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Men’s Freestyle World Wrestling Rankings – February 12, 2014

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By William May
FILA

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland – London 2012 Olympic Games gold medalist Dyamal OTARSULTANOV (RUS) led a Russian assault on the January rankings as the 2014 wrestling season got under way in earnest in Krasnoyarsk and Colorado Springs.

Russian wrestlers won all eight of the newly installed weight categories in men’s freestyle at the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix and three of the titles up for grabs at the Dave Schultz Memorial tourney.

The Russians claimed 50 of the 160 positions in the expanded rankings, mostly in the middle and lower ranks, as most of the top wrestlers from last September’s world championships held onto their positions.

Otarsultanov, the 55kg gold medalist in London, made the second biggest leap in the rankings for January, going from unranked to No.3 at 61kg with his 10-4 triumph over world champion Bekhan GOYGEREEV (RUS) in the Yarygin finals.

Israil KASUMOV (RUS) made the biggest leap possible in the new rankings – going from unranked to top-ranked – when he won the non-Olympic weight category of 70kg at the Yarygin Grand Prix.

While seven of the eight new categories in men’s freestyle correspond neatly to weights in effect through 2013 (55kg to 57kg, 60kg to 61kg, 66kg to 65kg, etc.), the 70kg category attracted wrestlers from the previous categories of 66kg and 74kg.

The only wrestlers populating the inaugural 70kg poll were all previously unranked since the category was comprised of wrestlers who were somewhat heavy for 66kg and too small to compete effectively at 74kg.

Meanwhile, Universiade bronze medalist Tyrell FORTUNE (USA) won the 125kg crown at the Schultz Memorial and became the only winner in Colorado Springs to break into rankings, at No.13, ahead of his Krasnoyarsk counterpart.

Alan KHUGAEV (RUS), who finished fifth at the World University Games, won the Yarygin Grand Prix crown and joins the January poll at No.14.

The rankings are listed by wrestler, country code, significant or recent competition result and position in the previous rankings.

57kg – Rustam AMPAR (RUS), last year’s International Ukrainian winner at 60kg, defeated world bronze medalist at 55kg Nariman ISRAPILOV (RUS) in the Yarygin Grand Prix semifinals and went on to claim the 57kg crown and No.14 in the rankings.

Omak SYURYUN (RUS), NYAC International runner-up in November, rolled over Zach SANDERS with a 12-0 technical fall in the finals of the Dave Schultz Memorial tourney to snare No.19 in the expanded rankings.

61kg – World champion Bekhan GOYGEREEV (RUS) flopped with an attempted takedown counter and London 2012 gold medalist at 55kg Dyamal OTARSULTANOV (RUS) landed on top for a 10-4 victory in Krasnoyarsk and the No.3 position in the rankings.

Aleksander BOGOMOEV (RUS), one week after finishing ninth at 57kg at the Yarygin tourney, picked apart 55kg world silver medal winner Amit KUMAR (IND) for a technical fall in the Schultz Memorial final at 61kg.

65kg – World University Games gold medalist Magomed KURBANALIEV (RUS) rolled up six points in a second-period flurry and held on for a 7-6 win in the Yarygin final over Alibeggadzhi EMEEV (RUS), who bagged his third silver medal of the winter.

Frank MOLINARO (USA) scratched out a 1-1 last-point victory over 2011 world silver medalist at 60kg Franklin GOMEZ MATOS (PUR) for his second tourney triumph on home soil this winter. Molinaro also took the NYAC International in November with a win over Emeev.

70kg – Israil KASUMOV (RUS) capped a first-period flurry with a four-point double-leg takedown and claimed an 11-0 technical fall over a stunned Ramazan SHAMSHUTDINOV (RUS) at the Yarygin Grand Prix to become the top-ranked wrestler at 70kg.

Georgi IVANOV (BUL) scratched out a 5-2 win over Bekzod ABDURAKHMANOV (UZB) as the Schultz Memorial finalists broke into the rankings at No.18 and No.19, respectively.

74kg – European champion Aniuar GEDUEV (RUS) scored a pair of late takedowns for a 5-1 win over Akhmed GADZHIMAGOMEDOV (RUS) for his second Yarygin Grand Prix title at 74kg and No.8 in the FILA Rankings.

Commonwealth champion Parveen RANA (IND) won the Dave Schultz Memorial, 5-0, over Dan VALLIMONT (USA), who was pipped for No.20 in the rankings by bronze medal winner Moza FAY (USA).

