Turkey's Freestyle Team Late-Scratches from #WrestleWarsaw Poland Open

By Eric Olanowski

WARSAW, Poland (June 7) --- Turkey's freestyle team has late-scratched from this week's #WrestleWarsaw Poland Open (May 8-13) after most of the 22-man roster competed last weekend in Istanbul at the Freestyle National Championships. According to the Turkish Wrestling Federation, "It was decided to hold the National Wrestling Freestyle Championships (June 4-7) in Istanbul. Due to this reason our freestyle team can not take part in the Ranking Series Tournament in Warsaw."

The Poland Open kicks off tomorrow morning at 11:00 (local time) and can be followed live on www.uww.org.

Turkey's team pulled from the entry list:
57kg - Saban KIZILTAS
57kg - Engin CETIN
57kg - Hafiz Can HASDEMIR
61kg - Recep TOPAL
61kg - Emrah ORMANOGLU
61kg - Cabbar Taner DUYUM
65kg - Selim KOZAN
65kg - Cavit ACAR
70kg - Mustafa KAYA
70kg - Selahattin KILICSALLAYAN
70kg - Cuneyt BUDAK
74kg - Soner DEMIRTAS
74kg - Yakup GOR
74kg - Fazli ERYILMAZ
79kg - Ramazan SARI
86kg - Fatih ERDIN
92kg - Erhan YAYLACI
92kg - Selim YASAR
92kg - Mustafa Kemal KIYI
97kg - Ibrahim CIFTCI
97kg - Feyzullah AKTURK
125kg - Anil Berkan KILICSALLAYAN


Live Blog: Poland Open Ranking Series, Day Six

By Eric Olanowski

Greco-Roman will close out the Poland Open Ranking Series event in Warsaw as five weight classes are in action on Sunday.


Final Matches (As they come in): 
60kg: Ekrem OZTURK (TUR) vs. Michal Jacek TRACZ (POL) 
63kg: Islomjon BAKHRAMOV (UZB) vs.Ayata SUZUKI (JPN) 
72kg: Gevorg SAHAKYAN (POL) vs. Mirzobek RAKHMATOV (UZB) 
87kg: Semen NOVIKOV (UKR) vs. Istvan TAKACS (HUN) 
97kg: Mehdi Mohammad BALIHAMZEHDEH (IRI) vs. Mohammadhadi Abdollah SARAVI (IRI) 

12:29: There will be three more matches on each mat, then we'll roll right into today's semifinals.

11:45: What a battle! In the matchup of Tokyo Olympians, Rustam ASSAKALOV (UZB) outlasts Ivan HUKLEK (CRO) in a 15-point opening-round battle. He awaits the winner of Alan Ernesto VERA GARCIA (USA) and Dogan GOKTAS (TUR).

11:31: Aram VARDANYAN (UZB), the '19 world silver medalist, pulls out a close 2-1 win over four-time Selcuk CAN (TUR) in their opening-round meet at 72kg. He'll wrestle the winner of  Haavard JOERGENSEN (NOR) and Cengiz ARSLAN (TUR).

11:23: Hungarian Greco-Roman wrestling is in a great place to reload after this crop of greats lays their shoes on the mat. The previous generation of Peter BACSI (HUN), Tamas LORINCZ (HUN) and Balaz KISS (HUN) is in good shape to be replaced by guys like Istvan TAKACS (HUN) and Tamas LEVAI (HUN) (who beat two-time Olympic champion Roman VLASOV (RUS) yesterday).

11:05: Good morning, wrestling fans! The final day of wrestling at the Poland Open is underway in Warsaw. Here are some wrestlers to watch for today!