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    International journalists predict the champions at the World Wrestling Championships | TheMat.com - USA Wrestling


    Each year, TheMat.com asks journalists around the world for their predictions of the champions at the World Wrestling Championships. This has become an annual tradition within international wrestling. The 2011 World Championships will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, Sept. 12-18.

    In 2010, the journalists who selected the most World champions were Willie Saylor of The Open Mat (USA), Andrew Hipps of InterMat (USA), Earl B. Smith of D1collegewrestling.net (USA) and Eddie Goldman of No Holds Barred (USA) with 11 correct selections. It was the second year in a row which Hipps was tied in first for the most correct selections.

    These are the picks as of Sept. 8. Additional predictions will be added as received prior to the start of the event.

    WILLIE SAYLOR
    The Open Mat (USA)


    Greco-Roman champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Hamid Soryan (Iran)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Almat Kebispayev (Kazakhstan)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Ambako Vachadze (Russia)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Rafik Husenyov (Azerbaijan)
    84 kg/145.5 lbs. - Vasil Rachyba (Ukraine)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Timofej Dzeynichenko (Belarus)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. ? Mijain Lopez (Cuba)

    Women's freestyle champions
    48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Hitomi Sakamoto (Japan)
    51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Mareka Shidochi (Japan)
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
    59 kg/130 lbs. - Takako Saito (Japan)
    63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
    67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Martine Dugrenier (Canada)
    72 kg/158.5 lbs. ? Ali Bernard (United States)

    Men's freestyle champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Victor Lebedev (Russia)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Jabrayil Hasanov (Azerbaijan)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Denis Tsargush (Russia)
    84 kg/145.5 lbs. - Cael Sanderson (United States)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Khadshimourad Gatsalov (Russia)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. ? Bilyal Makhov (Russia)

    ALI FEIZASA
    Iranian Students News Agency & Iranwrestlingnews.com (Iran)


    Greco-Roman champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. ? Roman Amoyan (Armenia)
    60 kg/132 lbs. - Hasan Aliev (Azerbaijan)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. ? Saeid Abdevali (Iran)
    74 kg/163 lbs. ? Selcuk Cebi (Turkey)
    84 kg/145.5 lbs. ? Alan Khugaev (Russia)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. ? Rustam Totrov (Russia)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. ? Mijain Lopez (Cuba)

    Women's freestyle champions
    48 kg/105.5 lbs. ? Maria Stadnyk (Azerbaijan)
    51 kg/112.25 lbs. ? Zamira Rakhmanova (Russia)
    55 kg/121 lbs. ? Saori Yoshida (Japan)
    59 kg/130 lbs. - Battsetseg Soronzonbold (Mongolia)
    63 kg/138.75 lbs. ? Kaori Icho (Japan)
    67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Martine Dugrenier (Canada)
    72 kg/158.5 lbs. ? Stanka Zlateva (Bulgaria)

    Men's freestyle champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Viktor Lebedev (Russia)
    60 kg/132 lbs. - Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Mehdi Taghavi (Iran)
    74 kg/163 lbs. ? Denis Tsargush (Russia)
    84 kg/185 lbs. ? Zaurbek Sokhiev (Uzbekistan)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. ? Khetag Gazyumov (Azerbaijan)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. ? Artur Taymazov (Uzbekistan)

    EDDIE GOLDMAN
    No Holds Barred (USA)


    Greco-Roman champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Hamid Soryan (Iran)
    60 kg/132 lbs. - Hasan Aliyev (Azerbaijan)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Ambako Vachadze (Russia)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Selcuk Cebi (Turkey)
    84 kg/145.5 lbs. - Nazmi Avluca (Turkey)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Tsimafei Dzeinichenka (Belarus)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Mijain Lopez (Cuba)

    Women's freestyle champions
    48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Hitomi Sakamoto (Japan)
    51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Sun Yanan (China)
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
    59 kg/130 lbs. - Takako Saito (Japan)
    63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
    67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Martine Dugrenier (Canada)
    72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Wang Jiao (China)

    Men's freestyle champions
    55 kg/121 lbs.- Kyong Il Yang (North Korea)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs.- Ramazan Sahin (Turkey)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Denis Tsargush (Russia)
    84 kg/185 lbs. - Cael Sanderson (USA)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Khetag Gazyumov (Azerbaijan)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Bilyal Makhov (Russia)

