2020 Olympics: 65 kg Men's Freestyle Results and Notes

2020 Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson (Photo courtesy of Kadir Calisken/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

125 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

Gadzhimurad Rashidov (ROC) over Vazgen Tevanyan (Armenia) 6-0

Magomedmurad Gadzhiev (Poland) over Georgios Pilidis (Greece) 11-0

Takuto Otoguro (Japan) over Tulga Tumur Ochir (Mongolia) 6-3

Iszmail Muszukajev (Hungary) over Agustin Destribats (Argentina) 9-6

Daulet Niyazbekov (Kazakhstan) over Alejandro Valdes Tobier (Cuba) 21-11

Haji Aliyev (Azerbaijan) over Adama Diatta (Senegal) 4-0

Morteza Ghiasi Cheka (Iran) over Haithem Dakhlaoui (Tunisia) 5-1

Bajrang Punia (India) over Ernazar Akmataliev (Kyrgyzstan) 3-3

Quarterfinal Results

Gadzhimurad Rashidov (ROC) over Magomedmurad Gadzhiev (Poland) 6-2

Takuto Otoguro (Japan) over Iszmail Muszukajev (Hungary) 4-1

Haji Aliyev (Azerbaijan) over Daulet Niyazbekov (Kazakhstan) 9-1

Bajrang Punia (India) over Morteza Ghiasi Cheka (Iran) Fall

Semifinal Results

Takuto Otoguro (Japan) over Gadzhimurad Rashidov (ROC) 3-2

Haji Aliyev (Azerbaijan) over Bajrang Punia (India) 12-5

Repechage Results

Daulet Niyazbekov (Kazakhstan) over Adama Diatta (Senegal) 10-0

Iszmail Muszukajev (Hungary) over Tulga Tumur Ochir (Mongolia) 4-2

Bronze Medal Matches

Bajrang Punia (India) over Daulet Niyazbekov (Kazakhstan) 8-0

Gadzhimurad Rashidov (ROC) over Iszmail Muszukajev (Hungary) 5-0

Gold Medal Match

Takuto Otoguro (Japan) over Haji Aliyev (Azerbaijan) 5-4


Takuto Otoguro is now a two-time World/Olympic gold medalist.

Otoguro is the first Japanese men's freestyle wrestler to win the Olympics since 2012 when Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu won the 66 kg weight class.

Otoguro's last two wins came over wrestlers that have combined to win four world championships (Haji Aliyev - 3, Gadzhimurad Rashidov - 1). These were the only three world champions in the bracket.

Aliyev is now a two-time Olympic medalist. He has now earned five World/Olympic medals.

Aliyev has now earned World/Olympic medals at three different weights (57, 61, 65).

It was the first time that Aliyev earned a World/Olympic medal since 2017.

Neither finalist entered the tournament with a seed.

For the second consecutive Olympic Games, Azerbaijan had a silver medalist at 65 kg (Toghrul Asgarov - 2016).

Rashidov is now a four-time World/Olympic medalist. He has placed at each of the last four events.

Rashidov picked up wins over two past Russian transfers Iszmail Muszukajev and Magomedmurad Gadzhiev.

Punia is now a four-time World/Olympic medalist.

The only qualification bout that featured a pair of past world medalists was with Daulet Niyazbekov (Kazakhstan) and Alejandro Valdes Tobier (Cuba). It was one of the wildest bouts of the entire freestyle tournament. Valdes Tobier was close to earning a tech fall, but ran out of gas and was teched by Niyazbekov. The two put up 32 points combined.

Both fifth-place finishers were world medalists in 2019.

Both semifinal losers wrestled back for bronze medals.


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