Despite the fact that he drives arm spin so crazy, if Taghavi wins 66 tomorrow for the third time in four years its going to be hard to deny him a spot just behind the two of them.
I was planning to do a top 10 after the Olympics. Burroughs is a clear #1 IMO with Kudukhov going down. Asgarov and Taymazov would probably be next on my list. Sharifov needs to be up there to, he is a 2x champ and I believe he had an undefeated season. Sharifov is this cycle's Ramazan Shahin; able to pull wins out of his butt when he looks like he's going down. Haven't watched many 84 kg matches yer bu tfrmo the sound of things, blood bath!
And Taghavi- no medal. Lost on clinches, did he?
I didn't see the match, definite possibility.
As far as ten guys...Burroughs, Asgarov, Taymazov, Yonemitsu, Otarsultanov, and Sharifov all have to be there right now given their previous accomplishments and their Gold Medals this week. Got to have Kudukhov there despite the loss. That leaves three spots that I'd have to think about
As much as I love Varner and as happy as I am to see him win it this year, I don't know if I put him in the Top 10 p4p.
That final three in my mind you'd probably have to pull from the following group of guys.
Varner, Tsargush, Yang, Lebedev (even though he didn't make the team this year), Yazdani, Gadisov, Goudarzi, maybe some others.
I don't know enough about the non-World/Olympics results for most of these guys to go past the obvious #1 and #2 right now.