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Top international wrestling journalists offer predictions for World Championships

Sept. 14, 2013, 2:57 p.m. (ET)

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Top wrestling journalists are offering their predictions for the 21 weight classes at the 2013 FILA World Wrestling Championships, set for Sept. 16-22.

Journalists picked the champion in each weight class.

The results will be posted on TheMat.com following the Worlds.

Here are the journalist picks:

Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling
Men's freestyle
55 kg/121 lbs. - Nariman Israpilov (Russia)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Franklin Gomez (Puerto Rico)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Brent Metcalf (USA)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs (USA)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Dato Marsagashvili (Georgia)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Abdusalam Gatsalov (Russia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Tervel Dlagnev (USA)
Greco-Roman
55 kg/121 lbs. - Elbek Tazhziev (Belarus)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Kamran Mammadov (Azerbaijan)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Tamas Lorincz (Hungary)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Roman Vlasov (Russia)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Selcuk Cebi (Turkey)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Nikita Melnikov (Russia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Riza Kayaalp (Turkey)
Women's freestyle
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Alyssa Lampe (USA)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Jessica MacDonald (Canada)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Helen Maroulis (USA)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Yulia Ratkevich (Azerbaijan)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Elena Pirozhkova (USA)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Alina Stadnik-Makhiya (Ukraine)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Natalia Vorobieva (Russia)

Eric Bettermann, Amateur Wrestling News
Men's freestyle
55 kg/121 lbs. - Nariman Israpilov (Russia)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Vladimir Khinchegashvili (Georgia)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Magomed Kurbanaliev (Russia)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs (USA)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Dato Marsagishvili (Georgia)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Pavlo Oleynik (Ukraine)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Jamalladin Magomedov (Azerbaijan)
Greco-Roman
55 kg/121 lbs. - Ivan Tatarinov (Russia)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Ivan Kuylakov (Russia)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Tamas Lorincz (Hungary)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Roman Vlasov (Russia)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Alexei Mishin (Russia)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Nikita Melnikov (Russia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Johan Euren (Sweden)
Women's freestyle
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Eri Tosaka (Japan)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Jessica MacDonald (Canada)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Yulia Ratkevich (Azerbaijan)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Nasanburmaa Orchirbat (Mongolia)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Natalia Vorobieva (Russia)

Al Bevilacqua, nywrestling.com
Men's freestyle
55 kg/121 lbs. - Giorgi Edisherashvili (Georgia)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Masoud Esmailpourjouybari (Iran)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Magomed Kurbanaliev (Russia)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs (USA)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Anzor Urishev (Russia)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Abdusalam Gadisov (Russia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Taha Akgul (Turkey)
Greco-Roman
55 kg/121 lbs. - Ivan Tatarinov (Russia)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Kamran Mammadov (Azerbaijan)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Tamas Lorincz (Hungary)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Arsen Julfalakyan (Armenia)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Alexei Mishin (Russia)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Nikita Melnikov (Russia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Riza Kayaalp (Turkey)
Women's freestyle
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Alyssa Lampe (USA)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Yu Miyahara (Japan)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshia (Japan)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Yulia Ratkevich (Azerbaijan)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Elena Pirozhkova (USA)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Nasanburmaa Ochirbat (Mongolia)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Natalya Vorobieva (Russia)

Jason Bryant, Amateur Wrestling News
Men's freestyle
55 kg/121 lbs. - Giorgi Edisherashvili (Georgia)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Bekhan Goygereev (Russia)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Brent Metcalf (USA)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs (USA)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Shamil Kudiyamagomedov (Russia)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Khetag Gazyumov (Azerbaijan)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Tervel Dlagnev (USA)
Greco-Roman
55 kg/121 lbs. - Rovshan Bayramov (Azerbaijan)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Elmurat Tasmuradov (Uzbekistan)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Tamas Lorincz (Hungary)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Roman Vlasov (Russia)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Selcuk Cebi (Turkey)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Johan Euren (Sweden)
Women's freestyle
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Elena Vostrikova (Russia)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Jessica MacDonald (Canada)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Marianna Sastin (Hungary)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Nasanburmaa Ochirbat (Mongolia)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Adeline Gray (USA)

