Wrestling: Armenians win medals at European championships

Armenia’s Greco-Roman wrestler Artur Aleksanyan defeated his Turkish opponent Cenk Ildem in the final at the 2014 European Wrestling Championships in Vantaa, Finland, to claim the continent’s title for the third time in his career.

Aleksanyan performing in the up-to-98-kg division did not lose a single point to his opponents in all the five bouts at the championships. The 22-year-old defeated rivals from Ukraine, Croatia, Germany, Norway and Turkey.

Another Armenian Greco-Roman wrestler Arsen Julfalakyan (75 kg) won a silver medal at the same championships.

In the final fight the 26-year-old Armenian lost to Russia’s Alexander Chekirkin 3-4.

On the way to the final Julfalakyan beat representatives of Croatia, Austria, Sweden and Denmark.

Earlier, Armenia’s freestyle wrestler Grigor Grigoryan (71 kg) won a silver medal, while Garik Barseghyan (57 kg) and Musa Murtazaliyev (86 kg) won bronze medals.