Nelson Davidyan, Armenian Soviet wrestler, Died at 66

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Nelson Davidyan was born on April 6, 1950, and died on September 11, 2016.

He was an Armenian Soviet Greco-Roman wrestler and Ukrainian coach of Greco-Roman wrestling.

Nelson Davidyan was an Olympics silver medalist and two-time World and European Champion.

He was born in the village of Chartar within the Martuni Region of Nagorno-Karabakh to an Armenian family.

Nelson’s family moved to Grozny in 1958 and later to Kiev. Davidyan began wrestling in the Greco-Roman style in 1964 and made the Soviet national team in 1969.

Davidan made his international début at the 1970 European Wrestling Championships, where he was sixth in the bantamweight division.

When he had moved up to featherweight, Davidyan won the 1973 European Championship and then, moving up again to lightweight, won the 1974 World Wrestling Championships as a last minute replacement for Shamil Khisamutdinov.

Following the 1974 World Championships, Davidyan switched back to featherweight and competed in this class until the end of his career in 1981.

Upon his return to featherweight, Davidyan won the 1975 World Wrestling Championships as well as the 1975 and 1976 Soviet titles.

He won a silver medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.

Later, he won silver at the 1977 European Championships, the 1979 Soviet Championships, and the 1980 European Championships.

Although he was the European Champion, he wasn’t given any reason for not being selected to compete at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, and retired from wrestling in 1981.

When finishing his sporting career, Davidyan worked as a wrestling coach.

Nelson Davidyan was head coach of the Ukrainian national Greco-Roman wrestling team in the 1990s and also held that post again from 2006 to 2009.

Nelson Davidyan passed away at 66 years old.