Armenians Have Strong Chances To Medal At 2021 World Wrestling Championships

Two Armenians will have a chance to medal on Friday at the 2021 World Wrestling Championships and many more may have opportunities when their respective tournaments begin this weekend.

Malkhas Amoyan is the headliner, as he advanced to the gold medal match in the Greco-Roman 72kg division Thursday by defeating Mohammad Reza Mokhtari, 10-6, in the semifinal. He will face Sergey Kutuzov in the final on Friday.

Amoyan’s road to the final began in the Round of 16, when he defeated Havard Jorgensen of Norway, 8-0, before knocking off Lithuanian Kristupas Sleiva, 5-0.

Norayr Hakhoyan is another Armenian will have a chance to medal on Friday. He will partake in the bronze medal match in the Greco-Roman 55-kg division. Hakhoyan defeated Fabian Schmitt of Germany and Max Nowry of the United States before succumbing to Emin Sefershaev of Russia, 3-2.

The only other Armenian to compete thus far in the Greco-Roman portion of the World Wrestling Championships is Gegham Torgomyan, who lost 12-0, to Burhan Akbudak of Turkey.

Gevorg Gharibyan (60kg), Hrachya Poghosyan (63kg), Slavik Galstyan (67 kg), Artur Shahinyan (87 kg) and David Ovasapyan (130 kg) are scheduled to begin their tournaments later this weekend.

Arsen Harutyunyan is the lone wrestler to win a medal so far in the Championships, winning bronze in the freestyle 61-kg division earlier this week.

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