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Women’s Freestyle World Wrestling Rankings – February 19, 2014

By William May
FILA

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland – Olympic Games medalists, hopefuls and wannabes were on the move in January as they tried on the new system of weights in women’s freestyle, including two more categories for Rio de Janeiro 2016.

The International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) in December announced eight new weight categories for each of the three styles for FILA events with six of the weights designated for the Olympic Games.

For women’s freestyle in the Olympic Games, which had been contested in only four categories since 2004, the new system meant two more weight categories for the women to eye in 2016.

Following the FILA announcement, wrestlers and their coaches began to consider their options for Rio de Janeiro. And, in January, some of the top wrestlers began to signal their plans for 2016.

Three-time Olympic Games gold medalist at 63kg Kaori ICHO (JPN) sits atop the newly created 58kg category while Natalya VOROBIEVA (RUS) seems to have found 69kg to her liking after striking gold in London at 72kg.

Triple gold medalist Saori YOSHIDA (JPN), however, reigns over the 55kg rankings, even though it has become a non-Olympic category for 2016 along with the newly established 60kg.

Yoshida, who has indicated that she would like to try a lighter weight category, won her 11th All-Japan title in December at 55kg and will be ranked at 55kg until she competes at a different category.

Meanwhile, London 2012 bronze medalists at 55kg Yulia RATKEVICH (AZE) and Jackeline RENTERIA CASTILLO (COL) have re-located to the 58kg and 63kg weight categories, respectively.

Two-time Olympic Games medalist Maria STADNYK (AZE) has returned to international competition at 48kg with a triumph at the Golden Grand Prix event in Paris, while London 2012 bronze medalist Battsetseg SORONZONBOLD (MGL) is top-ranked at 63kg with Icho’s move to 58kg.

In addition to the new weight categories for the rankings, each category has been expanded to include the top 20 wrestlers. As before, the rankings are listed by the wrestler’s name, country code, the wrestler’s most significant or most recent result, and the wrestler’s position in the previous rankings.

48kg – London 2012 silver medalist Mariya STADNYK (AZE) returned to competition after 18 months and edged Jessica MacDONALD (AZE) in the Paris Golden Grand Prix final to make her debut in the FILA World Rankings at No.2 behind world champion Eri TOSAKA (JPN).

Meanwhile, 2012 junior world champion Yuki IRIE (JPN) romped through the field in Krasnoyarsk to claim the Ivan Yarygin Golden Grand Prix title for her second win of the of the winter and No.5 in the rankings.

53kg – Two-time European bronze medal winner Maria GUROVA (RUS) fashioned a 3-0 win over 2012 world bronze medalist Maria PREVOLARAKI (GRE) in the Yarygin Golden Grand Prix final to break into the rankings at No.5.

Tatiana DEBIEN (FRA) took the Paris Golden Grand Prix title by technical fall to break into the rankings at No.6 after taking her third straight international title at home. Debien won the Francophone Games in September and returned to Nice 12 weeks later to take the Henri Deglane Challenge crown.

55kg – Universiade bronze medalist Kanako MURATA (JPN) erupted for 12 points in the second period to defeat 2012 world runner-up Zalina SIDAKOVA (BLR) by technical fall in the Yarygin Golden Grand Prix final. With the triumph, Murata climbed to No.7 in the rankings.

ZHONG Xuechen (CHN), runner-up to Murata in the 2012 junior world meet, notched a pair of falls and a technical fall on her way to the Schultz Memorial crown to join the rankings at No.12.

58g – Kaori ICHO (JPN), an eight-time world champion at 63kg, appears to be settling into her new weight category with ease, racking up the Yarygin Golden Grand Prix title with a fall and a pair of technical falls. Icho blanked junior world champ Tserenchimed SUKHEE (MGL), 10-0, in the final.

Yulia RATKEVICH (AZE), former world champion at 59kg and London 2012 bronze medalist at 55kg, staked out her claim to the newly created weight category with a 4-1 triumph over fellow Olympian Kelsey CAMPBELL (USA).

60kg – Junior world champion at 63kg Svetlana LIPATOVA (RUS) defeated defending Yarygin titlist Zhargalma TSYRENOVA (RUS) for the win in Krasnoyarsk and No.3 in the rankings at 60kg, a newly created non-Olympic weight category.

Tatyana OMELCHENKO (UKR) posted a pair of technical falls in Paris, including an 11-0 whitewash of cadet world champion Ramona GALAMBOS (HUN), for the win in the new Golden Grand Prix event.