86kg – Abdul Rashid SADULAEV (RUS), who won his second cadet world title last summer, scored with a tilt in the final 20 seconds of his final with Universiade silver medalist Shamil KUDIYAMAGOMEDOV (RUS) for the Yarygin Grand Prix title and No.10 in the rankings.

Defending champion Jonathan READER (USA) notched a fall and a pair of technical falls for his second straight Schultz Memorial crown and No. 20 in the rankings.

97kg – World University Games champion Abdusalam GADISOV (RUS) put together four takedowns for an 8-1 win over Ivan YANKOUSKI (BLR) at the Yarygin Grand Prix to climb two places in the FILA rankings to No.5.

Georgi GOGAEV (RUS), 13th in Krasnoyarsk, rolled to a technical fall in the Schultz Memorial final over Dustin KILGORE (USA) for No.20 in the January rankings.

120kg – Universiade bronze medalist Tyrell FORTUNE (USA) notched a pair of technical falls on his way to the Schultz Memorial crown. Fortune’s second title of the winter on American soil lifts him to No.13 in the expanded rankings.

Alan KHUGAEV (RUS) scored a late takedown for a 2-1 win over Anzor KHIZRIEV (RUS) at the Yarygin Grand Prix to begin the New Year with a No.14 ranking at 125kg.

