Great pick up, that room is getting more and more loaded down low.
Defending Gold Medalist at 55, and then three of our top four at 60.
I didn't include this in the article, but as of now Henry plans on going 60 kg. Which makes the ORTC absolutely ridiculous; they could plausibly have the top 4 finishers at the OTT for 60 kg.
There are potentially two more touted lightweights that might announce they are moving to Columbus in the near future.
Escobedo and who else?
Cejudo was obviously having trouble with the cut to 55kg (if he weren't we may have seen him at '11 WTT), so I understand the move up. That being said, it will be an even greater challenge for him to win the Olympics at 60kg, which I consider to be quite a bit tougher than 55kg right now. It also makes our team less balanced, that is unless someone like Escobedo really steps it up over the next year to become a medal threat. Hopefully he'll use the tempered expectations (including my own) as further motivation to work harder and win.
Saritov looks like a young Pete Townshend.
I see Sanderson beating him.
I saw him as a silver medalist at 55. I remember he lost to Kudukhov a couple years back, but Kudukhov lost to the Japanese wrestler Cejudo beat for gold I think.
I always mix the two up when this topic is broached (which means take this with a grain of salt) but he had a win over Kudukhov back in the day when both were at 55 too. It was Otarsultanov that he never beat.
JensenS is right. Cejudo beat Kuduhov (badly) at the NYAC and lost to him at the jr worlds, Yarygin, and a dual meet.
Cejudo, Wong, Lester named Outstanding Wrestlers at New York AC Holiday Championships
Cejudo lost to Otasultranov in the jr. world finals, badly. Not sure if they wrestled again.
Henry Cejudo captures silver medal at Junior World Championships | TheMat.com - USA Wrestling
Ha! Scratch the 60 kg comment. Henry is at 55 per my latest information. If I feel like flip-flopping again, I'll be sure to keep you posted.