2020 Olympics: 97 kg Greco-Roman Results and Notes

2020 Olympic champion Musa Evloev (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

77 kg Men's Greco-Roman

130 kg Men's Greco-Roman

76 kg Women's Freestyle

Qualification Results

Musa Evloev (ROC) over Giorgi Melia (Georgia) 3-1

Alex Szoke (Hungary) over Artur Omarov (Czech Republic) 3-1

G'Angelo Hancock (USA) over Mihail Kajaia (Serbia) 5-1

Tadeusz Michalik (Poland) over Haikel Achouri (Tunisia) 10-0

Mohammadhadi Saravi (Iran) over Adem Boudjemline (Algeria) 9-0

Kiril Milov (Bulgaria) over Cenk Ildem (Turkey) 3-1

Arvi Savolainen (Finland) over Gabriel Rosillo Kindelan (Cuba) 3-1

Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia) over Uzur Dzhuzupbekov (Kyrgyzstan) 4-1

Quarterfinal Results

Musa Evloev (ROC) over Alex Szoke (Hungary) 6-2

Tadeusz Michalik (Poland) over G'Angelo Hancock (USA) 4-3

Mohammadhadi Saravi (Iran) over Kiril Milov (Bulgaria) 6-0

Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia) over Arvi Savolainen (Finland) 5-1

Semifinal Results

Musa Evloev (ROC) over Tadeusz Michalik (Poland) 7-1

Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia) over Mohammadhadi Saravi (Iran) 4-1

Repechage Results

Alex Szoke (Hungary) over Giorgi Melia (Georgia) 5-1

Arvi Savolainen (Finland) over Uzur Dzhuzupbekov (Kyrgyzstan) 4-1

Bronze Medal Matches

Tadeusz Michalik (Poland) over Alex Szoke (Hungary) 10-0

Mohammadhadi Saravi (Iran) over Arvi Savolainen (Finland) 9-2

Gold Medal Match

Musa Evloev (ROC) over Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia) 5-1


Musa Evloev won his third World/Olympic gold medal; also his third in a row.

Evloev now has four World/Olympic medals and has been in the last four finals.

Evloev and finals opponent, Artur Aleksanyan, have met three times in World/Olympic finals. In 2019, won by Evloev, and 2017, won by Aleksanyan.

Evloev made it through the tournament outscoring his competition by a 21-5 margin. While that's impressive, he only gave up a single point during his gold medal run in 2019.

Aleksanyan is now a three-time Olympic medalist. He has all three colors of medals. Gold in 2016, bronze from 2012, and silver this time.

Aleksanyan is now an eight-time World/Olympic medalist.

Despite Aleksanyan's long resume and a history dating back through three Olympic Games, he's currently only 29 years old.

After Evloev and Aleksanyan, this weight class had three other returning World/Olympic medalists. None captured medals this time and combined to go 1-3 (Cenk Ildem, Kiril Milov, Mihail Kajaia). The only win came when Milov defeated Ildem in the opening round.

Tadeusz Michalik won his first World/Olympic medal.

Michalik was Poland's first World/Olympic medalist in Greco since Gevorg Sahayan (3rd at 67 kg) in 2018.

Michalik was Poland's first Olympic medalist in Greco since Damian Janikowski (3rd at 84 kg) in 2012.

Mohammadhadi Saravi won his first World/Olympic medal (though he did take bronze at the 2020 Individual World Cup).

Saravi's bronze medal marked the third straight Games where Iran had a medalist at the 96/97kg weight class. (Ghasem Rezaei; 1st - 2012, 3rd - 2016).

This weight class saw all four seeded wrestlers earn medals, with Evloev and Aleksanyan wrestling to their exact seed.

Additionally, all four medalists competed in the semifinals.


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