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Glorious Georgia and unbeatable Ukraine reign in Spain

June 19, 2022
The kings and queens of the Spanish sands were coronated following the completion of the 2nd leg of the 2022 Beach Wrestling World Series in Sanxenxo and it's three from four golds for the Ukrainian women and the Georgian men.

Despite less than favourable weather in the morning as the rains soaked the sands on Silgar Beach the wrestlers from 12 nationalities put on another spectacle. By the afternoon the rain had stopped, but the action continued to flow as the second leg’s champions got their hand on their gold and banked those all-important ranking points. 

First up was the women’s 50KG were Stefania PRICEPUTU (ROU) faced up against home sand opposition in the shape of Cristina OJEDA (ESP) in the final as the only two participants in the weight division this leg.

The 23-year-old wrestler took the lead within the first 30 seconds with a minute twenty left on the clock, she doubled her point advantage and sealed another gold medal, driving Ojeda into the sand to make it two leg wins from two for the princess of power. 

In the women’s 60KG division it was bronze for Maria Victoria BAEZ DILONE (ESP) as she wasted no time in securing the medal, taking just 26 seconds to land Ana Carina PAULOS PEREIRA MONTEIRO (POR) onto her back and shoulders for a 3-0 win.

The gold medal match was an all-Ukrainian affair as Iryna KHARIV CHYKHRADZE faced compatriot Daria MEDVETSKA (UKR). Khariv Chykhradze must have enjoyed the golden feeling that much in Turkey that she was hungry for more as she quickly took the lead before landing the gold winning throw with 59 seconds remaining to claim a second successive Series win.

Iryna KHARIV CHYKHRADZE (Top) of Ukraine competes against Daria MEDVETSKA of Ukraine during the final day of the second stop of the UWW Beach Wrestling World Series at Sanxenxo, Spain on June 19, 2022.

There was last second drama in the semi-final of the women’s 70KG between Lydia PEREZ TOURINO (ESP) and Yuliia KREMEZNA (UKR) as Kremezna came from 2-1 down with less than a tenth of a second remaining to land a 3-point toss. It looked like Perez Tourino had done enough but as we always say, it’s not over until the sand settles and she looked shellshocked as Kremezna’s hand was raised.

To her credit the Spaniard dusted herself down to take the bronze, defeating another Ukrainian, this time in the shape of Olena NIKITINSKA.

Kremezna came up against Turkey’s bronze medallist last leg out, Hatice TEKIN in a bout that could have gone either way until Kremezna landed another 3 points move with 2 seconds to go to win the gold.

With reigning +70KG World Champion and gold medallist in the first leg of this Series Catalina AXENTE (ROU) failing to make it out of the groups, a golden opportunity had opened for another woman to take home the title.

Step forward Liudmyla PAVLOVETS TYCHYNA (UKR), who had lost in the groups to Axente in her opening bout. The powerful Ukrainian took first place and the gold with a win over Noelia LALIN CANDA (ESP) in a dominant display that saw her down her opponent three times in the first minute and a half. Greece’s Stefania ZACHEILA took the bronze with a win over another home crowd hero Cora AYUDE PALLAS (ESP).

Lydia PEREZ TOURINO (L) of Spain competes against Olena NIKITINSKA of Ukraine during the final day of the second stop of the UWW Beach Wrestling World Series at Sanxenxo, Spain on June 19, 2022.

In the men’s 70KG division it was a return to winning ways for one of the Glorious Georgians, back-to-back champ Levan KELEKHSASHVILI, who shook off the disappointment of silver on Sarigerme Beach to smash it in Spain.

The final match with Marwane Ahmed YEZZA (FRA) was a cagey affair with neither man giving too much away at the start as they sized each other up. It was Kelekhsashvili who made the breakthrough with just under a minute and a half remaining and 40 seconds later doubled his advantage. With no more points scored, the Georgian was back on the top step of the podium with another gold for the collection. 

Ramiz HASANOV (AZE) picked up his second bronze in two legs of the Series with victory over Carlos ALVAREZ IGLESIAS (ESP).

