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Men’s Freestyle Rankings hold steady after busy start to 2014

By FILA | April 01, 2014, 3:49 p.m. (ET)
CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (April 1) – The FILA World Wrestling Rankings for men’s freestyle held relatively steady throughout March after two months of churn as wrestlers and coaches experimented with the new system of weight categories.

But while many of the top 10 wrestlers in each of the eight categories seem to be firmly entrenched among the elites, a handful of wrestlers broke into upper half of the rankings with solid performances in March.

Two-time former world champion Viktor LEBEDEV (RUS), missing in action for most of 2012 and 2013, debuts at No.6 in the rankings at 57kg, while 2013 world bronze medalist Masoud ESMAILPOURJOUYBARI (IRI) returned to No.6 at 61kg after tumbling out of the rankings the previous month.

Meanwhile, Takhti Cup winner Moustafa HOSSEINKHANI (IRI) charged up the rankings from No.16 to No.2 at the non-Olympic weight category of 70kg with four wins at the World Cup.

Servet COSKUN (TUR) leapt from from 16th to No.6 at 65kg after back-to-back bronze medals at Dan Kolov and the Medved Prizes, while Mediterranean Games champion Soner DEMIRITAS (TUR) went from No.12 to No.3 with three trips to the medals podium in February and March.

A total of five wrestlers in the top 10 fell out of the rankings with world bronze medalist Istvan VEREB (HUN) at 86kg taking the biggest tumble from No.4. Vereb, however, is entered in the European championships and could make the rebound next month with a solid performance in Vantaa.

The rankings are listed by wrestler, country code, most notable or most recent competition result and position in the previous rankings.

57kg – Two-time former world champion Viktor LEBEDEV (RUS) edged reigning world champ Hassan RAHIMI (IRI) in the final of the men’s freestyle World Cup to make his debut in the FILA World Rankings at No.6.

Vladislav ANDREEV (BLR), 2013 European silver medalist, stormed back through repechage at the Medved Prizes, winning three bouts for a bronze medal and No.12 in the rankings.

1. Hassan RAHIMI (IRI) – World No.1 (1)
2. Amit KUMAR (IND) - World No.2 (2)
3. Nomin BATBOLD (MGL) – YasarDogu No.1 (7)
4. Fumitaka MORISHITA (JPN) – YasarDogu No.2 (8)
5. Sezer AKGUL (TUR) – YasarDogu No.3 (4)
6. Viktor LEBEDEV (RUS) – World Cup No.2 (not ranked)
7. JIN Jong Hak (PRK) – Takhti Cup No.1 (5)
8. Rasul KALIEV (KAZ) – Takhti Cup No.2 (6)
9. YANG KyongIl (PRK) – Takhti Cup No.3 (9)
10. Rustam AMPAR (RUS) – Yarygin GP No.1 (14)
11. Nariman ISRAPILOV (RUS) – Yarygin GP No.3 (3)
12. Vladislav ANDREEV (BLR) – Medved Prizes No.3 (nr)
13. Tsogtbaatar DAMDINBAZAR (MGL) – Paris GGP No.1 (14)
14. Samat NADYRBEK UULU (KGZ) – Paris GGP No.2 (15)
15. Krasimir KRASTANOV (GBR) – Dan Kolov No.1 (16)
16. Berdakh PRIMBAEV (KAZ) – Medved Prizes No.2 (nr)
17. Andrei DUKOV (ROU) – Dan Kolov No.3 (19)
18. Angel ESCOBEDO (USA) – World Cupf No.3 (nr)
19. Sergey RATUSHNIY (UKR) – World Cup. No.4 (nr)
20. Nikolaj NOEV (TJK) – Mongolian Open No.3 (nr)

61kg – Masoud ESMAILPOURJYOUBARI (IRI) slipped out of the rankings last month after a six-month hiatus from international competition. The 2013 world bronze medalist, however, rebounded to No.6 with five wins at the World Cup in Los Angeles.

