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World Championships preview in freestyle wrestling at 125 kg

By Craig Sesker USA Wrestling | Sept. 04, 2014, 12:43 p.m. (ET)

VIDEO: Tervel Dlagnev vs. Artur Taymazov (Uzbekistan) at 2011 World Championships.

Tervel Dlagnev has placed third, fifth and fifth in his three World Championships appearances. USAW file photos.

Date of competition:
Monday, Sept. 8

Russian legend Khadshimourad Gatsalov bumped up to heavyweight last year and he walked away with a World freestyle title at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.

The weight class has now jumped up five more kilos to 125 kg/275 lbs., and Gatsalov will try to use his quickness and athleticism against the larger heavyweights he beat in 2013.

Gatsalov now owns five World titles and an Olympic gold medal in his remarkable career.

Gatsalov won the Ziolkowski International in Poland recently at heavyweight. He also beat Junior World champion Kyle Snyder of the U.S. in May’s Beat the Streets Dual in New York City.

The World Championships are set for Sept. 8-14 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Turkey’s Taha Akgul holds down the No. 1 World ranking. Akgul won a bronze medal at the 2013 Worlds. Akgul won the European Championships in 2013 and 2014, and also won the Yasar Dogu event in Turkey this year.

Ukraine’s Alen Zaseev, a 2013 World silver medalist, is ranked fourth in the World but his countryman Aleksander Khotsianivski is ranked third after beating him en route to winning July’s Golden Grand Prix in Azerbaijan.

Ukraine has Khotsianivski listed as its entry for the 2014 Worlds.

2012 Olympic bronze medalist Komeil Ghasemi of Iran looked strong at the World Cup this year, but Iran has Parviz Hadi listed as their No. 1 entry and Ghasemi No. 2.

Ghasemi is ranked No. 2 in the World and Hadi is No. 8. Hadi won the Takhti Cup in Iran this year and Ghasemi was third. Ghasemi won the 2014 Asian Championships.

Georgia’s Geno Petriashvili won the other bronze medal at the 2013 Worlds. Petriashvili, 20, won Junior World titles in 2013 and 2014.

2011 World champion Alexei Shemarov of Belarus is ranked fifth in the World. Azerbaijan lists Jamalladin Magomedov as its entry for the Worlds. He is ranked seventh.

American Tervel Dlagnev has finished fifth in the last two World Championships, with a fifth-place Olympic finish wedged in between. Dlagnev, a 2009 World bronze medalist, is looking healthy again and is definitely a medal contender.

Dlagnev placed third at the Golden Grand Prix and has looked very strong in training as he prepares for his fourth World Championships.

FILA WORLD RANKINGS

125 kg/275 lbs. – 1. Taha Akgul (Turkey); 2. Komeil Ghasemi (Iran); 3. Aleksander Khotsianivski (Ukraine); 4. Alen Zaseev (Ukraine); 5. Alexei Shemarov (Belarus); 6. Ali Isaev (Azerbaijan); 7. Jamalladin Magomedov (Azerbaijan); 8. Parviz Hadi (Iran); 9. Alan Khugaev (Russia); 10. Abdollah Ghomiaviti (Iran); 11. Daulet Shabanbay (Kazakhstan); 12. Khadshimourad Gatsalov (Russia); 13. Geno Petriashvili (Georgia); 14. Aslan Dzebishov (Azerbaijan); 15. Tervel Dlagnev (USA); 16. David Modzmanshvili (Georgia); 17. Korey Jarvis (Canada); 18. Slim Travelsi (Tunisia); 19. Tyrell Fortune (USA); 20. Sinivie Boltic (Nigeria).

RECENT WORLD AND OLYMPIC RESULTS

2013 World Championships
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Gold – Khadshimourad Gatsalov (Russia); Silver – Alen Zaseev (Ukraine); Bronze – Geno Petriashvili (Georgia); Bronze – Taha Akgul (Turkey); 5th – Zhiwei Deng (China); 5th – Tervel Dlagnev (USA); 7th – Rares Chintoan (Romania); 8th – Jamaladdin Magomedov (Azerbaijan); 9th – Daniel Ligeti (Hungary); 10th – Komeil Ghasemi (Iran)

2012 Olympic Games
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Gold – Artur Taymazov (Uzbekistan); Silver – Davit Modzmanashvili (Georgia); Bronze – Komeil Ghasemi (Iran); Bronze – Bilyal Makhov (Russia); 5th – Tervel Dlagnev (USA); 5th – Daulet Shabanbay (Kazakhstan); 7th – Chuluunbat Jargalsaikhan (Mongolia); 8th – Alexei Shemarov (Belarus); 9th – Taha Akgul (Turkey); 10th – Rares Chintoan (Romania)

2011 World Championships
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Gold – Alexei Shemarov (Belarus); Silver – Bilyal Makhov (Russia); Bronze – Jamaladdin Magomedov (Azerbaijan); Bronze – Davit Modzmanashvili (Georgia); 5th – Chuluunbat Jargalsaikhan (Mongolia); 5th – Tervel Dlagnev (USA); 7th – Fatih Cakiroglu (Turkey); 8th – Artur Taymazov (Uzbekistan); 9th – Ioannis Arzoumanidis (Greece); 10th – Fatjon Baro (Albania)

2010 World Championships
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Gold – Bilyal Makhov (Russia); Silver – Artur Taymazov (Uzbekistan); Bronze – Levan Berianidze (Georgia); Bronze – Ioannis Arzoumanidis (Greece); 5th – Daniel Ligeti (Hungary); 5th – Ali Isayev (Azerbaijan); 7th – Fardin Masoumi (Iran); 8th – Marid Mutalimov (Kazakhstan); 9th – Les Sigman (USA); 10th – Zhiwei Dong (China)

2009 World Championships
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Gold – Bilyal Makhov (Russia); Silver – Fardin Masoumi (Iran); Bronze – Ioannis Arzoumanidis (Greece); Bronze – Tervel Dlagnev (USA); 5th – Disney Rodriguez (Cuba); 5th – Alex Modebadze (Georgia); 7th – Bartomiej Bartnicki (Poland); 8th – Ali Isayev (Azerbaijan); 9th - Arjan Bhullar (Canada); 10th – Alexei Shemarov (Belarus)