Russia's Artur Sargsian beat Austria's Markus Ragginger to 85kg gold in his first international event ©UWW

European champion Aleksandr Komarov and national team debutant Artur Sargsian snapped up a pair of gold medals as Russia stormed to the Greco-Roman team title on day two of the Cadet Wrestling World Championships in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Komarov won the 69 kilograms final against Poland’s Norbert Daszkiewicz, taking control early on before wrapping up last year’s world number 13 with a go-behind and quick gut wrench for an 8-0 triumph just shy of the two-minute mark.

Sargsian also raced to an 8-0 victory at 85kg with a chest-lock from in front, cranking over Austria’s Markus Ragginger to stop the clock at 28 seconds in the Greco-Roman finale.

Despite the loss, Ragginger becomes only the third Austrian to win a medal at the Cadet World Championships, following on from Georg Marchl’s gold at 81kg in 1982 and Martina Kuenz’s bronze at 70kg in 2011.

The 69kg bronze medals went to Azerbaijan’s Ulvi Ganizada and Georgia’s Nikoloz Tchikaidze at the expense of Turkey’s Kerim Yilmaz and Uzbekistan’s Abubakr Alimov respectively.

Hungary’s Botond Kismoni beat Czech Republic’s Roman Chalupa to claim one of the two 85kg bronze medals and was joined on the third step of the podium by Finland’s Arvi Savolainen, who defeated Belarus’ Igor Yarashevich.

Uzbekistan's Turabek Tirkashev came out on top in the 46kg category
Uzbekistan's Turabek Tirkashev came out on top in the 46kg category ©UWW

In between the two Russian wins, European silver medallist Dmitri Kiashok of Ukraine bounced back from an early takedown in the 76kg final to lock up Belarus’ Vadim Hrachukhin with a chest-to-chest and arch him over for the fall.

Russia’s Astema Baragunov got his hands on a bronze medal by overcoming Georgia’s Temur Tchkuaselidze, while Romania’s Samuel Ojg Nicu beat Kyrgyzstan’s Samat Salpiev to the other.

Turkey’s hopes for a gold medal were dashed when European champion Kerem Kamal surrendered a four-point headlock in the 46kg final as Asian bronze medallist Turabek Tirkashev of Uzbekistan held on for a 7-7 win on criteria.

The category's bronze medals were won by Russia’s Atmir Kotcev, who outdid Armenia’s Sergey Simonyan, and Kazakhstan’s Sultan Olzhas, up against Japan’s Kaito Inaba.

Iran won its third gold medal of the competition courtesy of Marz Poya Dad, whose late force-out from arm control secured a 2-1 win over Russia’s Abu-Muslim Amaev at 42kg in the first final of the evening. 

Azerbaijan’s Fail Isgandorov claimed bronze after getting the better of Mexico’s Nestor Delgado Ramirez and Kazakhstan’s Alpamys Dastanbek did likewise in his encounter with Japan’s Kensuke Shimizu. 

Russia took the team title with 69 points thanks to two gold medals, two silvers and one bronze.

Iran followed with three gold medallists for 41 points, while a silver and a bronze for Turkey saw them finish third with 39 points.

The action in Sarajevo is scheduled to continue tomorrow with the first half of the women’s wrestling competition at 38kg, 43kg, 49kg, 56kg and 65kg. 

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