Soryan leads Iranian push on FILA Greco-Roman World Rankings

By FILA | April 03, 2014, 3:39 p.m. (ET)
CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (April 3) – Five-time world champion Hamid SORYAN (IRI) dismantled the field at 59kg to win the Hungarian Grand Prix title, showing spectators in Szombathely that he and his Iranian teammates are well on their way along the road to a standout performance in Rio.

Soryan, who won Iran’s first Olympic Games gold medal in Greco-Roman at the London 2012 Games, racked up four technical falls for the win in Hungary, while his teammates collected two gold medals, three silver and another pair of bronze medals.

The Iranian side’s stunning performance is reflected in this month’s FILA World Rankings for Greco-Roman as a majority of the Iranian entries broke into the top 10 of their respective weight categories.

World champion TalebNariman NEMATPOUR (IRI), Iran’s lone top-ranked wrestler in the Greco-Roman rankings, was one of three wrestlers at No.1 to win at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Nematpour was joined by Tamas LORINCZ (HUN) at 71kg and Riza KAYAALP (TUR) at 130kg.

Meanwhile, Serbia made some noise in the rankings as 2012 European bronze medalist Davor STEFANEK (SRB) pinned Olympic champion Omid NOROOZI (IRI) on his way to back-to-back titles at 66kg in Zagreb and Szombathely.

While Stefanek moved up to No.7, Aleksander MAKSIMOVIC (SRB) returned with a No.8 at 71kg with a win at LjubomirIvanovicGedza after tumbling out of the rankings at 66kg last month.

Junior world medal finalist Viktor NEMES (SRB) also reached the medals podium for a third straight tourney, including a bronze medal in Szombathely, to break into the 75kg rankings at No.10.

In the rankings, wrestlers are listed by name, country code, their most notable or most recent result, and their position in the previous rankings.

59kg – Five-time world champion Hamid SORYAN (IRI) rolled to four wins by technical fall in his first international competition since London 2012 to win the Hungarian Grand Prix and No.5 in the rankings.

Former world bronze medalist Kristijan FRIS (SRB) repeated as LjubomirIvanovicGedza champion and joined the rankings at No.19.

1. YUN, Won-Chol (PRK) – World No.1 (1)
2. CHOI, Gyu-Jin (KOR) – World No.2 (2)
3. Ivan KUYLAKOV (RUS) – Ivan Poddubny No.1 (3)
4. Mingiyan SEMENOV (RUS) – VehbiEmre No.1 (4)
5. Hamid SORYAN (IRI) – Hungarian GP No.1 (not ranked)
6. Rahman BILICI (TUR) – Hungarian GP No.2 (6)
7. Aleksandar KOSTADINOV (BUL) – Nikola Petrov No.1 (8)
8. Edward BARSEGJAN (POL) – Paris GGP No.1 (12)
9. Karen ASLANYAN (ARM) – Nikola Petrov No.2 (16)
10. Radoslav VASILEV (BUL) – Nikola Petrov No.3 (17)
11. Stig Andre BERGE (NOR) – Hungarian GP No.3 (nr)
12. Shinobe OTA (JPN) – Hungarian GP No.3 (nr)
13. Soslan DAUROV (BLR) – VehbiEmre No.2 (5)
14. Mohsen HAJIPOUR (IRI) – Yadegar Imam No.1 (7)
15. Dmitri TSYMBALIYUK (UKR) – VehbiEmre No.3 (15)
16. Joseph BETTERMAN (USA) – Schultz Memorial No.1 (13)
17. Spenser MANGO (USA) – Schultz Memorial No.2 (14)
18. Ivan LIZATOVIC (CRO) – Zagreb Open No.1 (19)
19. Kristijan FRIS (SRB) – LjubomirIvanovicGedza No.1 (nr)
20. Kanybek ZHOLCHUBEKOV (KGZ) – Lj.I.Gedza No.2 (nr)

66kg – Davor STEFANEK (SRB) caught London 2012 gold medalist Omid NOROOZI (IRI) with a headlock for an early fall and went on to win his second title of 2014 at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Back-to-back tourney victories have lifted the 2012 European bronze medalist to No.7 in the rankings.

