Turkish wrestlers win gold in European championship
KASPIYSK – Anadolu Agency
“Because my father had a dream when I started wrestling. He wanted to see [me as] a champion,” said Demirtaş.
Akgül clinched the victory beating his Georgian competitor Geno Petriashvili in the men’s freestyle 125-kilogram category in the final match of the tournament.
He led the game 1-0 in the first set of the game in the Ali Aliyev Sport Complex and won the competition 2-1.
With the May 6 victory, the national wrestler of Turkey repeated his record in the European championship for the sixth time.
Akgül said that the victory was a revenge against his Georgian rival to whom he had lost the World Cup last year.
“I had lost the World Championship to the same athlete in a dramatic way. I had to win in the return match. I had promised to my country, to the nation, to our coaches, especially to our president [Recep Tayyip Erdoğan]. He was also very upset,” he said.
“We dedicate our medals as present to you and the president,” he added.