According to the rules of the UWW United World Wrestling Championship, the main team tournament among freestyle wrestlers is selected according to the results of the last World Championship. Mundial in Budapest ended for the Russian team triumphal victory in the overall standings.
The Russian team, led by head coach Dzambolat Tedeev, won four gold medals and won an unofficial team event, ahead of the United States, which have three gold awards. Magomedrasul Gazimagomedov (up to 70 kg), Abdulrashid Sadulayev (up to 97 kg), Zaurbek Sidakov (up to 75 kg) and Zaur Uguyev (up to 57 kg) became the winners of the World Championship. In total, the Russians have six medals - three gold, one silver and two bronze. According to the rules of the United World of Wrestling, Russian athletes scored a total of 178 points, the United States scored 150. Georgia was third (105).
This result was the best in the history of the Russian national team performances since 2014. At the 2014 tournament in Tashkent, Russian freestyle wrestlers won five gold medals. But at the 2017 World Championships in Paris, the Russian team was unable to win a single medal of the highest dignity. For the first time since 1954, domestic free-style wrestlers were left without victories in the world championship finals, winning three silver and two bronze medals in Paris. After the tournament, Abdulrashid Sadulayev apologized to the fans for the performance from the whole team, and he gave the word to the leadership of the Russian Wrestling Federation and coaches that this will never happen again.
And who, if not the “Russian Tank”, as fans of the whole world call it, had to decide the victory of the national team at the 2018 World Cup? The fight between Abdulrashid Sadulayev and the leader of the USA national team, Kyle Snyder, was the highlight of last year’s tournament. Rematch for the defeat in the previous World Cup draw ended with the victory of the Russian wrestler in less than a minute and brought the team championship in the team event.
At the World Cup in Yakutsk we will also see other heroes of the tournament in Budapest - Cuban Jowlis Bonn, who won the world championship in the weight category up to 61 kg, champion in weight up to 65 kg Japanese wrestler Takuto Otoguro, silver medalist from Turkey Fatih Erdin (up to 86 kg).
World Championship freestyle wrestling-2018
Budapest, Hungary, October 20 - 23
- Russia - 178 points
- United States - 150
- Georgia - 105
- Cuba - 67
- Japan - 67
- Iran - 65
- Mongolia - 57
- Turkey - 53