İsmail Balaban, the 652nd and 655th Kırkpınar Wrestling champion, and young name Yusuf Can Zeybek, faced off in the finals of the 662nd Historical Kırkpınar Oil Wrestlings in Edirne.
Yusuf Can Zeybek, nicknamed ‘yellow storm’, became the chief wrestler of the 652nd and 655th Kırkpınar Wrestling, defeating his opponent İsmail Balaban in the final.
After the final match, Yusuf Can Zeybek kissed the hand of his teammate and master Balaban, who won two championships in Kırkpınar, and said, “We are always brothers.” Youth and Sports Minister Osman Aşkın Bak and Edirne Mayor Recep Gürkan also watched the matches. Zeybek won a prize of 1 million TL for the wrestling, where a total of 3 million TL was awarded. Ağa Seyfettin Selim also presented Yusuf Can Zeybek with the 1 million TL ‘first golden belt’ award.
TWO Wrestlers BEAT ALL OF THEIR OPPONENTS UNTIL THE FINAL
İsmail Balaban reached the final by defeating his rivals Şahali Kurt, Mecit Yıldırım, Cengizhan Şimşek, Özkan Yılmaz and Hüseyin Gümüşalan.
Yusuf Can Zeybek beat his rivals Rıza Yıldırım, Mustafa Taş, Fatih Atlı and Mehmet Yeşil Yeşil to reach the final.
53 BAŞPEHLİVAN WRESTLING
This year, the 662nd wrestling event was held with a record participation of 2,475 wrestlers registered last year. This year, 2 thousand 141 wrestlers in 14 lengths, 53 of whom were chief wrestlers, registered for the Historical Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling.
A HUGE TURKISH FLAG AT SARAICHI AREA
Before the wrestling semi-final wrestling, a large Turkish flag was unfurled.
The Turkish flag of 30 square meters, carried by referees, jazz players and wrestling fans, was circulated in the square accompanied by marches, with the presentation of Kırkpınar chief jazzman Şükrü Kayabaş, who has been on duty for more than half a century, as well as other jazz players.
“NEXT YEAR THERE WILL BE NO SCORING AT KIRKPINAR”
President of Turkish Traditional Wrestling Federation İbrahim Türkiş said that historical Kırkpınar oil wrestling will be presented to the audience in this format for the last time this year. In Kırkpınar, the first in the format, our wrestling wrestling will be held without scoring. We will do it next year in accordance with its historical heritage. We will make Kırkpınar Wrestling do this not only in wrestling but also in other wrestlings in the coming years, and this honor is enough for us.”
Özkan Yılmaz, who made it to the quarter-finals, Orhan School, İsmail Balaban, Kürşat Şevki Korkmaz, Hüseyin Gümüşalan, Mehmet Yeşil Yeşil Fatih Atlı and Yusuf Can Zeybek drew the lots with great applause from the audience. As a result of the draw, 652nd and 655th Kırkpınar Wrestling champion İsmail Balaban eliminated Kırkpınar’s favorite Ali Gürbüz with the young player Özkan Yılmaz, 648th and 649th Historical Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling winner Mehmet Yeşil Yeşil 654th and 657th historical Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling The winner was Orhan School, Yusuf Can Zeybek was matched with 653th Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling Chief Wrestler Fatih Atlı and Hüseyin Gümüşalan was matched with Kürşat Şevki Yılmaz. Eight chief wrestlers, who were saluted by the cazgirs and released into the meadow, saluted the audience with a pesrev. In the wrestling that started at 12.40, the first semi-finalist was Hüseyin Gümüşalan, who defeated his rival Kürşat Şevki Yılmaz. The second semi-finalist in wrestling was Yusuf Can Zeybek, who defeated his rival Fatih Atlı. In the last two matches of the Başpehlivanlık quarter-final wrestling, Mehmet Yeşil Yeşil, one of the two favorite names of Kırkpınar, defeated his rival Orhan Okul. İsmail Balaban In Özkan Yılmaz wrestling, İsmail Balaban was the smiling party.
KIRKPINAR AGASI HAS BEEN SEYFETTIN SELİM FOR THE 15TH TIME
While the wrestling competitions continue, the next year’s Kırkpınar Ağa has also been determined. The tender for Ağalık was opened with 4 million 23 thousand TL. Ağa Seyfettin Selim and Mehmet Tüysüz participated in the tender for Ağalık.
Aga candidates submitted various offers and Ağa Seyfettin Selim, who made the highest bid of 22 million 222 thousand TL, won the tender once again. Selim, giving 22 million 222 thousand liras, bought the symbolic ram of the lord at the auction.
Seyfettin Selim, who has the title of 4 golden arches for the first time in Kırkpınar’s 662-year history, will become a wrestler for the 15th time.
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