Burroughs beat Geduev, however Geduev is known to be weak against powerful aggresive wrestlers. So it is possible a guy like burroughs may beat him but it doesn't mean he will go on to have the same sort of success Geduev can achieve. I think as soon as Burroughs meets more physical internationals he will be in trouble.
I agree that Burroughs is likely to have more trouble against really physical wrestlers at the weight class, though most of the top guys aren't as in your face as Howe even if they are better at this point. Don't really understand your point though about Geduev being weak against powerful aggressive wrestlers which implies Burroughs is exactly that but will have the most trouble with other powerful, physical wrestlers..? I don't consider Burroughs to be aggressive, he's active but he's most effective when he has some distance. Granted, his hand-fighting has improved dramatically in the last few months and though it won't be at the level of best Europeans may be enough to prevent him from getting in weak positions.
Geduev beat M. Murtazaliev and Goudrazi, among others. Both pretty powserful guys. I don't think anyone is outmuscling Burroughs. He'll be more vulnerable to a defensive star like Tsargush, or someone who can rack up a lot of par terre points like Chamasurlaev. (Speaking of Chama, is he still wrestling at 74?)
I keep getting Amini and Mizrae confused, I though Amini was the one who just crapped out at the Iranian nationals, but I re-read that thread adn he sat out with an injury. Amini will definitely be ranked high when I update these.
Anyone got feedback on other weights? Lots of commentary on 84 but not much else on this thread so far. Any other suggestions for 74 and 120? I'm probably least informed about these two weights.
Arm-Spin you should consider Georgia's Levan Berianidze at heavyweight. He won bronze at 2010 Worlds a month before his 20th birthday, which is pretty ridiculous for a big guy. Haven't noticed any results from him since though, so maybe he's been injured. Georgia sent another talented young heavyweight to the World Cup and the aforementioned Modzmanashvilli to Europeans (upset Akhmedov there). If Berianidze is their guy, he's capable of beating anyone with the exception of Taymazov and Makhov.
At 55kg I would consider the two bronze medalists from last Worlds Inaba from Japan and Chamizo from Cuba, especially the Cuban who is very young. Inaba was stuck behind Olympic runner-up Matsunaga before, but he had some good results before '10 Worlds including 2nd at 2009 Golden Grand Prix tournament.
Should former world medalist Prizreni be in consideration at 60kg? He made the finals at Europeans losing to Sat and beating Fedorishin on the way. He didn't have a very good Worlds though losing to the Cuban Valdez, who is good, but not top 5 in the world.
Well I was wrong about Berianidze, he finished 8th at Grand Prix. Some other notable results include Huseynov winning 60kg and Asgarov finishing 3rd, defending world champ Ganev finishing 8th or 9th, another awful tournament from Herbert unfortunately, etc. Magomedov from Azerbaijan may be worthy of a spot after winning 55kg, he had previously won 2010 Europeans over Lebedev and Velikov.
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OK here are my final rankings then. I took the comments and the recent Grand Prix tournaments into account; basically I weighted this year's results a bit more heavily when updating these, especially at 84 (which is totally redone based on suggestions). Also I put 7 athletes in each category. This puts Varner out of my rankings, even though I think he has a legitimate chance to medal.
3- M. Batirov
7- A. Batirov
6- Mu. Murtazaliev
1- Amini (kept flip-flopping between him and Sokhiev, I still predict a Sokhiev/Sandeson final)
Much appreciated as always.