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Men’s Freestyle World Rankings – May 2, 2014

Five New No.1’s in Men’s Freestyle Rankings after Continental Championships

By William May
FILA

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland – Five new names appeared atop the FILA World Rankings in men’s freestyle as the dust settled from four continental championship meets held in April around the world.

Rasul KALIEV (KAZ), Haji ALIEV (AZE), Moustafa HOSSEINKHANI (IRI), Abdul Rashid SADULAEV (RUS) and Taha AKGUL (TUR) all moved to the top of their respective weight categories after winning performances in the European and Asia championships.

Yarygin Grand Prix winner Magomed KURBANALIEV (RUS) was the only wrestler to emerge from the continental meets in April with his No.1 ranking intact. Kurbanaliev rolled up four wins by technical superiority and another by fall at 65kg in Helsinki to win his first European championship title.

Jordan BURROUGHS (USA) at 74kg and Reza YAZDANI (IRI) at 97kg remain the only 2013 world champions still on top of their respective rankings after April. Burroughs won the U.S. Open at 74kg, while Yazdani turned in a solid performance at 97kg in March to pace Iran to the World Cup crown.

Meanwhile, three wrestlers from the African championships and Florian TEMEGIL (PLW) all broke into rankings with championship performances in Tunis and Pago Pago.

Ayad IBRAHIM (EGY) won a gold medal in freestyle and bronze in Greco-Roman in Tunis, Augusto MIDANA (GBS) won a fourth African championship title, and Mohamed Ali ZAGHOUL (EGY) was a double-winner with titles in freestyle and Greco-Roman.

Temengil, meanwhile, won freestyle and Greco-Roman titles in the Oceania championships for a second year in a row to add to his two earlier Oceania freestyle titles in 2011 and 2012.

57kg – Rasul KALIEV (KAZ), a fifth-place finisher at last year’s world meet, rolled over Paris Golden Grand Prix winner DAMDINBAZAR Tsogtbaatar (MGL) in the Asian championships final to take over the top position at 57kg.

London 2012 silver medalist at 55kg Vladimir KHINCHEGASHVILI (GEO) quietly fashioned four wins on the way to his first senior-level European championships crown.

61kg – Haji ALIEV (AZE), 30th in the 2013 world championships, picked world champion Bekhan GOYGEREEV (RUS) apart for a 12-5 triumph in the final of the European championships to leapfrog to the top spot at 61kg.

Masoud ESMAILPOUR (IRI) won the battle of world bronze medalists over Bajneesh BAJRANG (IND) at the Asia championships to claim No.4 in the rankings, while Takhti Cup winner Daulet NIYAZBEKOV (KAZ) won a bronze medal to climb to No.5.

65kg – Franklin GOMEZ MATOS (PUR) followed up his triumph at Dan Kolov in February with a win at the Central American and Caribbean Games in San Juan to move in behind European champion Magomed KURBANALIEV (RUS) as No.2 in the rankings.

Borislav NOVACHKOV (BUL), who finished second to Gomez Matos at Dan Kolov, stunned London 2012 gold medalist Togrul ASGAROV (AZE) at the European championships on his way to a bronze medal and No.4 in the rankings.

70kg – Takhti Cup winner Moustafa HOSSEINKHANI (IRI) notched three technical falls on his way to his first senior-level Asian title and, along with a dominating showing at the World Cup, moves to the top of the 70kg poll.

Ruslan DIBIRGADZHIYEV (AZE) defeated previously top-ranked Yakup GOR (TUR) in the semifinals of the European championships to move to grab the No.2 ranking with technical fall triumph over Grigor GRIGORYAN (ARM) in the Helsinki final.

74kg – Two-time Yarygin Grand Prix winner Aniuar GEDUEV (RUS) won his second European championship title with a late four-point takedown and leapt to No.2 in the rankings.

Takhti Cup titlist Reza AFZALI PAEMAMI (IRI) outscored three opponents 26-0 to vault 15 places to No.3 in the rankings after winning his first senior Asia wrestling crown. Alzali Paemami won the Asia cadet title in 2007 and junior crown in 2010.

86kg – Two-time cadet world champion Abdul Rashid SADULAEV (RUS) notched four technical falls in the preliminary rounds, then edged veteran Medved Prizes winner Murad GAIDAROV (BLR), 5-2, for his first European championship crown and the No.1 ranking.

Alexander DOLLY (IRL) battled back from his opening loss to Gaidarov for a berth in the bronze medal finals and had 2012 silver medalist Musa MURTAZALIEV (ARM) on the ropes in the second period. Dolly, however, gave up a late takedown and lost on criteria, but still becomes Ireland’s first wrestler in the FILA World Rankings at No.17.

