I'd say he matches up badly with gogshelidze although old, is ridiculously strong in the clinch i think he gets a hold of varner he'll slap on that 2 on 1 and there will be no way out and he'll just force him down. As for yazdani i think he has better chance with gazyumov than yazdani, yazdani is what 5ft 7/8 the chances of ankle picking him will be very difficult or getting any kind of effective shot, yazdani loses on exposers usually and varner isn't too well known for that. Gazyumov is on a high at the moment winning everything but a guy who will get in his face and refuses to get dominated has a good chance and thats varners style, but i still can't see him beating gazyumov.
Really its a shame for varner being in a monster weight class, but if he wins it or medals it will be a sweet victory for him.
Tigiev is still wrestling since the olympics, he has been quite active in the last year he had a victory over gatsalov and yazdani in poland, then was beaten heavily by yazdani at the asian games, tigiev even went up to 120 and beat akhmedov.
When are the russian nats?
June 24-26, the GR nats were held.
FS nats - July 1-3.
Do you have full results? Themat.com has partial results
Im just curious but how hot is it this time of year in russia? is it very humid there?
55 kg. 1. Bekhan Mankiev, 2. Ivan Tatarinov, 3. Sergej Poprushko, Damir Ahmedzyanov.
60 kg. 1. Zaur Kuramagomedov, 2. Vyacheslav Dzhaste, 3. Maksim Karpov. Ivan Kuylakov.
66 kg. 1. Yurii Denisov, 2. Migran Arutyunyan, 3. Adam Kurak, Islambek Albiev.
74 kg. 1. Roman Vlasov, 2. Imil Sharafetdinov, 3. Alexander Chehirkin, Ilyas Magomadov.
84 kg. 1. Aleksei Mishin, 2. Alan Hugaev, 3. Oleg Shokalov, Zaur Karezhev.
96 kg. 1. Nikita Melnikov, 2. Rustem Totrov, 3. Konstantin Efimov, Aslanbek Hushtov
120 kg. 1. Artiom Doronin, 2. Alexander Anuchin, 3. Aslan Dadov, Aleksandr Ekimov.
Comeback of the Russians! Ethnic/Slavic Russians. They won in 5 weight classes. Caucasians won only in 55 and 60; in the other weight classes, they took 2-3-5 places.
55 N. Mankiev and 120 Baroev didn't participate. (In 55, N. Mankeiv's brother placed 1st.)
66 Albiev and 96 Khushtov lost to the guys who eventually placed 2nd.
84 Hugaev and 96 Totrov who were expected to win the nationals lost their finals. At Poddubny in Jan they won the tourney (Hugaev beat Mishin and Totrov beat Melnikov) and at the World cup in March, they beat the Iranian top wrestlers Nematpour and Ghorbani.
96 kg champ Melnikov was national champ also in 2010 but he doesn't have any international success yet.