Taha Akgül

Taha Akgül (born November 22, 1990 in Sivas, Turkey) is an Olympic, World and European champion Turkish freestyle wrestler competing in the 125 kg division. He is a student of physical education and sports at the Karamanoğlu Mehmetbey University in Karaman.[5]

Taha Akgül
Taha Akgül Rio2016.jpg
Akgül at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
NationalityTurkish
Born (1990-11-22) November 22, 1990 (age 30)
Sivas, Turkey
Height1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Weight125 kg (276 lb; 19.7 st)
Sport
SportWrestling
Event(s)Freestyle
ClubAski Spor Kulübü, Ankara[2]
Turned pro2010
Coached byAbdullah Çakmak[3]
Ibrahim Akgun (national)[4]

Akgül took up wrestling in 2003 following his father and brother.[4] He won the gold medal at the 40th Yaşar Doğu International Wrestling Tournament held in 2012.[6] At the 2012 European Wrestling Championships held in Belgrade, Serbia, Taha Akgül became champion in his weight category.[7] He is now considered the best active wrestler with Abdulrashid Sadulaev.

He qualified for the 2012 Olympics.[8] He did not advance to quarterfinal after losing to Bilyal Makhov from Russia in the round of 16. At the 2012 World University Wrestling Championships held in Kuortane, Finland, he became gold medallist in his weight class.[9]

Taha Akgül defended his European champion title at the 2013 European Wrestling Championships held in Tbilisi, Georgia.[10] He won the bronze medal at the 2013 World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary.[11]

In 2014 and 2015 he won the world title in the 125 kg division.[12][13] In 2014 he named as the Best Wrestler of the Year by the Turkish Wrestling Federation.[4] He won a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics, defeating Komeil Ghasemi in the final.[1]

