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2020 Olympics: 77 kg Greco-Roman Results and Notes

2020 Olympic champion Tamas Lorincz (Photo courtesy of UWW)


Monday marked the first medals that were handed out in wrestling at the 2020 Olympics. As each weight class has concluded we will have a wrap-up for each, which includes results and some notable facts related to the weight.

Past Articles

60 kg Men's Greco-Roman

130 kg Men's Greco-Roman

76 kg Women's Freestyle

Qualification Results

Tamas Lorincz (Hungary) over Zied Ait Ouagram (Morocco) Default

Shohei Yabiku (Japan) over Demeu Zhadrayev (Kazakhstan) 5-3

Bozo Starcevic (Croatia) over Aik Mnatsakanian (Bulgaria) 3-1

Mohammadali Geraei (Iran) over Yosvanys Pena Flores (Cuba) 7-3

Karapet Chalyan (Armenia) over Jalgasbay Berdimuratova (Uzbekistan) 5-0

Aleksandr Chekhirkin (ROC) over Alfonso Levya Yepez (Mexico) 7-0

Akzhol Makhmudov (Kyrgyzstan) over Lamjed Maafi (Tunisia) 11-0

Rafig Huseynov (Azerbaijan) over Alex Bjurberg Kessidis (Sweden) 1-1


Quarterfinal Results

Tamas Lorincz (Hungary) over Shohei Yabiku (Japan) 3-1

Mohammadali Geraei (Iran) over Bozo Starcevic (Croatia) 5-5

Karapet Chalyan (Armenia) over Aleksandr Chekhirkin (ROC) 2-1

Akzhol Makhmudov (Kyrgyzstan) over Rafig Huseynov (Azerbaijan) 9-1


Semifinal Results

Tamas Lorincz (Hungary) over Mohammadali Geraei (Iran) 6-5

Akzhol Makhmudov (Kyrgyzstan) over Karapet Chalyan (Armenia) 6-2


Repechage Results

Shohei Yabiku (Japan) over Zied Ait Ouagram (Morocco) Default

Rafig Huseynov (Azerbaijan) over Lamjed Maafi (Tunisia) 11-1


Bronze Medal Matches

Shohei Yabiku (Japan) over Mohammadali Geraei (Iran) 13-3

Rafig Huseynov (Azerbaijan) over Karapet Chalyan (Armenia) 4-1


Gold Medal Match

Tamas Lorincz (Hungary) over Akzhol Makhmudov (Kyrgyzstan) 2-1


Notes:

Nine years after taking silver in London, Tamas Lorincz was back on the podium and this time he left with a gold medal.

Lorincz is now a six-time World/Olympic medalist.

Lorincz is the first Hungarian wrestler to win Olympic gold since Istvan Majoros did so at 55 kg Greco-Roman in 2004.

Lorincz's opponent in the Olympic finals, Akzhol Makhmudov, was 9 when Lorincz made his first Olympic team in 2008.

American fans may remember Makhmudov as the opponent that Kamal Bey beat in the Junior World finals in 2017. A year later, Makhmudov defeated Bey for bronze at Junior Worlds.

Makhmudov became the first wrestler from Kyrgyzstan to earn a medal at the Olympics since Bazar Bazarguruev was a bronze medalist (60 kg freestyle) in 2008.

This was Makhmudov's first World/Olympic medal at the Senior level.

Rafig Huseynov won his second World/Olympic medal.

Shohei Yabiku won his first World/Olympic medal.

Both semifinal losers ended up falling in the bronze medal matches.

Karapet Chalyan defeated a pair of past world medalists Aleksandr Chekhirkin and Jalgasbay Berdimuratova, but missed out on earning a medal himself.

All three world medalists (excluding Lorincz) from 2019 competed in Tokyo, but missed the podium.

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