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Greco-Roman World Wrestling Rankings – May 8, 2014

Turkey’s Riza Kayaalp remains the top-ranked heavyweight in the World after winning his fourth European Championship.

By William May
FILA

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (May 8) – European champions took control of the FILA World Rankings for Greco-Roman as world champions YUN Won-Chol (PRK) and RYU Han-Soo (KOR) were upset in the Asian championships in April.

Aleksandar KOSTADINOV (BUL) and Adam KURAK (RUS) moved into the top spots vacated by Yun and Ryu at 59kg and 66kg, respectively, with championship runs in Helsinki.

Artur ALEKSANYAN (ARM) was the only other new No.1, winning his third European championship title in a row (96kg, 98kg) and moving ahead of 2013 world champion Nikita MELNIKOV (RUS).

Wrestlers from Europe now top six of the eight Greco-Roman weight categories, while world champions KIM Hyeon-Woo (KOR) and Taleb Nariman NEMATPOUR (IRI) represent Asia. Kim roared to the Asian title at 75kg in Astana while Nematpour won the 85kg crown in Hungary in March.

Hungary is the only country with more than one wrestler on top of the rankings this month as Tama LORINCZ (HUN) and Peter BACSI (HUN) won at the European titles at 71kg and 80kg, respectively.

In the rankings, wrestlers are listed by name, country code, their most notable or most recent result, and their position in the previous rankings.

59kg – Aleksander KOSTADINOV (BUL) edged Poddubny tournament winner Ivan KUYLAKOV (RUS), 4-3, in the quarterfinals and then rolled over Universiade runner-up Victor CIOBANU (MDA) in the final to win his first European championship title in six tries.

With losses suffered by world champion YUN Won-Chol (PRK) and runner-up CHOI Gyu-Jin (KOR) in the Asian championships, Kostadinov moves to the top of the rankings ahead of Kuylakov and London 2012 Olympic Games gold medalist Hamid SORYAN (IRI).

Elmurat TASMURADOV (UZB), who defeated Choi in the quarterfinals of the Asia meeting, won in Asia for the second year in a row and breaks into the 59kg rankings at No.4 after being ranked No.6 at 66kg.

66kg – Two-time Ivan Poddubny champion Adam KURAK (RUS) won the European championship title with a last-second disqualification of 2010 world champion Hasan ALIYEV (AZE) and earned the No.1 ranking when 2013 world champion RYU Han-Soo (KOR) lost in Asia.

Ryu lost in the semifinals of the Asian championships, 2-4, to 2013 Asia junior champion Khusrav OBLOBERDIEV (TJK), but recovered for a bronze medal and the No.4 ranking.

71kg – London 2012 silver medalist Tamas LORINCZ (HUN) launched Rasul CHUNAYEV (AZE) from par terre for the fall to win his third European championship title and solidify his grip on the No.1 ranking at 71kg.

Athens 2004 gold medalist at 60kg JUNG Ji-Hyun laced up his shoes for the first time in 20 months and raced out for two quick technical falls. The 31-year-old veteran then edged past two-time Asian bronze medalist Maksat YEREZHEPOL (KAZ) on criteria in the final for his first-ever Asian title.

75kg – World and Olympic champion KIM Hyeon-Woo (KOR) forced a disqualification on 2011 world champion Saeid Mourad ABDVALI (IRI) in the semifinals and pinned 2012 Asia runner-up Takehiro KANAKUBO (JPN) in the final to firm up his position atop 75kg.

Aleksander CHEKHIRKIN (RUS), who defeated another world and Olympic gold medalist Roman VLASOV (RUS) for the Ivan Poddubny crown in January, rolled world bronze medalist Arsen JULFALAKYAN (ARM) in the European final and held on for his second major title of the year and the No.2 ranking.

80kg – Peter BACSI (HUN) outscored four opponents 34-0 on his way to the final at the European championships, then hammered out a 1-0 decision over former world champion Selcuk CEBI (TUR) for his first continental crown since 2008.

Unranked Yanarbek KENYEEV (KGZ) pinned 2012 junior world silver medalst Yousef GHADERIAN (IRI) in the final of the Asian championships to win his first title since the junior world meet in 2005. The Bishkek wrestler breaks into the rankings at No.8.

85kg – World University Games bronze medalist Zhan BELENYUK (UKR) pinned former world and Olympic champion Alexej MISHIN (RUS) in the semifinals and faced down hometown favorite Rami HIETANIEMI (FIN) for his first senior-level European championships crown.

