ZARE (IRI) vs. Nicholas GWIAZDOWSKI (USA)

13:28: That'll do it for our morning session. We'll see you back here at 18:00 (local time) for the start of Wednesday night's medal matches. Until then, so long, wrestling fans. 

13:16: What a great match between Kumar RAVI (IND) and Reza ATRINAGHARCHI (IRI) on Mat A! Ravi won the match 7-4, but it was a six-minute battle between the two Asian stars! 

13:00: There's your upset of the day! Illia ARCHAIA (UKR) just took out two-time world champion Jden COX (USA), 2-1, and moved into tonight's 92kg finals. He'll take on Zbigniew BARANOWSKI (POL) in the gold-medal match. 

12:41: After these matches wrap up, we'll roll right into the semifinals.

12:24: Iranian big man Amir ZARE (IRI) is coming up next on Mat A. This is his first international competition since he won last year's Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series gold medal.

12:18: That was one heck of a match! Together, the pair put up 13 points, but Muszukajev held off Diakomihalis, 7-6, and moved into Round 3 where he'll take on Eduard GRIGOREV (POL).

11:53: DROP WHATEVER YOU'RE DOING! Muszukajev and Diakomihalis are wrestling on Mat A. It'll be a rematch of the '19 Yasar Dogu.

11:39: Let's keep this two-time world champion thing on Mat B rolling! We'll replace Chamizo with two-time world champion J'den COX (USA).

11:38: Chamizo handles Kahny, 7-2, and will wrestle the winner of Jason Michael NOLF (USA) and Daniyar KAISANOV (KAZ).

11:30: The best-dressed man in wrestling, two-time world champion Frank CHAMIZO (ITA) is wrestling on Mat B. He leads Lucas Marco KAHNT (GER), 2-0 midway through the first period. 

11:13: Good morning, wrestling fans! Today's action is going to be filled with stars mixing it up on nearly every mat. The first big match of the morning is coming up on Mat A in four matches. Hungary's world bronze medalist Iszmail MUSZUKAJEV will wrestle John Michael DIAKOMIHALIS (USA) in a rematch the '19 Yasar Dogu.

If you remember that match, Muszukajjev led that early but Diakomihalis stormed back to steal the win. 


Saravi Dominates #WrestleWarsaw to Claim Spot on Iran Olympic Team

By Vinay Siwach

WARSAW, Poland (June 13) --- After the 97kg Greco-Roman final, Mehdi BALIHAMZEHDEH (IRI) went up to the judge to seek answers. His actions were justified as he had not only lost the gold medal to compatriot Mohammadhadi SARAVI (IRI) but also the opportunity to represent Iran at the Tokyo Olympics.

Iran, treating the Poland Open as the selection trial for Tokyo Games, had entered the two and on Sunday, they dominated the field and reached the final. This was the last category that was undecided for Iran after three freestyle and one Greco-Roman class finalized in Warsaw.


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They had to wait till the end of the day as it was the final bout and then more as both Iran wrestlers had mistakenly wore opposite singlets. 50 seconds into the bout they changed the singlets and resumed the bout. Saravi got the advantage of Balihamzehdeh being passive in the first period and he got an exposure to lead 3-0.

Balihamzehdeh was hoping that Saravi will be warned for inactivity as well but that did not happen as the latter kept on the pressure throughout the period. It ended 3-0 in favour of Saravi, completing the Iran team for the upcoming Games.

His gold medal also pushes him to third position in the Tokyo seeding as he collected 16 points. His total of 52 points takes him ahead of Cenk ILDEM (TUR) who is now out of the seeding.

Tadeusz MICHALIK (POL) finished fifth in Warsaw and collected 10 points for a total of 42 to edge past Ildem by a point.

There was no other major shuffle in the Olympic seedings for the weight classes that were in action on Sunday.

At 87kg, veteran Uzbek wrestler Rustam ASSAKALOV (UZB) won a bronze medal to collect 12 points but that doesn't change his third position in the seedings.


