TheMat com International Wrestling Rankings released for April 2006

By Gary Abbott | April 06, 2006, 7:16 p.m. (ET) has published its International Wrestling Rankings for the month of April 2006. These is the only international rankings published anywhere in the world which rates athletes and teams in the three Olympic wrestling styles: men's freestyle, men's Greco-Roman and women's freestyle wrestling. International Wrestling Rankings list the top 15 wrestlers in the world in each weight class, as well as the top 15 nations in each of the wrestling styles.

A panel of five international wrestling journalists created the rankings.

The top teams in International Wrestling Rankings for April 2006are:
Men's Freestyle - Russia
Men's Greco-Roman - Russia
Women's Freestyle - Japan

The No. 1 ranked wrestlers in each weight class, by style, are listed below:

Men's Freestyle
55 kg - Dilshod Mansurov (Uzbekistan); 60 kg - Alan Dudaev (Russia); 66 kg - Makhach Murtazaliev (Russia); 74 kg - Bouvaisa Saitiev (Russia); 84 kg - Adam Saitiev (Russia); 96 kg - Khadjimurat Gatsalov (Russia); 120 kg - Ayden Polatci (Turkey)

Men's Greco-Roman
55 kg - Hamid Sayan Reinhanpour (Iran); 60 kg - Armen Nazarian (Bulgaria); 66 kg - Nikolay Gergov (Bulgaria); 74 kg - Varteras Samourgachev (Russia); 84 kg - Alim Selimav (Belarus); 96 kg - Hamza Yerlikaya (Turkey); 120 kg - Mijial Lopez (Cuba)

Women's Freestyle
48 kg - Xueveng Ren (China); 51 kg - Hitomi Sakamoto (Japan); 55 kg - Saori Yoshida (Japan); 59 kg - Ayako Shoda (Japan); 63 kg - Kaori Icho (Japan); 67 kg - Meng Lili (China); 72 kg - Kyoko Hamaguchi (Japan)

There were no changes in the No. 1 teams, and no changes in the No. 1 individuals, from the February 2006 ranking. However, there was a tremendous amount of changes in the rest of the rankings, as numerous major international tournament s were held in the last two months, including a number of the FILA Golden Grand Prix events.

Rankings will be published during the following months this season
December 2005
February 2006
April 2006
June 2006
August 2006

In order to provide accurate and timely rankings, as well as to stimulate interest and fan support of international wrestling, asks all wrestling journalists and fans to submit results from international competitions across the world. These results will be posted immediately in the International results section on Please send any and all international wrestling tournament results to Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling at International Freestyle Rankings - April 2006 International Greco-Roman Rankings - April 2006 International Women's Rankings - April 2006