YasarDogu runner-up ENKHSAIKHAN Nyam-Ochir(MGL) edged ahead of Golden Grand Prix Final winner Akhmednabi GVARZATILOV (AZE) with three World Cup wins, including a 6-3 decision over 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist Vasyl FEDORISHIN (UKR).

1. Bekhan GOYGEREEV (RUS) – World No.1 (1)
2. Dyamal OTARSULTANOV (RUS) – Yarygin GP No.1 (2)
3. Haji ALIEV (AZE) – Dan Kolov No.1 (3)
4. ENKHSAIKHAN Nyam-Ochir (MGL) – Paris GGP No.1 (5)
5. Akhmednabi GVARZATILOV (AZE) – GGP Final No.1 (4)
6. Masoud ESMAILPOURJYOUBARI (IRI) – World Cup No.1 (nr)
7. Vladimir DUBOV (BUL) – Dan Kolov No.3 (6)
8. Daulet NIYAZBEKOV (KAZ) – Takhti Cup No.1 (7)
9. James KENNEDY (USA) – YasarDogu No.1 (8)
10. Murshid MUTALIMOV (RUS) – YasarDogu No.3 (9)
11. Krsysztof BIENKOWSKI (POL) – Paris GGP No.2 (11)
12. Vasyl FEDORISHIN (UKR) – Takhti Cup No.2 (12)
13. Noriyuki TAKATSUKA (JPN) – Takhti Cup No.3 (13)
14. MuenirRecep AKTAS (TUR) – Dan Kolov No.2 (14)
15. Vladimir KHINCHEGASHVILI (GEO) – GGP Final No.3 (15)
16. B.J. FUTRELL (USA) – Schultz Memorial No.3 (16)
17. Sayed Ahmad MOHAMMADI (IRI) – Takhti Cup No.3 (17)
18. LKHAMGARMAA Narmandakh (MGL) – Mongolian Open No.2 (nr)
19. Sayatpek OKAZSOV (KAZ) – Medved Prizes No.1 (nr)
20. Reece HUMPHREY (USA) – Paris GGP No.3 (20)

65kg – Servet COSKUN (TUR), who won a bronze medal at Dan Kolov in February, followed up with another bronze medal at the Medved Prizes in March to leap to No.6 in the rankings.

Meanwhile, newcomer Daichi TAKATANI (JPN) racked up five wins in the World Cup to break into the rankings at No.11. Takatani’s wins include a technical fall over third-ranked GANZORIG Mandakhnaran (MGL) and a fall over junior world champ Selehattin KILICSALLAYAN (TUR).

1. Magomed KURBANALIEV (RUS) – Yarygin GP No.1 (1)
2. David SAFARYAN (ARM) – World No.1 (2)
3. GANZORIG Mandakhnaran (MGL) – Mongolian Open No.1 (3)
4. Franklin GOMEZ MATOS (PUR) – Dan Kolov No.1 (4)
5. Alibeggadzhi EMEEV (RUS) – Yarygin GP No.2 (7)
6. Servet COSKUN (TUR) – Medved Prizes No.3 (16)
7. Mustafa KAYA (TUR) – YasarDogu No.3 (15)
8. Frank CHAMIZO MARQUEZ (ITA) – YasarDogu No.1 (10)
9. Borislav NOVACHKOV (BUL) – Dan Kolov No.2 (11)
10. Magomed MUSLIMOV (AZE) – YasarDogu No.2 (12)
11. Daichi TAKATANI (JPN) – Takhti Cup No.5 (nr)
12. Konstantin KHABALASHVILI (GEO) – Takhti Cup No.2 (13)
13. Dauren ZHUMAGAZIEV (KAZ) – Takhti Cup No.3 (14)
14. Ilyas BEKBULATOV (RUS) – GGP Final No.1 (5)
15. Frank MOLINARO (USA) - Schultz Memorial No.1 (6)
16. BATMAGNAI Batchuluun (MGL) – Mongolian Open No.1 (nr)
17. Bazar BAZARGURUEV (KGZ) – Mongolian Open No.2 (nr)
18. Alexander KONTOEV (BLR) – Medved Prizes No.2 (nr)
19. Franklin MAREN CASTILLO (CUB) – Granma Cup No.1 (20)
20. Azamat NURIKOV (BLR) – Medved Prizes No.1 (nr)

