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    Now that the worlds are over and done....

    It was a bit of a disappointing championships for me as a fan, honestly, and not because of the abysmal preformance of my fantasy team. Canada didn't qualify any men or win any women's weight classes and a lot of matchups I really wanted to see didn't happen. Nonetheless, there was a lot to like.

    The Arm-Spin awards: this covers all categories, but I'm probably biased towards men's freestyle. Also, I haven't watched a lot of the matches.

    OW: Jordan Burroughs, USA, 74 kg fs. Sharifov and Lebedev were top contenders in my mind, but in the end I'm picking the one who beat Tsargush and Goudrazi, two of the best p4p in the world, in very exciting matches. Burrough's combination of speed, set-ups and explosive power is something else to watch.

    Golden Pylon Award: Shemarov, 120 kg fs. While Taghavi remains a perennial contender with his pathological fear of scoring more than once per period, this has to go to Shemarov who won four clinches in a row in the semis and finals to win the worlds.

    Best Pound-for Pound: Besik Kudukhov, 60 kg fs. With Lopez, Gayzumov and Tsargush alll losing this is an easy choice. I think he may have to switch up his techniques a bit, guys were having some sucess stalling him out at this tournament. I don't know much about Abdelvi (66 kg Iran) but he won the worlds, world cup and Asian championships in a very brutal category and deserves recognition also.

    Best Match: 60 kg greco finals. What a match, with a crazy 3rd period! The Iranian gets put on his back (I thought he was pinned, personally), comes back with some huge throws, and then throws himself just to keep things exciting! The Tsargush/Burroughs match is a strong contender for this category also. I'm going to post all my favorites in a bit.

    Best Non-Champion: Ali Bernard, 3rd at 72 kg womens. She wrestled 4 world medallists and beat 3 of them- by fall! Great preformance. Very well deserved medal after knocking on the door for a few ears.

    Most annoying controversy: As always, there are many, from the inherent difficulties in scoring international wrestling to the neverending allegations of corruptions Did Lopez lose on purpose? (I say yes.) Why do the referees hate Belagliev (66 kg greco) so much? However, the most infuriating as a Canadian is the 55 kg final. Tonya Verbeek had a chance to finally beat Yoshida, and was hit with a really questionable "fleeing" call. Coach Calder posted on the Canadian forum about this and he was furious.
    Last edited by arm-spin; 09-24-2011 at 08:53 PM.

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    Good choices, I was very pleasantly surprised with overall quality of the matches. Looking back which weight do you think was the deepest?
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    I don't know, I thought Kudukhov was as impressive as ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zapp Brannigan View Post
    I don't know, I thought Kudukhov was as impressive as ever.
    I thought Kudukhov wrestled relatively uninspiring matches against an easy draw, largely because his opponents had no interest in wrestling him and ran away instead. He went to two clinches vs Japan. I do think he is the best p4p wrestler in the world, but that's different from the OW of a particular tournament.

    Good choices, I was very pleasantly surprised with overall quality of the matches. Looking back which weight do you think was the deepest?

    Probably one of the greco weights, 66 kg maybe. Because of the nature of the modern greco rules, it is hard to become dominant and you end up with a lot of world medallists and champions at one weight. In freestyle I think 96 was the toughest coming in, but Gatsalov and Gayzumov lost early on. I think Gayzumov was injured- he looked like he was limping in his second round loss.

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    It was mind blowing to see Franklin Gomez in the World finals wrestling Kudukhov.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JensenS View Post
    It was mind blowing to see Franklin Gomez in the World finals wrestling Kudukhov.
    I may have teared up a little bit.
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    FILA : Site de la Fdration Internationale des Luttes Associes

    Don't know if others are having the same problem, but whenever I click on individual matches it doens't work. Instead, go to "resultS" (above), pick the weight you want to get the bracket, and then click on the TV icon to watch the match.

    Men's 55 kg: Yang (North Korea) vs Mansurov (Uzbekistan) first round. I'm shocked neither of these guys medalled. Great action!
    Men's 60 kg: Huseynov (Azerbayjan) vs Gomez (Puerto Rico) quarterfinal . Shootout between two fast guys.
    Men's 74 kg: Burroughs (USA) vs Tsargush (Russia) second round. Burroughs (USA) vs Aliev (Azerbayjan) semifinal. Burroughs' ear explodes! Burroughs (USA) vs Goudrazi (Iran) final.
    Men's 84 kg: Sharifov (Azerbayjan) vs Sanderson (USA) second round, good counterwestling by Sharifov. Sharifov vs Saritov (Russia) semifinals. One of my favorite matches, great action, Sharifov scores while on his back in a cradle! Aldatov (Ukraine) vs Mashgarvilli (Georgia) quarterfinal- great scrambling and a back suplex! Sharfiov vs Aldatov final.
    Men's 96 kg: Yazdani (Iran) vs Belarus quarterfinal- huge throw from a single leg! Yazdani (Iran) vs Balci (Turkey) finals. Great action for two big guys! Varner (USA) vs Tigiev (Uzbekistan), bronze medal match.


    Greco:
    Men's 60 kg: Nozoori (Iran) vs Yang (Korea) quarterfinal. Big throws by both guys! Nozoori's final was already mentioned, it's a must-watch.
    Men's 66 kg: Lester (USA) vs Belagliev (Kyrzigstan?) quarterfinal. Wide open from the feet, and as you would expect from these guys there's an officiating controversy. Lester USA vs Thsakadia (Georgia) semifinal- Lester gets air miles!
    Men's 74 kg: Vlasov (Russia) vs Cebi (Turkey) . Not the most exciting match, but I enjoyed it because of th intenisty and atmosphere, and because I'm a Cebi fan. Vlasov won the jr. worlds last year, I think.
    Men's 84 kg: Belarus vs Polant final. Don't remember the guy's names but the match is great- literally a last second turn to win it, and both guys show such raw emotion,
    Men's 96 kg: Guri (Bulgaria) vs Totrov (Russia) quarterfinal. Totrov hits a back suplex seconds in, Guri hits a crazy reverse throw from bottom in the second.

    Women's:
    55 kg: Yoshida (Japan) vs Verbeek (Canada), see discussion above.
    72 kg: Bernard (USA) vs China. I don't remember when this one occurs, but Ali goes way down and comes storming back!
    Last edited by arm-spin; 09-24-2011 at 09:18 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arm-spin View Post
    [Sharifov vs Saritov (Russia) semifinals. One of my favorite matches, great action, Sharifov scores while on his back in a cradle!
    Shouldn't this read Sharifov "scores" from his back in a cradle? That whole scoring sequence baffled me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cashregister View Post
    Shouldn't this read Sharifov "scores" from his back in a cradle? That whole scoring sequence baffled me.
    In freestyle you can score on yourself by rolling flat onto your back, so Sharifov's 2 pt exposure was legitimate IMO. This is the first time I've ever seen both athletes get the extra 1 pt for control in the same sequence, not sure what the rule book says about it.

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