Belenyuk won his third straight tourney of the season and leaps to No.2 in the rankings behind reigning world champion Taleb Nariman NEMATPOUR (IRI)

Nursultan TURSYNOV (KAZ), who lost to Belenyuk in the Universiade bronze medal final, wrapped up defending champion Rustam ASSAKALOV (UZB) with a technical fall in the Asian championships final for No.12 in the rankings.

98kg – World silver medalist Artur ALEKSANYAN (ARM) posted a 5-0 win over 2011 world bronze medalist CENK ILDEM (TUR) for his third European championship in a row and the No.1 ranking at 98kg.

Yerulan ISKAKOV (KAZ) racked up four technical falls with a combined score of 36-4 for his first Asian championship title, joining the rankings at No.12.

130kg – World silver medalist Riza KAYAALP (TUR) blanked four opponents, outscoring the challengers 23-0, to claim his fourth European championships title and his third tourney triumph of the year.

Two-time Olympic Games gold medalist Mijain LOPEZ NUNEZ (CUB) won his second title of the year at the Central American and Caribbean Games in San Juan. Lopez Nunez, who has been missing in action since the London 2012, is a four-time world champion, but finished second to Kayaalp in Istanbul in 2011.

59kgRankWrestlerCountryPrevious
1Aleksandar KOSTADINOV Bulgaria7
2Ivan KUYLAKOV Russia3
3Hamid SORYAN Iran5
4Elmurat TASMURADOV Uzbekistan6 at 66
5Rahman BILICI Turkey6
6Shinobu OTA Japan12
7Kamran MAMMADOV AzerbaijanNR
8YUN, Won-Chol North Korea1
9Kanybek ZHOLCHUBEKOV Kyrgyzstan20
10Mingiyan SEMENOV Russia4
11Victor CIOBANU MoldovaNR
12CHOI, Gyu-Jin South Korea2
13Kristijan FRIS Serbia19
14Mohsen HAJIPOUR Iran14
15Soslan DAUROV Belarus13
16Jani HAAPAMAEKI FinlandNR
17Stig Andre BERGE Norway11
18Hatham MAHMOUD FAHMY EgyptNR
19Karen ASLANYAN Armenia9
20Radoslav VASILEV Bulgaria10
66kg
1Adam KURAK Russia3
2Hasan ALIYEV AzerbaijanNR
3Frank STAEBLER Germany4
4RYU Han-Soo South Korea1
5Islambek ALBIEV Russia2
6Istvan LEVAI Slovakia18
7Revaz LASHKHI Georgia12
8Davor STEFANEK Serbia7
9Omid NOROOZI Iran8
10Aram JULFALAKYAN Armenia11
11Atakan YUKSEL Turkey5
12Ruslan TSAREV KyrgyzstanNR
13Khusrav OBLOBERDIEV TajikistanNR
14David KARECINSKI PolandNR
15Sachino DAVITAIA Georgia13
16Marius THOMMESEN Norway14
17Dominik ETLINGER Croatia15
18Asker ORSHOKDUGOV Russia9
19Abdusamelt GUNAL Turkey11
20Luis LIENDO Venezuela20
71kg
1Tamas LORINCZ Hungary1
2Rasul CHUNAYEV Azerbaijan3
3Chingiz LABAZANOV Russia5
4Abuyazid MANTSIGOV Russia2
5Manukhar TSKHADAIA Georgia4
6Mindia TSULUKIDZE Georgia6
7Mohammad KARIMI Iran11
8Aleksander DZEMYANOVICH BelarusNR
9Yunus OZEL Turkey13
10Armen VARDANYAN Ukraine9
11Aleksander MAKSIMOVIC Serbia8
12JUNG Ji-Hyun South KoreaNR
13Maksat YEREZHEPOL KazakhstanNR
14Ionel PUCASU Romania11
15Mathias MAASCH Germany10
16Bromand ASLANGHAREDAGHI Iran12
17Rustam ALIEV Azerbaijan14
18Alexi BELL CABALLERO Cuba15
19Franck HASSLI Monaco16
20Demev SHADRAEV Kazakhstan17
75kg
1KIM Hyeon-Woo South Korea1
2Aleksander CHEKHIRKIN Russia5
3Arsen JULFALAKYAN Armenia3
4Roman VLASOV Russia2
5Mark MADSEN Denmark6
6Saeid Mourad ABDVALI Iran7
