TheMat com International Wrestling Rankings released for June 2006

By Gary Abbott | June 14, 2006, 10:24 a.m. (ET) has published its International Wrestling Rankings for the month of June 2006. These are 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

There were five changes in the No. 1 ranked wrestlers in the new rankings. It has been a busy time of the year for international wrestling, including a number of continental championships and major events. The No. 1 ranked wrestlers in each weight class, by style, are listed below:

Men's Freestyle
55 kg - Dilshod Mansurov (Uzbekistan); 60 kg - Mavlet Batirov (Russia); 66 kg - Makhach Murtazaliev (Russia); 74 kg - Bouvaisa Saitiev (Russia); 84 kg - Adam Saitiev (Russia); 96 kg - Khadjimurat Gatsalov (Russia); 120 kg - Artur Taymazov (Uzbekistan)

The new No. 1 athletes in freestyle are Batirov at 60 kg, and Taymazov at 120 kg. Batirov won the European Championships title at his weight class.

Men's Greco-Roman
55 kg - Armen Amoyan (Armenia); 60 kg - Armen Nazarian (Bulgaria); 66 kg -Alan Milan (Cuba); 74 kg - Varteras Samourgachev (Russia); 84 kg -Artur Michalkiewicz; 96 kg - Hamza Yerlikaya (Turkey); 120 kg - Mijial Lopez (Cuba)

The new No. 1 athletes in freestyle are Amoyan at 55 kg, Milan at 66 kg and Michalkiewicz at 84 kg. Both Amoyan and Michalkiewicz were European champions this year.

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)

All of these women athletes were ranked No. 1 in the April rankings.

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 - June 2006 International Greco-Roman Rankings - June 2006 International Women's Rankings - June 2006