70kg – Takhti Cup winner Moustafa HOSSEINKHANI (IRI) edged Nick MARABLE (USA), 1-0, in a pool preliminary and rolled over Yarygin Grand Prix bronze medalist Khetag TSABOLOV (RUS) to finish the World Cup with a perfect 4-0 mark and the No.2 ranking at 70kg.

Kevin LeVALLEY (USA) stopped Yarygin bronze medal finalist Husey SUYNCHEV (RUS) in the semifinals and claimed his second medal of 2014 at the Medved Prizes in Minsk to join the rankings at No.12.

1. Yakup GOR (TUR) – YasarDogu No.1 (1)
2. Moustafa HOSSEINKHANI (IRI) – Takhti Cup No.1 (16)
3. Peyman YARAHMADI (IRI) – Takhti Cup No.2 (2)
4. Khetag TSABOLOV (RUS) – Yarygin GP No.3 (6)
5. Israil KASUMOV (RUS) – Yarygin GP No.1 (3)
6. Ramazan SHAMSHUTDINOV (RUS) – Yarygin GP No.2 (4)
7. Andrey KVIATKOVSKI (UKR) – GGP Final No.3 (7)
8. Ruslan DIBIRGADZHIYEV (AZE) – Dan Kolov No.1 (8)
9. Miroslav KIROV (BUL) – Dan Kolov No.2 (9)
10. Geandry GARZON CABALLERO (CUB) – Granma Cup No.1 (10)
11. Zaur EFENDIEV (SRB) – Paris GGP No.1 (12)
12. Kevin LeVALLEY (USA) – Medved Prizes No.2 (nr)
13. Saeed DADASHPOUR (IRI) – Takhti Cup No.3 (11)
14. Moulid LAMPEZHEV (RUS) – Yarygin GP No.3 (5)
15. BUJANJAV, Batzorig (MGL) – Mongolian No.2 (nr)
16. Emin AZIZOV (AZE) – YasarDogu No.2 (15)
17. Anton AFANASYEV (BLR) – Medved Prizes No.5 (nr)
18. Ikhtiyor NAVZUROV (UZB) – Kunaev Int’l No.1 (18)
19. Georgi IVANOV (BUL) – Schultz Memorial No.1 (19)
20. Bekzod ABDURAKHMANOV (UZB) – Schultz Memorial No.2 (20)

74kg – Jordan BURROUGHS (USA) went 5-0 in the World Cup with three falls, to further solidify his position as the world’s top welterweight, but world silver medalist Essadollah AKBARI (IRI) struggled with only one win in three bouts and slipped to No.7.

World bronze medalist Ali SHABANOV (BLR) defeated Soner DEMIRTAS (TUR), 8-2, in the Medved Prizes final and grabbed No.2 and No.3, respectively, in the rankings. Demirtas won bronze medals at YasarDogu and Dan Kolov in February.

