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Abdulrashid Sadulaev is still the #1 pound-for-pound wrestler in the world and Dagestan continues to be the square mile-for-square mile best at producing wrestlers in the world. Those were the two main storylines coming out of the final day of Russian Nationals. Take a look at days one and two recaps HERE and HERE.
2020 Russian World Team
57 kg: Zaur Uguev
61 kg: Abasgadzhi Magomedov
65 kg: Gadzhimurad Rashidov
70 kg: Cherman Valiev
74 kg: Razambek Zhamalov
79 kg: Akhmed Usmanov
86 kg: Dauren Kurugliev
92 kg: Alikhan Zhabrailov
97 kg: Abdulrashid Sadulaev
125 kg: Alan Khugaev
#SeniorNationals2020🇷🇺— Ivan_FSwrestling (@sikom_d) October 18, 2020
The medal table
52% of all medalist are Dagestans ➡️100%😴
All the results, takeaways, notes, commentary, and hypothetical awards from day three, which included 86 kg, 92 kg, 97 kg, and 125 kg, are below. The brackets, completed up to the finals, are courtesy of FloWrestling international men's freestyle ranker Jon Kozak. He is posting them, with many other updates, to his Twitter (@KozakJon)
86 kg: Dauren Kurugliev (Dagestan)
92 kg: Alikhan Zhabrailov (Dagestan)
97 kg: Abdulrashid Sadulaev (Dagestan)
125 kg: Alan Khugaev (Ossetia)
Excellent semifinals and finals at 86. That is to be expected when four of the top-10 wrestlers in the world are competing. 2019 World bronze medalist Artur Naifonov looked great in the first four round. He. only given up two points and defeated #6 Arsen-Ali Musalaliev 8-0 in the semifinals. However rival Dauren Kurugliev got Dagestan another gold when he won 2-1 in the finals. These two have wrestled five times in the past two years with Naifonov holding a 3-2 advantage.
With familiar as these two are, not much happened in the final. It took about five minutes to get the first shot. Kurugliev earned his two points via shot clock and push out, and I say push out (not step out) because it was a push out.
Wrestling true to their ranking, both Musalaliev and Ramazanov came back for bronze winning 2-0 and 3-0 respectively.
GOLD: Dauren Kurugliev (Dagestan)
SILVER: Artur Naifonov (Khanty-Mansi)
BRONZE: Arsen-Ali Musalaliev (Dagestan)
BRONZE: Magomed Ramazanov (Moscow Oblast)
Not much to say here. 2019 World bronze medalist Alikhan Zhabrailov was the #1 seed and took care of business. In a rematch of last year's final, Zhabrailov once again defeated Magomed Kurbanov. His lone takedown came via beautiful, but standard for Russia, duck/outside step single. The Dagestani picked up his fifth-straight win over 97 kg world #18, Anzor Urishev, in the semifinals. Urishev did come back to win his 13th Russian Nationals medal, however. That's almost the most impressive feat of the tournament.
GOLD: Alikhan Zhabrailov (Dagestan)
SILVER: Magomed Kurbanov (Dagestan)
BRONZE: Anzor Urishev (Krasnoyarsk)
BRONZE: Batyrbek Tsakulov (Khanty-Mansi)
The King still sits on the throne. Five-time World/Olympic champion and #1 P4P wrestler in the world, Abdulrashid Sadulaev won his fifth Russian Nationals title with relative ease.
Watch Abdulrashid Sadulaev win his fifth Russian Nationals title below.
Unfortunately world #5 Vladislav Baitsaev did not compete. This allowed a young Ossetian by the name of Aslanbek Sotiev to make the finals. Sotiev defeated #15 Shamil Musaev after Musaev took out #15 Magomedkhan Magomedov the round before. The Sotiev - Musaev semifinal was a great match and gave us this glorious moment.
10/10 carcass from Musaev pic.twitter.com/dcT9rS3Hei— JD Rader (@rader_jd) October 18, 2020
GOLD: Abdulrashid Sadulaev (Dagestan)
SILVER: Aslanbek Sotiev (Ossetia)
BRONZE: Erik Dzhioev (Krasnoyarsk)
BRONZE: Aslanbek Gazzaev (Ossetia)
A wonderful heavyweight final capped off a great Russian Nationals. 2019 Russian World Teamer (after Khizriev was injured) Alan Khugaev was the #1 seed and won a pretty tough bracket that included five ranked wrestlers. He was supposed to wrestle the always entertaining Anzor Boltukaev in the very first round, but unfortunately Boltukaev didn't wrestle.
The final came down to the final whistle. Khugaev took the go-ahead point with nine seconds to go on a step out. Upon returning to the center, Khugaev tried to kill time by shooting, but Sharipov chest wrapped him to his back. However, officials ruled it four points for Khugaev and confirmed upon review. We then got a delightful taste of Russia as a water bottle flew onto the mat and the Dagestani coaches heavily argued for a long time with the officials.
GOLD: Alan Khugaev (Ossetia)
SILVER: Shamil Sharipov (Dagestan)
BRONZE: Vitalii Gogoev (Ossetia)
BRONZE: Anzor Khizriev (St. Petersburg)
OW: Abdulrashid Sadulaev. Sad did Sad things and dominated.
Biggest Upset: 125 kg opening round - NR Tamerlan Rasuev over #4 Batraz Gazzaev
Best Non-finals Match: 97 kg semifinal - Aslanbek Sotiev vs #15 Shamil Musaev
Move Of The Day: Anything Sadulaev did.
Sadulaev match highlights from Russian Nationals, a thread:— JD Rader (@rader_jd) October 18, 2020