    JOE CAPRINO
    IndianaMat.com (USA)


    Greco-Roman champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Hamid Sorian (Iran)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Almat Kebispayev (Kazakhstan)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. ? Justin Lester (USA)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Selcuk Cebi (Turkey)
    84 kg/185 lbs. - Vasil Rachyba (Ukraine)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. -Timofej Dzeynichenko (Belarus)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. ? Dremiel Byers (USA)

    Women's freestyle champions
    48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Hitomi Sakamoto (Japan)
    51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Zamira Rakhmanova (Russia)
    55 kg/121 lbs. -Saori Yoshida (Japan)
    59 kg/130 lbs. - Takako Saito (Japan)
    63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Elena Pirozhkova (USA)
    67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Martine Dugrenier (Canada)
    72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Kyoko Hamaguchi (Japan)

    Men's freestyle champions
    55 kg/121 lbs.- Victor Lebedev (Russia)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Reece Humphrey (USA)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs.- Jabrayil Hasanov (Azerbaijan)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Denis Tsargush (Russia)
    84 kg/185 lbs. ? Cael Sanderson (USA)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Khadshimourad Gatsalov (Russia)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Artur Taymazov (Uzbekistan)

    IKUO HIGUCHI
    Japan Amateur Wrestling Association (Japan)


    Greco-Roman champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Roman Amoyan (Armenia
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Hasan Aliyev (Azerbaijan)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Ambako Vachadze (Russia)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Rafig Huseynov (Azerbaijan)
    84 kg/145.5 lbs. - Pablo Shorey (Cuba)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Balazs Kiss (Hungary)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Mijain Lopez Nunes (Cuba)

    Women's freestyle champions
    48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Hitomi Sakamoto (Japan)
    51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Han Kum Ok (North Korea)
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
    59 kg/130 lbs. - Takako Saito (Japan)
    63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
    67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Martine Dugrenier (Canada)
    72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Stanka Zlateva (Bulgaria)

    Men's freestyle champions
    55 kg/121 lbs.- Dilshod Mansurov (Uzbekistan)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs.- Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu (Japan)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Denis Tsargush (Russia)
    84 kg/185 lbs. - Albert Saritov (Russia)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Khetag Gazyumov (Azerbaijan)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Beylal Makhov (Russia)

    CRAIG SESKER
    TheMat.com (USA)


    Greco-Roman champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. ? Hamid Sourian (Iran)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Hasan Aliyev (Azerbaijan)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. ? Justin Lester (USA)
    74 kg/163 lbs. ? Celcuk Cebi (Turkey)
    84 kg/185 lbs. ? Alexei Mishin (Russia)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. ? Timofej Dzeynichenko (Belarus)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. ? Mijian Lopez (Cuba)

    Women's freestyle champions
    48 kg/105.5 lbs. ? Clarissa Chun (USA)
    51 kg/112.25 lbs. ? Zamira Rakhmanova (Russia)
    55 kg/121 lbs. ? Saori Yoshida (Japan)
    59 kg/130 lbs. ? Sofia Mattsson (Sweden)
    63 kg/138.75 lbs. ? Elena Pirozhkova (USA)
    67 kg/147.5 lbs. ? Martine Dugrenier (Canada)
    72 kg/158.5 lbs. ? Stanka Zlateva (Bulgaria)

    Men's freestyle champions
    55 kg/121 lbs.- Kyong-Il Yang (North Korea)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs.- Jabrayil Hasanov (Azerbaijan)
    74 kg/163 lbs. ? Jordan Burroughs (USA)
    84 kg/185 lbs. ? Cael Sanderson (USA)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. ? Khadjimurad Gatsalov (Russia)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. ? Artur Taymazov (Uzbekistan)

    TONY ROTUNDO
    WrestlersAreWarriors.com (USA)


    Greco-Roman champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Hamid Soryan (Iran)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Almat Kebispayev (Kazakhstan)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Vasif Arzimanov (Turkey)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Selcuk Cebi (Turkey)
    84 kg/185 lbs. - Pablo Shorey (Cuba)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Timofej Dzeynichenko (Belarus)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. ? Mijain Lopez (Cuba)

