Past few days, I posted some information in the Asia championships? thread. Here the summary: 3 years after the Olympics, Shirvani Muradov is coming back. Having heard about this Gatsalov decided to enter the tourney seeking revenge for 2008 loss at the nationals in a match which was decisive for who would make the Olympic team.
Today ? 20 participants at 96 kg. Gatsalov and Shirvani Muradov were seeded: they got no. 1 and no. 20 respectively.
Well they will not meet in the finals: Gatsalov lost in the semis.
First round ? bye.
In the next 2 rounds, he wrestled less known Caucasian guys: Koratov 3:1, 6:0; Bagaev 1:0, 2:0.
In the semis, he lost to Arslanbek Aliev in 3 periods; no details available.
(Arslanbek Aliev placed 2nd at the 2010 nationals. Varner beat him in the quarters of 2011 Yarygin.)
In the first round, he beat Magomed Musaev in 2 periods; both ended with clinch. In the second one, Musaev took hold but couldn?t score.
(Magomed Musaev is the guy who actually beat Gatsalov for the 3rd place at the 2010 nationals. Gatsalov won that match only with referee?s help ? recall the caution that was given Musaev 3 seconds before winning the second period.)
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In the second round, Muradov beat Riza Yildirim of Turkey 6:0, 6:0.
In the quarters, he beat a Caucasian guy 3:0, 7:0.
Semis: Muradov beat Shamil Akhmedov (2011 Yarygin champ; Varner?s opponent at Times square) in 3 periods. Score not known yet; Muradov won the 2nd period from the clinch. Spectators sent messages that there were some controversial decisions (and nearly a fight provoked as usually by Murad Gaidarov) and that Akhmedov appeared to them to be a little bit better than Muradov.