ASTANA – On Feb. 19-20, Kazakhstan will join nine of the world’s top national wrestling teams in the Iranian capital Tehran to determine who is king of the mat.
The Kazakhstan team’s head coach, Tanat Sagyndykov, is taking the following promising wrestlers to Tehran: Zhanserik Sarsenbi and Nursultan Kalmyrzayev (up to 55 kg), Almat Kebispayev (60 kg), Yerbol Konyrat (66 kg), Doszhan Kartik (up to 74 kg), Alkhazur Ozdiyev (up 84 kg), Yerulan Iskakov (up to 96 kg) and Nurmakhan Tynaliyev (120 kg). 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner Daniyal Gadzhiev won’t be part of this trip. Senior trainer Bakhtiyar Bayseitov and trainer Boranbek Konyratov will help Sagyndykov during the tournament.
Just a few weeks ago, Kazakhstan’s team appeared in the United States, where the wrestlers won first place in an all-team competition.
The wrestlers will fly to Tehran this Saturday, February 16. “We’ve set ourselves the goal of getting in the top three teams. But as they say, only the mat will show!” said Coach Sagyndykov.