Azerbaijan’s Omid Abdolali KAMALIAGHDAM (80KG) had taken bronze in Turkey after defeat to Georgian Nika KENTCHADZE and was on a revenge mission as they paired up again in the semi-finals. It was a case of mission successful as he managed to overcome his rival this time and advanced to the final where he found himself 2-0 down to home sand favourite Mohammad Aliasghar MOTTAGHINIA (ESP).

Kamaliaghdam never let it get to him though and proceeded to mount a comeback, scoring two quick points of his own before downing the Spaniard for a third and final time with only seven seconds remaining to claim the gold. Nika Kentchadze kept touch with him in the rankings as he swapped medal colours from the last leg with him picking up the bronze with a win over Pablo GARCIA GARCIA (ESP).

With only five competitors, the men’s 90KG division would be decided by an accumulation of victory points over five rounds. Having failed to progress from the groups in the last leg it was current 80KG World Champion Davit KHUTSISHVILI (GEO) who came out on top winning all four of his matches.

His 1st round win over Ibrahim YUSUBOV (AZE) yesterday had finished 0-0 but due to Khutsishvili being the lighter man he got the point, and it was this point that was to prove crucial. Yusubov took the home the silver after three wins from four. Dato PIRUZASHVILI (GEO) securing the bronze. 

A similar setup was used at +90kg category where our four heavyweights battled it out over three rounds to see who the king of the sand in Spain would be. The glorious Georgian World Champion Mamuka KORDZAIA had to settle for silver in Turkey, but the giant Georgian came to re-claim top spot and did exactly that losing only a single point in his three bouts as he swept away the opposition. 

Fatih YASARLI had come from nowhere in the Turkish season opener to take home the gold and impressed here again, losing only to Kordzaia on his way to the silver; Carlos ACEBRON HOLGADO (ESP) can be happy with his bronze on his debut in the sandy circle.

Carlos ALVAREZ IGLESIAS (L) of Spain competes against Clement GONZALES of France during the final day of the second stop of the UWW Beach Wrestling World Series at Sanxenxo, Spain on June 19, 2022.
Zurabi ERBOTSONASHVILI (R) of Georgia competes against Mohammad Aliasghar MOTTAGHINIA of Spain during the final day of the second stop of the UWW Beach Wrestling World Series at Sanxenxo, Spain on June 19, 2022.
Nika KENTCHADZE (L) of Georgia competes against Omid Abdolali KAMALIAGHDAM of Azerbaijan during the final day of the second stop of the UWW Beach Wrestling World Series at Sanxenxo, Spain on June 19, 2022.

It wasn’t just medals handed out for winning matches, there was also the award for top techniques, voted for by the public on the official Instagram channel.

Alvarez Iglesias picked up the prize for the men with a stunning slam and Liudmyla Pavlovets took home the women’s award as she produced a lovely leg sweep to win her match.

After yet another successful leg of Beach Wrestling, the same will be on the cards in two weeks’ time
as the World Series returns to Cousteau Beach in Saint Laurent du Var, France. We hope you can join us there on the 1st and 2nd of July, but if you can’t be sand side, you can follow all the action here on

Adding to the excitement in France, any ranking points earned beginning from the French leg of the Series will count towards qualification for the 2023 ANOC World Beach Games in Bali.

Results Beach Wrestling World Series Sanxenxo
1. Stefania Claudia PRICEPUTU (ROU)
2. Cristina OJEDA (ESP)

3. Maria Victoria BAEZ DILONE (ESP)

1. Yuliia KREMEZNA (UKR)
2. Hatice TEKIN (TUR)

3. Stefania ZACHEILA (GRE)

1. Levan Kelekhsashvili, GEO
2. Marwane Ahmed YEZZA (FRA) 
3. Ramiz HASANOV (AZE)

1. Omid Abdolali KAMALIAGHDAM (AZE)
2. Mohammad Aliasghar MOTTAGHINIA (ESP)

2. Ibrahim YUSUBOV (AZE)

1. Mamuka KORDZAIA (GEO)
2. Fatih YASARLI (TUR)

Find all results here.
Watch the matches on our YT channel.

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