Wrestling: Team Armenia coach says all of medal winners at World Championships deserved gold

The Armenian wrestlers who won medals at the world championships that recently ended in Budapest, Hungary, are generally satisfied with their performances, but look ahead to improve the results.

In freestyle wrestling in Budapest for the first time in more than a decade Armenian wrestler David Safaryan (66 kg) became a world champion. In Greco-Roman wrestling Artur Alexanyan (96 kg) won a silver medal, while Roman Amoyan (55 kg) and Arsen Julfalakyan (74 kg) took bronze medals.

Head coach of the National Team of Armenia in Greco-Roman wrestling Levon Julfalakyan told a news conference in Yerevan on Wednesday that although the overall outcome of the championships did satisfy him, he still thought that all of the medals won could be gold.

Julfalakyan thinks that biased refereeing prevented Alexanyan from scoring a victory in the gold medal fight against Russian competitor Nikita Melnikov – the two had an equal number of points, but victory was granted to the Russian.

“Artur Alexanyan’s wrestle was for a full gold medal,” said the coach, adding that they will seek sanctions against the referee.

Speaking about his son Arsen’s performance, Julfalakyan said that even though he lost one of the fight – to Russia’s Roman Vlasov, who also beat him in the 2012 Olympics final – he still fought well.

“He made a tactical error, but his advantage could be felt… We haven’t been able to find a key to beating Vlasov yet, but I’m sure we will,” said Julfalakyan.

Levon Julfalakyan said that athletes of the national team train well before every tournament and go there in combat spirit, but they never plan on the number of medals to be won.

“One should not make predictions in sports as setbacks often happen,” said the team coach. “Our desire was that all of the medal winners could fight for gold, but eventually we got what we got.”