Pan American Games gold medalist Luis LIENDO (VEN) grabbed the South American Games title in Santiago de Chile to get his foot inside the rankings door at No.20.

1. RYU Han-Su (KOR) – World No.1 (1)
2. Islambek ALBIEV (RUS) – World No.2 (2)
3. Adam KURAK (RUS) – Ivan Poddubny No.1 (3)
4. Frank STAEBLER (GER) – World No.3 (4)
5. Atakan YUKSEL (TUR) – VehbiEmre No.1 (8)
6. Elmurat TASMURADOV (UZB) – VehbiEmre No.2 (9)
7. Davor STEFANEK (SRB) – Hungarian GP No.1 (13)
8. Omid NOROOZI (IRI) – Hungarian GP No.3 (nr)
9. Asker ORSHOKDUGOV (RUS) – Nikola Petrov No.2 (10)
10. Aram JULFALAKYAN (ARM) – Nikola Petrov No.1 (11)
11. Abdusamelt GUNAL (TUR) – Nikola Petrov No.3 (12)
12. Revaz LASHKHI (GEO) – Paris GGP No.1 (nr)
13. Sachino DAVITAIA (GEO) – Hungarian GP No.2 (nr)
14. Marius THOMMESEN (NOR) – Hungarian GP No.3 (nr)
15. Dominik ETLINGER (CRO) – Hungarian GP No.5 (14)
16. Asad ALIEV (AZE) – Yadegar Imam No.1 (15)
17. Marad ABULADZE (GEO) – Yadegar Imam No.2 (16)
18. Istvan LEVAI (SVK) – Lj.I.Gedza No.2 (nr)
19. YAN Pengfei (CHN) – Schultz Memorial No.1 (17)
20. Luis LIENDO (VEN) – South American Games No.1 (nr)

71kg – Olympic Games silver medalist Tamas LORINCZ (HUN) forced three cautions on London 2012 bronze medalist Manukhar TSKHADAIA (GEO) for his third straight Hungarian Grand Prix title. Tskhadaia was making his first appearance at 71kg after a pair of bronze medals at 74kg and 75kg.

In Belgrade, 2012 Olympian Aleksander MAKSIMOVIC (SRB) edged Ivan Poddubny winner Chingiz LABAZANOV (RUS), 4-3, in the final of the LjubomirIvanovicGedza tourney break into the rankings at No.8.

1. Tamas LORINCZ (HUN) – Hungarian GP No.1 (1)
2. Abuyazid MANTSIGOV (RUS) – Nikola Petrov No.1 (2)
3. Rasul CHUNAYEV (AZE) – VehbiEmre No.1 (4)
4. Manukhar TSKHADAIA (GEO) – Hungarian GP No.2 (15@75)
5. Chingiz LABAZANOV (RUS) – Ivan Poddubny No.1 (3)
6. Mindia TSULUKIDZE (GEO) – VehbiEmre No.2 (6)
7. Mohammad KARIMI (IRI) – Hungarian GP No.3 (11)
8. Aleksander MAKSIMOVIC (SRB) – Lj.I.Gezda No.1 (nr)
9. Armen VARDANYAN (UKR) – Nikola Petrov No.2 (13)
10. Mathias MAASCH (GER) – Nikola Petrov No.3 (14)
11. Ionel PUCASU (ROU) – Nikola Petrov No.3 (15)
12. Bromand ASLANGHAREDAGHI (IRI) – Yadegar Imam No.2 (5)
13. Yunus OZEL (TUR) – VehbiEmre No.3 (7)
14. Rustam ALIEV (AZE) – VehbiEmre No.3 (8)
15. Alexi BELL CABALLERO (CUB) – Granma Cup No.1 (16)
16. Franck HASSLI (MON) – Paris GGP No.1 (17)
17. Demev SHADRAEV (KAZ) – Paris GGP No.2 (18)
18. Adel SADYKOV (RUS) – Ivan Poddubny No.3 (9)
19. Sergey ZACHARIKOV (RUS) – Ivan Poddubny No.3 (10)
20. Vahid BABAEIJAFARI (IRI) – Yadegar Imam No.3 (12)

