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World Championships preview in freestyle wrestling at 60 kg/132 lbs.

Aug. 26, 2013, 3:04 p.m. (ET)
Date of competition: Tuesday, Sept. 17

Russia's Besik Kudukhov has won the last three World freestyle titles at 60 kg/132 lbs. Russia's Opan Sat is ranked No. 1 in the World by FILA after winning the European Championships.

But Kudukhov and Sat suffered losses in the 2013 Russian Nationals and both settled for bronze medals.

Russia's entry at the Worlds may be Bekhan Goygereev, who was a surprise winner at the 2013 Russian Nationals. Goygereev won the World University Games and stands No. 6 in the Senior World rankings.

The World Championships are set for Sept. 16-22 in Budapest, Hungary.

Azerbaijan's Toghrul Asgarov defeated Kudukhov in the 2012 Olympic finals, but Asgarov has not posted any international results this year. Kudukhov placed third in the 2013 Russian Nationals.

Georgia's Vladimir Khinchegashvili is ranked No. 2 in the World. He has won two international events this year.

Bulgaria's Vladimir Dubov sits at No. 3 in the World rankings. He was second at the 2013 European Championships.

North Korea's Ryong-Hak Hwang also has had a superb season. He won the Asian Championships this year and is ranked fourth in the World.

Puerto Rico's Franklin Gomez, a 2011 World silver medalist, sits at No. 9 in the World rankings. Gomez was an NCAA champion for Michigan State and trains with the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club in State College, Pa. He lost to Kudukhov in the 2011 World finals and in the first round of the 2012 Olympics.

Gomez won the Ziolkowski International earlier this month in Poland with a dominant performance.

Iran's Masoud Esmailpourjouybari is another wrestler who could contend for the World title. He won a gold medal at the 2013 World Cup. He was seventh in the 2012 Olympics.

American Coleman Scott won an Olympic bronze medal in this weight class in 2012, but he was knocked out of the U.S. World Team Trials with an injury.

The U.S. entry is 2011 World Team member Reece Humphrey, who beat Scott in the U.S. Open finals this year. Humphrey is an experienced and dangerous wrestler who reached the quarterfinals of the 2011 World Championships. He placed ninth in that event.

Humphrey is looking to join his father, Jim, as a World medalist for the U.S. Jim Humphrey was a World silver medalist in freestyle. Reece Humphrey is a past World University silver and bronze medalist.

FILA WORLD RANKINGS
60 kg/132 lbs. - 1. Opan Sat (Russia); 2. Vladimir Khinchegashvili (Georgia); 3. Vladimir Dubov (Bulgaria); 4. Ryong-Hak Hwang (North Korea); 5. Daulet Niyazbekov (Kazakhstan); 6. Bekhan Goygereev (Russia); 7. Masoud Esmailpourjouybari (Iran); 8. Erhan Bakir (Turkey); 9. Franklin Gomez (Puerto Rico); 10. Tsogtbaatar Damdinbazar (Mongolia); 11. Haji Aliev (Azerbaijan); 12. Vasyl Shupter (Ukraine); 13. Tim Schleicher (Germany); 14. Nikolai Aivasian (Ukraine); 15. Nikolai Bolotnyuk (Slovakia)

RECENT WORLD AND OLYMPIC RESULTS

2012 Olympic Games
60 kg/132 lbs. - Gold - Toghrul Asgarov (Azerbaijan); Silver - Besik Kudukhov (Russia); Bronze - Coleman Scott (USA); Bronze - Yogeshwar Dutt (India); 5th - Kenichi Yumoto (Japan); 5th - Ri Jong Myong (North Korea); 7th - Masoud Esmailpourjouybari (Iran); 8th - Hassan Ibrahim Madani (Egypt); 9th - Malkhaz Zarkua (Georgia); 10th - Tim Schleicher (Germany)

2011 World Championships
60 kg/132 lbs. - Gold - Besik Kudukhov (Russia); Silver - Franklin Gomez (Puerto Rico); Bronze - Kenichi Yumoto (Japan); Bronze - Dauren Zhumagazyyev (Kazakhstan); 5th - Didier Pais (France); 5th - Malkhaz Zarkua (Georgia); 7th - Alejandro Valdez Tobier (Cuba); 8th - Zalimkhan Huseynov (Azerbaijan); 9th - Reece Humphrey (USA); 10th - Rizvan Gadzhiev (Belarus)

