2010 World Championships, Moscow, Russia
Among the wrestlers taking part in the 2010 WC are Palau, FSM, Solomon Islands, Australia, Guam, and New Zealand.
Monday, September 06, 2010 (Day 01)
Elgin Elwais of Palau competed in the Greco Roman 55kg weight class. Elgin's first match was against Gyu-Jin Choi of South Korea. Elgin wrestled both periods of the match and proved to be very strong but it was Choi who eventually won the the match. Choi went on to win the silver medal after losing to Hamid Reihanpour Soryan of Iran who won the Gold Medal in the finals. Elgin also wrestled Elchin Aliyev of Azerberjain in the repechage match but lost during the 1st period by 1 point and during the 2nd period by 6 points after Aliyev scored to win the match. Elgin ranked 33 out of 34 wrestlers.
Also competing in the 55kg Greco Roman class was Shane Parker of Australia who wrestled Eddy Gustavo Marin Balart of Cuba. Shane wrestled and scored 1 point during the match but lost to Balart. Shane ranked 22 out of 34 wrestlers.
In the 66kg Greco Roman weight class, Joseph Lopez of Guam competed against Pascal Strebel of Switzerland but lost during the first period of the match. Joseph ranked 30 out of 36 wrestlers in his weight class.
Also, competing for Australia in the 96kg weight class was Hassene Ben Amare Fkiri of Australia who competed against Chang-Gun An of Korea but lost the match. Fkiri wrestled very well and ranked 26 out of 34.
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 (Day 03)
Keitani Graham of FSM wrestled Jim Sun Park of Korea in Greco Roman 74kg weight class. Keitani wrestled both periods of the match and was able to wrestle very hard and strong again Park but it was Park who won the match after winning 1 point during the first period of the match and 6 points during the second period fo the match to win. Keitani ranked 34 out of 39 wrestlers.
Katea Ueresi of the Solomon Islands wrestled against Takehiro Kunakubo of Japan in the Greco Roman 74kg weight class. Katea lost the first round after Kunakubo scored 5 points and a pin to win the match. Kunakubo went on to win his match against Greece and Lithuania before being defeated by Armenia in the semi finals. Katea ranked 31 out of 39 wrestlers.
Hassan Shahsavan of Australia wrestled Konstantin Schneider of Germany. Hassan wrestled very hard but it was Schneider who went on to win the match against Hassan after winning both periods of the match. Hassan ranked 23 out of 39 wrestlers.
Ivan Popov of Australia wrestled Dremer Byers of USA. Popov did very well against Byers during both periods of the match losing only 1 point during each perod, but it was Byers who won the match after scoring the win. Popov ranked 18th out of 30 wrestlers.
Thursday, September 09, 2010 (Day 04)
Sian Eileen Law of New Zealand wrestled Yuliya Ratkevich of Azerbaijan in the 55kg freestyle womens division. Ratkevich was ale to score a takedown winning 3-0 during the 1st period and also won the 2nd period with a takedown. Ratkevich was a very strong opponent and a good match for Law. Ratkevich went on to win the silver medal after losing to Saori Yoshida of Japan who won the gold medal match. Law also wrestled Aiym Abdildina of Kazakstan in the repechage match but lost during the 1st period of the match. Law placed 23 in the ranking.
Saturday, September 11, 2010 (Day 06)
Stephen HIll (NZ) wrestled Mihail Petrov Ganev (Bulgaria) in the 84kg freestyle weight division but it was Ganev who scored 4 points during the 1st period and 3 points in the 2nd period of the match to win the match. Ganev went on to win his other matches and faced Zaurbek Sokhiev (Uzbekistan) in the finals to win the gold medal match for Bulgaria. Stephen wrestled in the repechage match against Piotr Ianulov (MDA) but lost by technical points of 6-0 during the first period and 7-0 in the 2nd period of the match. Stephen was able to place 33 in the ranking.
Sunday, September 12, 2010 (Day 07)
In the 66kg mens freestyle, Melchor Manibusan (Guam) competed against Akzhurek Tanatarov (Kazakstan). Melchor wrestled his very best and defended well against Tanatarov but it was Tanatarov who won the match after a takedown during the 1st period with a score of 8-0.
Also competing in the Mens 66kg Freestyle weight division was Sergiu Andrei Paultet (New Zealand) who wrestled Omar Ahmed Abdou (Egypt). Abdou won the 1st period by tehnical points 8-0 an the 2nd period by 6-0 to win the overall match.
In the 74kg freestyle mens division, Katea Ueresi (Solomon Island) wrestled Aliaksandr Matyl (Belarus). Matyl won the match after scoring a takedown of 3-0 during the first period and 7-0 during the second period.
Konstantin Ermakovich (Australia) wrestled a very tough match against Mendsaikhan Myagmar (Mongolia) in the 74kg freestyle mens division but lost by technical points of 3-0 during the 1st period and 7-0 during the 2nd period.
In the 120kg freestyle mens division, Nicolas Spence Lane (New Zealand) wrestled Les Sigman (USA) but lost with a score of 0-4 during the first period of the match.
As to date, all of the wrestlers competed and gave it their very best. To have the Oceania Countries present the countries at the World Championships meant that they had to wrestle their hardest against the best werstlers in the world. For Australia, New Zealand, and the Solomon Islands, this was very good preparation for their teams to compete in the WC before moving on to the Commonwealth Games next month in New Delhi, India. It was fun seeing all the athletes and coaches at the WC and i hope we can continue to build our teams to be even stronger in preparation for the Oceania Championships and Olympic Qualifications that are yet to come.