Wrestling recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location
2019 Turkey Championships   at 125 kg
Win 112–4   Tanju Gemici Tech Fall (10–0) December 22, 2019 2019 Turkey Championships   Ankara
Win 111–4   Hüseyin Civelek Tech Fall (10–0)
Win 110–4   Mustafa Tayyip Küçük Tech Fall 10–0
Win 109–4   Enes Kaan Tech Fall 12–2
Win 108–4   Adil Misirci Tech Fall (10–0)
2019 Bundesliga tournament   at 125 kg
Win 107–4   Robin Ferdinand 19–4 November 16, 2019 2019 Bundesliga Tournament   Hockenheim
Win 106–4   Nico Graf 16–0 RKG Reilingen-Hockenheim
Win 105–4   Alexander Kleer 16–0
2019 Military World Games   at 125 kg
Win 104–4   Yadollah Mohebbi 3–0 October 22, 2019 2019 Military Games   Wuhan
Win 103–4   Robert Baran 8–1 October 21, 2019
Win 102–4   Aleksandr Goldovski 4–0
Win 101–4   Sohbet Belliyev 5–0
2019 Yaşar Doğu tournament   at 125 kg
Win 100–4   Nick Gwiazdowski 5–1 July 14, 2019 2019 Yaşar Doğu Tournament   Istanbul
Win 99–4   Yadollah Mohebbi 10–0 July 13, 2019
Win 98–4   Daniel Ligeti 5–2
2019 European Championship   at 125 kg
Win 97–4   Geno Petriashvili 7–0 April 10, 2019   Bucharest
Win 96–4   Anzor Khizriev 8–1 April 9, 2019
Win 95–4   Andranik Galstyan Tech Fall (11–1)
Win 94–4   Rareș Chintoan 7–1
Loss 93–4   Parviz Hadi 2–3 October 20, 2018 2018 World Championship   Budapest
Win 93–3   Oleksandr Khotsianivskyi 7–0
Win 92–3   Nick Matuhin 9–0
2018 European Championship   at 125 kg
Win 91–3   Geno Petriashvili 2–1 May 6, 2018 2018 European Championship   Kaspiysk
Win 90–3   Muradin Kushkhov 3–0
Win 89–3   Jamaladdin Magomedov 4–2
Win 88–3   Ibrahim Saidau 5–0
2018 Granma World Tournament   at 125 kg
Win 87–3   Ben Durbin Tech Fall (11–0) October 22, 2019 2018 Granma World Tournament   Havana
Win 86–3   Davit Modzmanashvili 8–1 October 21, 2019
Win 85–3   Alen Zasyeyev 7–0
Win 84–3   Garik Barseghyan Tech Fall (11–0)
2017 World Championship   at 125 kg
Loss 83–3   Geno Petriashvili 8–10 August 25, 2017 2017 World Championship   Paris
Win 83–2   Nick Gwiazdowski Tech Fall (10–0)
Win 82–2   Nam Koung-jin Tech Fall (12–2)
Win 81–2   Natsagsürengiin Zolboo 8–0
2017 European Championship   at 125 kg
Win 80–2   Jamaladdin Magomedov 8–2 May 5, 2017 2017 European Championship   Novi Sad
Win 79–2   Dániel Ligeti 5–0
Win 78–2   Geno Petriashvili (Tech Fall)14–4
Win 77–2   Danylo Kartavyi 9–2
2016 Olympic Games   at 125 kg
Win 76–2   Komeil Ghasemi 3–1 August 20, 2016 2016 Olympic Games   Rio de Janeiro
Win 75–2   Levan Berianidze 8–1
Win 74–2   Ibrahim Saidau Tech Fall (11–0)
Win 73–2   Jargalsaikhany Chuluunbat Tech Fall (10–0)
2016 Yaşar Doğu tournament   at 125 kg
Win 72–2   Tony Nelson 10–0 February 7, 2016 2016 Yaşar Doğu Tournament   Istanbul
Win 71–2   Jamaladdin Magomedov 12–1 February 6, 2016
Win 70–2   Yasin Kılıç 9–1
2015 World Championship   at 125 kg
Win 69–2   Jamaladdin Magomedov Tech Fall (10–0) September 12, 2015 2015 World Championship   Las Vegas, NV
Win 68–2   Bilyal Makhov Tech Fall (10–0)
Win 67–2   Daulet Shabanbay 6–1
Win 66–2   Levan Berianidze 4–2
Win 65–2   José Cuba Tech Fall (11–0)
2015 European Games   at 125 kg
Win 64–2   Aleksey Shemarov 6–0 June 18, 2015 2015 European Games   Baku
Win 63–2   Soslan Gagloev Fall
Win 62–2   Robert Baran Fall
Win 61–2   Jamaladdin Magomedov 5–2
2015 Yaşar Doğu tournament   at 125 kg
Win 60–2   Aiaal Lazarev (Tech Fall)10–0 March 29, 2015 2015 Yaşar Doğu Tournament   Istanbul
Win 59–2   Daulet Shabanu (Tech Fall)12–1 March 28, 2015
Win 58–2   Khadzhimurat Gatsalov (Tech Fall) 10–0
2014 World Championship   at 125 kg
Win 57–2   Komeil Ghasemi 4–3 September 8, 2014 2014 World Championship   Tashkent
Win 56–2   Aleksey Shemarov 8–1
Win 55–2   Tervel Dlagnev 4–2
Win 54–2   Aslan Dzebisov 4–0
Win 53–2   Richárd Csercsics 10–4
2014 European Championship   at 125 kg
Win 52–2   Alan Khugaev (Tech Fall) 10–0 April 3, 2014 2014 European Championship   Vantaa
Win 51–2   Oleksandr Khotsianivskyi 7–0
Win 50–2   Vadzim Shvedau (Tech Fall) 8–0
Win 49–2   Andranik Galstyan (Tech Fall) 11–0
2014 Yaşar Doğu tournament   at 125 kg
Win 48–2   Komeil Ghasemi 4–1 February 16, 2014 2014 Yaşar Doğu Tournament   Istanbul
Win 47–2   Dom Bradley 6–1 February 16, 2014
Win 46–2   Hamza Ozkaradeniz 2–0
2013 Moscow Lights   at 125 kg
Win 45–2   Geno Petriashvili 10–1 November 8, 2013 2013 Moscow Lights   Moscow
Win 44–2   Andranik Galstyan 10–0 November 12, 2013
Win 43–2   Alen Zasyeyev 4–1
Win 42–2   Bimbelov Peycho 10–0
2013 World Championship   at 125 kg
Win 41–2   Tervel Dlagnev 3–0 September 17, 2013 2013 World Championship   Budapest
Win 40–2   Jamaladdin Magomedov 7–3
Win 39–2   Florian Skilang Temengil (Tech Fall) 8–0
Loss 38–2   Alen Zasyeyev 2–6
Win 38–1   Christos Nyfadopoulos (Tech Fall) 9–0
2013 Summer Universiade   at 120 kg
Win 37–1   Oleksandr Khotsianivskyi (Tech Fall) 8–0 July 16, 2013 2013 Summer Universiade   Kazan
Win 36–1   Parviz Hadi 6–1
Win 35–1   Deng Zhiwei 7–0
Win 34–1   Ibrahim Saidau 4–1
2013 Mediterranean Games   at 120 kg
Win 33–1   Slim Trabelsi (Tech Fall)10–0 June 26, 2013 2013 Mediterranean Games   Mersin
Win 32–1   Christos Nyfadopoulos (Tech Fall)10–0
Win 31–1   Bojan Danov (Tech Fall)10–0
Win 30–1   Pedrag Dubaic (Tech Fall)10–0
2013 European Championship   at 120 kg
Win 29–1   Alen Zasieiev 0–6, 1–0, 2–1 March 21, 2013 2013 European Championship   Tbilisi
Win 28–1   Daniel Ligeti 5–1, 5–3
Win 27–1   Dimitar Angelov Kumchev 2–2, 3–0, 3–1
Win 26–1   Jamaladdin Magomedov 2–0, 2–0
2013 World Cup   at 120 kg
Win 25–1   Tervel Dlagnev 6–2 February 21, 2013 2013 World Cup   Tehran
Win 24–1   Komeil Ghasemi 5–1
Win 23–1   Mohammad Reza Azarshakib 8–0
Win 22–1   Alan Khugaev 6–3
Win 21–1   Taichi Oka Tech Fall (11–0)
2013 Yaşar Doğu tournament   at 120 kg
Win 20–1   Kurban Kurbanov 9–2 February 9, 2013 2013 Yaşar Doğu Tournament   Ankara
Win 19–1   Jamaladdin Magomedov 6–1
Win 18–1   Geno Petriashvili 6–3

