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#WrestleBelgrade Preview: Greco-Roman light weights

Max Nowry (USA) locks up an opponent at the 2021 World Championships
Max Nowry (USA) locks up an opponent on the 2021 World Championships. Photograph by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors

The 2022 Senior World Championships are simply across the nook, set for Sept. 10-18 in Belgrade, Serbia.


USA Wrestling can be posting weight class previews for the 2022 Senior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia in six segments. There can be two previews in every fashion, gentle weights (first 5 weights) and heavy weights (closing 5 weights). Included can be a narrative on every weight class, with seeds plus World/Olympic outcomes going again to 2017.

Earlier Previews
Men’s freestyle light weights
Women’s freestyle light weights

Right now, we characteristic the primary 5 Greco-Roman weight courses: 55 kg, 60 kg, 63 kg, 67 kg and 72 kg

55 kg preview
Competitors days: September 10-11
U.S. consultant: Max Nowry

The 55 kg weight class was reborn in 2018, when worldwide wrestling expanded again to 10 weight courses in every self-discipline. This non-Olympic weight has had three World champions from three totally different nations, and two of them are among the many excessive seeds. 2018 World champion Eldaniz Azizli of Azerbaijan is the No. 1 seed. Azizli received bronze medals within the 2019 and 2021 World Championships and was the 2022 European champion. 2019 World champion Nugzari Tsurtsumia of Georgia is the No. 2 seed. Tsurtsumia received World bronze medals in 2018 and 2021, and misplaced to Azizli within the 2022 European finals. The 2021 World champion, Japan’s Ken Matsui, will not be registered.

Claiming the No. 3 seed is 2018 World bronze medalist Ekrem Ozturk of Turkey, who was fifth within the 2021 Worlds and second within the 2021 European Championships. Max Nowry of the USA, who positioned fifth within the 2019 Worlds and ninth within the 2021 Worlds, will get the No. 4 seed. Nowry received bronze on the 2022 Matteo Pellicone Rating Occasion. No. 5 seed Fabian Schmitt of Germany, who was tenth on the 2021 Worlds is No. 5, whereas 2022 Asian silver medalist Amangali Bekbolatov of Kazakhstan earned the No. 6 seed.

2022 Asian bronze medalist Jasurbek Ortikboev of Uzbekistan is seeded No. 7, whereas Ukraine’s Koriun Sharadian scraped up sufficient factors for the No. 8 seed. Some medalists may come from the unseeded athletes akin to 2021 U23 World silver medalist and 2021 Junior World champion Poya Dad Marz of Iran, 2021 and 2022 Asian champion Yu Shiotani of Japan or 2022 European bronze medalist and 2018 Army World champion Rudik Mkrtchyan of Amenia

Others to look at embrace 2022 Asian bronze medalist Arjun Halakaurki of India and 2019 European silver medalist Florin Tita of Romania.

55 kg seeds
No. 1 Eldaniz AZIZLI (AZE)
No. 2 Nugzari TSURTSUMIA (GEO)
No. 3 Ekrem OZTURK (TUR)
No. 4 Max NOWRY (USA)
No. 5 Fabian SCHMITT (GER)
No. 6 Amangali BEKBOLATOV (KAZ)
No. 7 Jasurbek ORTIKBOEV (UZB)
No. 8 Koriun SAHRADIAN (UKR)


2021 World Championships
55 kg/121 lbs. – Gold – Ken Matsui (Japan); Silver – Emin Sefershaev (RWF); Bronze – Eldaniz Azizli (Azerbaijan); Bronze – Nugzari Tsurtsumia (Georgia); Fifth – Ekrem Ozturk (Turkey); Fifth – Norayr Hakhoyan (Armenia); seventh – Sardarbek Konushbaev (Kyrgyzstan); eighth – Khorlan Zhakansha (Kazakhstan); ninth – Max Nowry (USA); tenth – Fabian Schmitt (Germany)

2019 World Championships
55 kg/121 lbs. – Gold – Nugzari Tsurtsumia (Georgia); Silver – Khorlan Zhakansha (Kazakhstan); Bronze – Eldaniz Azizli (Azerbaijan); Bronze – Shota Ogawa (Japan); Fifth – Max Nowry (USA); Fifth – Liguo Cao (China); seventh – Vitalii Kabaloev (Russia); eighth – Davaabandi Munkh Erdene (Mongolia); ninth – Ilkhom Bakhromov (Uzbekistan); tenth – Pouya Mohammad Naserpour (Iran)