97 kg– Abdusalam GADISOV (RUS) won his second European championship title with a 5-2 victory over world silver medalist Khetag GAZUMOV (AZE) for No.2 in the rankings behind two-time world champ Reza YAZDANI (IRI).

World University Games bronze medalist DORJKHAND Khuderbulga (MGL) scored with an early four-point throw and held on for a 7-5 win over Medved Prizes bronze medal winner Magomed MUSAEV (KGZ) for the Asia title and No.11 in the rankings.

125kg – World bronze medalist Taha AKGUL (TUR) wrapped up Russian challenger Alan KHUGAEV (RUS) by technical fall for his third European championship title in a row and the No.1 ranking at 125kg.

Newly minted Asia champion Komeil GHASEMI (IRI), a London 2012 bronze medalist, moved to No.3 in the rankings ahead of world champion Khadshimourad GATSALOV (RUS), who has not wrestled internationally since the world meet last September.

57kgRankWrestlerNationPrevious
1Rasul KALIEV Kazakhstan8
2Vladimir KHINCHEGASHVILI Georgia15 at 61
3DAMDINBAZAR Tsogtbaatar Mongolia13
4Fumitaka MORISHITA Japan8
5Samat NADYRBEK UULU Kyrgyzstan14
6Viktor LEBEDEV Russia6
7Hassan RAHIMI Iran1
8Rustam AMPAR Russia10
9Amit KUMAR India2
10BATBOLD Nomin Mongolia3
11Ghenadi TULBEA MonacoNR
12Garik BARSEGHYAN ArmeniaNR
13Zoheir EL QUARRAGQE FranceNR
14JIN Jong-Hak North Korea7
15Sezer AKGUL Turkey5
16Andrei DUKOV Romania17
17Vladislav ANDREEV Belarus17
18Mehrab REZAZADEH IranNR
19Sergey RATUSHNIY Ukraine19
20Nikolaj NOEV Tajikistan20
61kg
1Haji ALIEV Azerbaijan3
2Dyamal OTARSULTANOV Russia2
3Bekhan GOYGEREEV Russia1
4Masoud ESMAILPOUR Iran6
5Daulet NIYAZBEKOV Kazakhstan8
6Bajneesh BAJRANG IndiaNR
7ENKHSAIKHAN Nyam-Ochir Mongolia4
8Akhmednabi GVARZATILOV Azerbaijan5
9LHAMGARMAA Nazmandakh Mongolia18
10Vasyl SHUPTAR UkraineNR
11Andrei PERPELITA MoldovaNR
12Krzysztof BIENKOWSKI Poland11
13Vladimir DUBOV Bulgaria7
14James KENNEDY United States9
15Bazar BAZARGURUEV Kyrgyzstan17 at 65
16Vasyl FEDORISHIN Ukraine12
17Noriyuki TAKATSUKA Japan13
18Alexander SEMISOROW GermanyNR
19Muenir Recep AKTAS Turkey14
20Beka LOMTADZE GeorgiaNR
65kg
1Magomed KURBANALIEV Russia1
2Franklin GOMEZ MATOS Puerto Rico4
3Servet COSKUN Turkey6
4Borislav NOVACHKOV Bulgaria9
5Konstantin KHABALASHVILI Georgia12
6Sayed Ahmad MOHAMMADI Iran17 at 61
7Mustafa KAYA Turkey15
8KANG Jin-Hyeok North KoreaNR
9GANZORIG Mandakhnaran Mongolia3
10Daichi TAKATANI Japan11
11BATMAGNAI Batchuluun Mongolia16
12Furkat FARMANOV UzbekistanNR
13Andrey KVIATKOVSKI Ukraine7 at 70
14Magomed MUSLIMOV Azerbaijan10
15Azamat NURIKOV Belarus20
16Dauren ZHUMAGAZIEV Kazakhstan13
17Alibeggadzhi EMEEV Russia5
18Frank CHAMIZO MARQUEZ Italy8
19Alexander KONTOEV Belarus18
20Hernan GUZMAN IPUZ ColombiaNR
70kg
1Moustafa HOSSEINKHANI Iran2
2Ruslan DIBIRGADZHIYEV Azerbaijan8
3Yakup GOR Turkey1
4Peyman YARAHMADI Iran3
5Grigor GRIGORYAN ArmeniaNR
