Ed Ruth will compete in his first World Championships on Sept. 8 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. USAW file photo.
Date of competition: Monday, Sept. 8
Russia’s Abdul Rashid Sadulaev has become the story of this weight class.
And what an amazing story it is.
Sadulaev, a 2012 and 2013 Cadet World champion, is now ranked No. 1 in the World on the Senior level. He celebrated his 18th birthday in May.
Sadulaev has been on a tear on the Senior level at 86 kg/189 lbs. in 2014. He won Russian Nationals and also owns titles at the Ivan Yarygin, Yasar Dogu, European Championships and Ziolkowski events this year.
The World Championships are set for Sept. 8-14 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Two-time World champion Ibragim Aldatov of Ukraine is back after winning a World title at 84 kg/185 lbs. last year. He is ranked No. 11 at the new class of 86 kg/189 lbs. Aladatov fell to American Clayton Foster at the 2014 World Cup.
World silver medalist Reineris Salas of Cuba recorded a fall and a pair of technical falls to snare his fourth Pan American Championships crown. He is No. 6 in the World rankings. He is an explosive wrestler who is fully capable of winning a gold medal.
Olympic and World bronze medalist Ehsan Lashgari of Iran is another veteran to keep an eye on. He is ranked seventh in the World. Lashgari also lost to Foster at the World Cup.
The other returning bronze medalist from the old 84 kilos class is Istvan Vereb of Hungary.
Murad Gaidarov of Belarus is ranked second in the World, Meisam Mostafa Joukar of Iran is third and Rashid Kurbanov of Uzbekistan is fourth. Gaidarov was fifth at the 2013 Worlds.
Puerto Rico’s Jaime Espinal, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist, also is on the FILA entry list for this event. Espinal trains with the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club at Penn State University.
American Ed Ruth, another Nittany Lion Wrestling Club member, is another first-time World Team member with the potential to make some noise in Uzbekistan.
Ruth, a three-time NCAA champion for Penn State, is a tough matchup with a unique style that many foreign competitors haven’t been exposed to.
Ruth rolled past 2013 World fifth-place finisher Taymuraz Friev of Spain by a 10-0 technical fall at May’s Beat the Streets Dual in New York City.
Ruth followed with a strong third-place finish at July’s Golden Grand Prix in Azerbaijan. Ruth has the potential to be on the medal stand at his first World Championships.
FILA WORLD RANKINGS
86 kg/189 lbs. – 1. Abdul Rashid Sadulaev (Russia); 2. Murad Gaidarov (Belarus); 3. Meisam Mostafa Joukar (Iran); 4. Rashid Kurbanov (Uzbekistan); 5. Shamil Kudiyamagomedov (Russia); 6. Reineris Salas (Cuba); 7. Ehsan Lashgari (Iran); 8. Albert Saritov (Russia); 9. Gamat Osmanov (Azerbaijan); 10. Anzor Urishev (Russia); 11. Ibragim Aldatov (Ukraine); 12. Taymuraz Friev (Spain); 13. Azlan Kakhidze (Kazakhstan); 15. Istvan Vereb (Hungary); 16. Zbigniew Baranowski (Poland); 17. Gabriel Sergeglyi (Germany); 18. Musa Murtazaliev (Armenia); 19. Alexander Gostiev (Azerbaijan); 20. Ed Ruth (USA)
RECENT WORLD AND OLYMPIC RESULTS
2013 World Championships
84 kg/185 lbs. – Gold – Ibragim Aldatov (Ukraine); Silver – Reineris Salas Perez (Cuba); Bronze – Istvan Vereb (Hungary); Bronze – Ehsan Lashgari (Iran); 5th – Murad Gaidarov (Belarus); 5th – Taymuraz Friev (Spain); 7th – Georg Seregelyi (Germany); 8th – Uitumen Orgodol (Mongolia); 9th – Serdar Boke (Turkey); 10th – Dato Marsagishvili (Georgia)
2012 Olympic Games
84 kg/185 lbs. – Gold – Sharif Sharifov (Azerbaijan); Silver – Jaime Espinal (Puerto Rico); Bronze – Dato Marsagishvili (Georgia); Bronze – Ehsan Lashgari (Iran); 5th – Soslan Gattsiev (Belarus); 5th – Ibrahim Bolukbasi (Turkey); 7th – Jake Herbert (USA); 8th – Anzor Urishev (Russia); 9th – Ibragim Aldatov (Ukraine); 10th – Armands Zvirbulis (Latvia)
2011 World Championships
84 kg/185 lbs. – Gold – Sharif Sharifov (Azerbaijan); Silver – Ibragim Aldatov (Ukraine); Bronze – Dato Marsagishvili (Georgia); Bronze – Albert Saritov (Russia); 5th – Armands Zvirbulis (Latvia); 5th – Cael Sanderson (USA); 7th – Alireza Goudarzi (Iran); 8th – Shinya Matsumoto (Japan); 9th – Alex Dolly (Ireland); 10th – Yermek Baiduashov (Kazakhstan)
2010 World Championships
84 kg/185 lbs. – Gold – Mihail Ganev (Bulgaria); Silver – Zaurbek Sokhiev (Uzbekistan); Bronze – Soslan Ktsoev (Russia); Bronze – Reineris Salas (Cuba); 5th – Piotr Ianulov (Moldova); 5th – Ibragim Aldatov (Ukraine); 7th – Maciej Balawender (Poland); 8th – Dato Marsagishvili (Georgia); 9th – Vadim Laliev (Armenia); 10th – Nauruz Temrezov (Azerbaijan)
2009 World Championships
84 kg/185 lbs. – Gold – Zaurbek Sokhiev (Uzbekistan); Silver – Jake Herbert (USA); Bronze – Ibragim Aldatov (Ukraine); Bronze – Sharif Sharipov (Azerbaijan); 5th – Jousop Abdulsalomov (Tajikistan); 5th – Abdusalam Gadisov (Russia); 7th – Gokhan Yavaser (Turkey); 8th – Reineris Salas (Cuba); 9th – Jaime Espinal Fajardo (Puerto Rico); 10th – Istvan Vereb (Hungary)