For wrestling historians or those in the know... what are some of the toughest brackets ever in international tournaments?
I remember the 2008 74 kg Olympic bracket being touted of one of the all-time toughest because of the number of veteran wresters with medals (Saitiev, Adatov, Gitinov, Tigiev, Fundora,Gaidrov, Chamasurlaev, Bazri).
Two others that come to mind:
The 2000 Yargyin at 84 when 3x world/olympic Adam Saitiev beat 7x world/olympic Khadartsev in the final, and 2xworld/olympic champ Magomedov beat 2x world champ Sajidov for bronze. Wow. (I wonder if a young Gatsalov was in the bracket too?)
Not sure of the whole bracket, but in 1996 Saitiev beat World/Olympic champ Monday, the defending Olympic champ from Korea, and world (and arguaby Olympic) champ Leipod en route to the gold medal.
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