Beach Wrestling World Champ’s Delivers High-Flying, Fan-Friendly Action
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 12:33 By Tim Foley
DALYAN, Turkey (October 24) – Muscular bodies and postcard sunsets met with top-level international wrestling and sprays of sand last week on the beaches of Dalyan, Turkey as United World Wrestling hosted the 2017 Beach Wrestling World Championships.
The championships were a celebration of the sport’s reemergence around the globe and the kickoff event for what the wrestling body believes will be the next big global sports phenomenon.
“Beach wrestling is an exciting area of development for our organization,” boasted United World Wrestling president Nenad Lalovic. “The appeal is right there for everyone to see. We are in the sun, and wrestlers are very fit people so when they compete everything is pleasing to the spectators no matter how much they know about wrestling.”
Wrestlers in the Cadet, Junior and Senior age groups competed in a total of 20 weight categories across the three-day event. Iran, Ukraine and Pakistan all took home gold medals in men’s beach wrestling, while Norway and Italy proved to be the dominant powers on the women’s side.
Beach wrestling is an especially appealing competition style for wrestlers from nations like Pakistan, India, Vietnam and dozens in Africa since their local styles are very similar. With constant growth Mr. Lalovic and others believe that the sport will help wrestling reach millions more young wrestlers and continue growing interest in the Olympic styles as well.
“Beach wrestling has a lot of potential. We want to see it in more countries in 2018 and are planning for a new event series to make sure that we inspire our young athletes to get out and be active in our sport,” said Lalovic.
The Beach Wrestling World Championships latched on to local excitement for oil wrestling and held a joint event on the final day of wrestling, combining the men’s freestyle 90kg and +90kg finals with a Turkish Oil Wrestling competition. Known as “yagli gures” the sport dates back more than a thousand years and holds an annual championship known as “Kirkpinar” which attracts more than 100,000 fans and is considered the longest continually running athletic event in history.
With big eyes for the future, beach wrestling will expand its offerings in 2018 with a tentatively approved global tour of five cities capped by an annual prize event.
Men’s Senior Beach Wrestling
GOLD: RADULOV SEMEN (UKR) df. Mohammad NADERI (IRI), 3-2
BRONZE: Veli YANTIR (TUR) df. Michael PETERS (USA), 4-2
BRONZE: Aimar ANDRUSE (EST) df. Arouzmanidis NIKO (GRE), 2-1
GOLD: Sayed Jafar GHASEMI (IRI) df. Omid Hassan TABAR JELODAR (IRI), 3-0
BRONZE: Serkan CAVUSOGLU (TUR) df. VELIKSAR SERGII (UKR), 1-0
GOLD: Muahammad Inam (PAK) df. Pejman Fazlollah TABAR NAGHRACHI (IRI), 2-1
BRONZE: Pavlidis THEODOSIOS (GRE) df. Petridis CHRISTOS (GRE), 3-0
BRONZE: Savvinov PLATON (RUS) df. Kerimkulov CHYNGYZ (KGZ), 3-0
GOLD: Pouga RAHMANI (IRI) df. Hakan AYDOGAN (TUR), 3-0
BRONZE: Ivanov FEDOR (RUS) df. Kargiotakis IOANNIS (GRE), 2-2
BRONZE: Engin DAGLI (TUR) df. GABRIEL ARMAND (USA), 2-0
Senior Women’s Beach Wrestling
GOLD: Francesca INDELICATO (ITA) df. CHRISTINA DEMIRKAN (GRE), 4-0
BRONZE: Florine SCHEDLER (AUT) df. Nadir UGURUN PERCIN (TUR), 2-0
GOLD: Charlotte SKAVNER (NOR)
SILVER: Cesilie MAGNUSEN (NOR)
BRONZE: Meral KAYA (TUR)
GOLD: Cathrine FRILSETH (NOR) df. Pesnille ROJAR (NOR), 4-0
BRONZE: Pistiava AIKATERINI EIRIR (GRE) df. F Zehra KANLIADA (TUR), 3-0