75kg – Defending champion Mark MADSEN (DEN) forced three cautions onto 2011 world champion SaeidMourad ABDVALI (IRI) to hold onto his Hungarian Grand Prix crown by disqualification.

Evgeni SALEEV, a 2013 Ivan Poddubny bronze medalist, (RUS) posted three technical falls and a 5-0 win over Hungarian Grand Prix bronze medal winner Viktor NEMES (SRB) in the final to claim the LjubomirIvanovicGedza crown and No.16 in the rankings.

1. KIM Hyeon-Woo (KOR) - World No.1 (1)
2. Roman VLASOV (RUS) – Ivan Poddubny No.2 (2)
3. Arsen JULFALAKYAN (ARM) – Nikola Petrov No.1 (3)
4. Emrah KUS (TUR) – VehbiEmre No.1 (4)
5. Aleksander CHEKHIRKIN (RUS) – Ivan Poddubny No.1 (5)
6. Mark MADSEN (DEN) – Hungarian GP No.1 (5)
7. SaeidMourad ABDVALI (IRI) – Yadegar Imam No.1 (7)
8. Nikolai DARAGAN (UKR) – Nikola Petrov No.3 (8)
9. Zurabi DATUNASHVILI (GEO) – Hungarian GP No.3 (13)
10. Viktor NEMES (SRB) – Hungarian GP No.3 (nr)
11. Robert ROSENGREN (SWE) – Yadegar Imam No.3 (12)
12. Ilian GEORGIEV (BUL) – Nikola Petrov No.2 (11)
13. Karapet CHALYAN (ARM) – Nikola Petrov No.3 (12)
14. Piotr PRZEPIORKA (POL) – Paris GGP No.3 (16)
15. Mateusz WOLNY (POL) – Paris GGP No.2 (14)
16. Evgeni SALEEV (RUS) – Lj.I.Gedza No.1 (nr)
17. Bozo STARCEVIC (CRO) – Lj.I. Gedza No.3 (nr)
18. Andrew BISEK (USA) – Schultz Memorial No.1 (17)
19. Rashid KOCHIEV (KAZ) – VehbiEmre No.2 (18)
20. Jure KUHAR (SLO) – Zagreb Open No.1 (20)

80kg – 2012 Asia champion Habibollah AKHLAGHI (IRI) defeated teammate and junior world runner-up Yousef GHADERIAN (IRI) by injury default in the final of the Hungarian Grand Prix and joined the rankings at No.11.

Zagreb Open runner-up Petar BALO (SRB) went one better before the hometown fans, winning the LjubomirIvanovicGedza title in Belgrade over Michael WAGNER (AUT). Wagner, a bronze medal winner in Paris, reached the medals podium the second time in 2014.