2012 World University Championship   at 120 kg

Win 17–1   Parviz Hadi Tech Fall (10–0) October 2, 2012 2012 World University Championship   Kuortane
Win 16–1   Vitali Gagiev 10–2
Win 15–1   Anthony Nelson Tech-Fall (9–0)
Win 14–1   Odgerel Bat-Ochir 7–0
2012 Olympics Games 9th at 120 kg
Loss 13–1   Bilyal Makhov 1–0, 3–0 August 11, 2012 2012 Olympics Games   London
Win 13–0   Oleksandr Khotsianivskyi 1–0, 2–0
2012 Yaşar Doğu tournament   at 120 kg
Win 12–0   Oleksandr Khotsianivskyi 5–2 Juny[clarification needed] 13, 2012 2012 Yaşar Doğu Tournament   Ankara
Win 11–0   Rareş Chintoan 7–0 Juny[clarification needed] 13, 2012
Win 10–0   Fardin Masoumi (Tech Fall) 10–0
2012 European Championship   at 120 kg
Win 9–0   Daniel Ligeti (Tech Fall) 9–1 March 2, 2012 2012 European Championship   Belgrade
Win 8–0   Ihar Dziatko 5–0
Win 7–0   Nick Matuhin 4–0
Win 6–0   Giagias Stamatios (Tech Fall) 9–0
2011 Golden Grand Prix   at 125 kg
Win 5–0   Fatih Çakıroğlu 5–4 July 8, 2011 2011 Golden Grand Prix   Baku
Win 4–0   Davit Modzmanashvili 8–3
Win 3–0   Jamaladdin Magomedov 7–3
Win 2–0   Jarod Trice 8–2
Win 1–0   José Cuba Tech Fall (11–0)

ReferencesEdit

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