63kg – Anastasija GRIGORJEVA (LAT) won the Golden Grand Prix Final in Baku last November but was tripped up in the opening GGP event of 2014 in Krasnoyarsk. She rebounded for the Paris crown, however, and No.2 in the rankings.

Yurika ITO (JPN), meanwhile, signaled she wants a chance to become heir to Kaori Icho’s 63kg crown, defeating world and European bronze medalists and Copa Brasil winner Yulia BARTNOVSKAYA (RUS) for the Yarygin Golden Grand Prix title.

69kg – London 2012 gold medalist Natalia VOROBIEVA (RUS) regained the top-spot in the FILA World Rankings with a victory at the Yarygin Golden Grand Prix – but this time at the new weight category of 69kg.

Reigning European and world champion at 67kg Alina STADNIK-MAKHINYA (UKR) holds onto the second position with a runner-up showing at the Gold Grand Prix Final last November and a bronze-medal effort in Krasnoyarsk.

75kg – World bronze medalist Burmaa OCHIRBAT (MGL) edged Universiade winner Ekaterina BUKINA (RUS) on criteria in the semifinals and defeated fellow London Olympian Vasilisa MARZALIUK (BLR) in the finals to win the Yarygin Golden Grand Prix and edge up the rankings to No.2.

Erica WIEBE (CAN) connected with a pair of low single-leg attacks to defeat reigning world champion ZHANG Fengliu (CHN), 6-2, at the Schultz Memorial, lifting the Universiade bronze medal winner to No.3 in the rankings.

