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    Hello - Who are your top picks for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Freestyle Wrestling events?

    Here are mine:

    - 55kG Men - Besik Kudukhov (RUS)
    55 - 60kG Men - Mavlet Batirov (RUS)
    60 - 66kG Men - Ramazan Shahin (TUR)
    66 - 74kG Men - Makhach Murtazaliev (RUS)
    74 - 84kG Men - Georgi Ketoev (RUS)
    84 - 96kG Men - Khadshimourad Gatsalov (RUS)
    96 - 120kG Men - Beylal Makhov (RUS)

    - 48kG Women - Chiharu Icho (JPN)
    48 - 55kG Women - Saori Yoshida (JPN)
    55 - 63kG Women - Kaori Icho (JPN)
    63 - 72kG Women - Stanka Zlateva (BUL)
    Last edited by DonR; 07-26-2008 at 05:26 PM.
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    ummm, those were last year's World champs. Murtazaliev and Gatsalov didn't make the team this year.

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    At least he gets credit for spelling them correctly.

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    SI made thier picks in this week's issue:
    55kg:
    Gold: Kudukhov RUS
    Silver: Velikov BUL
    Bronze: Cejudo US
    Bronze: Moreno CUB

    60kg:
    Gold Quintana CUB
    Silver: Baritov RUS
    Bronze: Guidea BUL
    Bronze: Mohammadi IRI

    66kg:
    Gold: Tushishvili GEO
    Silver: Shahin TUR
    Bronze: Farniev RUS
    Bronze: Garzon CUB

    74kg
    Gold Satiev RUS
    Silver: Aldatov UKR
    Bronze Bazrighaleh IRI
    Bronze: Chamsulvarayev AZE

    84kg:
    Gold: Ketoev RUS
    Silver: Sokhiev UZB
    Bronze: Mindorashvili GEO
    Bronze: Yazdani IRI

    96kg:
    Gold: Muradov RUS
    Silver: Gogshelidze GEO
    Bronze: Abrahimi IRI
    Bronze: Cormier USA

    120kg:
    Gold Taymazov UZB
    Silver: Makhov RUS
    Bronze: Rodrigues CUB
    Bronze Tasoev UKR

    Too lazy to type out all the other styles complete predictions but they have
    Vering for Silver and Byers for Bronze in Greco and Van Dusen for Sliver in Womens.

    Pretty solid picks overall. In the little blurb they said the Schwab was a medal threat, although I think this is true of every US wrstler, I would pick Schwab as one of longest shots to medal.

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    Okay - so I've already posted this a bazillion times and I am definitely a homer. I have watched Doug Schwab beat countless wrestlers that were "better than him" since he was a sophomore in high school. Don't underestimate him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gg121and2 View Post
    Okay - so I've already posted this a bazillion times and I am definitely a homer. I have watched Doug Schwab beat countless wrestlers that were "better than him" since he was a sophomore in high school. Don't underestimate him.
    I will be rooting for him, but I would still say he is a medal long shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ODH View Post
    120kg:
    Silver: Makhov RUS
    Bronze: Rodrigues CUB
    Bronze Tasoev UKR
    RUS - Akhmedov, not Makhov.

    Tosoev is tested positive; 2-year suspension (this means end of his career).

    Rumors say Rodriguez didn't return to his island after the tourney in Spain early this month. I don't know whether this is true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akzent View Post
    RUS - Akhmedov, not Makhov.

    Tosoev is tested positive; 2-year suspension (this means end of his career).

    Rumors say Rodriguez didn't return to his island after the tourney in Spain early this month. I don't know whether this is true.


    Stay tuned...

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    I'll say it again. It's almost impossible to pick anyone but the Gold medalists due to the bracket system.

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