Greco-Roman World Wrestling Rankings – July 5, 2013
JULFALAKYAN JOINS FILA WORLD GRECO-ROMAN RANKINGS
By William May
CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland – London 2012 silver medalist Arsen JULFALAKYAN (ARM) rejoined the fray with a triumph at the Trophee Milone in June and added his name to the rankings at 74kg, already heavy with Olympic Games medals.
JULFALAKYAN joins the rankings at No.3 behind gold medalists Roman VLASOV and KIM Hyeon-Woo (KOR), who won at 66kg in London last summer.
A third Olympic Games gold medalist, Steeve GUENOT (FRA) is ranked No.11 this month after finishing with a bronze medal at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin, Turkey. GUENOT won the gold medal at 66kg in the Beijing 2008 Games and followed with a bronze in London.
Yavor YANAKIEV (BUL), a bronze medalist in Beijing, gives 74kg a sixth Olympic Games medal. The former world champion, who has not wrestled in a FILA event since March, slipped from fourth place in the rankings to seventh.
Other notable newcomers to the FILA rankings this month are: Roman AMOYAN (ARM), a Beijing 2008 bronze medalist at 55kg; Damian JANIKOWSKI (POL), a London 2012 bronze medalist at 84kg; and Aleksandr KAZAKEVICH (LTU), who won a bronze in London at 74kg but is now wrestling at 84kg.
Meanwhile, Melonin NOUMONVI (FRA) has moved up to 96kg where he recently won the gold medal at the Mediterranean Games after finishing third in the European championships. NOUMONVI has finished in fifth at 84kg at the last two Olympic Games — in both cases, one win shy of a medal.
The rankings are listed by name, country code, most recent or most notable result this year, and the wrestler’s ranking in June.
55kg – European champion Elbek TAZHYIEV (BLR) stopped London 2012 bronze medalist Peter MODOS (HUN), 3-0 to win the Grand Prix of Germany title and reaffirm his position as the top bantamweight in FILA’s Greco-Roman World Rankings.
Roman AMOYAN (ARM), meanwhile, broke into the rankings after finishing third in the Trophee Milone at 60kg and then winning the Azovmash Cup crown at 55kg in Ukraine.
60kg – Asia champion Elmurat TASMURADOV (UZB) takes over the top spot from Ivo ANGELOV (BUL) with a runner-up showing in the Azovmash Cup. ANGELOV has not shown up on the wrestling radar since winning the European crown in March.
At No.15, Mouatez DJEDIAT (ALG) becomes Algeria’s first wrestler to be listed in the FILA World Rankings with bronze medals in the Mediterranean Games and the Trophee Milone, after a silver medal in the African championships.
66kg – Atakan YUKSEL (TUR) made a big jump to No.3 following a third place in the Trophee Milone and a gold medal at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin, Turkey.
Frank STAEBLER (GER) returned to action after finishing fifth at the London 2012 Olympic Games to defend his German Grand Prix title and move into 14th in the rankings. Sasun GHAMBARYAN (ARM) took his second title of the season at the Trophee Milone for the final spot in the rankings.
74kg – Emrah KUS (TUR), who lost to Olympic silver medalist Arsen JULFALAKYAN at the Trophee Milone, won at the Mediterranean Games to join the rankings at No.4 and ahead of Vehbi Emre winner Seref TUFENK (TUR).
Neven ZUGAJ (CRO), last year’s Mediterranean champion, moved into the top 10 with a silver medal at the Mediterranean Games after edging Olympic multi-medalist Steeve GUENOT (FRA), 2-0 (1-0, 1-0) in the Mersin semifinals.
84kg – Two-time former world champion Selcuk CEBI (TUR) won the Trophee Milone in June along with the gold medal at the Mediterranean Games to push past Alexej MISHIN (RUS) for the top spot at 84kg.
London 2012 bronze medalist Damian JANIKOWSKI (POL) won the Azovmash Cup over local favorite and fellow Olympian Vasil RACHYBA (UKR) for the No.5 spot in the rankings.
96kg – Dimitri TIMCHENKO (UKR) won the Azovmash Cup in the middle of June and came back two weeks later to win German Grand Prix, lifting him from the unranked to the No.6 position.
London 2012 bronze medalist Artur ALEKSANYAN (ARM) defeated second-ranked Cenk ILDEM (TUR), 2-0 (2-0, 2-0), to win the Trophee Milone title and tighten his grip on the top spot in the 96kg rankings.
120kg – European champion Riza KAYAALP (TUR) cruised to the heavyweight title in the Mediterranean Games for his third title of the year and Johan Magnus EUREN (SWE) won his third event in two months at the German Grand Prix to climb into second place in the rankings.
KAYAALP and EUREN were the two bronze medalists at 120kg at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Aleksander CHERNETSKI (UKR) lost to EUREN in the Avozmash Cup finals in mid-June and in the quarterfinals of the German Grand Prix, but earned a place in the rankings at No.7.
|11||Shirzad BEHESHTI TALA||Iran||7|
|13||Spenser MANGO||United States||8|
|14||YUN Won-Chol||Dem. People's Rep. of Korea||10|
|8||Alexander CASAL HINOJOSA||Cuba||5|
|6||Hadi ALIZEDAH POURNIA||Iran||3|
|13||Alexi BELL CABALLERO||Cuba||7|
|15||Zied AYT OKRAME||Tunisia||15|
|13||Taleb Nariman NEMATPOUR||Iran||8|
|14||Jordan HOLM||United States||11|
|9||Yasmany Daniel LUGO CABRERA||Cuba||8|
|2||Johan Magnus EUREN||Sweden||6|
About the Rankings
William May has been active in wrestling across three continents for more than 40 years as a competitor, coach, referee and journalist. William wrestled with the Minnesota Wrestling Club (USA) in the early 1970s and went to Japan as an English teacher and later a sportswriter for 16 years with the Kyodo News Service in Tokyo. In Japan, William continued to wrestle and coach at Kokushikan University in Tokyo. He also collaborated with the magazine, Japanese Wrestling Monthly, and later the website of the Japan Wrestling Federation. In 2002, William moved to Czech Republic where he teaches English, writes for the JWF website, and coaches at a local wrestling club in Kladno. In 2008 and 2012, William worked as the “Sports Information Specialist” for wrestling at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games. He can be reached on his Facebook page or by email, email@example.com .
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