2020 Olympics: 125 kg Men's Freestyle Results and Notes

2020 Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson (Photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo/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

57 kg Men's Freestyle

74 kg Men's Freestyle

86 kg Men's Freestyle

60 kg Men's Greco-Roman

67 kg Men's Greco-Roman

77 kg Men's Greco-Roman

87 kg Men's Greco-Roman

97 kg Men's Greco-Roman

130 kg Men's Greco-Roman

53 kg Women's Freestyle

57 kg Women's Freestyle

62 kg Women's Freestyle

68 kg Women's Freestyle

76 kg Women's Freestyle

Qualification Results

Geno Petriashvili (Georgia) over Diaaeldin Abdelmottaleb (Egypt) 11-0

Zhiwei Deng (China) over Sergei Kozyrev (ROC) 4-1

Egzon Shala (Kosovo) over Djahid Berrahal (Algeria) Fall

Amir Zare (Iran) over Oleksandr Khotsianivskyi (Ukraine) 7-0

Taha Akgul (Turkey) over Amar Dhesi (Canada) 5-0

Gable Steveson (USA) over Aiaal Lazarev (Kyrgyzstan) 10-0

Lkhagvagerel Munkhtur (Mongolia) over Dzianis Khramiankou (Belarus) 8-4

Gennadij Cudinovic (Germany) over Yusup Batirmurzaev (Kazakhstan) Fall

Quarterfinal Results

Geno Petriashvili (Georgia) over Zhiwei Deng (China) 5-2

Amir Zare (Iran) over Egzon Shala (Kosovo) 13-2

Gable Steveson (USA) over Taha Akgul (Turkey) 8-0

Lkhagvagerel Munkhtur (Mongolia) over Gennadij Cudinovic (Germany) 6-5

Semifinal Results

Geno Petriashvili (Georgia) over Amir Zare (Iran) 6-3

Gable Steveson (USA) over Lkhagvagerel Munkhtur (Mongolia) 5-0

Repechage Results

Taha Akgul (Turkey) over Aiaal Lazarev (Kyrgyzstan) 4-0

Zhiwei Deng (China) over Diaaeldin Abdelmottaleb (Egypt) 7-2

Bronze Medal Matches

Taha Akgul (Turkey) over Lkhagvagerel Munkhtur (Mongolia) 5-0

Amir Zare (Iran) over Zhiwei Deng (China) 5-0

Gold Medal Match

Gable Steveson (USA) over Geno Petriashvili (Georgia) 10-8


Gable Steveson won his first World/Olympic gold medal at the Senior level.

He did win two world titles at the Cadet level and one as a Junior.

Steveson is the first American to win an Olympic title at heavyweight since Bruce Baumgartner in 1992.

To win his Olympic title, Steveson picked up wins over Geno Petriashvili and Taha Akgul, who accounted for every world/Olympic championship since 2014.

Steveson earned a place in the finals by outscoring his first three opponents 23-0.

Petriashvili captured his second Olympic medal. It was his seventh World/Olympic medal.

Petriashvili has earned medals at the last six World/Olympic championship events.

Akgul claimed his second Olympic medal. It was his seventh World/Olympic medal.

Amir Zare earned his first World/Olympic medal at the Senior level.

Zare was a U23 World Champion in 2019.

The four medalists represent two generations of great heavyweights. Petriashvili is 27 and Akgul is 30. Steveson is 21 and Zare is 20.

Neither of the young heavyweight stars entered the tournament seeded.

Both the second and fourth seeds went down in the qualification round.

Iran had an Olympic medalist at 125 kg for the past three Olympic Games (Komeil Ghasemi in 2012 and 2016).


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