    Women's freestyle champions
    48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Hitomi Sakamoto (Japan)
    51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Kum Ok Han (North Korea)
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
    59 kg/130 lbs. - Takako Saito (Japan)
    63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
    67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Martine Dugrenier (Canada)
    72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Ekaterina Bukina (Russia)

    Men's freestyle champions
    55 kg/121 lbs.- Kyong-Il Yang (North Korea)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs.- Sushil Kumar (India)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Denis Tsargush (Russia)
    84 kg/185 lbs. - Cael Sanderson (USA)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Khadshimourad Gatsalov (Russia)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Bilyal Makhov (Russia)

    BYAMBAA TSAGAANBATAR
    "Tavan tsagarig" sports newspaper (Mongolia)
    Wrestling commission member of AIPS


    Greco-Roman champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Hamid Soryan (Iran)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Zaur Kuramagomedov (Russia)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Kanatbek Begaliev (Kyrgyzstan)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Manuchar Kvirkelia (Georgia)
    84 kg/185 lbs. - Nazmi Avluca (Turkey)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Amir Ali Akbari (Iran)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. ? Mijain Lopez (Cuba)

    Women's freestyle champions
    48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Mariya Stadnyk (Azerbaijan)
    51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Otgontsetseg Davaasukh (Mongolia)
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
    59 kg/130 lbs. - Sofia Mattsson (Sweden)
    63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
    67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Martine Dugrenier (Canada)
    72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Stanka Zlateva (Bulgaria)

    Men's freestyle champions
    55 kg/121 lbs.- Frank Chamizo (Cuba)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs.- Ramazan Sahin (Turkey)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Denis Tsargush (Russia)
    84 kg/185 lbs. - Albert Saritov (Russia)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Khadzhimurat Gatsalov (Russia)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Artur Taymazov (Uzbekistan)

    GARY ABBOTT
    TheMat.com (USA)


    Greco-Roman champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. ? Hamid Sourian (Iran)
    60 kg/132 lbs. - Revaz Lashhki (Georgia)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. ? Justin Lester (USA)
    74 kg/163 lbs. ? Rafik Husenyov (Azerbaijan)
    84 kg/185 lbs. ? Nazmi Avluca (Turkey)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. ? Timofej Dzeynichenko (Belarus)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. ? Mijian Lopez (Cuba)

    Women's freestyle champions
    48 kg/105.5 lbs. ? Hitomi Sakamoto (Japan)
    51 kg/112.25 lbs. ? Yanan Sun (China)
    55 kg/121 lbs. ? Saori Yoshida (Japan)
    59 kg/130 lbs. ? Kelsey Campbell (USA)
    63 kg/138.75 lbs. ? Kaori Icho (Japan)
    67 kg/147.5 lbs. ? Adeline Gray (USA)
    72 kg/158.5 lbs. ? Wang Jaio (China)

    Men's freestyle champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. ? Viktor Lebedev (Russia)
    60 kg/132 lbs. - Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Sushil Kumar (India)
    74 kg/163 lbs. ? Denis Tsargush (Russia)
    84 kg/185 lbs. ? Cael Sanderson (USA)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. ? Khetag Gazyumov (Azerbaijan)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. ? Tervel Dlagnev (USA)

    MARK MORRIS
    Pennsylvania Wrestling Resources (USA)


    Greco-Roman champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Hamid Sorian (Iran)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Almat Kebispayev (Kazakhstan)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Ambako Vachadze (Russia)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Selcuk Cebi (Turkey)
    84 kg/185 lbs. - Melonin Noumonvi (France)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Balasz Kiss (Hungary)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. ? Dremiel Byers (USA)

    Women's freestyle champions
    48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Clarissa Chun (USA)
    51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Oleksandra Kohut (Ukraine)
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
    59 kg/130 lbs. - Kelsey Campbell (USA)
    63 kg/138.75 lbs. ? Justine Bouchard (Canada)
    67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Martine Dugrenier (Canada)
    72 kg/158.5 lbs. ? Ali Bernard (USA)

    Men's freestyle champions
    55 kg/121 lbs.- Victor Lebedev (Russia)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs.- Adam Batirov (Russia)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs (USA)
    84 kg/185 lbs. - Cael Sanderson (USA)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Jake Varner (USA)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Bilyal Makhov (Russia)

