The previous meeting of the All-Russian Mas-Wrestling Federation Presidium, where its President Mikhail Gulyaev gave clear instructions to improve the work of the judging panel serving the championship, gave concrete results right the next day.
The main judge of the competition Vladimir Tsukanov gave strict instructions since the morning. The first duel of the second competition began with a warning. And it was just a warm-up. Further warnings fell one after another.
The performance of two famous titled and experienced mas-wrestlers was an illustrative example of strict judging. It was the most anticipated and most emotional on battle between old rivals Dmitriy Popov and Victor Dokalov.
We remember that in Moscow at Olympic champion Roman Dmitriev’s Memorial tournament Victor Dokalov won. And now the moment of a new meeting has come.
The assistants led the athletes to the platform. Erchim Bappagai and Petr Battahov led Popov, Sergey Frolkin and Alexey Agapov led Dokalov. Athletes got on to the platform and jumped so that the platform shook. At the very beginning, Popov on the red side, received a warning, but Dmitry got himself together and won the first fight. Dokalov was not going to put up with a loss, as he was seriously set to win. He took the stick in the second fight.
The excitement of both before the decisive battle is clear to all. Popov pointed out the excess length of handhelds used by Dokalov. Judges measured the handhelds and asked to remove or shorten them. This requirement was fulfilled immediately – his coach Alexey Agapov took the scissors and cut off the excess. The hall faded in anticipation. But Victor violated the rules and referee Egor Ermolaev, known for his adherence to principles, went on giving him one warning after another. According to the rules of the All-Russian Federation, this means an automatic defeat of the athlete in this fight.
When the referee already raised the hand of Popov, the opponent's party announced a protest, which was satisfied after a long discussion. The count was still 1:1. But the "red side" was not ok with it and decided to challenge this decision. A red cube flew on the platform - a protest was being filed and It was rejected.
The tension reached its apogee. This historical duel was being watched online by the colleagues on all continents. Tamerlan Tsgoev, President of the Mas-Wrestling Federation of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, who was filming everything on camera, said with admiration: "They’re definitely not people!”. The level of confrontation between Yakut athletes affected him that much.
The struggle is resuming. Both athletes make every effort to win. Their emotions are easy to read on their faces. This time luck is on the side of Dmitry Popov. The cherished stick is in his hands. He is unable to stand up from overwhelming feelings. Finally, he stands next to the referee and his hand rises. Strong emotions do not leave the athlete even after descending from the platform, and he hastily leaves the confrontation place to the enthusiastic exclamations of the audience. By common opinion, this duel is one of the most interesting in terms of the content of the last championship.
As for the women's contests, Svetlana Tikhonova from the Urals surprised us in the meeting in the heaviest weight category, tearing the stick out of the hands of Tatiana Grigor herself in the first fight. Accustomed to the impetuous victories of the athlete from Neryungri, the audience was perplexed. But Grigor quickly restored the status quo and became the champion of Russia this time too.
All the champions of the second day of the competition are from Yakutia, which shows that the Yakut school of mas-wrestling remains the best in the country. We hope that participation of Yakut athletes in the world championship guarantees us gold medals.
Here are the results of the second competitive day of the championship:
up to 80 kg
The 1st place - Nogovitsyn Djulustan, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
Coach - Belolubskiy Ivan, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
The 2nd place - Vardanyan Artem, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
The 3rd place - Pikonin Evgeny, Moscow region
The 3rd place - Bizhoev Alim, Kabardino-Balkaria Republic
up to 105 kg
The 1st place - Dmitriy Popov, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
Coach - Davydov Petr, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
The 2nd place - Fedorov Fedor, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
The 3rd place - Shmyrev Anatoly, Moscow region / Vladimirskaya obl.
The 3rd place - Victor Dokalov, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
over 125 kg
The 1st - Frolkin Sergey, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
Trainer - Victor Dokalov, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
The 2nd place - Markin Andrey, Sverdlovsk region
The 3rd place - Vasiliev Yury, Kaluga region / Moscow region.
The 3rd place - Andreev Djulustan, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
up to 65 kg
The 1st place - Sevryuk Irina, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
Coach - Grigor Tatyana Aleksandrovna, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
The 2nd place - Okorokova Anna, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
The 3rd place - Bilimihova Karina, Kabardino-Balkaria Republic
The 3rd place - Belolyubskaya Ekaterina, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
over 85 kg
The 1st place - Grigor Tatyana, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
Coach - Grigor Dmitriy Alexandrovich, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
The 2nd place - Tikhonova Svetlana, Sverdlovsk region
The 3rd place - Osipova Nadezhda, Chuvash Republic
The 3rd place - Isayeva Nargiz, Kaluga region
A seminar for regional judges was held before the awards ceremony.
After two days of battles Caucasian colleagues organized a trip to the foot of Elbrus mountain. Excellent completion of the sports holiday.
The All-Russian Federation thanks the host party - the Ministry of Sport of Kabardino-Balkaria and personally the President of the regional mas-wrestling federation Mr. Betal Gubzhev for the excellent organization of the competitions.
Photo: Lena Tomskaya