Stadnik wins tenth European title

Edwin  - CEO February 15, 2024
Updated 2024/02/16 at 8:53 AM
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50kg WW - Mariya Stadnik (AZE) 73
50kg WW - Mariya Stadnik (AZE) 73

As Adar makes a golden return


Mariya STADNIK (AZE) pins Evin DEMIRHAN (TUR) in the 50kg final. (Photo: UWW / Kostadin Andonov)


Before the European Championships this year, much focus was on Riza KAYAALP (TUR) going past Aleksandar KARELIN’s record of 12 European gold medals. That is understandable, as those are the only two wrestlers with double-digit European titles, Vinay Siwach reports for UWW.


But on Thursday, a woman joined the two legends with her 10th European gold medal — Mariya STADNIK (AZE).


At 35, Stadnik remains unbeaten in Europe, winning the gold medal at 50kg at the European Championships in Bucharest, Romania.


That she did that without conceding a point in three matches speaks volumes about her level, even later in her career, which has spanned over 15 years.


Stadnik wrestled former European champion Evin DEMIRHAN (TUR) in the final and never faced a real threat. Demirhan tried to hit a Whizzer, but Stadnik stopped her and scored two points. That made Demirhan cautious of attacking Stadnik and kept her distance. Stadnik led 3-0 at the break for a passivity point.


Demirhan tried pushing Stadnik out in the second period, but the latter blocked her again and tripped her for a four-pointer. Turkiye challenged the call and won as the jury ruled it was only a step out, making the score 4-0 in Stadnik’s favor. But Stadnik did not take long to hit a four-pointer and secure the fall in four minutes and two seconds.


In her earlier bouts, Stadnik defeated Milana DADASHEVA (AIN) in two minutes and 12 seconds, while Oksana LIVACH (UKR), the finalist last year, managed to hold Stadnik for six minutes but dropped her semifinal about 6-0.


Alyona KOLESNIK (AZE)Alyona KOLESNIK (AZE) celebrates after winning the 59kg gold medal in Bucharest. (Photo: UWW / Kadir Caliskan)


Azerbaijan won a second gold medal at 59kg as Alyona KOLESNIK (AZE) defeated Alina FILIPOVYCH (UKR) 3-3 in the final. With that, Kolesnik won her first career championship title ever.


Kolesnik led Filipovych 1-1 on criteria as both wrestlers were given activity time and failed to score. As soon as her activity time ended, Filipovych hit a single-leg attack and scored a takedown with a minute and 26 seconds remaining in the match.


But still, with time left, Kolesnik hooked Filipovych’s leg using her own and tried coming on top. The referee did not confirm any control but did caution the Ukrainian athlete for blocking. Azerbaijan challenged, asking for a takedown, demonstrated by the jury, giving Kolesnik a 3-3 criteria lead and 24 seconds to defend.


She would defend her lead and win the gold medal, becoming the second woman wrestler from Azerbaijan to win the senior European title.


The defending champion at 59kg and the favorite to repeat, Anastasia NICHITA (MDA), pulled out of the competition after suffering an injury in her quarterfinal against Tamara DOLLAK (HUN). Nichita was reported to have broken ribs.


Yasemin ADAR (TUR)Yasemin ADAR (TUR) won her seventh European title on Thursday. (Photo: UWW / Kadir Caliskan)


Yasemin ADAR (TUR) became Europe’s second most successful female wrestler after winning her seventh gold medal, only behind Stadnik’s 10. She won her first title in 2016 and has since won in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022 and 2023. She also has a silver medal from 2020.


Wrestling in the final against Anastasiia SHUSTOVA (UKR), Adar did not contact much in the first period, giving Shustova a passivity point and a 1-0 lead at the break. But she shifted gears in the second period, hitting a double-leg for a takedown and a turn to lead 4-1 while Shustova was on the activity clock. As the clock expired, Adar led 5-1.


As Shustova attempted a desperate low single, Adar got around and threw her for a four, which Ukraine challenged. Shustova seemed to have control of Adar, and Ukraine asked that its wrestler get the four. It lost the challenge, and Adar led 10-1. Adar would finish the final with a takedown and a 12-1 score with a minute remaining.


Buse TOSUN (TUR)World champion Buse TOSUN (TUR) won her first European title. (Photo: UWW / Kadir Caliskan)


World champion Buse TOSUN (TUR) gave Turkiye a second gold medal, winning her first European title after she won the 68kg gold medal against Tetiana SOVA RIZHKO (UKR).


Tosun won silver medals in the last two editions of the European Championships but managed to cross the final hurdle five months after becoming a world champion at 68kg.


After a minute of little action, Tosun hit trip on Sova and got while Sova rolled over Tosun to get two points for herself, making the score 4-2 in Tosun’s favor. Sova was called passive in the second period, which awarded Tosun another point to make it 5-2.


Andreea ANA (ROU)Andreea ANA (ROU) won her third straight European title and first at home. (Photo: UWW / Kadir Caliskan)


Andreea ANA (ROU) defended her 55kg gold medal dominantly in front of her home crowd to give Romania a gold medal at this European Championships. This was Ana’s third consecutive European gold medal.


Wrestling Mariana DRAGUTAN (MDA) in the final, Ana built a 4-0 lead. She hit a counter in the second period and got a takedown, which Moldova challenged but lost, making it 7-0 for Ana. She would hit a snap takedown and a counter to finish the about 11-0 with 22 seconds remaining on the clock.




GOLD: Mariya STADNIK (AZE) df. Evin DEMIRHAN (TUR), via fall (10-0)

BRONZE: Milana DADASHEVA (AIN) df. Oksana LIVACH (UKR), 17-15
BRONZE: Miglena SELISHKA (BUL) df. Ana PIRVU (ROU), 10-0


GOLD: Andreea ANA (ROU) df. Mariana DRAGUTAN (MDA), 11-0

BRONZE: Anastasia BLAYVAS (GER) df. Mariia VYNNYK (UKR), via fall (8-11)



BRONZE: Alesia HETMANAVA (AIN) df. Anastasia NICHITA (MDA), via inj. def.
BRONZE: Patrycja GIL (POL) df. Kateryna ZHYDACHEVSKA (ROU), via fall (7-2)


GOLD: Buse TOSUN (TUR) df. Tetiana SOVA RIZHKO (UKR), 5-2

BRONZE: Mimi HRISTOVA (BUL) df. Danute DOMIKAITYTE (LTU), via fall
BRONZE: Adela HANZLICKOVA (CZE) df. Khanum VELIEVA (AIN), via fall (8-8)


GOLD: Yasemin ADAR (TUR) df. Anastasiia SHUSTOVA (UKR), 12-1

BRONZE: Bernadett NAGY (HUN) df. Pauline LECARPENTIER (FRA), 8-3
BRONZE: Enrica RINALDI (ITA) df. Kamile GAUCAITE (LTU), 5-2


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