Five New No.1’s in Men’s Freestyle Rankings after Continental Championships
By William May
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.
|2||Vladimir KHINCHEGASHVILI||Georgia||15 at 61|
|5||Samat NADYRBEK UULU||Kyrgyzstan||14|
|13||Zoheir EL QUARRAGQE||France||NR|
|14||JIN Jong-Hak||North Korea||7|
|14||James KENNEDY||United States||9|
|15||Bazar BAZARGURUEV||Kyrgyzstan||17 at 65|
|19||Muenir Recep AKTAS||Turkey||14|
|2||Franklin GOMEZ MATOS||Puerto Rico||4|
|6||Sayed Ahmad MOHAMMADI||Iran||17 at 61|
|8||KANG Jin-Hyeok||North Korea||NR|
|13||Andrey KVIATKOVSKI||Ukraine||7 at 70|
|18||Frank CHAMIZO MARQUEZ||Italy||8|
|20||Hernan GUZMAN IPUZ||Colombia||NR|
|13||Amit Dhankar KUMAR||India||NR|
|15||Adrian Ionut MOISE||Romania||NR|
|16||Geandry GARZON CABALLERO||Cuba||10|
|1||Jordan BURROUGHS||United States||1|
|3||Reza AFZALI PAEMAMI||Iran||18|
|10||Nicholas MARABLE||United States||6|
|1||Abdul Rashid SADULAEV||Russia||5|
|3||Meisam MOSTAFA JOUKAR||Iran||13|
|4||Rashid KURBANOV||Uzbekistan||5 at 74|
|7||Reineris SALAS PEREZ||Cuba||2|
|16||Clayton FOSTER||United States||11|
|18||Taymuraz FRIEV NASKIDEAVA||Spain||4|
|19||Pedro CEBALLAS FUENTES||Venezuela||20|
|20||Mohamed Ali ZAGHOUL||Egypt||NR|
|15||Tervel DLAGNEV||United States||13|
|19||Luis VIVENES URBANESA||Venezuela||20|
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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