Hosts Russia won three freestyle titles as the European Wrestling Championships continued in Kaspiysk, but were denied two more by last-gasp efforts.
It would have been a full house of five golds from five for the home team had it not been for the efforts of two Azerbaijan competitors.
Haji Aliyev stunned the home crowd with a late surge to clinch gold in the men's 65 kilograms division.
He was behind for much of his contest against Russia's Ilias Bekbulatov but won 8-7 after a takedown in the last 15 seconds of the match.
Bronze medals were won by Georgia's Vladimer Khinchegashvili, an 8-4 winner over Poland's Krzysztof Bienkowski, and Selhattin Kilicsallayan of Turkey who saw off Slovenia's David Habat 8-7.
Azerbaijan also enjoyed late success over Russia in the men's 57kg gold medal match as Giorgi Edisherashvili utilised a four-point lateral drop with two seconds left to beat Zavur Uguev 4-3.
Stevan Micic of Serbia won his country's first-ever European Championship medal by beating Levan Vartanov of Spain 10-0 to seal one of the bronzes.
Uladzislau Andreyeu of Belarus beat Armenia's Mihran Jaburyan 8-1 to also finish third.
Russia did win the three heaviest weight categories contested with Magomed Kurbanalev beating Magomedmurad Gadzhiev of Poland 3-1 to clinch the 70kg title.
Azerbaijan won bronze as Murtazali Muslimov beat Azamat Nurykau of Belarus 9-2, while there was also a medal for Zurab Iakovishvili of Georgia, a 3-1 winner over Andriy Kvyatkovskyy of Ukraine.
At 79kg, Akhmed Gadzhimagomedov beat Germany's Martin Obst 6-3 to win the title.
Azerbaijan and Hungary both collected bronze with Jabryil Hasanov beating Muhammet Nuri Kotanoglu of Turkey 10-4 for the former.
Hungarian Mihaly Nagy saw off Moldova's Alexandru Burca 8-1.
In the 97kg division Vladislav Baitcaev was Russia's winner as he defeated Aliaksandr Hushtyn of Belarus 7-0.
Georgia's Elizbar Odikadze beat Murazi Mchedlidze of Ukraine 5-2 for bronze with a minor medal also going to Nurmagomed Gadzhiyev of Azerbaijan, who proved too strong for Macedonia's Magomedgadji Omardibirovich Nurov, 4-0.
The event will conclude tomorrow.