Page 1 of 6 1234 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 9 of 47

Thread: Post Olympics Top 10 Freestyle Wrestlers

Hybrid View

  1. #1

    Default Post Olympics Top 10 Freestyle Wrestlers

    Had danced around the idea of this thread elsewhere and I figured rather than just waiting for arm spin (who I'll still be excited to read) I'll go ahead and put myself out there with my picks.

    1. Jordan Burroughs (USA): Hasn't lost in two years, beat the #2 and #3 guys each of the last two years in winning his titles.

    2. Toghrul Asgarov (AZE): To be the man, beat the man. He beat the man.

    3. Artur Taymazov (UZB): Might be a little too high especially if we're talking about p4p, but four straight Olympic finals with three straight Golds deserves some due.

    4. Sharif Sharifov (AZE): Came back and defended his surprise title from last year. No idea about any of his other results but consecutive titles gets him here given how crazy results were these last three days.

    5. Besik Kudukhov (RUS): Don't know what's been up with him the last few months but whatever it is I'm rooting for him to figure it out as I'm still a fan. If he figures it out and allows us to see showdowns between him and Asgarov the next few years I won't complain.

    6. Reza Yazdani (IRI): Thrilled to see Varner win today, but had Yazdani not gotten hurt given how he looked to be wrestling today I think he'd have won this bracket. Beat Varner handily earlier this year.

    7. Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu (JPN): Very impressive in making the finals in whats been a wild 66 kilo weight for the second year in a row and improving his medal color this year. Exciting style, I'm a fan.

    8. Djamal Otarsultanov (RUS): Happy to see him make the team this year, and happy to see him win it.

    9. Denis Tsargush (RUS): Great wrestler with two well deserved World Titles but I don't see how he ever beats Burroughs.

    10. Jake Varner (USA): I can understand arguments related to leaving him off here, but he just won the Olympics and he medaled last year. Oh and USA!

    Honorable Mention: Victor Lebedev (RUS), Abdusalam Gadisov (RUS), Sadegh Goudarzi (IRI), Kyong Il Yang (PRK)
    RIP Jacob Schlottke - 1984-2011

    "If Cornell finishes ahead of Iowa with five all americans I'll jump into the Des Moines River after finals." -Herkey#1 8/16/12

  2. #2

    Default Re: Post Olympics Top 10 Freestyle Wrestlers

    This is a cool thing, good list!

    How in the heck has Taymazov been competing and competing at a "best in the world" level for 16 years?! That just blows my mind?!

  3. #3

    Default Re: Post Olympics Top 10 Freestyle Wrestlers

    Its actually "only" been 12 years not that that makes things any less impressive. Sydney was his first World level competition at the senior level.

    He doesn't wrestle much other than the big events (actually doesn't even go to Worlds every year) so I imagine that helps in terms of him staying fresh.
    RIP Jacob Schlottke - 1984-2011

    "If Cornell finishes ahead of Iowa with five all americans I'll jump into the Des Moines River after finals." -Herkey#1 8/16/12

  4. #4

    Default Re: Post Olympics Top 10 Freestyle Wrestlers

    Roughly my list-
    1)burroughs (unbeaten)
    2)taymazov(3 golds and 1 silver greatest credentials of any freestyle wrestler I put him above medved, deserves this place out of respect)
    3)otarsultanov (messing everybody up with clinch comfortably moving through everybody and beating lebedev)
    4)yazdani (wins over gogshelidze, gadisov, musaev, tigiev, kurbanov, varner, balci, gazyumov, ebrahimi, sheikov list goes on.)
    5)asgarov(tearing through 60kg arguably one of the toughest weights beat sat and kudukhov)
    6)sharifov(world and olympic champ)
    7) kudukhov(A fair drop down the list but he hasn't looked the same for a while at russian nationals, lost to gomez, struggled with gomez again, esmaeilipour looked to have beaten him, then lost handily to asgarov, I personally think he's injured or tired).
    8)lebedev (probably be 1st or 2nd if he went instead of otarsultanov to olympics, i'm probably being too harsh on him)
    9)yonemitsu(multiple world medalist now the champ)
    10) goudarzi (consistently the bridesmaid)

    honorable mentions- tsargush, gadisov, taghavi

  5. #5

    Default Re: Post Olympics Top 10 Freestyle Wrestlers

    Seems low for Asgarov, but I guess you want more of a senior level sample size Gbdaz?
    To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.

