2021 - Olympic Qualifiers - Men's Freestyle
74KG - Zaurbek Sidakov
Two-time defending world champion Zaurbek Sidakov sits atop the rankings at 74kg but will be challenged by Kyle Dake and Frank Chamizo. Based off recent results, it’d be shocking to see any other wrestler at 74kg take home gold in Tokyo. It’s also important to note Sidakov and Chamizo will be separated because of their Olympic Seed. Because Kyle Dake competed exclusively at 79kg up until 2020, he does not have enough points to be seeded and will be randomly drawn into this bracket. Dake will either have to go through Sidakov or Chamizo just to make the finals.
Frank Chamizo, Daniyar Kaisanov, Khadzhimurad Gadzhiev and Mostafa Hosseinkhani were the Olympians in action at the Poland Open. Hosseinkhani came away with gold after Frank Chamizo forfeited to him in the finals. Hosseinkhani also earned the right to represent Iran at the Olympics at 74kg after he defeated Gadzhiev in the semi-finals, 3-0. Iran’s other potential 74kg rep, Younes Emami, lost 4-2 to Gadzhiev in the quarter-finals, ending his chance to make the Olympics.
Chamizo locked up the #1 seed for the Olympics by making the finals at the Poland Open and most likely forfeited because of that. On his way to the finals, Chamizo defeated Daniyar Kaisanov, Semen Radulov (UKR), and Lucas Kahnt (GER). Kaisanov came back and defeated both Kahnt and Radulov to earn bronze and cement himself as Kazakhstan’s 74kg Olympic rep. Kazakhstan had one other potential 74kg rep in contention at Poland, world silver medalist Nurkozha Kaipanov. However, Kaipanov lost his opening round match to unranked Amr Hussen (EGY).
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