(1971 - )
Yuri Yevseichik was born on January 23, 1971, in the
Ukraine. He began wrestling at the age of nine. In 1989, he won the
gold medal at the European Junior Championship in the 115-kg class.
Six years later, Yuri competed in the European Championship (senior)
and finished fifth in the 130-kg (heavyweight division). Soon after
that, he immigrated to Israel.
Yevseichik did not compete internationally until 1998,
when competing for Israel, he was the bronze medalist in the 130-kg
weight class at the World Championships. Earlier in the year, he had
finished sixth at the European Championship. In 1999, Yuri finished
in tenth place at the World Championships, and fifth place at the European
Championships. The following year, he placed fourth at the both the
Olympic Games and the European Championships.
At the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Evseytchik competed
in the heavyweight class (130-kg) as a member of the Israeli Greco-Roman
wrestling team. He reached the semifinals, and led American Rulon Gardner
2-0, but began to wear down during the match and eventually lost 3-2
in overtime (Gardner went on to win the gold medal, defeating favorite
Alexander Karelin of Russia, who had not lost in thirteen years). Yevseichik
then lost to Dmitry Debelka in the bronze medal match, 1-0, and finished
in fourth place.
At the 2001 World Championships, Yevseichik won both
his preliminary matches, but did not advance to the quarterfinals, and
finished 20th overall. That year at the European Championships, Yevseichik
finished in sixth place. In 2002, he competed in the 120-kg division
and finished in fourth place at the European Championship and sixth
place at the World Championship. He is currently a member of the club,
Yevseichik suffered through a surprisingly weak Athens
Games in 2004. He lost to Cuban Mijail Lopez in the first match 5-0.
Lopez pinned the hapless Israeli 3 times in as many minutes and the
result was never in doubt. Yuri had to beat Turkish wrestler Yekta Yilmaz
Gul to qualify from Pool D, but lost 3-0 as he was eliminated from the
Despite his bulk, he is known for his uncanny grace
Sources: Jews In