1. Peter BACSI (HUN) – Yadegar Imam No.1 (1)
2. Bekhan OZDOEV (RUS) – Ivan Poddubny No.1 (2)
3. Viktor SASUNOVSKI (BLR) – VehbiEmre No.1 (3)
4. Imil SHARAFEDINOV (RUS) – Nikola Petrov No.1 (4)
5. Jonas BOSSERT (SUI) – Schultz Memorial No.1 (6)
6. Azamat KUSTUBAEV (KAZ) – Schultz Memorial No.2 (7)
7. Pascal EISELE (GER) – Nikola Petrov No.2 (8)
8. Aleksander SHYSHMAN (UKR) – Nikola Petrov No.3 (9)
9. Yousef GHADERIAN (IRI) – Hungarian GP No.2 (17)
10. Rafik HUSEYNOV (AZE) – Hungarian GP No.3 (9)
11. Habibollah AKHLAGHI (IRI) – Hungarian GP No.1 (nr)
12. Evgeni BOGOMOLOV (RUS) – Ivan Poddubny No.3 (5)
13. Giorgi TSIREKIDZE (GEO) – Paris GGP No.1 (13)
14. Tadeusz MICHALIK (POL) – Paris GGP No.2 (11)
15. Selcuk CEBI (TUR) – VehbiEmre No.3 (13)
16. Michael WAGNER (AUT) – Lj.I.Gedza No.2 (15)
17. Petar BALO (SRB) – Lj.I.Gedza No.1 (nr)
18. Tornike DZAMASHVILI (GEO) – VehbiEmre No.2 (12)
19. Neven ZUGAJ (CRO) – Zagreb Open No.1 (18)
20. Dragutin DUKIC (SRB) – Paris GGP No.3 (14)


85kg – World champion and top-ranked TalebNariman NEMATPOUR (IRI) fashioned four wins on points to claim the Hungarian Grand Prix title after nearly six months away from competition.

European junior bronze medalist Robert KOBLIASHVILI (GEO) threw world bronze medalist Viktor LORINCZ (HUN) for four points in the semifinals and breaks into the rankings at No.13 after finishing second to Nematpour in Szombathely.

1. TalebNariman NEMATPOUR (IRI) – Hungarian GP No.1 (1)
2. Hassan Saman TAHMASEBI (AZE) – VehbiEmre No.3 (2)
3. Javid HAMZATOV (BLR) – VehbiEmre No.1 (3)
4. Viktor LORINCZ (HUN) – Hungarian Open No.3 (4)
5. Alexej MISHIN (RUS) – Ivan Poddubny No.1 (5)
6. Asamat BIKBAEV (RUS) – Ivan Poddubny No.2 (6)
7. Damian JANIKOWSKI (POL) – Ivan Poddubny No.3 (7)
8. Zhan BELENYUK (UKR) – Nikola Petrov No.1 (8)
9. Ahmet YILDIRIM (TUR) – Nikola Petrov No.3 (12)
10. Shariar MAMMADOV (AZE) – VehbiEmre No.2 (11)
11. Mojtaba KARIMFAR (IRI) – Yadegar Imam No.1 (10)
12. Rami HIETANIEMI (FIN) – Thor Masters No.1 (9)
13. Robert KOBLIASHVILI (GEO) – Hungarian GP No.2 (nr)
14. Vladimir GEGESHIDZE (GEO) – Hungarian GP No.3 (nr)
15. Nenad ZUGAJ (CRO) – Lj.I.Gedza No.1 (nr)
16. Nikolai BAYRIAKOV (BUL) – Nikola Petrov No.2 (13)
17. Maksim MANUKYAN (ARM) – Nikola Petrov No.3 (14)
18. Laimutis ADMAITIS (LTU) – Paris GGP No.2 (15)
19. Samba DIONG (FRA) – Paris GGP No.1 (16)
20. Jordan HOLM (USA) – Schultz Memorial No.1 (17)

98kg – VehbiEmre winner Cenk ILDEM (TUR) won his third tourney title in a row since finishing 10th at the world championships last autumn by forcing a disqualification on Marthin NIELSEN (NOR) in the final of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Sinisa HOGAC (CRO), a bronze medalist in Szombathely two years ago, grabbed the LjubomirIvanovicGedza crown for his second win of the year and a place in the rankings at No.19.