2018 World Championships
55/121 lbs. – Gold – Eldaniz Azizli (Azerbaijan); Silver – Zholaman Sharshenbekov (Kyrgyzstan); Bronze – Ekrem Oezturek (Turkey); Bronze – Nugzari Tsurtsumia (Georgia); Fifth – Norayr Hakhoyan (Armenia); Fifth – Liguo Cao (China); seventh – Vasill Topoev (Russia); eighth – Shota Tanokura (Japan); ninth – Ilkhom Bakhromov (Uzbekistan); tenth – Zahnserik Sarsenbiyev (Kazakhstan)

There was no 55 kg weight class in 2017

60 kg preview
Competitors days: September 12-13
U.S. consultant: Ildar Hafizov

The competitors needs to be fierce at 60 kg, with a lot expertise and expertise among the many prime stars. The favourite may very well be No. 3 seed Kenchiro Fumita of Japan, who was a 2020 Olympic silver medalist and 2017 and 2019 World champion. Fumita has solely wrestled as soon as internationally because the Tokyo Video games, which affected his seeding. The No. 1 seed is 2021 World silver medalist Zholaman Sharshenbekov of Kyrgyzstan, a 2018 World silver medalist who was additionally seventh within the 2020 Olympics. Sharshenbekov was the 2022 Asian champion. At No. 3 is 2021 World bronze medalist Murad Mammadov of Azerbaijan, who received the 2022 Matteo Pellicone Rating Occasion and was third within the 2022 European Championships.

2022 European bronze medalist Gevorg Gharibyan of Armenia, who positioned fifth on the 2021 World Championships secured the No. 4 seed. Gyanender Daihya of India, who was fifth within the 2021 Worlds and received the Sghaier Rating Occasion in Tunisia, brings within the No. 5 seed. 2022 European champion Kerem Kamal of Turkey, who was a three-time Junior World champion (2017, 2018, 2019), is seeded No. 6. A number of-time African champion Haithem Mahmoud of Egypt, who was ninth on the 2020 Olympics, will get the No. 7 seed. Estonia’s Helary Maegisalu scored sufficient factors for the No. 8 seed.

There may be good depth on this weight class, led by 2018 World bronze medalist and 2021 Asian champion Aidos Sultangali of Kazakhstan. Others seeking to medal with out a seed are 2022 European silver medalist Edmond Nazaryan of Bulgaria, 2020 and 2021 Pan American champion Dicther Toro Castaneda of Colombia and 2021 European bronze medalist Viktor Petryk of Ukraine.

Veteran Ildar Hafizov of the USA, a two-time Olympian and a number of World Group member for the USA and Uzbekistan, is in search of to interrupt by means of along with his first medal. Others to look at are a number of African champion Abdelkarim Fergat of Algeria and 2019 Asian champion Ilkhom Bakhromov of Uzbekistan.

60 kg seeds
No. 2 Murad MAMMADOV (AZE)
No. 3 Kenichiro FUMITA (JPN)
No. 4 Gevorg GHARIBYAN (ARM)
No. 5 Gyanender DAHIYA (IND)
No. 6 Kerem KAMAL (TUR)
No. 7 Haithem MAHMOUD (EGY)
No. 8 Helary MAEGISALU (EST)


2021 World Championships
60 kg/130 lbs.- Gold – Victor Ciobanu (Moldova); Silver – Zholaman Sharshenbekov (Kyrgyzstan) ; Bronze – Stepan Maryanyan (RWF); Bronze – Murad Mammadov (Azerbaijan); Fifth – Gevorg Gharibyan (Armenia); Fifth – Maksim Kazharski (Belarus); seventh – Ayata Suzuki (Japan); eighth – Mehrdad Mardani (Iran); ninth – Irakli Dzimistarishvili (Georgia); tenth – Gyanender Gyanender (India)

