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UWW releases wrestling seeds for Tokyo Olympic Games; Gray and Mensah-Stock are No. 1, Snyder at No. 2

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | June 25, 2021, 10:57 a.m. (ET)

Graphics of Adeline Gray and Tamyra Mensah-Stock courtesy of United World Wrestling.

United World Wrestling released the seeds for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 wrestling competition on Twitter this week.

The top four seeds for the Olympic competition in each weight class was posted, based upon the results of a seeding system which featured the 2019 World Championships, continental championships and specific UWW Ranking Events. Four seeds will be separated in each weight class in Tokyo. All of those listed are from nations which have qualified to compete at the specific weight class.

A pair of U.S. women’s freestyle stars will get the No. 1 seed, five-time World champion and two-time Olympian Adeline Gray at 76 kg and 2019 World champion and Olympian Tamyra-Mensah-Stock.

Getting a No. 2 seed in men’s freestyle is 2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion Kyle Snyder at 97 kg.

The United States has qualified to compete in 15 weight classes in Tokyo, the second-most in the world behind only Russia with 17. The other 12 U.S. Tokyo Olympians did not score enough points in the seeding series to reach the top four.

Note two foreign wrestlers who competed for the University of Michigan and grew up in the United States also received seeds in men’s freestyle: Serbia’s Stevan Micic, who is No. 1 at 57 kg and San Marino’s Myles Amine, who is No. 3 at 86 kg.

The seeds are based on the individual achievements of the athletes. However, it is the nation which receives the Olympic berth, meaning that the nation can enter any athlete they want at a qualified weight class. This means that these seeds could change, if a nation selects a different athlete to wrestle in Tokyo. The final list of entries has not yet been published, but is expected by early July.

The Olympic wrestling competition will be held August 1-7 in Makuhari Messe Hall.

OLYMPIC GAMES TOYKO 2020 WRESTLING SEEDS
Released by United World Wrestling

Women's freestyle


50 kg
1. Mariya STADNIK Azerbaijan
2. Emilia VUC Romania
3. Oksana LIVACH Ukraine
4. Valentina ISLAMOVA BRIK Kazakhstan

53 kg

1. VINESH Phogat India
2. Mayu MUKAIDA Japan
3. Luisa VALVERDE MELENDRES Ecuador
4. Qianyu PANG China

57 kg
1. Risako KAWAI Japan
2. Odunayo ADEKUOROYE Nigeria
3. Iryna KURACHKINA Belarus
4. Ningning RONG China

62 kg
1. Aisuluu TYNYBEKOVA Kyrgyzstan
2. Taybe YUSEIN Bulgaria
3. Yuliia TKACH OSTAPCHUK Ukraine
4. Yukako KAWAI Japan

68 kg
1. Tamyra Mensah Stock United States
2. Blessing OBORUDUDU Nigeria
3. Koumba LARROQUE France
4. Anna SCHELL Germany

76 kg
1. Adeline GRAY United States
2. Aline ROTTER FOCKEN Germany
3. Hiroe MINAGAWA SUZUKI Japan
4. Elmira SYZDYKOVA Kazakhstan

Men's Freestyle

57 kg
1. Stevan MICIC Serbia
2. Zavur UGUEV Russia
3. Suleyman ATLI Turkey
4. Kumar RAVI India

65 kg
1. Gadzhimurad RASHIDOV Russia
2. BAJRANG Punia India
3. Daulet NIYAZBEKOV Kazakhstan
4. Ismail MUSZUKAJEV Hungary

74 kg
1. Frank CHAMIZO Italy
2. Daniyar KAISANOV Kazakhstan
3. Zaurbek SIDAKOV Russia
4. Mostafa HOSSEINKHANI Iran

86 kg
1. Hassan YAZDANICHARATI Iran
2. Deepak PUNIA India
3. Myles AMINE San Marino
4. Artur NAIFONOV Russia

97 kg
1. Abdulrashid SADULAEV Russia
2. Kyle SNYDER United States
3. Alisher YERGALI Kazakhstan
4. Magomedgadji NUROV North Macedonia

125 kg
1. Geno PETRIASHVILI Georgia
2. Yusup BATIRMURZAEV Kazakhstan
3. Taha AKGUL Turkey
4. Oleksandr KHOTSIANIVSKYI Ukraine

Greco-Roman

60 kg
1. Kenichiro FUMITA Japan
2. Sergey EMELINF Russia
3. Kerem KAMAL Turkey
4. Islomjon BAKRAMOV Uzbekistan

67 kg
1. Ismael BORRERO MOLINA Cuba
2. Mohamed ELSAYED Egypt
3. Artem SURKOV Russia
4. Mate NEMES Serbia

77 kg
1. Tamas LORINCZ Hungary
2. Alex KESSIDIS Sweden
3. Karapet CHALYAN Armenia
4. Mohammadali GERAEI Iran

87 kg
1. Viktor LORINCZ Hungary
2. Zhan BELENIUK Ukraine
3. Rustam ASSAKALOV Uzbekistan
4. Daniel GREGORICH HECHAVARRIA Cuba

97 kg
1. Musa EVLOEV Russia
2. Artur ALEKSANYAN Armenia
3. Mohammadhadi SARAVI Iran
4. Tadeusz MICHALIK Poland

130kg
1. Riza KAYAALP Turkey
2. Abdellatif MOHAMED Egypt
3. Muminjon ABDULLAEV Uzbekistan
4. Amin MIRZAZADEH Iran