1. Nikita MELNIKOV (RUS) – Ivan Poddubny No.2 (1)
2. Artur ALEKSANYAN (ARM) – Nikola Petrov No.1 (2)
3. Balasz KISS (HUN) – Yadegar Imam No.1 (3)
4. Mahdi ALIYARI FEYZABADI (IRI) – Yadegar Imam No.3 (5)
5. Musa EVLOEV (RUS) – Ivan Poddubny No.1 (8)
6. Cenk ILDEM (TUR) – Hungarian GP No.1 (7)
7. Marthin NIELSEN (NOR) – Hungarian GP No.2 (6)
8. Alin ALEX-CIURARIU (ROU) – VehbiEmre No.2 (8)
9. Daigoro TIMONCINI (ITA) – Hungarian GP No.3 (11)
10. Vladimir VASILEV (UKR) – Nikola Petrov No.2 (12)
11. Ardo ARUSAAR (EST) – Nikola Petrov No.3 (13)
12. Vasil IMERLISHVILI (GEO) – Paris GGP No.3 (14)
13. Aleksander HRABOVIK (BLR) – Ivan Poddubny No.3 (15)
14. Soso JABIDZE (GEO) – VehbiEmre No.3 (16)
15. Yasmany Daniel LUGO CABRERA (CUB) – Granma Cup No.1 (17)
16. Melonin NOUMONVI (FRA) – Paris GGP No.2 (9)
17. Timo KALLIO (FIN) – Thor Masters No.2 (10)
18. Erwin CARABALLO CABRERA (VEN) – SA Games No.1 (nr)
19. Sinisa HOGAC (CRO) – Lj.I.Gedza No.1 (nr)
20. Daniel GASTL (AUT) – Hungarian GP No.5 (20)

130kg – Bashir Asgiri BABAJANZADEH (IRI) scored a go-behind takedown early in the second period and held on for a 2-1 victory over Johan Magnus EUREN (SWE) at the Hungarian Grand Prix, avenging a quarterfinals loss in London in 2012 and grabbing a No.6 in this month’s rankings.

Murat RAMONOV (KGZ), a 2013 Asia bronze medalist, blanked Ivan Poddubny bronze medalist Vasily PARSHIN (RUS) to win the LjubomirIvanovicGedza tourney and a toe-hold in the rankings at No.19.

1. Riza KAYAALP (TUR) – Hungarian GP No.1 (1)
2. Johan Magnus EUREN (SWE) – Hungarian GP No.3 (2)
3. Attila GUZEL (TUR) – Nikola Petrov No.1 (4)
4. Mindaugas MIZGAITIS (LTU) – Hungarian GP No.3 (11)
5. Mijain LOPEZ NUNEZ (CUB) – Granma Cup No.1 (8)
6. Bashir Asgiri BABAJANZADEH – Hungarian GP No.2 (nr)
7. Heiki NABI (EST) – Nikola Petrov No.9 (3)
8. Iakobi KAJAIA (GEO) – Paris GGP No.1 (9)
9. Miloslav METODIEV (BUL) – Nikola Petrov No.2 (10)
10. Vitali ILNITSKI (RUS) – Ivan Poddubny No.1 (12)
11. Kiril GRYSHCHENKO (BLR) – VehbiEmre No.3 (13)
12. Mihaly DEAK BARDOS (HUN) – Hungarian GP No.5 (6)
13. Saba SHARIATI (AZE) – GGP Final No.1 (15)
14. Balint LAM (HUN) – Yadegar Imam No.3 (14)
15. Robert SMITH (USA) – Schultz Memorial No.1 (5)
16. Nurmakhan TINALIEV (KAZ) – Kazakhstan Cup No.1 (7)
17. Iosif CHUGOSHVILI (BLR) – Nikola Petrov No.3 (16)
18. Lyubomir DIMITROV (BUL) – Nikola Petrov No.3 (17)
19. Murat RAMONOV (KGZ) – Lj.I.Gedza No.1 (nr)
20. Vasily PARSHIN (RUS) – Lj.I. Gedza No.2 (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, wmay52@hotmail.com

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