Bolat Turlykhanov Cup day four finals set with Yazdani vs Makoev

By Vinay Siwach

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (June 5) -- The final day of the Bolat Turlykhanov Cup Ranking Series event is here. Eight freestyle weights will be in action with multiple World and Olympic medalists taking the mat in Almaty.


13:45: The finals are set for the night

61kg: Zhassulan TASKUL (KAZ) vs Bekbolot MYRZANAZAR UULU (KGZ)
65kg: Tulga TUMUR OCHIR (MGL) vs Abbos RAKHMONOV (UZB)
70kg:Ernazar AKMATALIEV (KGZ) vs Rodion ANCHUGIN (KAZ)
74kg: Byambadorj BAT ERDENE (MGL) vs Taimuraz SALKAZANOV (SVK)
79kg: Saiakbai USUPOV (KGZ) vs Bolat SAKAYEV (KAZ)
86kg: Boris MAKOEV (SVK) vs Hassan YAZDANI (IRI)

13:35: Kamran GHASEMPOUR (IRI) has dominated his way to the 92kg final. At 57kg, Aman SEHRAWAT (IND) and Merey BAZARBAYEV (KAZ) are putting up a show. Sehrawat comes back from 6-0 down against a tiring Bazarbayev to win 10-9. He also wins the gold medal after winning all his four bouts.

13:10: Tulga TUMUR OCHIR (MGL) and Umidjon JALOLOV (UZB) on Mat B. The Mongolian leads 1-0 at the break after Jalolov's passivity. But he is hit with passivity as well and Jalolov takes the lead on criteria. Tumur-Ochir with his trademark underhook for four and he wins 5-1 against Jalolov.

13:00: Yazdani gives up a point for stepout but answers that with a takedown and lace. He leads 6-1 at the break. He begins with another takedown and then a stepout to extend his lead to 10-1. A double leg takedown finishes the bout 12-1

12:55: Hassan YAZDANI (IRI) is up against Azamat DAULETBEKOV (KAZ) in the 86kg semifinal on Mat C while at 74kg, Tajmuraz SALKAZANOV (SVK) is wrestling on Mat B

12:30: Tulga TUMUR-OCHIR (MGL) has set up a semifinal bout against Jalolov at 65kg after beating Komron KHOLOV (TJK) via technical superiority.

12:10: World silver medalist at 70kg Ernazar AKMATALIEV (KGZ) has a huge fan base in Kazakhstan and that showed even as he beat Meirzhan ASHIROV (KAZ) 5-3 at 70kg. He moves into the semifinal

11:55: Bajrang PUNIA (IND) faces a familiar opponent in Abbos RAKHMANOV (UZB). He gets two points for Rakhmanov's blocking. The Uzbek also has two cautions against him. But he gets a takedown and leads 2-2 at the break. Punia gets a point for Rakhmanov's passivity. But the Indian gives up a takedown in the final seconds to beat Punia 5-3

11:45: European champion Tajmuraz SALKAZANOV (SVK) has to work hard against Ikhtiyor NUVROZOV (UZB) at 74kg. Three stepout points for his 3-0 win against the Uzbek veteran.

11:40: Hassan YAZDANI (IRI), in a very Yazdani-way, breaks Fatih ERDIN (TUR) to start his day with a 12-0 win at 86kg. He will wrestle the Asian champion Azamat DAULETBEKOV (KAZ) in the semifinals

11:30: Some absolute hammers wrestling at 86kg. Former world silver medalist Boris MAKOEV (SVK) with a dominating win over Nurzhan ISSAGALIYEV (KAZ) in the quarterfinals. On Mat B, Asian champion Azamat DAULETBEKOV (KAZ) hands Bekzod ABDURAKHMONOV (UZB) a 8-0 defeat as the Uzbekistan wrestler continues to struggle at 86kg

11:15: Daulet YERGESH (KAZ) trailed Asian silver medalist Gourav BALIYAN (IND) 5-3 at the break but catches the Indian in a leg lace and finishes the bout 15-5 

10:50: Former U17 world champion Umidjon JALOLOV (UZB) looks in good touch. He picks up a technical superiority win over Ulukbek ZHOLDOSHBEKOV (KGZ) who is moving up to 65kg. Jalolov had a four-point move then got exposures to win 13-2 

10:45: What a great start for world champion Kamran GHASEMPOUR (IRI). He wins via technical superiority against Viky CHAHAR (IND) in two minutes. 

10:30: Welcome to day four of the Ranking Series event in Almaty. Are you excited to see the return of Hassan YAZDANI (IRI).


Watch: 10 Greco-Roman finals from #WrestleAlmaty

By Vinay Siwach

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (June 10) -- Bolay Turlykhanov Cup in Almaty saw some of the biggest Greco-Roman stars in action. The field was highlighted by world and Olympic champion Mohammadreza GERAEI (IRI).

Iran did send a strong team but so did Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Turkey too had entered a few of their star wrestlers and ended up winning three gold medals.

Watch the 10 Greco-Roman finals from the Bolat Turlykhanov Cup.

55kg: GOLD - Marlan MUKASHEV (KAZ) vs. Poya DAD MARZ (IRI)


72kg: Round 3 - Meiirzhan SHERMAKHANBET (KAZ) vs. Mohammadreza GERAEI (IRI)

Shermakhanbet injury defaulted against Geraei in the final but had defeated the Olympic champ in Round 3. Here's the bout.


97kg: GOLD - Metehan BASAR (TUR) vs. Mahdi FALLAH (IRI)