The World Wrestling Championships has begun. Several modifications have happened in the wrestling word since 2013 (when it was not even sure if the sport has a future); it became more enjoyable, more spectacular and more understandable. The number of female wrestlers has risen, too.
This year’s WWC is held in Las Vegas, where the competitors have a chance to gain quotas for the 2016 Olympic Games held in Rio de Janeiro. Hungarian experts expect the best results in the Greco-Roman style, but they are hoping to have some wins in Freestyle as well, given Marianna Sastin’s world title.
Hungary’s first matches were held on Monday afternoon, where Tamás Lőrincz (Olympic silver), Péter Bácsi, and Balázs Kiss competed (both of them are World Champions). Everyone has high expectations of Lőrincz, who not only won an Olympic silver medal in 2012, but was among the first three in the World Championships as well.
Lőrincz has to lose 6-8 kgs in order to compete. The diet has not really worn him out, and he says even without a good draw, he will still fight for the medals. Most wrestlers say they don’t even need a good draw, and average is enough, the competitor will do the rest.
Balázs Kiss is also a World Champion, but hasn’t had the chance yet to prove himself in the Olympic Games. When asked what he wants to have in the States, he said “A big sleep and a great match.”
Marianna Sastin, who already has a world title, is going to compete in the 58 kg category. Icsu Kaori, an unbeatable Japanese wrestler is in the same category, and Sastin hopes to see her only in the finals.
Each competitor will have tough opponents from the Caucasus. Wrestling is a national sport in the region: 4 countries have 1.5 million registered competitors. Those who become champions in the area are extremely famous, everyone knows them and everyone loves them.
“Those who desire to compete have to become a member of the Makhachkala club, and those couldn’t make in to the World Championships or the European Championship in their own country are happy to go abroad for that honour. One such competitor costs between €20.000 and €80.000, and has to wait two years before competing. Hungary was also offered competitors from the area, but we try to become winners on our own.” Péter Bacsa, vice president of the Hungarian Wrestling Federation explained to index.hu.
It is not going to be easy for Hungary to gain quotas or medals, but experts are optimistic. The Championships lasts from 7 September to 17 September.
based on article of index.hu
translated by Adrienn Sain