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World Championships preview in freestyle wrestling at 70 kg

By Craig Sesker USA Wrestling | Aug. 22, 2014, 11:27 a.m. (ET)

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Nick Marable is the only wrestler to defeat Olympic gold medalist and two-time World champion Jordan Burroughs on the international level. USAW file photo.

Date of competition: Monday, Sept. 8

The new freestyle weight class of 70 kg/154 lbs. features wrestlers moving up from the old weight class of 66 kilos and down from the old division of 74 kilos.

The end result may be a wide-open battle for a World gold medal.

Iran’s Moustafa Hosseinkhani is ranked No. 1 in the World in this division. He edged American Nick Marable 1-0 at March’s World Cup in Los Angeles.

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

Azerbaijan’s Ruslan Dibirgadzhiyev won the European Championships this season. He’s ranked No. 2 in the World in this weight class.

Grigor Grigoryan of Armenia was second at the Europeans and holds down the No. 4 World ranking. Yakup Gor of Turkey placed third at the Europeans this year. Gor is ranked fifth in the World.

Khetik Tsabolov won the Russian Nationals at 70 kilos. He is ranked sixth in the World.

Marable is inexplicably not ranked in this division, but he still has to be considered a top contender to earn a medal in this brand new, non-Olympic weight class.

Marable snapped Olympic gold medalist and two-time World champion Jordan Burroughs’ American record 69-match winning streak earlier this season at February's Yasar Dogu event in Turkey. Marable beat Burroughs in a match that ended in a 4-4 deadlock. Marable won on criteria by virtue of scoring with a pair of two-point moves.

Marable looks extremely strong after dropping down to 70 kilos, and he was virtually impossible to score on in winning the U.S. Open and U.S. World Team Trials.

Strong defensively, Marable will need to pick up his offense a little more early in matches to advance through the bracket at the Worlds.

There are no real superstars with glowing credentials in this class. It will definitely be a wide-open battle to see who reaches the top step of the podium in Uzbekistan.

FILA WORLD RANKINGS

70 kg/154 lbs. – 1. Moustafa Hosseinkhani (Iran); 2. Ruslan Dibirgadzhiyev (Azerbaijan); 3. Peyman Yarahmadi (Iran); 4. Grigor Grigoryan (Armenia); 5. Yakup Gor (Turkey); 6. Khetik Tsabolov (Russia); 7. Israil Kasumov (Russia); 8. Zhombor Gulyas (Hungary); 9. Adrian Ionout Moise (Romania); 10. Dshamaluddin Kurbanaliev (Russia); 11. Ramazan Shamshutdinov (Russia); 12. Miroslav Kirov (Bulgaria); 13. Evgheni Nedealco (Moldova); 14. Semyon Radulov (Ukraine); 15. Emin Azizov (Azerbaijan); 16. Somirshoh Vokhidov (Tajikistan); 17. Ibrahim Nuriddinov (Ubekistan); 18. Batzorig Muyanjav (Mongolia); 19. Zaur Efendiev (Serbia); 20. Pedro Soto (Puerto Rico)