On March 27, Russian Greco-Roman Wrestling Championship for junior fighters born in 1996-1998 in memory of Colonel Sergei Viktorovich Gritsenko was completed in the town of Chekhov, Moscow Region.
The all-Russia tournament held by Novy Potok (New Stream) Regional Non-profit Organization for the fourth time got the championship status this year having brought together more than 300 best fighters from 55 Russian regions at the Olympic Sports Complex. The competitions were held for three days in 8 weight categories and served as the main qualifying stage to the Russian national team for participation in the forthcoming European and World championships. Antipinsky Oil Refinery JSC supported the tournament as a general partner.
While the main task of the tournament was to select athletes for the national team, it was also aimed at popularizing and promoting wrestling, fostering patriotism, honor and dignity among young people and improving their athletic performance.
For three days in a row, the candidates vigorously fought for the right to represent Russia in international competitions. The final fights were so breathtaking that they literally swept the fans off their seats.
On the very first day of the competition, Egor KADIROV representing the New Stream team won a bronze medal in the category of up to 74 kg easily defeating his opponent from the Ulyanovsk Region Rafael Yunosov.
The second day of the championship brought our team a triumphant victory won by Gleb Batyanin in the category of up to 66 kg. In a vigorous fight against Magomed Yarbilov from the Rostov Region, Gleb managed to show a brilliant result prevailing by several points.
Not only did the both athletes – students of Scherbinka Children's and Youth Sports School – win medals, but they also qualified for international tournaments. Egor Kadirov is a candidate to the European Championship, while Gleb Batyanin, a champion granted the Master of Sports title, has already paved the way for himself to the World Championship.
The third day of the competition was given to heavy weighters. Athletes competed in categories up to 96 kg and 120 kg. They showed exceptional courage, will to win and, most importantly, a highest degree of athletic skill.
The competitions were attended by veteran classical wrestling fighters who came to support the young athletes including Valery Grigorievich Rezantsev, a two-time Olympic champion, Honored Coach of Russia, Vladimir Vasilievich Cheboksarov, an Olympic medalist, world and European champion, Sergei Anatolievich Tsvir, a world and European champion, Honored Master Athlete, Zafar Safarovich Guliev, an Olympic medalist, three-time European champion, Ambako Avtandilovich Vachadze, a world and three-time European champion, champion of Russia, Alexei Kolesnikov, a world cup winner, champion of Russia, aide to the Deputy of RF State Duma Alexander Alexandrovich Karelin, Nikolai Alexandrovich Prokazov, an Honored Coach of Russia, Nikolai Alexeevich Monov, Head Coach of the Russian national junior team, Victor Korablev, Head Coach of the Russian national cadet team. Among the guests of honor at the tournament were Yury Valerievich Navrazhny, President of Novy Potok (New Stream) Regional Non-profit Organization, Mikhail Gerazievich Mamiashvili, President of the Russian Wrestling Federation, and Kamil Alievich Dzhamalutdinov, a famous Russian boxer, Olympic medalist.