Dato Marsagishvili leads Georgian success at inaugural Beach Wrestling World Series as 2019’s Kings and Queens of the Beach get crowned in Croatian season final.
Following two days of intense competition, with the action coming thick and fast in the wrestling circle in Zagreb’s Jarun Center, eight wrestlers walked off the sand with the title of Beach Wrestling World Champion. Georgia took three, Ukraine secured two, Brazil, Greece and Azerbaijan one medal each, after the “Kings and Queens of the Beach” proved their grappling skills on the sand during the four season events to establish the up-and-coming discipline of beach wrestling.
Following the opener on Portuguese sands, the wrestlers travelled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Ukraine’s Odessa before touching down on Croatian soil for the grand season finale. 11 nationalities took to the sand to not only decide on the best after four events, but also the individual winners from Zagreb.
In the women’s, Kateryna Mashkevych (UKR) defeated Kristal Kimberly Betanzo (USA) to take the win in Zagreb in the 50kg class ahead of the young American and Portugal’s Carmen Gomes Pereira.
It was Camila Fama Tristao from Brazil who set the tone in the women’s 60kg, winning her three matches without being scored against and edging Isabel Cristina Rodrigues (POR) into second place. The Portuguese was earlier taken down by Ukraine’s Valeriia Semonkina Zlatova, who took the bronze.
While Diana Mary Botanzo (USA) had the fastest takedown on day 1 just eight seconds into the fight, the American had no chance against Anna Mazurkevych (UKR) during round 3 at 70kg. Ukraine took the gold in this category ahead of the United States. On third place was Sonia Maria Pereira Brazio from Portugal, who took her only win in this tournament against Slovenia’s Sara Trbulin with a hard throw.
The women’s heavyweight winner in Croatia was Aikaterini Eirini Pitsiava (GRE), who defeated Ukraine’s Iryna Pasichnyk 2-1.
Levan Kelekhsashvili (GEO) defeated the 2017 Beach Wrestling World Champion Semen Radulov (UKR) in a highly anticipated final match at 70kg, winning 4-2 to take the 4th and final leg of the World Series. Besides these two, the only US wrestler in the men’s, Michael Peters, stepped up his game to finish in third.
Without losing a single match during both days, Davit Khutsishvili from Georgia won his category in style – 3-0 in all fights – and presented himself in top form all weekend at 80kg. A clear gold for the man from Georgia ahead of Greece’s Georgios Koulouchidis, whose only defeat came from the class’s dominant Georgian. In third, Aleksandar Nikolic from Serbia secured the bronze.
Dato Marsagishvili, bronze medallist at the 2012 Olympic Games for Georgia, was dominant all weekend and capped off his campaign by scoring early and controlling the pace of the final match against Strahinja Dermanovic (SRB) at 90kg. Following the Georgian on the podium was Christos Samartsidis (GER), who won his match in pouring rain against Croatia’s Domenik Andreic. Strahinja Dermanovic completed the podium.
Four match wins to gold it was for the men’s heavyweight Oyan Nazariani from Azerbaijan, who defeated Ioannis Kargiotakis (GRE) in the final match of the day. These two made it one and two in this class ahead of Georgia’s Mamuka Kordzaia.
With three times the points available during the final event in Zagreb, those wrestlers who made the podium in Croatia had the best chances of bagging the overall titles.
In the men’s it was the Georgian trio of Kelekhsashvili (70kg), Khutsishvili (80kg) and Marsagishvili (90kg) who secured the overall wins and walked off with their world championships trophies after winning all three competitions in which they participated.The heavyweight title went to deserving champion Oyan Naziarani from Azerbaijan.
After winning not only the event on home soil in Odessa last month but also the season finale, the titles in the women’s went to Ukraine’s Mashkevych (50kg) and Mazurkevych (70kg). Pitsiava from Greece clean swept the +70kg category after dominating all her three showings in the World Series.
With two victories and a second place, Brazilian Camila Fama secured her first world championships title in beach wrestling at 60kg and now feels ready for her next tasks: “I still can’t believe it. I keep asking myself if it’s real, did I really just get that title,” said Fama in a first statement. “I feel more trustful for the next step, which will be Qatar for me. I’m starting with the right foot. I’m very proud of myself.”
It was a season of intense competitions, frequent throws and a lot of activity throughout the whole Beach Wrestling World Series earning the applause from the spectators and international interest.Topped with the coronation of eight new champions in the men’s and women’s, beach wrestling’s next big appearance will be during the 1st ever ANOC World Beach Games in Doha, Qatar mid-October.
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Results Beach Wrestling World Series Zagreb
1. Kateryna Mashkevych, UKR
2. Kristal Betanzo, USA
3. Carmen Gomes Pereira, POR
1. Camila Fama Tristao, BRA
2. Isabel Cristina Rodrigues, POR
3. Valeriia Semonkina Zlatova, UKR
1. Anna Mazurkevych, UKR
2. Diana Mary Betanzo, USA
3. Sonia Maria Pereira Brazio, POR
1. Aikaterini Eirini Pitsiava, GRE
2. Iryna Pasichnyk, UKR
1. Levan Kelekhsashvili, GEO
2. Semen Radulov, UKR
3. Michael Peters, USA
1. Davit Khutsishvili, GEO
2. Georgios Koulouchidis, GRE
3. Aleksandar Nikolic, SRB
1. Dato Marsagishvili, GEO
2. Christos Samartsidis, GRE
3. Strahinja Dermanovic, SRB
1. Oyan Nazariani, AZE
2. Ioannis Kargiotakis, GRE
3. Mamuka Kordzaia, GEO
Final Standings Beach Wrestling World Series (after 4 of 4 stops)
1. Kateryna Mashkevych, UKR 40000
2. Carmen Gomes Pereira, POR 31000
3. Kristal Betanzo, USA 24000
1. Camila Fama Tristao, BRA 48000
2. Valeriia Semonkina Zlatova, UKR 34000
3. Isabel Cristina Rodrigues, POR 31100
1. Anna Mazurkevych, UKR 40000
2. Sonia Maria Pereira Brazio, POR 34000
3. Diana Mary Betanzo, USA 24000
1. Aikaterini Eirini Pitsiava, GRE 50000
2. Iryna Pasichnyk, UKR 24000
3. Aline Da Silva Ferreira, BRA 10000
1. Levan Kelekhsashvili, GEO 50000
2. Semen Radulov, UKR 42000
3. Michael Peters, USA 19500
1. Davit Khutsishvili, GEO 50000
2. Georgios Koulouchidis, GRE 42800
3. Aleksandar Nikolic, SRB 19500
1. Dato Marsagishvili, GEO 50000
2. Christos Samartsidis, GRE 34500
3. Strahinja Dermanovic, SRB 19500
1. Oyan Nazariani, AZE 58000
2. Ioannis Kargiotakis, GRE 44300
3. Mamuka Kordzaia, GEO 35300