2010 World Championships
60 kg/132 lbs. - Gold - Besik Kudukhov (Russia); Silver - Vasyl Fedoryshin (Ukraine); Bronze - Sayed Morad Mohammadi (Iran); Bronze - Zalimhkan Huseynov (Azerbaijan); 5th - Ulan Nadyrbek Uulu (Mongolia); 5th - Ersin Cetin (Turkey); 7th - Alejandro Valdes (Cuba); 8th - Seung-Chul Lee (Korea); 9th - Malkhaz Kurdiani (Georgia); 10th - Artur Arakelyan (Armenia)

2009 World Championships
60 kg/132 lbs. - Gold - Besik Kudukhov (Russia); Silver - Zalimkhan Huseynov (Azerbaijan); Bronze - Dilshod Mansurov (Uzbekistan); Bronze - Vasyl Fedoryshin (Ukraine); 5th - Shogo Maeda (Japan); 5th - Sayed Mohammadi (Iran); 7th - Artur Arakelyan (Armenia); 8th - Maikel Perez Gonzales (Cuba); 9th - Bazar Bazarguruev (Kyrgyzstan); 10th- Anatolie Guidea (Bulgaria)

2008 Olympic Games
60 kg/132 lbs. - Gold - Mavlet Batirov (Russia); Silver - Vasyl Fedoryshyn (Ukraine); Bronze - Kenichi Yumoto (Japan); Bronze - Seyed Morad Mohammadi (Iran); 5th - Bazar Bazarguruev (Krygyzstan); 5th - Zelimkhan Huseinov (Azerbaijan); 7th - Muzad Ramazanov (Macedonia); 8th - Yandro Quintana (Cuba); 9th - Yogeshwar Dutt (India); 10th - Saeed Azarbayjani (Canada)

2007 World Championships
60 kg/132 lbs. - Gold - Mavlet Batirov (Russia); Silver - Anatolie Guidea (Bulgaria); Bronze - Bazar Bazarguruev (Kyrgyzstan); Bronze - Sahit Prizreni (Albania); 5th - Tevfik Odabasi (Turkey); 5th - He Quin (China); 7th - Samat Khakupov (Kazakhstan); 8th - Murat Ramazanov (Macedonia); 9th - Themis Iakovidis (Greece); 10th - Vasil Fedorishyn (Ukraine)

2006 World Championships
60 kg/132 lbs. - Gold - Seyed Morad Mohammadi (Iran); Silver - Mike Zadick (USA); Bronze - Noriyuki Takatsuka (Japan); Bronze - Mavlet Batirov (Russia); 5th - Vasil Fedoryshin (Ukraine); 5th - Dutt Yogeshwar (India); 7th - David Pogosian (Georgia); 8th - Aliaksandr Karnitski (Belarus); 9th - Yandro Quintana (Cuba); 10th - Farzad Tarash (Australia)

2005 World Championships
60 kg/132 lbs. - Gold - Alan Dudaev (Russia); Silver - Yandro Quintana (Cuba); Bronze - Martin Berberyan (Armenia); Bronze - Mehdi Mohammadi (Iran); 5th - Levan Chabradze (Georgia); 5th - Oyunbileg Purevbaatar (Mongolia); 7th - Jae-Myung Song (Korea); 8th - Giuvi Sissaouri (Canada); 9th - Gergo Woller (Hungary); 10th - Tevfik Odabasi (Turkey)

2004 Olympic Games
60 kg/132 lbs. - Gold - Yandro Quintana (Cuba); Silver -Maoud Jokar (Iran); Bronze - Kenji Inoue (Japan); 4th - Vasyl Fedoryshin (Ukraine); 5th -Giuvi Sissaouri (Canada); 6th -David Pogosian (Georgia); 7th - Jung Young Ho (Korea); 8th - Lubos Cikel (Austria); 9th - Damir Zakhartdinov (Uzbekistan); 10th - Mourad Oumakhanov (Russia)
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