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By United World Wrestling Press

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Russia Claims 5/6 FS Golds at Moscow Grand Prix
The Russian Federation claimed five of six Olympic-weight freestyle gold medals at the 2020 Moscow Grand Prix. Shamil ZUBAIROV (AZE) ended the host nation's run of four consecutive gold medals with a barn-burning 10-10 victory over Erik DZHIOEV (RUS) in the 97kg finals. Russia's handful of champions were: Ramis GAMZATOV (57kg), Nachyin KUULAR (65kg), Israil KASUMOV (74kg), Magomed RAMAZANOV (86kg) and Shamil SHARIPOV (125kg).

Freestyle Results
57kg: Ramis GAMZATOV (RUS) df. Islam BAZARGANOV (RUS), 9-4
65kg: Nachyin KUULAR (RUS) df. Daud IBRAGIMOV (AZE), 2-2
74kg: Israil KASUMOV (RUS) df. Yakup GOR (TUR), 6-5
86kg: Magomed RAMAZANOV (RUS) df. Arsen BUDAZHAPOV (KGZ), 4-1
97kg: Shamil ZUBAIROV (AZE) df. Erik DZHIOEV (RUS), 10-10
125kg: Shamil SHARIPOV (RUS) df. Aiaal LAZAREV (KGZ), via fall


Etlinger Gives Host Nation Zagreb Open Title
Croatia's own Dominik ETLINGER defeated Moldova's Valentin PETIC, 8-0, in the 72kg finals and won gold on home soil at the Zagreb Open. "When I woke up Saturday, I knew it was going to be a great day," said Etlinger. "I wasn't exhausted because I only cut two kilograms, and that's nothing to me. I was also excited because it was my first international tournament since February, and it was in my town." Etlinger now patiently awaits the decision on the 2020 World Championships, saying, "I hope a decision will on the World Championships be made soon so I can take gold there, too."

Meanwhile, four-time world champion Riza KAYAALP (TUR) led a Turkey squad who captured four gold medals. In addition to Kayaalp's 130kg winning-performance, Ekrem OZTURK (55kg), Kerem KAMAL (60kg) and Burhan AKBUDAK (82kg) also finished atop the podium in Croatia.

Greco-Roman gold-medal match results from the Zagreb Open:
55kg - Ekrem OZTURK 🇹🇷 df. Serif KILIC 🇹🇷, 7-4
60kg - @keremkamal 🇹🇷 df. Viktor CIOBANU 🇲🇩, 7-4
67kg - Donior ISLAMOV 🇲🇩 df. @atakanyuksel_a.h 🇹🇷, 6-1
72kg - @dominiket 🇭🇷 df. Valentin PETIC 🇲🇩, 8-0
77kg - @cataraga.daniel 🇲🇩 df. @alexandrin.gutu 🇲🇩, 4-2
82kg - Burhan AKBUDAK 🇹🇷 df. Salih AYDIN 🇹🇷, 3-0
87kg - Oskar JOHANSSON 🇸🇪 df. @ivanhuklek 🇭🇷, 4-1
97kg – Mihail KADZAIA 🇷🇸 df. @cenkildem 🇹🇷, 5-1
130kg - @rizakayaalp 🇹🇷 df. Marko KOŠČEVIĆ 🇭🇷, 9-0

Turkey Takes Home Four Poland Open Gold Medals
Turkey's freestyle squad matched their countrymen's four gold-medal performance from the Zagreb Open in Warsaw at the Poland Open. Ahmet DUMAN (57kg), Fazli ERYILMAZ (74kg), Erhan YAYLACI (92kg) and Suleyman KARADENIZ (97kg) finished in first place in their respective weight classes. 

Meanwhile, Magomedmurad GADZHIEV (70kg) and Polish teammates Krzysztof BIENKOWSKI (65kg) and Robert BARAN (125kg) each seized gold medals.

Freestyle gold-medal match results from the @pzz_official Poland Open:
57kg: Razvan KOVACS 🇷🇴 df. CraciunPETRU 🇲🇩, 12-2
61 kg: Ahmet DUMAN 🇹🇷 df. Recep TOPAL 🇹🇷, 1-1
65 kg: Krzysztof BIENKOWSKI 🇵🇱 df. Ilman MUKHTAROV 🇫🇷, 4-3
70 kg: Magomedmurad GADZHIEV 🇵🇱 df. Haydar YUVUZ 🇹🇷, 3-2
74 kg: Fazli ERYILMAZ 🇹🇷 df. Maxim VASILIOGLO 🇷🇴, 4-1
79 kg: Saifedine ALEKMA 🇫🇷 df. Alan AMIROVS 🇱🇻, 12-6
86 kg: Pitor IANULOV 🇲🇩 df. Zbigniew BARANOWSKI 🇵🇱, 5-1
92 kg: Erhan YAYLACI 🇹🇷 df. Arif OEZEN 🇹🇷, 10-0
97 kg: Suleyman KARADENIZ 🇹🇷 df. Radoslaw BARAN 🇵🇱, 10-0
125 kg: Robert BARAN 🇵🇱 df. Daniel LIGETI 🇭🇺, 3-2

Cuban Wrestlers Complete 60-Day Training Camp
Freestyle, women's wrestling and Greco-Roman teams from Cuba spent two-months training in the Cuban cities of Sancti Spíritus, Ciego de Ávila and Camagüey very profitable.

“Never before have our athletes completed a 60-day training base, in which all the provinces created excellent living conditions. This favored the guarantee of two training sessions per day, and sometimes up to three, something never achieved in Havana," Luis de la Portilla, president of the Cuban Wrestling Federation.

Portilla reported that the multi-champion Mijaín López was one of the men who showed the best performance in these months.

Cuba has 12 wrestlers qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games and intends to send the rest of their squad to the Last Chance Qualifier in Sofia, Bulgaria, from April 30 to May 3.

To select the representatives, the results of the next Pedro Val December 11 and 12, at the Ciudad Deportiva in the capital, will be taken into account.


Former Bureau Member and Hall of Fame Inductee Mario Saletnig, Passes Away

By Wrestling Canada

Mario Saletnig an advocate for the sport of wrestling, as both an official and administrator in Canada and internationally, has died.

He served as President of the Canadian Officials Association, and was a referee at four Olympic Games and 25 World Championships, as well as other numerous Continental Championships and Games.

In addition to his work as a referee, Mr. Saletnig was elected to the FILA (now United World Wrestling) Bureau in 1986, became a FILA instructor for 23 years, and served as FILA Vice President from 2000 to 2010.

Mr. Saletnig was President of Wrestling Canada Lutte and served as a Chef de Mission for the Canadian Commonwealth Games Association at the 1986 Commonwealth Games. He was Wrestling Canada’s Vice President, International from 1986 to 2010.

In 1999, Mario Saletnig was inducted to the Wrestling Canada Hall of Fame in the Builder Category, and in 2012 he was named to the FILA Hall of Fame.

Mr. Saletnig also served on the Executive Committee of the Pan-American Wrestling Association for 15 years. His involvement in international wrestling spanned over forty years as an official and administrator.

“Mario was an integral part of the wrestling community here in Canada and globally”, said Don Ryan, President of WCL. “His contributions to the sport were many and significant. We offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to his family and friends during this time”.

via Wrestling Canada