The meet is the first wrestling qualifier for the Paris Olympics. Indian wrestlers, however, won’t be able to compete under the national flag at Belgrade since the United World Wrestling (UWW), the global governing body for the sport, has provisionally suspended the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) for not conducting elections on time.
The Budapest meet, also known as the Polyak Imre & Varga Janos Memorial wrestling tournament, is the year's fourth and final ranking series.
Punia advanced to the next round, but due to a head injury, he had to compete in the following round while wearing a bandage.
Vinesh Phogat underlined her potential with a bronze medal in the World Wrestling Championships to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Aware's weight class of 61kg is a non-Olympic category. Earlier in the day, Deepak Punia pulled out of his gold medal bout against Iran great Hassan Yazdani in the 86kg category due to injuries.
The 19-year-old, who became the youngest Indian wrestler ever to make it to the finals, also bagged a ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Saturday.
In the opening period, Sushil managed to send Gadzhiyev off the mat and took a lead of 8-2. However, Gadzhiyev fought back to cut Sushil's lead to 9-6.
Punia was victim of multiple fouls as Niyazbekov was warned but to no avail as he trailed 2-9 following a four-point move by Niyazbekov which was reviewed by the Indian grappler.
However, the freestyle men have started their World Championships campaign all guns blazing with Ravi Kumar also now winning his opening bout.