1. Jordan BURROUGHS (USA) – World No.1 (1)
2. Ali SHABANOV (BLR) – Medved Prizes No.1 (6)
3. Soner DEMIRTAS (TUR) – Medved Prizes No.2 (12)
4. Akhmed GADZHIMAGOMEDOV (RUS) – Yarygin GP No.2 (9)
5. Rashid KURBANOV (UZB) – GGP Final No.1 (3)
6. Nicholas MARABLE (USA) – YasarDogu No.1 (4)
7. Essadollah AKBARI (IRI) – Takhti Cup No.3 (2)
8. Leonid BAZAN (BUL) – Dan Kolov No.1 (13)
9. Yakob MAKARASHVILI (GEO) – Kunaev Int’l No.2 (5)
10. Aniuar GEDUEV (RUS) – Yarygin GP No.1 (7)
11. Krystian BRZOZOWSKI (POL) – Dan Kolov No.2 (11)
12. Amanessen BAKHITKHANULY (KAZ) – Mongolian Open No.1 (nr)
13. PUREVJAV Unurbat (MGL) – Paris GGP No.2 (nr)
14. ANKHBAYAR Batchuluun (MGL) – Mongolian Open No.3 (nr)
15. Yabrail HASANOV (AZE) – GGP Final No.3 (14)
16. Denis TSARGUSH (RUS) – GGP Final No.7 (10)
17. Akzhurek TANATAROV (KAZ) – Int’l Kunaev No.1 (15)
18. Reza AFZALIPAEMAMI (IRI) – Takhti Cup No.1 (18)
19. Ashraf ALIEV (AZE) – GGP Final No.3 (20)
20. Yoan BLANCO REINOSO (ECU) – South American Games No.1 (nr)

86kg – Beijing 2008 bronze medalist Murad GAIDAROV (BLR) won his third straight Medved Prizes crown to join the rankings at No.10 while 2011 world bronze medalist Albert SARITOV (RUS) comes in at No.16 after a win at the Mongolian Open in Ulaanbaatar.

Clayton FOSTER (USA) notched wins over world champion Ibragim ALDATOV (UKR) as well as world and Olympic bronze medalist Ehsan LASHGARI (IRI) at the World Cup to earn a No.11 in the rankings.

1. Ibragim ALDATOV (UKR) – World No.1 (1)
2. Reineris SALAS PEREZ (CUB) – Granma Cup No.1 (2)
3. Ehsan LASHGARI (IRI) – World No.3 (3)
4. Taymuraz FRIEV NASKIDEAVA (ESP) – Paris GGP No.1 (5)
5. Abdul Rashid SADULAEV (RUS) – YasarDogu No.1 (6)
6. Gamzat OSMANOV (AZE) – Dan Kolov No.1 (7)
7. Shamil KUDIYAMAGOMEDOV (RUS) – Yarygin GP No.2 (10)
8. Dato MARSAGISHVILI (GEO) – GGP Final No.3 (8)
9. Mahammasjavad EBRAHIMIZIVLAEI (IRI) – YasarDogu No.3 (9)
10. Murad GAIDAROV (BLR) – Medved Prizes No.1 (nr)
11. Clayton FOSTER (USA) – YasarDogu No.5 (nr)
12. Azlan KAKHIDZE (KAZ) – Medved Prizes No.3 (nr)
13. Meisam MOSTAFA JOUKAR (IRI) – Takhti Cup No.1 (11)
14. Phil KEDDY (USA) – YasarDogu No.2 (12)
15. Firat BINICI (TUR) – Dan Kolov No.2 (14)
16. Albert SARITOV (RUS) – Mongolian Open No.1 (nr)
17. Alireza Mohammed KARIMIMACHIANI (IRI) – YasarDogu No.3 (16)
18. Sebastien JEZIERZANKSKI (POL) – Paris GGP No.3 (18)
19. NYAMBAYAR, Baatar (MGL) – Mongolian Open No.2 (nr)
20. Pedro CEBALLAS FUENTES (VEN) – South American Games No.1 (nr)

97kg –Riza YILDIRIM (TUR) rallied to defeat London 2012 silver medalist Valeri ANDRIITSEV (UKR) in the semifinals to claim the Medved Prizes crown and a No.6 in rankings heading into the European championships.

DORJKHAND Khuderbulga (MGL) won the Mongolian Open to open the month of March, then notched a pair of wins at the World Cup, including a 3-1 win over junior world bronze medalist Satyavart KADIAN (IND) to secure fifth place overall for Mongolia.