2020 Olympics
60 kg/130 lbs. – Gold – Luis Orta Sanchez (Cuba); Silver – Kenchiro Fumita (Japan); Bronze- Salike Walihan (China); Bronze – Sergei Emelin (ROC); Fifth – Lenur Temirov (Ukraine); Fifth – Victor Ciobanu (Moldova); seventh – Zholaman Sharshenbekov (Kyrgyzstan); eighth – Armen Melikyan (Armenia); ninth – Haythem Mahmoud (Egypt); tenth – Ali Reza Nejati (Iran)

2019 World Championships
60 kg/130 lbs. – Gold – Kenchiro Fumita (Japan); Silver – Sergey Emelin (Russia); Bronze – Mirambek Ainagulov (Kazahkstan); Bronze – Ali Reza Ayat Ollah Nejati (Iran); Fifth – Lenur Temirov (Ukraine); Fifth – Elmurat Tasmuradov (Uzbekistan); seventh – Ivo Serafimov Angelov (Bulgaria); eighth – Ivan Lizatovic (Croatia); ninth – Victor Ciobanu (Moldova); tenth – Razvan Arnaut (Romania)

2018 World Championships
59 kg/130 lbs. – Gold- Sergey Emelin (Russia); Silver – Victor Ciobanu (Moldova); Bronze – Aidos Sultangali (Kazakhstan); Bronze – Sailike Walihan (China); Fifth – Kristian Fris (Serbia); Fifth- Se Ung RI (North Korea); seventh – Kaly Sulaimnov (Kyrgyzstan); eighth – Etienne Kinsinger (Germany); ninth – Shinobu Ota (Japan); tenth – Firuz Tukhtaev

2017 World Championships
59 kg/130 lbs. – Gold – Kenichiro Fumita (Japan); Silver – Mirambek Ainagulov (Kazakhstan); Bronze –Stepan Maryanyan (Russia); Bronze – Seung-Hak Kim (Korea) ; Fifth – Kanybek Zholchubekov (Kyrgyzstan); Fifth – Dmitriy Tsymbaliyuk (Ukraine); seventh – Taleh Mammadov (Azerbaijan); eighth – Mehrdad Abdmohammad Mardani (Iran); ninth – Gyanender (India); tenth – Erik Torba (Hungary)

63 kg preview
Competitors days: September 11-12
U.S. consultant: Sammy Jones

The highest entry on this weight class is unseeded, because the 2020 Olympic champion at 60 kg, Luis Orta Sanchez of Cuba, has moved up in weight. Orta, a two-time Pan American champion, has not wrestled because the Tokyo Video games, and has by no means competed at 63 kg.

On paper, a star who may additionally problem is No. 4 seed Victor Ciobanu of Moldova, who received the 2021 World Championships at 60 kg and has additionally moved up in weight. Ciobanu was fifth within the 2020 Olympics, and in addition claimed a 2018 World silver medal. He has wrestled at 63 kg this season, putting second in Rating Occasions in Turkey and Italy. If the seeds maintain, he may face No. 1 seed Leri Abuladze of Georgia within the semifinals, who was second within the 2021 World Championships at this weight. Abuladze added a 2022 European title to his achievements.

The No. 2 seed is 2022 European silver medalist Taleh Mammadov of Azerbaijan, who was fifth within the 2021 World Championships. Mammadov additionally received the Matteo Pellicone Rating Occasion in Italy. No. 3 seed is Erik Torba of Hungary, who positioned fifth within the 2019 and 2021 World Championships. Torba was additionally fifth on the 2022 European Championships. Not one of the different seeds have main Senior degree achievements. No. 5 seed Ahmet Uyar of Turkey was a 2021 U23 World silver medalist. No. 6 seed Hrachya Poghosyan of Armenia was a 2021 U23 World bronze medalist and 2016 U17 World bronze medalist. Neeraj of India, the No. 7 seed, was a 2022 Asian bronze medalist and received the 2022 U23 Asian Championships. Maybe the most effective resume is from No. 8 seed Tynar Sharshenbekov of Kyrgyzstan, a 2022 Asian champion who was additionally fifth within the 2019 World Championships.

There may be good expertise among the many unseeded entries, led by 2019 World bronze medalist Ali Reza Nejad of Iran, who has received World medals on the U17, U20, U23 and Senior ranges. One other expertise is Erbatu Tuo of China, a 2109 Asian champion who was fifth within the 2018 Worlds. Abolmohammad Papi of Germany, who was a 2013 Asian bronze medalist for Iran, is competing for Germany beginning this 12 months. Aker Al Obaidi of the Refugee Group was eighth within the 2020 Olympics. Additionally look ahead to 2020 Asian silver medalist Jinseub Track of Korea. Sammy Jones competes in his second straight Senior Worlds for the US.  

