2019 World Championships preview at 57 kg/125.5 lbs. in men's freestyle

By JD Rader, USA Wrestling | Aug. 15, 2019, 2:18 p.m. (ET)
Photo: Daton Fix in the Pan American Games semifinals against 2017 U23 World champion Reineri Andreu Ortega of Cuba. Photo by Robbert Wijtman.

Dates of competition: Thursday, September 19 and Friday, September 20

As of today, Thursday, Aug. 15, Russia’s 57 kg World Team spot still has not been determined. Meaning, one of the odds-on-favorites to medal, and possibly win, has yet to be determined. The spot has come down to 2018 World champion Zaur Uguev and Aryian Tyutrin. 

Since winning last year’s World Championships, Uguev has competed twice. He took first at the Ali Aliev Tournament in May and bronze at the European Games in June. The Russian fell to Mahir Amiraslanov of Azerbaijan, 3-2, in the semifinals. If he wins the World Team spot, he will take the second seed with him into Nur-Sultan.

Tyutrin, the other wrestler competing for the Russian 57 kg spot, is a three-time Russian Nationals bronze medalist. Tyutrin won the wrestle-off spot when he defeated 2019 Russian Nationals champion Ramis Gamzatov, 5-1, in the Waclaw Ziolkowski Memorial semifinals two weeks ago. In the finals, Tyutrin beat 2018 World silver medalist Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan, 14-4. However, in February the two wrestled at the Dan Kolov - Nikola Petrov Tournament at 61 kg, with Sanayev coming out on top, 6-2. Tyutrin would end up beating Joe Colon of the U.S. in the bronze medal match, 13-3. 

The spot is said to be determined tomorrow, Aug. 16, while Russia is at their World Championship training camp.

Sanayev, who is originally Russian, will be Kazakhstan’s representative again this year. Since earning his silver medal in Budapest, he has only competed in the two previously mentioned tournaments with Tyutrin. However, that has been enough to earn him the third or fourth seed, depending on whether or not No. 2 Uguev competes. 

Holding the top-seed in Nur-Sultan will be 2018 World bronze medalist Suleyman Atli of Turkey. Atli earned the top spot by taking gold at the European Championships and silver at the Dan Kolov - Nikola Petrov Tournament. He also took bronze at the European Games. Atli’s loses at the Kolov and European Games came to current world No. 17 Beka Bujiashvili of Georgia, 6-4, and Stevan Micic of Serbia, 4-2.

The other returning bronze medalist, Yuki Takahashi of Japan, will either be the second or third seed. Takahashi defeated Thomas Gilman in the 2017 World finals to earn his gold medal. This season, Takahashi lost to Cuba’s representative and current world No. 6 Reineri Andrea Ortega, 2-2, at the World Cup and the People’s Republic of Korea’s representative and current World No. 16 Kumsong Kang, 3-1, at the Asian Championships. 

Kang would go on to lose to current world No. 14 Reza Atrinagharchi of Iran, 9-3, in the Asian Championship finals. Atrinagharchi has been Iran’s 57 kg representative the past two years at the World Championships but has yet to bring home a medal.

Currently ranked fifth in the world and with the possibility of obtaining the fourth-seed is Givi Davidovi. Originally from Georgia, Davidovi has competed for Italy since 2016. Most recently, Davidovi won the Yasar Dogu. However, he had a rough go at both the 2019 European Championships and European Games, going a combined 1-2. Davidovi finished in ninth place at last year’s World Championships.

Finishing right behind Davidovi in Budapest was Sandeep Tomar of India. However, after winning Indian Nationals, Ravi Kumar will be India’s 57 kg representative this year. Kumar is a 2018 U23 World silver medalist and a 2015 Junior World silver medalist as well.

Another top-ten lineup change is occurring with Azerbaijan. After winning Azerbaijan Nationals in December and having a better 2019 season, Mahir Amiraslanov is expected to replace last year’s seventh-place finisher and current world No. 9 Giorgi Edisherashvili. 

Amiraslanov is for sure a medal threat as he took gold at the European Games, defeating Uguev in the semifinals and Micic in the finals. At the European Championships in April, Amiraslanov took silver, only losing to Atli 2-1. In addition to being Azerbaijan’s Senior World Team member in 2017, he is a 2015 Junior World champion and two-time Cadet World silver medalist. 

Cuba will be bringing back current world No. 6 Reineri Andreu Ortega. Ortega took fifth at last year’s World Championships, losing to Uguev on the front side and Takahashi in the bronze medal match. He is a 2017 U23 World champion, and most recently took bronze at the Pan American Games.

The wrestler to beat Ortega in the Pan American Games semifinals was none other than the Daton Fix of the U.S. A Youth Olympic Games silver medalist, Junior World gold medalist and three-time age-level World bronze medalist, Fix proved himself on the age-level scene. Now he’ll contend for a Senior World medal after taking out 2017 World silver medalist Thomas Gilman for the spot. 

