Arm-Spin Awards- Greco Edition
Outstanding Wrestler: Mijian Lopez. The beast man knocks off two world champions and makes it look easy. Nabi in the finals was almost crying from his gutwrench. The best p4p men's wrestler in the world at this point IMO; I don't think he gave up a point either. Honorable mention goes to Noroozi who tried to beat all of his opponents to death; it would be miserable to wrestle him.
Golden Plyon: I'm giving out a team award to the Russian contingent. Great wrestlers, terrible entertainers. From the "don't touch me" standing defense employed by Khugaev and Vlasoev in the finals, to the two wins in a row by foul for Totrov, this whole team earns the Pylon this time. (On a side note: how many points would Lopez score if he was paid money for every one?)
Best Non-Winner: Lorincz (66 kg Hungary) wrestled a brilliant tournament, with classic bouts in the quarters and semis. Just didn't have enough against the Korean in the finals, but great job. Gaber gets the obvious honorable mention here; great job beating 3 world medallists in his comeback bid.
Best match: I'm going with Noroozi-Kepisayeb quarterfinal. Not as crazy as their world final, but still a high octane bout featuring a lot of throwing, including a huge slam by Noroozi. HM goes to the wild semifinal between Lorincz and the Georgian.
Other good ones: Gaber vs Jakinkowski semifinal, Lorincz and Lester quarterfinal, Jung and Guenot semifinal, Lester and Germany repechage match, Sourian vs Erzaliev, Betts first round against Micronesia, crazy finish in Lindberg/Belarus. Worth watching for their star quality is the 55 kg final (Sourian/Bayramov) and the 120 kg semi between Lopez and Kayaalp, with the big celebration from Lopez afterwards. As was often the case, the finals didn't showcase the most exciting wrestling the tournament had to offer.
PS anyone got Madsen/Vlasoev?
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