kudukhov retired moradi? thats a shame
I guess that bumps Chakaev (Russia) up to #5 at 60 kg. I think Shawn Bunch is up there as well, just needs to put it together when it matters the most. He has beaten Huseynov more than once and had a double-clinch loss to Fedorishin.
RIP Jacob Schlottke - 1984-2011
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Ditto on how outstanding arm-spin's post is. Not sure he should get ranked until we see him in competition again (which will be at Cerro Pelado I think?) but Henry Cejudo is back at 55kg. If he can compete at a high level despite the cut then that's a relatively weaker class than 60kg so I think Henry will probably do some serious damage for the next couple years.
Thanks on the compliments guys, I appreciate it.
If Henry Cejudo is back in Olympic form or better, I see no reason he can't win at 55 again. The Olympic bracket he won had Mansurov and Yang.
I just realized how much international talent there is at 66. The following guys didn't make my top five: Shahin (world and olympic champion), Stadnik and Tushishvilli (world and olympic medallists), and Taghavi (world champ). I think Mavlet Batirov (2x olympic champ) wrestled at this weight too last year but lost early at the Russian trials.
Adam Batirov has had a lot of success the last year or so as well. It's an insanely stacked weight which is interesting because it was relatively weak several years ago. On the opposite end of the spectrum, 74kg went from the toughest weight in the world in 2008 to one of the worst excluding Tsargush by 2010.
i disagree with you on your thoughts of 74, why would you say its weak? because there are no world champs? i have thought about this to considering its the only weight without multiple WCs but there is a reason why, saitiev, he has hogged all the gold medals (other then 06 an 07) an now has been replaced by another russian how is probably going to hold that crown for a while, if saitiev did not come around then i guarantee that 74 would have bounced around between a couple of countries
Because Tsargush, who isn't exactly an offensive dynamo, curb-stomped his way through the last world championships. A lot of the 'big guns' from the past few years- Aldatov, Tigiev, M. Murtazaliev, Gaidrov and so have moved up in weight or retired. Chama and Fundora are pretty inconsistend. No weight class is weak at the worlds, but 66, for example, is much stronger at the moment.