7Emrah KUS Turkey4
8Elvin MURSALIYEV AzerbaijanNR
9Robert ROSENGREN Sweden11
10Takehiro KANAKUBO JapanNR
11Laszlo SZABO HungaryNR
12Viktor NEMES Serbia10
13Seref TUFENK TurkeyNR
14Zurabi DATUNASHVILI Georgia9
15Nikolai DARAGAN Ukraine8
16Ilian GEORGIEV Bulgaria12
17Karapet CHALYAN Armenia13
18Mateusz WOLNY Poland15
19Neven ZUGAJ Croatia19 at 80
20Zied AYT OKRAME TunisiaNR
80kg
1Peter BACSI Hungary1
2Selcuk CEBI Turkey15
3Bekhan OZDOEV Russia2
4Viktor SASUNOVSKI Belarus3
5Imil SHARAFEDINOV Russia4
6Aleksander SHYSHMAN Ukraine8
7Giorgi TSIREKIDZE Georgia13
8Yanarbek KENYEEV KyrgyzstanNR
9Yousef GHADERIAN Iran9
10Azamat KUSTUBAEV Kazakhstan6
11Zakarias BERG SwedenNR
12Rafik HUSEYNOV Azerbaijan10
13Habibollah AKHLAGHI Iran11
14Artur OMAROV Czech RepublicNR
15Hrach HOVHANNISYAN ArmeniaNR
16Michael WAGNER Austria16
17Petar BALO Serbia17
18Pascal EISELE Germany7
19Evgeni BOGOMOLOV Russia12
20KIM Jun-Hyung South KoreaNR
85kg
1Taleb Nariman NEMATPOUR Iran1
2Zhan BELENYUK Ukraine8
3Rami HIETANIEMI Finland12
4Damian JANIKOWSKI Poland7
5Alexej MISHIN Russia5
6Amer HRUSTANOVIC AustriaNR
7Jan FISCHER GermanyNR
8Javid HAMZATOV Belarus3
9Viktor LORINCZ Hungary4
10Hassan Saman TAHMASEBI Azerbaijan2
11Asamat BIKBAEV Russia6
12Nursultan TURSYNOV KazakhstanNR
13Rustam ASSAKALOV UzbekistanNR
14Mojtaba KARIMFAR Iran11
15Robert KOBLIASHVILI Georgia13
16Shariar MAMMADOV Azerbaijan10
17Ahmet YILDIRIM Turkey9
18Laimutis ADMAITIS Lithuania18
19Maksim MANUKYAN Armenia17
20Nenad ZUGAJ Croatia15
98kg
1Artur ALEKSANYAN Armenia2
2Cenk ILDEM Turkey6
3Balasz KISS Hungary3
4Nikita MELNIKOV Russia1
5Marthin NIELSEN Norway7
6Melonin NOUMONVI France16
7Aleksander HRABOVIK Belarus13
8Fredrik SCHOEN SwedenNR
9Felix RADINGER GermanyNR
10Musa EVLOEV Russia5
11Yerulan ISKAKOV KazakhstanNR
12Ali ALIYARI FEYZABADI IranNR
13Yasmany Daniel LUGO CABRERA Cuba15
14Alin ALEX-CIURARIU Romania8
15Daigoro TIMONCINI Italy9
16XIAO Di ChinaNR
17Vladimir VASILEV Ukraine10
18Ardo ARUSAAR Estonia11
19Vasil IMERLISHVILI Georgia12
20Erwin CARABALLO CABRERA Venezuela18
130kg
1Riza KAYAALP Turkey1
2Mijain LOPEZ NUNEZ Cuba5
3Johan Magnus EUREN Sweden2
4Attila GUZEL Turkey3
5Mindaugas MIZGAITIS Lithuania4
6Bashir Asgiri BABAJANZADEHIran6
7Lyubomir DIMITROV Bulgaria17
8Behnam MEHDIZADEH IranNR
9Murat RAMONOV Kyrgyzstan19
10Vasily PARSHIN Russia20
11Aleksander CHERNETSKI UkraineNR
12Balint LAM Hungary14
13Saba SHARIATI Azerbaijan13
14Kiril GRYSHCHENKO Belrus13
15Heiki NABI Estonia7
16Vitali ILNITSKI Russia10
17Miloslav METODIEV Bulgaria9
18Radhouane CHEBBI TunisiaNR
19Ramon Antonio GARCIA Dominican RepublicNR
20Robert SMITH United States15

William May conducts the World Rankings for FILA. He has been active in wrestling across three continents for more than 40 years as a competitor, coach, referee and journalist. William worked as the “Sports Information Specialist” for wrestling at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games. He can be reached on his Facebook page or by email, wmay52@hotmail.com

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