    MIKOLAJ JAROCKI
    International journalist (Poland)


    Greco-Roman champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. ? Hamid Soryan (Iran)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Ivo Angelov (Bulgaria)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Ambako Vachadze (Russia)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Selcuk Cebi (Turkey)
    84 kg/185 lbs. - Nazmi Avluca (Turkey)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. ? Tsimafei Dzeinichenka (Belarus)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. ? Mijain Lopez (Cuba)

    Women's freestyle champions
    48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Hitomi Sakamoto (Japan)
    51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Mareka Sidochi (Japan)
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
    59 kg/130 lbs. - Agata Pietrzyk (Poland)
    63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
    67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Martine Dugrenier (Canada)
    72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Stanka Zlateva (Bulgaria)

    Men's freestyle champions
    55 kg/121 lbs.- Victor Lebedev (Russia)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs.- Jabrayil Hasanov (Azerbaijan)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Denis Tsargush (Russia)
    84 kg/185 lbs. - Zaurbek Sokhiev (Uzbekistan)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Khetag Gazymov (Azerbaijan)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Bilyal Makhov (Russia)

    GREGG HENRY
    WrestlingReport.com (USA)


    Greco-Roman champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Hamid Soryan (Iran)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Almat Kebispayev (Kazakhstan)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Ambako Vachadze (Russia)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Rafik Husenyov (Azerbaijan)
    84 kg/185 lbs. - Pablo Shorey (Cuba)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Tsimafei Dzeinichenka (Belarus)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. ? Mijain Lopez (Cuba)

    Women's freestyle champions
    48 kg/105.5 lbs. ? Hitomi Sakamoto (Japan)
    51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Zamira Rakhmanova (Russia)
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
    59 kg/130 lbs. - Kelsey Campbell (USA)
    63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
    67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Martine Dugrenier (Canada)
    72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Kyoko Hamaguchi (Japan)

    Men's freestyle champions
    55 kg/121 lbs.- Frank Chamizo (Cuba)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs.- Adam Batirov (Russia)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs (USA)
    84 kg/185 lbs. - Cael Sanderson (USA)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Khadzhimurat Gatsalov (Russia)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Bilyal Makhov (Russia)

    JASON BRYANT
    TheMat.tv


    Greco-Roman champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Hamid Soryan Reihanpour (Iran)
    60 kg/132 lbs. - Almat Kebispayev (Kazakhstan)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Justin Lester (USA)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Selcuk Cebi (Turkey)
    84 kg/185 lbs. - Nazmi Avluca (Turkey)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Timofej Dzeynichenko (Belarus)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Mijan Lopez (Cuba)

    Women's freestyle champions
    48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Clarissa Chun (USA)
    51 kg/112.25 lbs.- Zamira Rakhmanova (Russia)
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
    59 kg/130 lbs. - Agata Pietrzyk (Poland)
    63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
    67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Adeline Gray (USA)
    72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Stanka Zlateva (Bulgaria)

    Men's freestyle champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Kyong-Il Yang (North Korea)
    60 kg/132 lbs. - Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Jabrayil Hasanov (Azerbaijan)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Denis Tsargush (Russia)
    84 kg/185 lbs. - Cael Sanderson (USA)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Khetag Gayzumov (Azerbaijan)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Artur Tamayzov (Uzbekistan)

    AL BEVILACQUA
    NYWrestling.com


    Greco-Roman champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. ? Hamid Soryan (Iran)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Zaur Kuramagomedov (Ukraine)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. ? Steeve Guenot (France)
    74 kg/163 lbs. ? Selcuk Cebi (Turkey)
    84 kg/145.5 lbs. ? Alexi Mishin (Russia)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. ?Aslanbek Khustov (Russia)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. ? Milan Lopez (Cuba)

    Women's freestyle champions
    48 kg/105.5 lbs. ? Clarissa Chun (USA)
    51 kg/112.25 lbs. ? Hitomi Obara (Japan)
    55 kg/121 lbs. ?Saori Yoshida (Japan)
    59 kg/130 lbs. ? Kelsey Campbell (USA)
    63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
    67 kg/147.5 lbs. ? Martine Dugrenier (Canada)
    72 kg/158.5 lbs. ? Ekaterina Bukina (Russia)

