My list would be very similar to JensenS but I would probably move up Yonemitsu. That was a hell of a draw he went through and he is Olympic champ, whereas Yazdani and Kudukhov are not.
I'm going to take a shot at this weight by weight, after which I'll probably take a bit of a break posting on this board. Getting a bit of wrestling overload trying to watch all the matches:)
1- Otarsultanov, Russia
2- Lebedev, Russia. 2x world champ lost very close to Otarsultanov, probably less than 100% health wise.
3- Khinegashvilli, Georgia. Olympic final could have gone either way, lost a great bout on tiebreakers.
4- Yang, North Korea.
5- Japan (names escapes me)
6- Velikov, Bulgaria
1- Asgarov, Azarbayjan Probably the best season of any wrestler this year
2- Kudukhov, Russia
3- Scott,, USA. Very impressive.
4- Sat, Russia. Crazy barn-burner of a match with Asragov earlier this year, closer than anyone else I can think of.
5- Yumoto, Japan
6- Dutt, India
1- Yonemitsu, Japan
2- Kumar, India
3- Lopez, Cuba
4- Taghavi, Iran. Lost to Cuba in the first round at the Olympics, all clinches:)
5- Hasaynov, Azerbayjan
6- Kazakstan (bronze medallist, name escapes me)
1- Burroughs (USA)
2- Tsargush (Russia)
3- Goudrazi (Iran). Really looked like a deer in headlights in the finals IMO
4- Tigiev (Uzbekistan)
5- Gentry (Canada)
6- Geduev (Russia)
84- once again, the toughest weight to rank. Espinal's crazy out of nowhere run throws messes these up big time. Here's my best shot
1- Sharifov, Azerbayjan
2- Lashgari, Iran
3- Saritov, Russia. Beat Espinal at the recent grand prix, and lacks the embarassing loss many of the other top guys recently suffered.
4- Espinal, Puerto Rico. Very interested to see if he continues to be a world level wrestler after the Olympics
5- Mashgarvilli, Georgia
6- Urishev, Russia. He had a crappy draw but didn't look to impressive at the Olympics IMO>
96- the Yazdani/Varner/Gadisov rankings have been debated to death. The one that really threw me was the Ukranian. Isnt' he one of the up and comers akzent was telling us about?
1- Yazdani, Iran. Assuming he recovers quickly and fully from his injury.
2- Varner, USA
3- Gadisov, Russia. Can't put him over Varner with 0 world medals, and a loss to Gogchelidze this year I believe.
4- Andriiyev (or whatever his name is), Ukraine.
5- Gogchelidze, Georgia. It sucks for him that his best years co-incided with Gatsalov's.
6- Gayzumov, Azerbayjan. I coudn't believe his collapse against Ukraine. Second year in a row he loses one he shoukldn't. What's going on with this guy?
1- Taymazov, Uzbekistan. Is he now the #2 all time heavyweight behind Medved? I'm not much of a historian... anyone else?
2- Magomedov, Georgia. Solid win over Makhov.
3- Makhov, Russia.
4- Iranian, who I believe took Taymazov to double clinches in addition to beating Dlagnev
5- Dlagnev, USA
6- Shemarov, Belarus
Taymazov, Uzbekistan. Is he now the #2 all time heavyweight behind Medved? I'm not much of a historian... anyone else?
the guy from the usa at hwt was pretty successful. 13 world/olympic medals, 4 golds. 1,2,1,3 at olympics
As much as I'd love to play the patriotic American and back big Bruce I think Taymazov is almost equal in total number of medals (I think he might have 9 total) but greater in the number of yellow medals pushes him over the top.
I've got Howe over Gentry.
I remember Howe beat Gentry (and lost to Garcia) early this year. Any other significant international results?