 RankWrestlerCountryPrevious
57kg
1Hassan RAHIMIIran1
2Amit KUMARIndia2
3Nariman ISRAPILOVRussia3
4Sezer AKGULTurkey4
5Rasul KALIEVKazakhstan5
6Giorgi EDISHERASHVILIGeorgia7
7Bekhbayar ERDENEBATMongolia8
8Angel ESCOBEDOUnited States6
9YANG Kyong-IlD.P.R. Korea9
10Fumitaka MORISHITAJapan10
11Yashar ALIEVAzerbaijan11
12Vladislav ANDREEVBelarus12
13Andrei DUKOVRomania13
14Rustam AMPARRussiaNR
15Vladimir FLEGONTOVRussiaNR
16Artyom GEBEKOVRussiaNR
17Nikolai NOEVTajikistanNR
18Samat NADYRBEK UULUKyrgyzstanNR
19Omak SYURYUNRussiaNR
20Zach SANDERSUnited StatesNR
61kg
1Bekhan GOYGEREEVRussia1
2Vladimir DUBOVBulgaria2
3Dyamal OTARSULTANOVRussiaNR
4Masoud ESMAILPOURJYOUBARIIran3
5BarjangIndia4
6Aleksander BOGOMOEVRussiaNR
7Franklin GOMEZ MATOSPuerto Rico7
8Artur ARAKELYANArmenia5
9Nyam-Ochir ENKHSAIKANMongolia6
10Akhmednabi GVARZATILOVAzerbaijan10
11Haji ALIEVAzerbaijan11
12Vladimir KHINCHEGASHVILIGeorgia9
13Reece HUMPHREYUnited States8
14Murad NUKHADIEVRussiaNR
15Murshid MUTALIMOVRussiaNR
16Nikolai AIVASIANUkraine12
17HWANG Ryong-HakD.P.R. Korea13
18Gamlet RAMONOVRussiaNR
19B.J. FUTRELLUnited StatesNR
20Coleman SCOTTUnited StatesNR
65kg
1David SAFARYANArmenia1
2Livan LOPEZ AZCUYCuba2
3Magomed KURBANALIEVRussia3
4Mandakhnaran GANZORIGMongolia4
5Ilyas BEKBULATOVRussia7
6Frank MOLINAROUnited StatesNR
7Alibeggadzhi EMEEVRussiaNR
8Levan KELEKHSASHVILIGeorgia5
9KANG Jin-HyeokD.P.R. Korea6
10Akhmed CHAKAEVRussiaNR
11Soslan RAMONOVRussiaNR
12Haislan GARCIA VERANESCanada8
13Semyon RADULOVUkraine14
14Alan GOGAEVRussiaNR
15Saba BOLAGHIGermany10
16Agahueseyin MUSTAFAEVAzerbaijan11
17Brent METCALFUnited States15
18Yakup GORTurkey12
19Alexander KONTOEVBelarus13
20Aleksander ZAKHARUSHKINRussiaNR
70kg
1Israil KASUMOVRussiaNR
2Ramazan SHAMSHUTDINOVRussiaNR
3Moulid LAMPEZHEVRussiaNR
4Khetag TSABOLOVRussiaNR
5Andrey KVIATKOVSKIUkraineNR
6Arslan BUDAZHAPOVRussiaNR
7Husey SUYNCHEVRussiaNR
8Timur KHANMAMAGOMEDOVRussiaNR
9Magomedrasul GAZIMAGOMEDOVRussiaNR
10Dshamalaluddin KURBANALIEVRussiaNR
11Rasul DZUKAEVRussiaNR
12Alibek AKBAEVRussiaNR
13Ikhtiyor NAVZUROVUzbekistanNR
14Nurlan BEKZHANOVKazakhstanNR
15Aidar BALDANBAEVKazakhstanNR
16Daniar KAISANOVKazakhstanNR
17Saba KHUBEZHTURussiaNR
18Georgi IVANOVBulgariaNR
19Bekzod ABDURAKHMANOVUzbekistanNR
20Kevin LEVALLEYUnited StatesNR
74kg
1Jordan BURROUGHSUnited States1
2Essadollah AKBARIIran2
3Rashid KURBANOVUzbekistan3
4Ali SHABANOVBelarus4
5Jakob MAKARASHVILIGeorgiaNR
6Narasingh Pancham YADAVIndiaNR
7Denis TSARGUSHRussia7
8Aniuar GEDUEVRussiaNR
9Akhmed GADZHIMAGOMEDOVRussiaNR
10Yabrail HASANOVAzerbaijan9
11Akzhurek TANATAROVKazakhstan10
12Astamaz SANAKOEVRussiaNR
13Isa DAUDOVRussiaNR
14Sosuke TAKATANIJapan8
15Gadzhi GADZHIEVRussiaNR
16Ashraf ALIEVAzerbaijan13
17Kiril TERZIEVBulgaria12
18Luca LAMPISFrance11
19Parveen RANAIndiaNR
20Moza FAYUnited StatesNR
86kg
1Ibragim ALDATOVUkraine1
2Reineris SALAS PEREZCuba2
3Ehsan LASHGARIIran3
4Istvan VEREBHungary3
5Taymuraz FRIEV NASKIDEAVASpain5
6Murad GAIDAROVBelarus6
7Dato MARSAGISHVILIGeorgia7
8Aleksander GOSTIEVAzerbaijan8
9Gheorghita STEFANRomania9
10Abdul Rashid SADULAEVRussiaNR
11Shamil KUDIYAMAGOMEDOVRussia12
12Musa MURTAZALIEVArmenia10
13Anzor URISHEVRussiaNR
14Uitumen ORGODOLMongolia11
15Azlan KAKHIDZEKazakhstan15
16Serdar BOKETurkey13
17Piotr IANULOVMoldova14
18Vladislav VALIEVRussiaNR
19Umidyon ISMANOVUzbekistanNR
20Jonathan READERUnited StatesNR
97kg
1Reza YAZDANIIran1
2Khetag GAZUMOVAzerbaijan2
3Pavlo OLEYNIKUkraine3
4Anzor BOLTUKAEVRussia4
5Abdusalam GADISOVRussia7
6Dato KERASHVILIGeorgia5
7Alexej KRUPNIAKOVKyrgyzstan6
8Sharif SHARIFOVAzerbaijan8
9Ivan YANKOUSKIBelarus12
10Taimuraz TIGIEVKazakhstan9
11Kamil SKASKIEWICZPoland10
12Nicolae CEBANMoldova11
13Batraz GAZZAEVRussiaNR
14Valeri ANDRIITSEVUkraineNR
15Alikhan DZHUMAEVKazakhstan13
16William HARTHGermany14
17Khuderbulga DORJKHANDMongolia15
18Magomed MUSAEVKyrgyzstanNR
19Vladislav BAITSAEVRussiaNR
20Georgi GOGAEVRussiaNR
120kg
1Khadshimourad GATSALOVRussia1
2Alen ZASEEVUkraine2
3Taha AKGULTurkey3
4Geno PETRIASHVILIGeorgia4
5Tervel DLAGNEVUnited States5
6DENG ZhiweiChina6
7Aleksander KHOTSIANIVSKIUkraine7
8Jamalladin MAGOMEDOVAzerbaijan8
9Rares Daniel CHINTOANRomania9
10Komeil GHASEMIIran10
11Daulet SHABANBAYKazakhstan11
12Parviz HADIIran12
13Tyrell FORTUNEUnited StatesNR
14Alan KHUGAEVRussiaNR
15Anzor KHIZRIEVRussiaNR
16Arslanbek ALIEVRussiaNR
17Muradin KUSHKOVRussiaNR
18Aiaal LAZAREVKyrgyzstan15
19Chuluunat JARGALSAIKHANMongolia14
20Magomedgazhi NURASULOVRussiaNR

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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