Zagreb Open 2019

Zagreb Open 2019

This weekend Croatia will host the first ranking series event of the year for Greco-Roman Wrestling. Thirteen Americans are heading to the Zagreb open to try and earn themselves seeding for this year’s world championships. They are led by Junior world medalists Kamal Bey and Tracy Hancock, who are just a couple of world medalists in a large star-studded field of wrestlers.

There are a total of 35 world medalists between the levels of Senior, Junior, Cadet, and U23. This weekend’s event will be stockpiled with talent:  an Olympic champion, an Olympic bronze medalist, eight 2018 world medal winners, and nearly 40 past the age-level or senior level world medalists.

The weight class to watch is 67 kg because Elmurat Tasmuradov (UZB), RYU Hansu (KOR), and Radu MIHUT (ROU) are in this weight class. These three wrestlers are the most electrifying competitors in this competition. The favorite is Tasmuradov, who racked up five wins in Budapest before losing to Stepan MARYANYAN (RUS) 6-3. He received a silver medal in Budapest. RYU is a two-time world champion; he is trying to redeem himself after a 26th place finish at the 2018 world championships. Radu Mihut is another potential title contender. He is a U23 and senior European champion is also looking for redemption; he finished 13th at Budapest. Last season, Mihut used the Zagreb Open to jump-start his 2018 streak, which ultimately helped him reach the top of the podium at three European championships, the Thor Masters, Kristjan Palusalu Memorial, and Ion Corneanu & Ladislau Simon Memorial.

Here are 35 world medalists that are participating and trying to earn their seeding points:

Poya Soulat DAD MARZ (IRI) – 2018 Junior world champion
Ekrem OZTURK (TUR) – 2018 world bronze medalist

Kerem KAMAL (TUR) – Two-time junior world champion
Islomjon BAKHRAMOV (UZB) – 2015 junior world bronze
Ilkhom BAKHROMOV (UZB) – 2016 junior world runner-up

Mohsen Fathollah MADHANI (IRI) – 2017 cadet world champion
Rahman BILICI (TUR) – 2018 world bronze

Otto LOSONCZI (HUN) – 2018 U23 bronze
Krisztian Istvan VANCZA (HUN) – 2018 junior world bronze
RYU Hansu (KOR) – Two-time world champion
Mihai Radu MIHUT (ROU) – 2018 U23/Senior European champion
Elmurat TASMURADOV (UZB) – Three-time world medalist/Rio Olympic Bronze

Aik MNATSAKANIAN (BUL) – 2018 world bronze
Robert Attila FRITSCH (HUN) – 2017 U23 world runner-up
Gevorg SAHAKYAN (POL) – 2018 world bronze
Mateusz Lucjan BERNATEK (POL) – 2017 world runner-up
Murat DAG (TUR) – 2017 U23 world bronze
Cengiz ARSLAN (TUR) – 2018 U23 world champion

KIM Hyeonwoo (KOR) – 2x Olympic medalist/3x world medalist
Per Anders KURE (NOR) – 2018 junior world bronze medalist
Ilie COJOCARI (ROU) – 2016 world bronze
Viktor NEMES (SRB) – 2017 world champion
Kamal Ameer BEY (USA) – 2017 junior world champion

Rajbek Alvievich BISULTANOV (DEN) – 2018 U23 world runner-up
Emrah KUS (TUR) – 2018 world runner-up

Viktor LORINCZ (HUN) – Two-time world bronze
Erik SZILVASSY (HUN) – 2017 U23 world champion
Kristoffer Zakarias BERG (SWE) – 2015 junior world bronze

Kiril Milenov MILOV (BUL) – 2018 world runner-up
Zsolt TOEROEK (HUN) – 2018 U23 world runner-up
KIM Seungjun (KOR) – 2014 junior world silver
Tracy Gangelo HANCOCK (USA) – 2016 junior world bronze

Yasmani ACOSTA FERNANDEZ (CHI) – 2017 world bronze
KIM Minseok (KOR) – 2018 world bronze
Osman YILDIRIM (TUR) – 2018 U23 world silver

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