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Discuss Freestyle Rankings at the Freestyle & Greco-Roman Wrestling within the Wrestling Talk Forums; I'll try to do these, now that we've had some tournaments. As always, input is ...
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    Default Freestyle Rankings

    I'll try to do these, now that we've had some tournaments. As always, input is appreciates, especially at heavyweight were I am pretty clueless. Also, maybe someone could do greco and women's rankings?

    1: Otarsultanov, Russia (Olympic champ)
    2: Lebedev, Russia (2x world champ, 1x bronze) If he moves to 60 kg as rumored, he'll be #2 there as well.
    3: Yang, North Korea (world champ, bronze).
    4: Yumoto, Japan (Olympic bronze)
    5: Velikov, Bulgaria (world gold & silver, Olympic bronze)
    6: Niyabloom, Kazakstan (world bronze)

    60: (a bit of mess with people moving up and down in weight; Asgarov confirmed to 66 I believe)
    1: Kudukhov, Russia (4x world champ, olympic silver and bronze, world silver)
    2: Sat, Russia (2x European champ) my pick for WC this year
    3: Scott, USA (Olympic bronze)
    4: Khinegashvilli, Georgia (Olympic silveR)
    5: Dutt, India (Olympic bronze)
    6: Yumoto, Japan (2x world bronze)

    66 kg:
    1: Yonemitsu, Japan (Olympic gold, world silver & bronze)
    2: Kumar, India (world gold, Olympic silver & bronze)
    3: Lopez, Cuba (world, Olymic bronze)
    4: Taghavi, Iran (2x world champ)
    5: Asgarov, Azeybayjan (Olympic gold, world silver) I'll move him to #2 as soon as he has shown he can handle the wight jump
    6: Tantarov, Kazakstan (Olympic bronze)

    74 kg:
    1- Burroughs, USA (World, Olympic gold)
    2- Tsargush, Russia (2x world champ, Olympic bronze)
    3- Goudrazi, Iran (Olympic, 2x world silver, 1x bronze)
    4- Gabor, Hungary (world, Olympic bronze (Tigiev not ranked due to suspension, Gentry likely retired)
    5- Geduev, Russia (Yarygin champ) - best chance to upset Burroughs IMO
    6- Khubetzy, Russia (Whichever one is doing better)

    84 kg:
    1- Sharifov, Azerbayjan (Olympic champ, world gold and bronze)
    2- Lashgari, Iran (Olympic bronze)
    3- Espinal, Puerto Rico (Olympic silver). I'm not really comfortable ranking him this high, but find it hard to justify putting him lower than Dato M.
    4- Mashgarvili, Georgia (world, Olympic bronze). Best par terre wrestler and pinner in the world IMO, needs to find a way to win the tough matches.
    5- Urishev, Russia (2x European, Yarygin champ)
    6- Saritov, Russia (world bronze)

    96 kg:
    1- Varner, USA (Olympic champ, world gold). I know he had a lucky draw to win the Olympics, but Yazdani is just coming off surgery, Gayzumov has lost a step and Gadisov just got pinned. So he seems like the #1 to me.
    2- Yazdani, Iran (world champ, 2x bronze)
    3-Andreyii (or whatever his name is), Ukraine (Olympic silver)
    4- Gogchelidze, Georgia (world champ, 2x olympic bronze, other world medals too)
    5- Gayzumov, Azerbayjan (2x olympic bronze, world gold & silver)
    6- Batsev, Russia (Yarygin champ, beating Gatsalov.)

    120 kg:
    1- Taymazov (3x Olympic champ, world champ, many other medals) is he young enough to go for #4?)
    2- Makhov, Russia (3x world champ, Olympic bronze, world silver)
    3- Ghasemi, Iran (Olympic bronze)
    4- Petriashvilli, Georgia (recent national champ over Mod)
    5- Modvashvilli (or whatever), Georgia (Olympic silver, world bronze)
    6- Dlagnev, USA (world bronze)

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Freestyle Rankings

    asgarov number 1 at any weight until he gets beat. most dominant guy at the olympics and he looked huge at 60, he'll be fine at 66.

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    Default Re: Freestyle Rankings

    Put Modzilla ahead of Ghasemi. Dlagnev ahead of Geno. Odikadze should be there instead of Gazyumov......

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    Default Re: Freestyle Rankings

    Regarding Asgarov- I could see an argument for #2, but #1 at 66? Yonemitsu also had a great run at the Olympics, he's consistently up there, and he's a lot bigger than Asgarov IMO.

    BTW speaking of people bumping up, I think Asgarov/Yonemitsu, Yonemitsu/Burroughs, Burroughs/Sharifov, and Sharifov/Varner would all be pretty cool matches to watch

    I'll defer to Hubbard's expertise when it comes to 120. At 96... I have a hard time putting Odikadze on the list without a world medal even though he beat Gayzumov in clinches... but then I guess I did the same thing for Batsev.

    Keep the comments coming people

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