Russia announce squad changes – Tedeev no longer the head coach

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Russian wrestling federation president Mikhail Mamiashvili recently announced that he will not be renewing the contract of longtime freestyle wrestling coach Dzhambolat Tedeev. Tedeev led the Russian freestyle team for most of the past 20 years (2001-2012 and 2016-2022) with outstanding results. During this time, Russia has won 11 World Tag Team titles and Russian wrestlers have won a total of 99 medals at the World Championships/Olympic Games – 58 gold, 15 silver and 26 bronze. While Tedeev will no longer lead the freestyle wrestling team, Mamiashvili told the Russian press that Tedeev will continue to serve the Russian wrestling federation in a different role.

According to Wrestdag, Tedeev will likely hand over as head coach to Khadzhimurad Gatsalov. A former world champion and Olympic champion, Gatsalov retired from competition in 2016 and has recently coached in Kazakhstan and Yakutia. As a competitor, Gatsalov won 8 World/Olympic medals in total – 6 gold (5 World/1 Olympic), 1 silver and 1 bronze.

Watch a young Kyle Snyder take on Gatsalov at Beat The Streets in 2014:

While Russia is the world’s leading power in freestyle wrestling, it has been banned from international competition since March 2022 due to the war in Ukraine. The ban is still in place, with Russian wrestlers recently missing the 2022 World Championships last September in Belgrade, Serbia.

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