Frank Chamizo

Frank Chamizo Marquez (born 10 July 1992) is a naturalized Italian two-time world freestyle wrestling champion. In all, he has won five world and Olympic medals.

Frank Chamizo
Chamizo (left) against Toghrul Asgarov at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Full nameFrank Chamizo Marquez
NationalityItalian
Born (1992-07-10) 10 July 1992
Matanzas, Cuba
ResidenceOstia, Italy
Makhachkala, Dagestan (formally)
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight71 kg (157 lb)
Sport
SportWrestling
Event(s)Freestyle
ClubEsercito Italiano
Gamid Gamidov wrestling club (formally)
Coached byFiliberto Delgado (Cuba), Gaidar Gaidarov (Dagestan)

Early life

Chamizo had a trying childhood. He grew up in poverty, and was raised by his grandmother because both of his parents lived abroad.[1] He began wrestling at the age of seven after walking into a wrestling facility out of curiosity.[2] The Cuban government eventually recognized his talent, and helped him attend a secondary school where he could continue wrestling.[3]

Career in Cuba

In 2010, Chamizo won a world bronze medal for Cuba. He was only 18 at the time. The next year, in 2011, he returned to the world championships, where he placed twelfth. After the 2011 World Wrestling Championships, however, Cuba's wrestling federation suspended him for two years for alleged difficulties with weight management.[4] At a crossroads in life, he chose to move to Italy, where his ex-wife is from.[5][6]

Career in Italy

In 2015, Chamizo made his world debut for Italy, and won a gold medal. Before then, no Italian had won a world or Olympic freestyle wrestling gold medal since 1980.

From there, Chamizo went on to win three more world-level medals, including a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics, and a gold medal at the 2017 world competition.

Overall, Chamizo won four world-level medals for Italy, and two world-level championships.

Match results

World Championships & Olympic Games Matches
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location
2018 UWW world 5th at 74kg
Loss 22-6 Jordan Burroughs 4-4 2018-10-21 2018 World Wrestling Championships Budapest, Hungary
Loss 22-5 Zaurbek Sidakov 2-3 2018-10-20
Win 22-4 Bolat Sakayev 6-1
Win 21-4 Gong Byung-min 5-1
Win 20-4 Gamid Dzhalilov 9-0
2017 UWW world at 70kg
Win 19-4 James Green 8-0 2017-08-26 2017 World Wrestling Championships Paris, France
Win 18-4 Yakup Gor 5-2
Win 17-4 Akzhurek Tanatarov 12-0
Win 16-4 Elaman Dogdurbek Uulu 12-0
Win 15-4 Ikhtiyor Navruzov 9-5
2016 Olympic at 65kg
Win 14-4 Frank Molinaro 5-3 2016-08-19 2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 13-4 Toghrul Asgarov 4-7
Win 13-3 Zurabi Iakobishvili 4-3
Win 12-3 David Safaryan 3-1
2015 UWW world at 65kg
Win 11-3 Ikhtiyor Navruzov 4-3 2015-09-12 2015 World Wrestling Championships Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 10-3 Ahmad Mohammadi Fall
Win 9-3 Toghrul Asgarov 10-5
Win 8-3 Kim Ju-Song 5-2
Win 7-3 Magomedmurad Gadzhiev 4-3
2011 UWW world 12th at 55kg
Loss 6-3 Mihran Jaburyan 3-7, 7-0, 2-3 2011-09-18 2011 World Wrestling Championships Istanbul, Turkey
Loss 6-2 Viktor Lebedev 0-1, 1-1
Win 6-1 Sarunas Jurcys 1-1, 6-0
Win 5-1 Rahul Aware 1-2, 7-2, 4-1
2010 UWW world at 55kg
Win 4-1 Kim Hyo-Sub 1-0, 2-3, 5-1 2010-09-10 2010 World Wrestling Championships Moscow, Russia
Loss 3-1 Viktor Lebedev 0-1, 0-1
Win 3-0 Hassan Rahimi 1-0, 2-0
Win 2-0 Serhiy Ratushniy 2-0, 2-0
Win 1-0 Krasimir Krastanov 1-1, 3-1

Awards and honors

2019
  • World Championships (74 kg)
  • Dan Kolov - Nikola Petrov Tournament (74 kg)
2018
  • Yasar Dogu (74 kg)
  • Mediterranean Games (74 kg)
  • European Championships (74 kg)
  • Dan Kolov - Nikola Petrov Tournament (74 kg)
  • International Ukrainian Tournament (74 kg)
2017
  • World Championships (70 kg)
  • Ion Corneanu & Ladislau Simon Memorial (70 kg)
  • Ali Aliev Tournament (70 kg)
  • European Championships (70 kg)
2016
  • Olympic Games (65 kg)
  • European Championships (65 kg)
  • Alexander Medved Prizes (65 kg)
2015
  • World Championships (65 kg)
  • Waclaw Ziolkowski Memorial (65 kg)
  • Grand Prix of Spain (70 kg)
  • European Games (65 kg)
2014
  • International D. A. Kunaev Tournament (65 kg)
  • Grand Prix of Spain (65 kg)
  • Ali Aliev Tournament (65 kg)
  • Yasar Dogu (65 kg)
2013
  • Henri Deglane Challenge (66 kg)
  • Grand Prix of Spain (66 kg)
2011
  • World Cup (55 kg)
2010
  • World Championships (55 kg)
  • Pan American Championships (55 kg)

References

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