NationRankWrestlerNationPrevious
48kg
1Eri TOSAKAJapan1
2Mariya STADNYKAzerbaijan2
3Jessica MacDONALDCanada(3 at 51kg)
4Alyssa LAMPEUnited States4
5Yuki IRIEJapanNR
6Valeria CHEPSARAKOVARussia4
7Victoria ANTHONYUnited States(5 at 51)
8Tatyana AMANZHOL-BAKATYUKKazakhstan7
9Mayelis CARIPA CASTILLOVenezuela2
10Nadeshda FEDOROVARussiaNR
11XU ChengChina4
12Melanie LeSAFFREFrance5
13Anna LUKASIAKPoland6
14Elena VOSTRIKOVARussia9
15PAK Yong-MiDPR Korea8
16Yana STADNIKGreat Britain12
17Jacquelin SCHELLINGermany13
18Jasmine MIANCanadaNR
19Erin GOLSTONUnited StatesNR
20Lenka MATEJOVASlovakiaNR
53kg
1SUN YananChina1
2Erdennechimeg SUMIYAMongolia2
3Helen MAROULISUnited States(7 at 55)
4SO Sim-HyangDPR Korea4
5Maria GUROVARussiaNR
6Tatiana DEBIENFranceNR
7Katherine FULP-ALLENUnited StatesNR
8Yulia BLAHINYAUkraine6
9Yu MIYAHARAJapan7
10Roksana ZASINAPoland8
11Maria PREVOLARAKIGreeceNR
12Natalya MALYSHEVARussiaNR
13Battsetseg ALTANTSETSEGMongoliaNR
14Isabelle SAMBOUSenegal9
15Mareka SHIDOCHIJapanNR
16Mercedescz DENESHungaryNR
17Ekaterina KRASNOVARussia12
18Katarzyna KRAWCZYKPolandNR
19Sarah HILDEBRANDTUnited States(11 at 55)
20Patricia BERMUDEZArgentinaNR
55kg
1Saori YOSHIDAJapan1
2Sofia MATTSSONSweden2
3Valeria KOBLOVA-ZHOLOBOVARussia3
4Emese BARKAHungary4
5Irina HUSYAKUkraine5
6Maya HRISTOVABulgaria6
7Kanako MURATAJapan9
8Zalina SIDAKOVABelarusNR
9Irina OLOGONOVARussiaNR
10Veronika CHUMIKOVARussiaNR
11Risako KAWAIJapanNR
12ZHONG XuechenChinaNR
13Babita KUMARIIndiaNR
14Jill GALLAYSCanada10
15Aishan ISMAGULOVAKazakhstanNR
16Orkhon PUREVDORJMongolia14
17Byambatseren SUNDEVMongolia9
18Natalya KOZUNOVABelarusNR
19Laura MERTENSGermanyNR
20Marwa AMRITunisia12
58kg
1Kaori ICHOJapan(1 at 63)
2Yulia RATKEVICHAzerbaijan3
3Tserenchimed SUKHEEMongoliaNR
4Anna VASILENKOUkraine(9 at 63)
5ZHANG LanChinaNR
6Braxton STONECanada10
7Petra OLLIFinland13
8Aisuluu TYNYBEKOVAKyrgyzstan7
9Joice SOUZA DE SILVABrazil8
10Tatyana LAVRENCHUKUkraine5
11Ayaka ITOJapan6
12Allison RAGANUnited States9
13Michelle FAZZARICanadaNR
14Kelsey CAMPBELLUnited StatesNR
15GeetaIndiaNR
16Karima SANCHEZ RAMISSpain14
17Carola RAINEROItalyNR
18Ulyana TUKURENOVARussiaNR
19Jasmine BARKERCanadaNR
20PHAM Thi LoanVietnam15
60kg
1Marianna SASTINHungary(1 at 59)
2Tungalag MUNKHTUYAMongolia(4 at 59kg)
3Svetlana LIPATOVARussiaNR
4Zhargalma TSYRENOVARussia(12 at 59)
5Anastassia HUCHOKBelarus(11 at 59)
6Tatyana OMELCHENKOUkraineNR
7Ramona GALAMBOSHungaryNR
8Anna MAKSIMOVARussiaNR
9Katsuki SAKAGAMIJapanNR
10Sakshi MALIKIndiaNR
11Jennifer PAGEUnited StatesNR
12Gabriella SLEISZHungaryNR
13Amanda HENDEYUnited StatesNR
14Irina BOGDANOVARussiaNR
15Natalya FEDOSEEVARussiaNR
16Yulia ALBOROVARussiaNR
17Janet SOVERO NINOPeruNR
18Deanna BETTERMANUnited StatesNR
19Ekaterina VYUNOVARussiaNR
20Anastasia VOVCHUKRussiaNR
63kg
1Battsetseg SORONZOBOLDMongolia2
2Anastasija GRIGORJEVALatvia7
3Ekaterina LARIONOVAKazakhstan4
4Jackeline RENTARIA CASTILLOColombia5
5Yurika ITOJapanNR
6Yulia BARTNOVSKAYARussiaNR
7ZHOU ZhangtingChinaNR
8XI LuozhuomaChina11
9Henna JOHANSSONSweden13
10Inna TRAZHUKOVARussiaNR
11Svetlana BABUSHKINARussia
12Yulia PRONTSEVICHRussiaNR
13Laura SKUJINALatviaNR
14Albina LYEKHANOVAUkraineNR
15Danielle LAPPAGECanadaNR
16Dailane GOMES DOS REISBrazilNR
17Lais OLIVIERABrazil15
18Luz Clara VAZQUEZArgentinaNR
19Maria MAMASHUKBelarus8
20Taybe YUSEINBulgaria(2 at 59)
69kg
1Natalia VOROBIEVARussia(2 at 72)
2Alina STADNIK-MAKHINYAUkraine1
3Stacie ANAKACanada2
4Nasanburmaa OCHIRBATMongolia3
5Sara DOSHOJapan4
6Elena PIROZHKOVAUnited States(3 at 63)
7Aline FOCKENGermany5
8Dorothy YEATSCanada8
9Svetlana SAENKOMoldova(6 at 72)
10Ilana KRATYSHIsrael3
11Darima SANZHEEVARussiaNR
12Kayoko KUDOJapanNR
13Randi MILLERUnited StatesNR
14ZHOU FengChinaNR
15Veronica CARLSONUnited States11
16Odonchimeg BADRAKHMongolia(13 at 72)
17Anastasia SHAVLINSKAYARussiaNR
18Dalma CANEVAItalyNR
19Julia SALATAUnited StatesNR
20Martina KUENZAustriaNR
75kg
1ZHANG FengliuChina1
2Burmaa OCHIRBATMongolia3
3Erica WIEBECanada8
4Hiroe SUZUKIJapan7
5Adeline GRAYUnited States4
6Vasilisa MARZALIUKBelarus10
7Jenny FRANSSONSweden9
8Ekaterina BUKINARussia11
9Yasemin ADARTurkey5
10Marina GASTLAustriaNR
11Zsanett NEMETHHungaryNR
12Aline da Silva FERREIRABrazilNR
13Sabira ALIEVAAzerbaijanNR
14Cynthia VESCANFrance12
15Alena STARODUBTSEVARussiaNR
16Victoria FRANCISUnited StatesNR
17Gouzel MANYUROVAKazakhstan14
18Epp MAEEstoniaNR
19Anzhela KATAEVARussiaNR
20Viktoria FROLOVARussiaNR

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

About FILA
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