Live Blog: U23 European Championships Day 5

By Vinay Siwach

PLOVDIV, Bulgaria (March 11) -- The U23 European Championships move to day five with freestyle action in five weight classes. The wrestlers from 57kg, 65kg, 70kg, 79kg and 97kg will try to reach the semifinals later tonight. Senior World bronze medalist Horst LEHR (GER) is also in the mix.


1320: We finish the session with an incredible comeback from Ivailo TISOV (BUL) against Demin LIUTCANOV (MDA). He was down 8-2 and then 14-8 but secures a fall to move into the semifinals at 57kg.

1310: Senior World bronze medalist Horst LEHR (GER) was trailing 2-0 until the final minute but blasted a double leg attack and secured the fall

1245: Nicolai GRAHMEZ (MDA) looks unstoppable today. He has his second fall of the day he moves into the 70kg semifinals

1240: What a bout we had. Bayramov and Alaca put on a show for the fans. Bayramov began with a four-point double and then laced two times to lead 9-1. But Alaca scripted a comeback to be 11-8 but Bayramov stayed composed to win it.

1210: Returning silver medalist Nicolai GRAHMEZ (MDA) with a fall in 21 seconds over Roland BIRO (HUN) at 70kg

1200: Georgios KOUGIOUMTSIDIS (GRE) with a fall over Abdulvasi BALTA (TUR). The two were involved in a tough battle but the Greece wrestler with a big four-pointer to lead 13-3 but secured the fall

1145: Junior Worlds silver medalist Ziraddin BAYRAMOV (AZE) begins with a big 12-1 win over Stilyan ILIEV (BUL)

1143: Ugrelidze with a small comeback as he cuts Alaca's lead to 8-4. There is still a minute to go in the bout. Can the Georgian cause an upset? He can't. Alaca wins 8-5.

1130: Cadet world champion Hamza ALACA (TUR) is now on Mat A against Gia UGRELIDZE (GEO). He starts with a takedown and then two leg laces to make it 5-0. A duck under for two more. 

1115: Welcome to day five of the U23 European Championships in Plovdiv. We will have Hrachya MARGARYAN (ARM) beginning against Dominik LARITZ (SUI) on Mat A 


WATCH: #WrestlePlovdiv 10 Freestyle Finals

By United World Wrestling Press

PLOVDIV, Bulgaria -- Azerbaijan brought a solid freestyle team to Plovdiv with World Championships medalist and some continental champions.

The team did not disappoint and won the team title over Turkey and Georgia at the U23 European Championships. All four wrestlers from Azerbaijan who reached the finals won gold medals.

Germany had their first U23 European champion in Horst LEHR (GER) at 57kg while a few more firsts were recorded in the tournament.

Here are the 10 freestyle finals from the U23 European Championships.

57kg - GOLD: Giorgi GEGELASHVILI (GEO) vs Horst LEHR (GER)