World Championships finals set in Greco-Roman Group 2, as host Serbia pushes two more into gold-medal round

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Burhan Akburak (Turkey) at 2022 World Championships
Burhan Akburak (Turkey) wins his 82 kg semifinals bout. Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors

BELGRADE, Serbia – The finals have been set in Group 2 of the Greco-Roman competition at the World Wrestling Championships on Sunday.

Host Serbia pushed two athletes into the finals, Sebastian Nad (63 kg) and Mate Nemes (67 kg). No other nation had more than one finalist from the four weight classes in Group 2.

Two of the finalists are past Olympic champions, Mohammadreza Geraei of Iran at 67 kg and Artur Aleksanyan of Armenia at 97 kg.

The finals for Group 2 will be held on Monday night, starting at 6:00 p.m. local time. Belgrade is six hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time zone. All of the action is live on FloWrestling.


At Belgrade, Serbia, September 11

Greco-Roman Group 2 Championship finals pairings

63 kg - Sebastian Nad (Serbia) vs. Leri Abuladze (Georgia)

67 kg - Mohammadreza Geraei (Iran) vs. Mate Nemes (Serbia)

82 kg - Burhan Akburak (Turkey) vs. Jalgasbay Berdimuratov (Uzbekistan)

97 kg - Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia) vs. Kiril Milov (Bulgaria)

Greco-Roman Group 2 Semifinal results

63 kg

Sebastian Nad (Serbia) dec. Taleh Mammadov (Azerbaijan), 5-0

Leri Abuladze (Georgia) dec. Ali Reza Nejati (Iran), 2-1

67 kg

Mohammadreza Geraei (Iran) tech. fall Joni Khetsuriani (Georgia), 8-0

Mate Nemes (Serbia) dec. Hasrat Jafarov (Azerbaijan), 5-2

82 kg

Burhan Akburak (Turkey) dec. Yaroslav Flichakov (Ukraine), 5-1

Jalgasbay Berdimuratov (Uzbekistan) tech. fall Tamas Levai (Hungary), 8-0

97 kg

Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia) dec. Mohammadhadi Saravi (Iran), 3-1

Kiril Milov (Bulgaria) pin Arif Niftullayev (Azerbaijan), 4:35

U.S. Greco-Roman Group 2 results

63 kg: Sam Jones (Rockford, Mich./New York AC) – eliminated

LOSS No. 7 Neeraj Neeraj (India), 4-0

67 kg: Alex Sancho (Colorado Springs, Colo./Army WCAP) – eliminated

WIN Norva Bukasa (Congo), 9-0

LOSS Parviz Nasibov (Ukraine), 5-0

82 kg: Spencer Woods (Colorado Springs, Colo./Army WCAP) – eliminated

LOSS Chengwu Wang (China), fall 4:01

97 kg: Braxton Amos (Mineral Wells, W.V./Badger RTC/Sunkist Kids) – eliminated

WIN Vladlen Kozliuk (Ukraine), 12-6

LOSS Beksultan Makhmudov (Kyrgyzstan), 5-2