    Men's freestyle champions
    55 kg/121 lbs.- Viktor Lebedev (Russia)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs.- Jabriel Hasanov (Azerbaijan)
    74 kg/163 lbs. ? Jordan Burroughs (USA)
    84 kg/185 lbs. ? Cael Sanderson (USA)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. ?Khetag Gazyumov (Azerbaijan)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. ? Bilyal Makhov (Russia)

    GUY CIPRIANO
    Centre Daily Times (USA)


    Greco-Roman champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Roman Amoyan (Armenia)
    60 kg/132 lbs. - Zaur Kuramagomedov (Russia)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Vitaly Rahimov (Azerbaijan)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Selcuk Cebi (Turkey)
    84 kg/185 lbs. - Vasil Rachyba (Ukraine)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Timofej Dzeynichenko (Belarus)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. ? Dremiel Byers (USA)

    Women's freestyle champions
    48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Hitomi Sakamoto (Japan)
    51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Mareka Shidochi (Japan)
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
    59 kg/130 lbs. - Sofia Mattsson (Sweden)
    63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
    67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Martine Dugrenier (Canada)
    72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Stanka Zlateva (Bulgaria)

    Men's freestyle champions
    55 kg/121 lbs.- Victor Lebedev (Russia)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs.- Jabrayil Hasanov (Azerbaijan)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs (USA)
    84 kg/185 lbs. - Mihail Ganev (Bulgaria)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Khetag Gazyumov (Azerbaijan)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Bilyal Makhov (Russia)

    MATT DIANO
    LighthouseWrestling.com (USA)


    Greco-Roman champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Hamid Sorian (Iran)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Almat Kebispayev (Kazakhstan)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs.-Ambako Vachadze (Russia)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Rafik Husenyov (Azerbaijan)
    84 kg/185 lbs. - Habibollah Akhlaghi (Iran)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Timofej Dzeynichenko (Belarus)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. ? Mijain Lopez (Cuba)

    Women's freestyle champions
    48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Clarissa Chun (USA)
    51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Mareka Shidochi (Japan)
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
    59 kg/130 lbs. - Kelsey Campbell (USA)
    63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
    67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Martine Dugrenier (Canada)
    72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Stanka Zlateva (Bulgaria)

    Men's freestyle champions
    55 kg/121 lbs.- Kyong-Il Yang (North Korea)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs.- Jabrayil Hasanov (Azerbaijan)
    74 kg/163 lbs. ? Jordan Burroughs (USA)
    84 kg/185 lbs. - Cael Sanderson (USA)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Khadshimourad Gatsalov (Russia)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs.- Bilyal Makhov (Russia)

    LEE ROPER
    FloWrestling (USA)


    Greco-Roman champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Hamid Soryan (Iran)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Hasan Aliyev (Azerbaijan
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Justin Lester (USA)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Selcuk Cebi (Turkey)
    84 kg/145.5 lbs. - Melonin Noumonvi (France)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Timofej Dzeynichenko (Belarus)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. ? Mijan Lopez (Cuba)

    Women's freestyle champions
    48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Hitomi Sakamoto (Japan)
    51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Sofia Mattsson (Sweden)
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
    59 kg/130 lbs. - Takako Saito (Japan)
    63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
    67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Elena Shalygina (Kazakhstan)
    72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Martine Dugrenier (Canada)

    Men's freestyle champions
    55 kg/121 lbs.- Dilshod Mansurov (Uzbekistan)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs.- Sushil Kumar (India)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Denis Tsargush (Russia)
    84 kg/185 lbs. - Cael Sanderson (USA)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Kadshimourad Gatsalov (Russia)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. -Beylal Makhov (Russia)

    PAT TOCCI
    NWCAonline.com (USA)


    Greco-Roman champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Hamid Sorian (Iran)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Mustafa Saglam (Turkey)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. ? Justin Lester (USA)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Selcuk Cebi (Turkey);
    84 kg/185 lbs. - Alexej Mishin (Russia);
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. -Aslanbek Khushtov (Russia);
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. ?Mijain Lopez (Cuba);

