University Sports - Russia dominate men's competition at World University Wrestling Championship

The 10th World University Wrestling Championship held from October 2nd to 6th, 2012 in Kuortane, Finland, saw the participation of 24 countries from 3 continents which brought 339 participants (177 male and 67 female student-wrestlers and 95 officials) together to compete for the University Wrestling gold.

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10th World University Wrestling Championship

In the men’s freestyle competition (21 nations), the gold was divided among only three nations, i.e. Turkey (120kg/Taha AKGUL & 66kg/Mustafa KAYA), Russia (55kg/Khuresh-Ool DONDUK-OOL & 96kg/Marat IBRAGIMOV) and Iran (74kg/Reza AFZALIPAEMAMI & 84kg/Meisam MOSTAFAJOUKAR). Top nations in the medal table are these three countries as well: Russia (2-0-3), Turkey (2-1-1) and Iran (2-1-1).

In the women’s freestyle competition (17 nations), Japan (48kg/Yuki IRIE & 59kg/Yurika ITO) and Ukraine (55kg/Iryna HUSYAK & 63kg/Yuliya OSTAPCHUK) topped the gold podium, followed by Canada (51kg/Genevieve HALEY), Russia (67kg/Yulia PRONTSEVICH) and USA (72kg/Adeline GRAY). In the same week, USA wrestler Gray became FILA and FISU World Champion! Top three countries in the medal table are Ukraine (2-0-3), Japan (2-0-2) and Canada (1-2-2).

In the men’s Greco-Roman competition (20 nations), the gold podium was dominated by the Iranian wrestlers (120kg/Bashir BABAJANZADEH, 74kg/Hadi ALIZADEHPOURNIA & 84kg/Taleb NEMATPOUR), followed by Russia (96kg/Nikita MELNIKOV), Hungary (66kg/ISTVAN KOZAK), Moldova (60kg/Donior ISLAMOV) and USA (55kg/Max NOWRY). The Russians lead the medal table (1-2-2), followed by Turkey (0-2-2), Belarus (0-1-2), Hungary (1-1-0) and USA (1-0-1). Host Finland took the only medal in the GR competition. Pekka Rintimaki won the bronze in the 84kg category.

Complete results can be found at http://www.wucwrestling2012.com and www.fisu.net.

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