International Wrestling

2018 Junior World Championships – Day Six Preview (MFS 61, 74, 86, 92, 125)

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The second day of the men’s freestyle competition at the Junior World Championships from Trnava, Slovakia will take place on Saturday, September 22nd. Wrestlers at the 61kg, 74 kg, 86 kg, 92 kg, and 125 kg weight classes will begin their tournaments and wrestle up until the finals. Sunday, the repechage and finals will take place at these weight classes. This year’s team is very talented and will be looking to win their second consecutive team title. Two Junior world champions return, along with a Cadet champ.

Below are the notable wrestlers to watch and predictions for the five weights that will start on Thursday The actual draw for each weight class will take place the day before, so we are unsure of the exact bracketing at this time.

61 kg

This weight class will feature a pair of wrestler that have appeared in a Cadet world finals at one point in their careers. Mehdi Eshghivasoukolaei (Iran) was Cadet world champion last year at 54 kg. An Asian Cadet silver medal in 2015 is the only other notable results for Eshghivasoukolaei. Abasgadhi Magomedov (Russia) was a Cadet world silver medalist in 2015 and a European Cadet champion in 2016. Both Asian and European champions from 2018 have long decorated histories, but have yet to bring home a world medal. European Champion Vazgen Tevanyan (Armenia) also has a gold and silver medal from the continental championships, at the Cadet level. In 2016 Tevanyan has his best world level finish when he was seventh at the Cadet World Championships. The Asian champion Abbos Rakhmonov (Uzbekistan) has frequently competed at the Senior level. In addition to winning a European Junior Championship in 2018, Rakhmonov also took bronze at the continents Senior level event. He was also a participant in the 2016 Olympic Games and just missed a medal in 2015 when finishing fifth at Cadet Worlds.

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