Ukraine's Novikov wins European Championship in Greco-Roman wrestling.

Ukrainian sportsman Semen Novikov won the European Championship in Greco-Roman wrestling, which took place in Riga.

Novikov met with 29-year-old Hungarian Viktor Lőrincz, former European champion, 2019 European Games bronze medalist and the bronze medalist of 2013 World Wrestling Championships, in the final bout of the 83 kg division. Ukrainian wrestler was able to secure a dominant victory, defeating his decorated counterpart with a 7:1 score.

In addition to Novikov, Mykola Kuchmii (120 kg) and Lenur Temirov (63 kg) won two bronze medals for Ukraine.

Related: Ukrainian wrestler Beleniuk speaks on potential transition to MMA

As we reported earlier, Ukrainian Greco-Roman wrestler and an MP from the ruling Servant of the People party Zhan Beleniuk shared his opinion on the potential transition to MMA, Tribuna informed.

"Everyone is waiting for me there. I promised that I would try to prove myself in this sport. Many wrestlers transition to MMA, but there are questions on how effective and appropriate it is. At this moment, I am far away from the octagon. The main thing is to set up good striking fundamentals and have at least some idea on how to behave properly in the fight. Wrestling and MMA are different kinds of sports, you do not want the first octagon appearance to ruin all the impressions of your previous career," he said.

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