Turkish wrestler Akgül grabs gold at European Wrestling Championships



Turkish wrestler Taha Akgül secured a gold decoration on Wednesday at the European Wrestling Championships, in the men's 125-kg free-form last.

Akgül, the Turkish national group's chief, took to the tangle for his seventh gold award at the competition, beating Georgian Geno Petriashvili in Bucharest, Romania.

The wrestler, who is contending in the free-form 125-kilogram classification, holds the record for most European titles among Turkish wrestler.

Add to this an Olympic gold and two world titles, Akgül stays a standout amongst the best wrestlers in Turkey, where customary wrestling has been a national game for quite a long time.

The 28-year-old competitor had said he felt "completely arranged" for the title in the wake of preparing with three Georgian heavyweight wrestlers he facilitated in Turkey.

"I salute Taha Akgül, who has turned into the best in Europe for the seventh time and did right by us," Minister of Youth and Sports, Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu, said on Twitter.

Turkey's Fatih Erdin, Ibrahim Bölükbaşı and Recep Topal are likewise set to vie for bronze awards.

On Tuesday, Turkey's Muhammet Nuri Kotanoğlu beat Ukrainia's Oleksii Domanytskyi to guarantee the bronze in the men's 79-kg free-form last.

With Akgül's gold award, Turkish wrestlers have won a sum of three gold decorations at the universal occasion, which finishes on Sunday.

Turkey's Mustafa Kaya won a gold award by beating Azerbaijan's Aghahuseyn Mustafayev 6-2 in the men's 70-kg free-form last.

Turkish wrestler Süleyman Atlı likewise earned a gold decoration by beating Russia's Muslim Sadulaev 8-3 in the men's 57-kg free-form last.

Turkey's Selahattin Kılıçsallayan secured a silver decoration in the men's 65-kg free-form last in the wake of being bested by Azerbaijan's Haci Aliyev.
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