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    Quote Originally Posted by arm-spin View Post

    60 kg:
    1: Kudukhov, Russia (3x world champ, 2x medallist)
    2: Fedorishin, Ukraine (multiple world medallist- beat Sat but lost to Chakaev)
    3: Mohammedi, Iran (former world champ)
    4: Huseynov, Azerbayjan (2x world medallist)
    5: Sat, Russia (Yarygin, European champ)
    Morad Mohammadi is retired ! good news for FILA Website ! they always had problem with his long name

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    kudukhov retired moradi? thats a shame

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arm-spin View Post
    I was going to update top 12 rankings after the Yarygin, but it's kind of pointless since most of the top guys haven't wrestled since worlds, so I'm going to attempt some rankings weight-by-weight. Since I am way too lazy to look up stats, this is based mostly on my opinion of who is the best rather than any set criteria.

    55 kg:
    This is a tough one for me. The defending world champ Lebedev lost handily to Yang at last year's Yarygin, and Yang lost to a sucked-down Mansurov at the Asian games. Doesn't feel right to rank the champ 3rd, but here goes:
    1: Masurov, Uzbekistan (Asian champ, 2x world champ at this weight, bronze medal at 60 kg)
    2: Yang, North Korea (Asian games champ, former World and Yarygin champ)
    3: Lebedev, Russia (world champion)
    4: Asgarov, Azerbayjan (world, jr world runner-up)
    5: Otarsultranov, Russia (Yarygin champ, former European champ)

    60 kg:
    1: Kudukhov, Russia (3x world champ, 2x medallist)
    2: Fedorishin, Ukraine (multiple world medallist- beat Sat but lost to Chakaev)
    3: Mohammedi, Iran (former world champ)
    4: Huseynov, Azerbayjan (2x world medallist)
    5: Sat, Russia (Yarygin, European champ)

    66 kg: This is a wierd one too, mostly because I believe that Garzon could have beaten Gogaev at this year's worlds and was paid not too. Of course, I can't prove this but it affects my rankings. I think Shahin is the most talented guy at this weight but he needs to get into shape and wrestle consistently again.
    1: Kumar, India (defending world, commonwealth champ. Olympic bronze)
    2: Hasanov, Azerbayjan (world bronze, European champ- lost 2x to Kumar, beat Garzon)
    3: Garzon, Cuba (multiple world medallist, Pan Am champ)
    4: Yonimitsu, Japan (Asian champ, Yarygin medallist, beat Taghavi)
    5: Gogaev, Russia (world silver medallist, jr. world champ)

    74 kg:
    1: Tsargush, Russia (2x world champ)
    2: Goudrazi, Iran (2x world medallist)
    3: Chamasurlaev, Azerbayjan (for now... hasn't been spectacular lately)
    4: Gotsiev, Russia (multiple international medallist, can't beat Tsargush)
    5: Fundora, Cuba (2x bronze medallist, beat Chama)

    84: I'm not ranking defending world champion Ganev right now, as he was recently stabbed and I don't know when he'll be wrestling again.
    1: Sokhiev, Uzbekistan (multiple world medallist, former world champ)
    2: Salas, Cuba (bronze medallist, Pan Am champ)
    3: Urishev, Russia (beat Aldatov last year. Any of the top Russians could have this spot really, but Urishev won the last Yarygin over the others)
    4: Aldatov, Ukraine (former world champ)
    5: Ktsoev, Russia (world bronze medallist)

    96: The toughest weight in the world right now IMO.
    1: Gayzumov, Azerbayjan (world champ, Fila's wrestler of the year)
    2: Gatsalov, Russia (5x world/olympic champ- assuming he isn't retired as some have suggested)
    3: Yazdani, Iran (Asian champ. beat Gogchelidze and Tigiev, won a round against Gatsalov but got hurt last year)
    4: Gogchelidze, Georgia (former world champ, many-time medallist)
    5: Akhmedov, Russia (Yarygin champ. Not sure who to put here but the top Russians are always great at this weight.)

    120 kg.
    1: Makhov, Russia (3x world champ)
    2: Taymazov, Uzbekistan (former multiple world, Olympic champ)
    3: Akhmedov, Russia (Olympic silver, Yarygin champ)
    4: Dlagnev, USA (former world bronze, many international medals)
    5: Azourmandis, Greece (2x world bronze)
    This is an outstanding post, rankings all look pretty solid to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arm-spin View Post
    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.
    Bunch even gave Kudukhov a pretty close match. He didn't show anything that would suggest he wins next time, but still matched up pretty well with the best pound for pound wrestler in the world.

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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