    Women's freestyle champions
    48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Hitomi Sakamoto (Japan)
    51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Mareka Shidochi (Japan)
    55 kg/121 lbs. -Saori Yoshida (Japan);
    59 kg/130 lbs. ? Kelsey Campbell (USA)
    63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
    67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Martine Dugrenier (Canada)
    72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Stanka Zlateva (Bulgaria)

    Men's freestyle champions
    55 kg/121 lbs.- Victor Lebedev (Russia)
    60 kg/132 lbs.- Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs.- Jabrayil Hasanov (Azerbaijan)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Denis Tsargush (Russia)
    84 kg/185 lbs. ? Cael Sanderson (USA)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Khadshimourad Gatsalov (Russia)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Bilyal Makhov (Russia)

    ANDREW HIPPS
    InterMat (USA)


    Greco-Roman champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Hamid Sorian (Iran)
    60 kg/132 lbs. - Almat Kebispayev (Kazakhstan)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Vitaly Rahimov (Azerbaijan)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Selcuk Cebi (Turkey)
    84 kg/185 lbs. - Nazmi Avluca (Turkey)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Rustam Totrov (Russia)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Mijain Lopez (Cuba)

    Women's freestyle champions
    48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Hitomi Sakamoto (Japan)
    51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Mareka Shidochi (Japan)
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
    59 kg/130 lbs. - Takako Saito (Japan)
    63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
    67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Martine Dugrenier (Canada)
    72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Stanka Zlateva (Bulgaria)

    Men's freestyle champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Victor Lebedev (Russia)
    60 kg/132 lbs. - Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Sushil Kumar (India)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Denis Tsargush (Russia)
    84 kg/185 lbs. - Cael Sanderson (USA)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Khadshimourad Gatsalov (Russia)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Bilyal Makhov (Russia)

    EARL B. SMITH
    d1collegewrestling.net (USA)


    Greco-Roman champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. -Hamid Reihanpour (Iran)
    60 kg/132 lbs.-Ivo Angelov (Bulgaria)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. -Vitaly Rahminov (Azerbaijan)
    74 kg/163 lbs. -Selcuk Cebi (Turkey)
    84 kg/185 lbs. -Pablo Shorey (Cuba)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. -Timofej Dzeynichenko (Belarus)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. ?Mijain Lopez (Cuba)

    Women's freestyle champions
    48 kg/105.5 lbs. -Hitomi Sakamoto (Japan)
    51 kg/112.25 lbs. -Sofia Mattsson (Sweden)
    55 kg/121 lbs. -Saori Yoshida (Japan)
    59 kg/130 lbs. -Lian Zhang (China)
    63 kg/138.75 lbs. -Kaori Icho (Japan)
    67 kg/147.5 lbs. -Martine Dugrenier (Canada)
    72 kg/158.5 lbs. -Stanka Zlateva (Bulgaria)

    Men's freestyle champions
    55 kg/121 lbs.-Kyong Il-Yang (North Korea)
    60 kg/132 lbs.-Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs.-Adam Batirov (Russia)
    74 kg/163 lbs. -Jordan Burroughs (USA)
    84 kg/185 lbs. -Cael Sanderson (USA)
    96 kg/211.5 lbs. -Khadshimourad Gatsalov (Russia)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. -Bilyal Makhov (Russia)

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    Lots of love for Lester. Not that he doesn't deserve it, he's an awesome wrestler and one of the most entertaining greco guys in the world.

    Seems about equally split on Gatsalov/Gayzumov and Makhov/Taymazov, would love to see these four guys match up in the finals again.

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    FS predictions will be possible only when we know which team in which floor of the hotel will be accomodated. )))

    Both the GR and FS hotels are located very close to the airport. The greco hotel (--->) is only 5 min drive from there but it's aside from the runways.
    The FS hotel (A) is not so close to it but it's on the line of the runways.
    (The hall is in the red circle.)

    On hotel reviews' sites, guests of the FS hotel who lived in the upper floors complained that it was impossible to sleep because of the noice of airplanes landing and taking off every 5 min.
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    Yes Lester gets a lot of love but only from the American journalists, many of whom I think it's safe to assume don't follow Greco very closely (I don't either for the record). If Akzent's post is indeed true then we should put the Russian and Azerbaijani teams on the top floor

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    No joke!

    In Google Maps search for: Courtyard hotel Istanbul,
    zoom in, and in the area between the hotel and the airport you can even see an airplane landing!
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