Ali Feizasa, Iranian News
Men's freestyle
55 kg/121 lbs. - Nariman Israpilov (Russia)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Vladimir Khinchegashvili (Georgia)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Mehdi Taghavi (Iran)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs (USA)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Ehsan Lashgari (Iran)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Anzor Bultokaev (Russia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Komeil Ghasemi (Iran)
Greco-Roman
55 kg/121 lbs. - Ivan Tatarinov (Russia)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Almat Kebisapev (Kazakhstan)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Tamas Lorincz (Hungary)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Roman Vlasov (Russia)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Alexei Mishin (Russia)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Balasz Kiss (Hungary)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Amir Aliakbari (Iran)
Women's freestyle
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Eri Tosaka (Japan)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Jessica MacDonald (Canada)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Yulia Ratkevich (Azerbaijan)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Nasaburmaa Ochirbat (Mongolia)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Natalia Vorobieva (Russia)

Tim Foley, InterMat
Men's freestyle
55 kg/121 lbs. - Nomin Batbold (Mongolia)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Bekhan Goygereev (Russia)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Brent Metcalf (USA)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs (USA)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Aleksander Gostiev (Azerbaijan)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Khetag Gazumov (Azerbaijan)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Taha Akgul (Turkey)
Greco-Roman
55 kg/121 lbs. - Elbek Tazhyiev (Belarus)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Kamran Mammadov (Azerbaijan)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Tamas Lorincz (Hungary)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Kim Hyeon-Woo (Korea)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Alexei Mishin (Russia)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Riza Kayaalp (Turkey)
Women's freestyle
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Eri Tosaka (Japan)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Tatyana Amanzhol-Bakatyuk (Kazakhstan)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Marianna Sastin (Hungary)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Nasanburmaa Ochirbat (Mongolia)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Natalya Vorobieva (Russia)

Ikuo Higuchi, Japanese Wrestling Federation
Men's freestyle
55 kg/121 lbs. - Kyong Il Yang (North Korea)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Franklin Gomez (Puerto Rico)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Mehdi Taghavi (Iran)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs (USA)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Shami Kudiyamagomedov (Russia)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Khetag Gazyumov (Azerbaijan)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Khadzhimurat Gatsalov (Russia)
Greco-Roman
55 kg/121 lbs. - Ivan Tatarinov (Russia)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Ivan Kuylakov (Russia)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Tamas Lorincz (Hungary)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Roman Vlasov (Russia)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Selcuk Cebi (Turkey)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Riza Kayaalp (Turkey)
Women's freestyle
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Eri Tosaka (Japan)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Yu Miyahara (Japan)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Yulia Ratkevich (Azerbaijan)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Dorothy Yeats (Canada)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Natalya Vorobieva (Russia)

Andrew Hipps, InterMat
Men's freestyle
55 kg/121 lbs. - Nariman Israpilov (Russia)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Bekhan Goygereev (Russia)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Magomed Kurbanliev (Russia)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs (USA)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Dato Marsagishvili (Georgia)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Khetag Gazyumov (Azerbaijan)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Taha Akgul (Turkey)
Greco-Roman
55 kg/121 lbs. - Ivan Tatarinov (Russia)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Ivan Kuylakov (Russia)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Tamas Lorincz (Hungary)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Kim Hyeon-Woo (Korea)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Victor Lorincz (Hungary)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Riza Kayaalp (Turkey)
Women's freestyle
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Eri Tosaka (Japan)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Yu Miyahara (Japan)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Marianna Sastin (Hungary)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Dorothy Yeats (Canada)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Natalia Vorobieva (Russia)

Richard Immel, USA Wrestling
Men's freestyle
55 kg/121 lbs. - Kyong Il Yang (North Korea)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Franklin Gomez (Puerto Rico)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Mehdi Taghavi (Iran)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs (USA)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Dato Marsagishvili (Georgia)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Pavlo Oleynik (Ukraine)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Tervel Dlagnev (USA)
Greco-Roman
55 kg/121 lbs. - Ivan Tatarinov (Russia)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Ivan Kuylakov (Russia)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Tamas Lorincz (Hungary)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Kim Hyeon-Woo (Korea)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Damian Janikowski (Poland)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Johan Euren (Sweden)
Women's freestyle
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Alyssa Lampe (USA)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Jessica MacDonald (Canada)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Marianna Sastin (Hungary)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Elena Pirozhkova (USA)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Alina Stadnik-Makhinya (Ukraine)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Natalia Vorobieva (Russia)