6Israil KASUMOV Russia5
7Khetag TSABOLOV Russia4
8Miroslav KIROV Bulgaria9
9Somirshoh VOKHIDOV TajikistanNR
10Ken HOSAKA JapanNR
11Ibrahim NURIDDINOV UzbekistanNR
12LING Haiwei ChinaNR
13Amit Dhankar KUMAR IndiaNR
14Zhombor GULYAS HungaryNR
15Adrian Ionut MOISE RomaniaNR
16Geandry GARZON CABALLERO Cuba10
17Zaur EFENDIEV Serbia11
18Emin AZIZOV Azerbaijan16
19BUYANJAV Batzorig Mongolia15
20Ayad IBRAHIM EgyptNR
74kg
1Jordan BURROUGHS United States1
2Aniuar GEDUEV Russia10
3Reza AFZALI PAEMAMI Iran18
4Soner DEMIRTAS Turkey3
5Krystian BRZOZOWSKI Poland11
6Ali SHABANOV Belarus2
7Akhmed GADZHIMAGOMEDOV Russia4
8Yabrail HASANOV Azerbaijan15
9PUREVJAV Unurbat Mongolia13
10Nicholas MARABLE United States6
11Leonid BAZAN Bulgaria8
12Innokenti INNOKENTYEV KyrgyzstanNR
13Ryoichi YAMANAKA JapanNR
14Essadollah AKBARI Iran7
15Kiril TERZIEV BulgariaNR
16Yakob MAKARASHVILI Georgia9
17Parveen RANA IndiaNR
18Akzhurek TANATAROV Kazakhstan17
19Stefan REICHMUTH SwitzerlandNR
20Augusto MIDANA Guinea-BissauNR
86kg
1Abdul Rashid SADULAEV Russia5
2Murad GAIDAROV Belarus10
3Meisam MOSTAFA JOUKAR Iran13
4Rashid KURBANOV Uzbekistan5 at 74
5Azlan KAKHIDZE Kazakhstan12
6Ibragim ALDATOV Ukraine1
7Reineris SALAS PEREZ Cuba2
8Ehsan LASHGARI Iran3
9Istvan VEREB HungaryNR
10Gamzat OSMANOV Azerbaijan6
11Shamil KUDIYAMAGOMEDOV Russia7
12Dato MARSAGISHVILI Georgia8
13Musa MURTAZALIEV ArmeniaNR
14Albert SARITOV Russia16
15Uitumen ORGODOL MongoliaNR
16Clayton FOSTER United States11
17Alexander DOLLY IrelandNR
18Taymuraz FRIEV NASKIDEAVA Spain4
19Pedro CEBALLAS FUENTES Venezuela20
20Mohamed Ali ZAGHOUL EgyptNR
97kg
1Reza YAZDANI Iran1
2Abdusalam GADISOV Russia4
3Khetag GAZUMOV Azerbaijan2
4Ivan YANKOUSKI Belarus8
5Sharif SHARIFOV Azerbaijan5
6Pavlo OLEYNIK Ukraine3
7Nicolae CEBAN Moldova13
8William HARTH GermanyNR
9Lyuben ILIEV Bulgaria7
10Riza YILDIRIM Turkey6
11DORJKHAND Khuderbulga Mongolia14
12Magomed MUSAEV Kyrgyzstan9
13Satyavart KADIAN IndiaNR
14Rustam ISKANDARI TajikistanNR
15Ibrahim BOLUKBASI Turkey11
16Dato KERASHVILI Georgia12
17Valeri ANDRIITSEV Ukraine10
18Hamed TALEBIZARRINKAMAR Iran15
19Yusup JALILOV Belarus16
20Ali BONCEOGLU Turkey17
125kg
1Taha AKGUL Turkey3
2Komeil GHASEMI Iran6
3Alan KHUGAEV Russia10
4Khadshimourad GATSALOV Russia1
5Aleksander KHOTSIANIVSKI Ukraine4
6Jamalladin MAGOMEDOV Azerbaijan5
7Alen ZASEEV Ukraine2
8Parviz HADI Iran7
9Daniel LIGETI HungaryNR
10Daulet SHABANBAY Kazakhstan9
11NATSAGSUREN Zolboo MongoliaNR
12Andranik GALSTYAN Armenia19
13Aiaal LAZAREV KyrgyzstanNR
14JARGALSAIKHAN Chuluunbat Mongolia12
15Tervel DLAGNEV United States13
16David MODZMANASHVILI GeorgiaNR
17Kurban KURBANOV UzbekistanNR
18SHANG Hai ChinaNR
19Luis VIVENES URBANESA Venezuela20
20Florian TEMENGIL PalauNR

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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