1. Reza YAZDANI (IRI) – World No.1 (1)
2. Khetag GAZUMOV (AZE) – YasarDogu No.1 (2)
3. Pavlo OLEYNIK (UKR) – Takhti Cup No.3 (3)
4. Abdusalam GADISOV (RUS) – Yarygin GP No.1 (4)
5. Sharif SHARIFOV (AZE) – Dan Kolov No.1 (5)
6. Riza YILDIRIM (TUR) – Medved Prizes No.1 (8)
7. Lyuben ILIEV (BUL) – Dan Kolov No.3 (6)
8. Ivan YANKOUSKI (BLR) – Medved Prizes No.3 (9)
9. Magomed MUSAEV (KGZ) – Medved Prizes No.3 (nr)
10. Valeri ANDRIITSEV (UKR) – Yarygin GP No.3 (13)
11. Ibrahim BOLUKBASI (TUR) – Dan Kolov No.3 (7)
12. Dato KERASHVILI (GEO) – Takhti Cup No.3 (10)
13. Nicolae CEBAN (MDA) – GGP Final No.3 (11)
14. DORJKHAND Khuderbulga (MGL) – Mongolian Open No.1 (15)
15. Hamed TALEBIZARRINKAMAR (IRI) – Takhti Cup No.1 (14)
16. Yusup JALILOV (BLR) – Medved Prizes No.2 (nr)
17. Ali BONCEOGLU (TUR) – YasarDogu No.2 (17)
18. Roman BAKIROV (AZE) – YasarDogu No.3 (18)
19. Mamet IBRAGIMOV (KAZ) – Mongolian Open No.3 (nr)
20. Jorlys MOSQUERA (COL) – South American Games No.1 (nr)

125kg – London 2012 Olympian Aleksander KHOTSIANIVSKI (UKR) wrapped up 2013 Yarygin Grand Prix winner Magomedgazhi NURASULOV (RUS) by technical fall to claim the Medved Prizes title.

Olympic Games bronze medalist Komeil GHASEMI (IRI) notched three wins for Iran in the World Cup to edge ahead of 2013 Asia champion and teammate Parviz HADI (IRI) in the rankings at No.6.

1. Khadshimourad GATSALOV (RUS) – World No.1 (1)
2. Alen ZASEEV (UKR) – Dan Kolov No.2 (2)
3. Taha AKGUL (TUR) – YasarDogu No.1 (3)
4. Aleksander KHOTSIANIVSKI (UKR) – Medved Prizes No.1 (4)
5. Jamalladin MAGOMEDOV (AZE) – Dan Kolov No.1 (5)
6. Komeil GHASEMI (IRI) – YasarDogu No.2 (8)
7. Parviz HADI (IRI) – Takhti Cup No.1 (6)
8. Geno PETRIASHVILI (GEO) – World No.3 (7)
9. Daulet SHABANBAY (KAZ) – Takhti Cup No.2 (9)
10. Alan KHUGAEV (RUS) – Yarygin GP No.1 (10)
11. Magomedgazhi NURASULOV (RUS) – Medved Prizes No.2 (nr)
12. JARGALSAIKHAN Chuluunbat (MGL) – Mongolian Open No.2 (nr)
13. Tervel DLAGNEV (USA) – World No.5 (5)
14. Giorgi MESHVILDISHVILI (GEO) – Paris GGP No.1 (14)
15. Tyrell FORTUNE (USA) – Paris GGP No.2 (15)
16. Dominique BRADLEY (USA) – YasarDogu No.3 (16)
17. Anzor KHIZRIEV (RUS) – Yarygin GP No.2 (17)
18. Boban DANOV (MKD) – Dan Kolov No.3 (nr)
19. Andranik GALYSTAN (ARM) – Dan Kolov No.3 (nr)
20. Luis VIVENES URBANESA (VEN) – South American Games No.1 (nr)

William May conducts the World Rankings for FILA. He has been active in wrestling across three continents for more than 40 years as a competitor, coach, referee and journalist. William worked as the "Sports Information Specialist" for wrestling at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games. He can be reached on his Facebook page or by email,
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