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World Championships preview in men's freestyle at 65 kg/143 lbs.

By Craig Sesker, USA Wrestling | Aug. 22, 2015, 8:32 a.m. (ET)

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Date of competition: Thursday, Sept. 10

Is this the year that American Brent Metcalf breaks through at the World Championships?

Metcalf will make his fourth trip to the Worlds, but is just 1-3 in three previous appearances.

He continues to wrestle at a very high level and he’s ranked No. 2 in the World in freestyle wrestling at 65 kg/143 lbs.

The World Championships are set for Sept. 7-12 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Metcalf beat returning World bronze medalist Mandakhnaran Ganzorig of Mongolia at the World Cup this year. He also defeated past World silver medalist Franklin Gomez of Puerto Rico at the Pan American Games in July.

Russia’s Soslan Ramonov is the returning World champion. He is No. 8 in the United World Wrestling rankings behind two other Russians. Ramonov is expected to be Russia’s entry in Vegas though.

Returning World silver medalist Seyed Mohammadi of Iran is currently ranked No. 1 on the planet. Ganzorig and Moldova’s Mihail Sava of Moldova are the returning World bronze medalists at 65 kg.

We may also see Azerbaijan’s Haji Aliyev in this weight class. Aliyev won a World title at 61 kg/134 lbs. last year and also placed third at the European Games at 61 kilos, but he is now ranked No. 10 at 65 kilos by United World Wrestling.

2012 Olympic gold medalist Togrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan is ranked No. 3, but he may not compete in Vegas. Asgarov won the European Games this summer.

2013 World bronze medalist Magomed Kurbanaliev of Russia is ranked fourth.

Italy’s Frank Chamizo, a past World bronze medalist for Cuba at 55 kg/121 lbs., is ranked fifth in the World at 65 kilos. Chamizo lost to U.S. World Team member James Green in the Grand Prix of Spain finals this year at 70 kg/154 lbs.

Turkey’s Mustafa Kaya, who beat Metcalf at the 2014 Worlds, is ranked sixth. He placed fifth in the World last year.

Bulgaria’s Boris Novachkov, an NCAA All-American for Cal Poly, is ranked 17th at 65 kg.

2013 World champion David Safaryan of Armenia is ranked 20th.

65 kg/143 lbs
1. Sayed Ahmad Mohammadi (Iran)
2. Brent Metcalf (USA)
3. Togrul Asgarov (Azerbaijan)
4. Magomed Kurbanaliev (Russia)
5. Frank Chamizo (Italy)
6. Mustafa Kaya (Turkey)
7. Ilyas Bekbulatov (Russia)
8. Soslan Ramonov (Russia)
9. Magomed Muslimov (Azerbaijan)
10. Haji Aliyev (Azerbaijan)
11. Masoud Esmailpour (Iran)
12. Azamat Nurikov (Belarus)
13. George Bucur (Romania)
14. Tomotsugu Ishida (Japan)
15. Mihail Sava (Moldova)
16. Mandakhnaran Ganzorig (Mongolia)
17. Boris Novachkov (Bulgaria)
18. Yogeshwar Dutt (India)
19. Seung-Chul Lee (Korea)
20. David Safaryan (Armenia)


2014 World Championships

65 kg/143 lbs. – Gold – Soslan Ramonov (Russia); Silver – Seyed Mohammadi (Iran); Bronze – Mandakhnara Ganzorig (Mongolia); Bronze – Mihail Sava (Moldova); 5th – Azamat Nurkykau (Belarus); 5th – Mustafa Kaya (Turkey); 7th – Daichi Takatani (Japan); 8th – Franklin Gomez (Puerto Rico); 9th – George Burcur (Romania); 10th – Magomed Muslimov (Azerbaijan)

2013 World Championships
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Gold – David Safaryan (Armenia); Silver – Livan Lopez (Cuba); Bronze – Magomed Kurbanaliev (Russia); Bronze – Mandakhnaran Ganzorig (Mongolia); 5th – Levan Kelekhsashvili (Georgia); 5th – Jin Hyok Kang (Korea); 7th – Saba Bolaghi (Germany); 8th – Haislan Garcia (Canada); 9th – Takahiro Inoue (Japan); 10th – Alexandr Kontoyev (Belarus)

2012 Olympic Games
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Gold – Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu (Japan); Silver – Sushil Kumar (India); Bronze – Akhzurek Tantarov (Kazakhstan); Bronze – Livan Lopez (Cuba); 5th – Ramazan Sahin (Turkey); 5th – Jabrayil Hasanov (Azerbaijan); 7th – Haislan Garcia (Canada); 8th – David Safaryan (Armenia); 9th – Ikhtiyor Nazruzov (Uzbekistan); 10th – Ali Shabanov (Belarus)

2011 World Championships
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Gold – Mehdi Taghavi (Iran); Silver – Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu (Japan); Bronze – Jabrayil Hasanov (Azerbaijan); Bronze – Livan Lopez Azcuy (Cuba); 5th – Leonid Bazin (Bulgaria); 5th – Adam Batirov (Russia); 7th – Innokenti Innokentev (Kyrgyzstan); 8th – Jakub Kacenak (Slovakia); 9th – Andriy Stadnik (Ukraine); 10th – Vladimir Gotisan (Moldova)

2010 World Championships
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Gold – Sushil Kumar (India); Silver – Alan Gogaev (Russia); Bronze – Jabrayil Hasanov (Azerbaijan); Bronze – Geandry Garzon (Cuba); 5th – Batzorig Buyanjav (Mongolia); 5th – Haislan Garcia (Canada); 7th – Heinrich Barnes (South Africa); 8th – Martin Daum (Germany); 9th – Yuri Poliak (Israel); 10th – Akzhurek Tantarov (Kazakhstan)

2009 World Championships
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Gold – Mehdi Taghavi (Iran); Silver – Rasul Djukaev (Russia); Bronze – Leonid Spiridonov (Kazakhstan); Bronze – Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu (Japan); 5th – Muhammed Ilkhan (Turkey); 5th – Sushil Kumar (India); 7th – Jabrayli Hasanov (Azerbaijan); 8th – Andriy Stadnik (Ukraine); 9th –
Chung Song Yang (North Korea); 10th – Purevjav Unurbat (Mongolia)