The gold medal was captured but he upcoming star and two-time U23 world champion Semen NAVIKOV (UKR). In the final, he defeated Istvan TAKACS (HUN) 2-1 with all points scored on referees call.

Takacs had earlier stopped Rio Olympic bronze medalist Assakalov's run in the tournament with a 2-1 win in the semifinal. The Uzbek then came back in the bronze medal bout against Arkadiusz KULYNYCZ (POL) with a big fall.

The next big thing in Ukrainian wrestling Navikov will not be at the Olympics as another star wrestler Zhan BELENIUK (UKR) is scheduled to wrestle in the Japanese capital city.

In the remaining three weight categories, hosts Poland captured two gold medals while the third went to Uzbekistan.

Michal TRACZ (POL) wrestled Ekrem OZTURK (TUR) in the 60kg final and held on for 3-2 win for his home country. In the nordic style bracket, he won two bouts to reach the semifinal in which he came out on top against Mukhammadkodir YUSUPOV (UZB) 3-2.

Ozturk had a back-and-forth semifinal against Olivier SKRZYPCZAK (POL) as the two scored 26 points in the stipulated six minutes. In the end, Ozturk won 15-11 to reach the final.

Gevorg SAHAKYAN (POL) won the second gold medal for Poland as he defeated Mirzobek RAKHMATOV (UZB) 4-3 in the 72kg final.

The Pole had some tough bouts throughout the day as he began with a 3-1 win against Krisztian VANCZA (HUN) 3-1 before pulling through a 1-1 win against compatriot Roman PACURKOWSKI (POL).

From the other side, Rakhmatov defeated Juan AAK (NOR) 9-0 in the qualification before clinching a 7-0 win over Mateusz BERNATEK (POL) in the quarterfinal. He had a tough one against Cengiz ARSLAN (TUR) in the semifinal but managed to pull off 5-4.

Uzbekistan did get it's gold medal on Sunday as five-time ranking series finalist Islomjon BAKHRAMOV (UZB) managed to hang on and defeat Ayata SUZUKI (JPN) 5-3 in the 63kg final. Suzuki was awarded a point for Bakhramov's passivity and he later got an exposure from par terre to lead 3-0. But Bakhramov reversed it and completed a head-pinch to make it 3-2.

In the second period, he got the point for Suzuki's inactivity and then exposed him from the par terre position to lead 5-3. The Japanese did try quite a few arm throws but failed to get any points.

From Japan, world champion Kenichiro FUMITA (JPN) was also scheduled to make the Poland trip but pulled out at the last moment due to unforeseen circumstances. Fumita has now not competed internationally since winning the gold medal at the Asian Championships in New Delhi in February, 2020.

Poland Open 63kg


GOLD: Michal TRACZ (POL) df Ekrem OZTURK (TUR), 3-2
BRONZE: Mukhammadkodir YUSUPOV (UZB) df Olivier SKRZYPCZAK (POL), 10-2

GOLD: Islomjon BAKHRAMOV (UZB) df. Ayata SUZUKI (JPN), 5-3
BRONZE: Christopher KRAEMER (GER) df. Artor HAGERUP (NOR), via fall
BRONZE: Krisztian KECSKEMETI (HUN) df. Mairbek SALIMOV (POL), 4-0

GOLD: Gevorg SAHAKYAN (POL) df. Mirzobek RAKHMATOV (UZB), 4-3
BRONZE: Cengiz ARSLAN (TUR) df. Juan AAK (NOR), 2-1
BRONZE: Krisztian VANCZA (HUN) df. Roman PACURKOWSKI (POL), 3-1

GOLD: Semen NOVIKOV (UKR) df. Istvan TAKACS (HUN), 2-1
BRONZE: Rustam ASSAKALOV (UZB) df. Arkadiusz KULYNYCZ (POL), via fall
BRONZE: Metehan BASAR (TUR) df. Bachir SID AZARA (ALG), 1-1

GOLD: Mohammadhadi SARAVI (IRI) df. Mehdi BALIHAMZEHDEH (IRI), 3-0
BRONZE: Islam ABBASOV (AZE) df. Gerard Cyprian KURNICZAK (POL), 4-0