Stevan Micic, who now competes for Serbia, is another American with a good chance at medaling. In June, Micic earned a silver medal at the European Games. In 2018, he won the Waclaw Ziolkowski Memorial and took bronze at the European Championships. Competing for the U.S., Micic won a 2015 Junior World bronze medal.

Note: TheMat.com will be posting weight class previews for the 2018 World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, September 14-22.

RECENT WORLD AND OLYMPIC RESULTS

2018 World Championships
57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Gold - Zavur Uguev (Russia); Silver - Nurislam (Artas) Sanayev (Sanaa) (Kazakhstan); Bronze - Suleyman Atli (Turkey); Bronze - Yuki Takahashi (Japan); 5th - Thomas Gilman (USA); 5th - Reineri Andreu Ortega (Cuba); 7th - Giorgi Edisherashvili (Azerbaijan); 8th - Josh Failauga (American Samoa); Givi Davidovi (Italy); 10th - Sandeep Tomar (India)

2017 World Championships
57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Gold - Yuki Takahashi (Japan); Silver - Thomas Gilman (USA); Bronze –Andrey Yatsenko (Ukraine); Bronze – Bekhbayar Erdenebat (Mongolia); 5th - Hak-Jin Jong (North Korea); 5th - Vladimer Dubov (Bulgaria); 7th - Sandeep Tomar (India) ; 8th - Nodirjon Safarov (Uzbekistan); 9th - Sunggwon Kim (Korea); 10th - Givi Davidovi (Italy)

2016 Olympic Games
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Gold – Vladimer Khinchegahsvili (Georgia); Silver – Rei Higuchi (Japan); Bronze – Haji Aliyev (Azerbaijan); Bronze – Hassan Rahimi (Iran); 5th – Vladimir Dubov (Bulgaria); 5th – Yowlys Bonne Rodriguez (Cuba); 7th – Asadulla Lachinau (Belarus); 8th – Kyong-Il Yang (DPR Korea); 9th – Victor Lebedev (Russia); 10th – Adama Diatta (Senegal)

2015 World Championships
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Gold – Vladimer Khinchegashvili (Georgia); Silver – Hassan Rahimi (Iran); Bronze – Bekhbayar Erdenebat (Mongolia); Bronze – Viktor Lebedev (Russia); 5th – Artas Sanaa (Kazakhstan); 5th – Hak Jin Jong (North Korea); 7th – Asadulia Lachinau (Belarus); 8th – Georgi Vangelov (Bulgaria); 9th – Yuki Takahashi (Japan); 10th – Zoheir El Ouarraqe (France)

2014 World Championships
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Gold – Kyong Il Yang (North Korea); Silver – Vladimer Khinchegashvili (Georgia); Bronze – Uladzislau Andreyeu (Belarus); Bronze – Hassan Rahimi (Iran); 5th – Bekhbayar Erdenebat (Mongolia); 5th – Yuki Takahashi (Japan); 7th – Axmedmabi Guezzatilov (Azerbaijan); 8th – Mehmed Feraim (Bulgaria); 9th – Viktor Lebedev (Russia); 10th – Qi Mude (China)

2013 World Championships
55 kg/121 lbs. – Gold – Hassan Rahimi (Iran); Silver – Amit Kumar (India); Bronze – Sezar Akgul (Turkey); Bronze – Nariman Israpilov (Russia); 5th – Angel Escobedo (USA); 5th – Rasul Kaliyev (Kazakhstan); 7th – Zoheir El Ouarraqe (France); 8th – Altynbek Alymbaev (Kyrgyzstan); 9th – Bekhbayar Erdenebat (Mongolia); 10th – Giorgi Edisherashvili (Georgia)

2012 Olympic Games
55 kg/121 lbs. - Gold – Dzhamel Otarsulatnov (Russia); Silver – Vladimer Khinchagashvili (Georgia); Bronze – Kyong-Il Yang (North Korea); Bronze – Shinichi Yumoto (Japan); 5th – Daulet Niyazbekov (Kazakhstan); 5th – Radoslav Velikov (Bulgaria); 7th – Mihran Jaburyan (Armenia); 8th – Hassan Rahimi (Iran); 9th – Ahmet Peker (Turkey); 10th – Amit Kumar (India)

Current UWW Ranking Series standings (used for seeding)
1 Suleyman Atli (Turkey)
2 Zavur Uguev (Russia)
3 Yuki Takahashi (Japan)
4 Nurislam (Artas) Sanayev (Sanaa) (Kazakhstan)
5 Givi Davidovi (Italy)
6 Reineri Andreu Ortega (Cuba)
7 Muslim Sadulaev (Russia)
8 Thomas Gilman (USA)
9 Giorgi Edisherashvili (Azerbaijan)
10 Abdelhak Kherbache (Algeria)