Jim Kalin, Amateur Wrestling News
Men's freestyle
55 kg/121 lbs. - Kyong-Il Yang (North Korea)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Vladimir Khinchegashvili (Georgia)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Brent Metcalf (USA)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs (USA)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Musa Murtazaliev (Armenia)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Khetag Gazyumov (Azerbaijan)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Tervel Dlagnev (USA)
Greco-Roman
55 kg/121 lbs. - Rovshan Bayramov (Azerbaijan)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Ivan Kuylakov (Russia)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Tamas Lorincz (Hungary)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Roman Vlasov (Russia)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Selcuk Cebi (Turkey)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Johan Euren (Sweden)
Women's freestyle
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Alyssa Lampe (USA)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Jessica MacDonald (Canada)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Marianna Sastin (Hungary)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Nasanburmaa Ochirbat (Mongolia)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Jenny Fransson (Sweden)

Petr Pavlov, Russian journalist (Yakutsk)
Men's freestyle
55 kg/121 lbs. - Kyong-Il Yang (North Korea)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Vladimir Khinchegashvili (Georgia)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Magomed Kurbanaliev (Russia)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs (USA)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Dato Marsagishvili -- Georgia
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Khetag Gazyumov (Azerbaijan)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Taha Akgul (Turkey)
Greco-Roman
55 kg/121 lbs. - Elbek Tazhyiev (Belarus)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Almat Kebisbayev (Kazakhstan)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Tamas Lorincz (Hungary)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Roman Vlasov (Russia)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Selcuk Cebi (Turkey)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Riza Kayaalp (Turkey)
Women's freestyle
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Sun Yanan (China)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Yu Miyahara (Japan)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Sofia Mattsson (Sweden)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Yulia Ratkevich (Azerbaijan)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Elena Pirozhkova (USA)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Sara Dosho (Japan)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Natalya Vorobieva (Russia)

Andy Ross, 49 North Wrestling
Men's freestyle
55 kg/121 lbs. - Kyong Il-Yang (North Korea)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Bekhan Goigereev (Russia)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Mehdi Taghavi (Iran)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs (USA)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Dato Marsagishvili (Georgia)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Anzor Boltukaev (Russia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Geno Petriashvili (Georgia)
Greco-Roman
55 kg/121 lbs. - Ivan Tartarinov (Russia)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Ivan Kuylakov (Russia)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Rasul Chunayev (Azerbaijan)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Roman Vlasov (Russia)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Alexei Mishin (Russia)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Riza Kayaalp (Turkey)
Women's freestyle
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Alyssa Lampe (USA)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Jessica MacDonald (Canada)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Yulia Ratkevich (Azerbaijan)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Sara Dosho (Japan)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Erica Wiebe (Canada)

Craig Sesker, USA Wrestling
Men's freestyle
55 kg/121 lbs. - Kyong-Il Yang (North Korea)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Franklin Gomez (Puerto Rico)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Brent Metcalf (USA)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs (USA)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Ibragim Aldatov (Ukraine)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Khetag Gazyumov (Azerbaijan)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Tervel Dlagnev (USA)
Greco-Roman
55 kg/121 lbs. - Elbek Tazhyiev (Belarus)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Ivan Kuylakov (Russia)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Justin Lester (USA)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Roman Vlasov (Russia)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Selcuk Cebi (Turkey)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Nikita Melnikov (Russia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Riza Kayaalp (Turkey)
Women's freestyle
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Alyssa Lampe (USA)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Jessica MacDonald (Canada)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Sofia Mattsson (Sweden)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Yulia Ratkevich (Azerbaijan)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Nasanburmaa Ochirbat (Mongolia)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Adeline Gray (USA)
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