  6. #6

    Default Re: Post Olympics Top 10 Freestyle Wrestlers

    Quote Originally Posted by vaisforlovers View Post
    Seems low for Asgarov, but I guess you want more of a senior level sample size Gbdaz?
    Yeah thats the reason, he has beaten the best guys fedorshyn, kudukhov, sat, scott etc but he's not even been to the worlds yet he's come through that fast. Just a matter of time i think before he goes up the list, unless kudukhov gets back to his old self.


    Quote Originally Posted by ODH View Post
    Taymozov is ranked too high, IMO, based on his recent work... Tervel beat at worlds last year.
    The guys a 3 time olympic champ 4 time medalist, and he basically dominated the last 3 olympics, I know he lost to tervel but when it mattered most he pinned him, and tervel was at his best imo coming into this comp, confident and strong, and taymazov got him. I know really p4p he shouldn't be there at this age but with those credentials i think he deserves that spot, but my list is a rough one i might change my mind again tomorrow but burroughs is definately a lock at 1 and yazdani in top 5, i still can't get over burroughs/tsargush and yazdani/gadisov, two best matches of the tournament crowd going nuts, the best 2 wrestlers in the weight going against each other, thats the olympics i wanted to see.

    Quote Originally Posted by arm-spin View Post
    Yes Yazdani got hurt, but his finals opponent beat Gayzumov; I think people would think more highly of his gold medal had he beaten Gaz himself. Love to see a rematch with Yazdani once Yaz heals up.
    This is true, but judging on gazyumov's conditioning today wouldn't suprise me if varner had beat him, on a normal day i'd back gazyumov, gonna be interesting to see what happens to the weight catagories, rules and when these guys all go against each other again.

  7. #7
    World Champ ODH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    3,964

    Default Re: Post Olympics Top 10 Freestyle Wrestlers

    Taymozov is ranked too high, IMO, based on his recent work... Tervel beat at worlds last year.

  8. #8

    Default Re: Post Olympics Top 10 Freestyle Wrestlers

    Asgarov had an unbeaten season I believe. Same as Sharifov (except forfeit loss to Gayzumov at 96). Asgarov just tore the face off everyone. Defintely deserving of a top spot.

    as I said in another threat, Sharifov is the new Ramazan Shahin. Wins crazy matches even when he arguably shouldn't. I'd love to see him wrestle Burroughs- not sure who would win but I bet every specator in the house would be standing and cheering when they were done.

    Varner deserves his spot. He is the Olympic champion. Take away the craptastic world cup (not sure why he was off that tournament, but he was terrible) and he has pretty good results. Olympic gold, world bronze, 2x Yarygin bronze, and so on. Yes Yazdani got hurt, but his finals opponent beat Gayzumov; I think people would think more highly of his gold medal had he beaten Gaz himself. Love to see a rematch with Yazdani once Yaz heals up.

  9. #9

    Default Re: Post Olympics Top 10 Freestyle Wrestlers

    Great analysis gbdaz, except that Asgarov went to the worlds 2 years ago and placed 2nd at 55 kg.

    Watching matches now... just watched the 60 kg final, great match, not a single dull moment. Kudukhov actually looked better than in that German tournament but Asgarov too fast and too big. Amazing. On a side note, they are being real generous with effort throw points these days. Good scramble in the first period and they give a point.

    Another effort throw- Russia/Georgia 55 kg finals. Given to Otarsultanov, but then no points for Georgia at the end. Probably right call, as it wasn't really a "throw" by Georgia per say, but still interesting. These two guys were really evenly matched.

    Burroughs/Tsargush- not as frantic as last year's match, but still another classic.
    Last edited by arm-spin; 08-12-2012 at 10:45 PM.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •