By William May
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.
|8||Angel ESCOBEDO||United States||6|
|9||YANG Kyong-Il||D.P.R. Korea||9|
|18||Samat NADYRBEK UULU||Kyrgyzstan||NR|
|20||Zach SANDERS||United States||NR|
|7||Franklin GOMEZ MATOS||Puerto Rico||7|
|13||Reece HUMPHREY||United States||8|
|17||HWANG Ryong-Hak||D.P.R. Korea||13|
|19||B.J. FUTRELL||United States||NR|
|20||Coleman SCOTT||United States||NR|
|2||Livan LOPEZ AZCUY||Cuba||2|
|6||Frank MOLINARO||United States||NR|
|9||KANG Jin-Hyeok||D.P.R. Korea||6|
|12||Haislan GARCIA VERANES||Canada||8|
|17||Brent METCALF||United States||15|
|20||Kevin LEVALLEY||United States||NR|
|1||Jordan BURROUGHS||United States||1|
|6||Narasingh Pancham YADAV||India||NR|
|20||Moza FAY||United States||NR|
|2||Reineris SALAS PEREZ||Cuba||2|
|5||Taymuraz FRIEV NASKIDEAVA||Spain||5|
|10||Abdul Rashid SADULAEV||Russia||NR|
|20||Jonathan READER||United States||NR|
|5||Tervel DLAGNEV||United States||5|
|9||Rares Daniel CHINTOAN||Romania||9|
|13||Tyrell FORTUNE||United States||NR|
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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