63 kg seeds
No. 2 Taleh MAMMADOV (AZE)
No. 3 Erik TORBA (HUN)
No. 4 Victor CIOBANU (MDA)
No. 5 Ahmet UYAR (TUR)
No. 6 Hrachya POGHOSYAN (ARM)


2021 World Championships
63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Gold – Meysam Karamali Dalkhani (Iran); Silver – Leri Abuladze (Georgia); Bronze – Kensuke Shimizu (Japan); Bronze – Lenur Temirov (Ukraine); Fifth – Taleh Mammadov (Azerbaijan); Fifth – Erik Torba (Hungary); seventh – Hanjae Chung (Korea); eighth – Deniz Menekse (Germany); ninth – Mihai Radu Mihut (Romania); tenth – Ibragim Labazanov (RWF)

2019 World Championships
63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Gold – Shinobu Ota (Japan); Silver – Stepan Maryanyan (ROC); Bronze – Slavik Galstyan (Armenia); Bronze – Almat Kebispayev (Kazakhstan); Fifth – Meysam Dalkhani (Iran); Fifth – Tynar Sharshenbekov (Kyrgyzstan); seventh – Ryan Mango (USA); eighth – Jinwoong Jung (Korea); ninth – Rahman Bilici (Turkey); tenth – Islomjon Bakhramov (Uzbekistan)

2018 World Championships
63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Gold – Stepan Maryanyan (Russia); Silver – Elmurat Tasmuradov (Uzbekistan); Bronze – Lenur Temirov (Ukraine); Bronze – Rahman Bilici (Turkey); Fifth – Hassan Mohamed (Egypt) Fifth – Erbatu Tuo (China); seventh – Krisztian Vancza (Hungary); eighth – Donior Islamov (Moldova); ninth – Slavik Galstyan (Armenia); tenth – Taleh Mammadov (Azerbaijan)

There was no 63 kg weight class on the 2017 Senior Worlds

67 kg preview
Competitors days September 11-12
U.S. consultant: Alejandro Sancho

One of many world’s greatest Greco-Roman wrestlers can be the highest seed right here, 2020 Olympic champion Mohammedreza Geraei of Iran, who additionally received the 2021 World gold medal. He was additionally a 2017 World bronze medalist. Geraei has received gold in his final six worldwide occasions, together with a 2019 U23 World title.

There can be an enormous battle on the opposite facet of the bracket. Simply essentially the most achieved among the many seeds is No. 7 Hansu Ryu of Korea, a two-time World champion (2013, 2017) and 2015 World silver medalist. Ryu was seventh within the 2020 Olympics and seeks a return to the rostrum. The No. 2 seed is Murat Firat of Turkey, the 2022 European champion who positioned fifth within the 2021 Worlds. The No. 3 seed was additionally fifth on the 2021 World Championships, Hasrat Jafarov of Azerbaijan, who received each the U23 World title and Junior World title in 2021. Throw within the No. 6 seed, 2017 World silver medalist Mateusz Bernatek of Poland.

Seeds on Geraie’s facet embrace No. 4 Mohammed El Sayed, a 2020 Olympic bronze medalist, who was additionally fifth within the 2019 World Championships. No. 5 Morten Thoresen of Norway, a 2020 European Champion, was ninth within the 2019 Worlds. This half-bracket additionally consists of No. 8 Witalis Lazovski of Germany, who was tenth within the 2022 World Championships.

Non-seeded stars embrace 2019 World bronze medalist Slavik Galstyan of Armenia, who was third within the 2022 European Championships, in addition to Mate Nemes of Serbia, a 2019 World bronze medalist who was additionally a 2021 European champion. Different robust attracts may embrace 2022 Asian champion Abror Atabaev of Uzbekistan and 2022 European silver medalist and 2018 Junior World bronze medalist Krisztian Vancza of Hungary. Japan will deliver 2018 U23 World champion Katsuaki Endo. Others to notice embrace Olympian and two-time age-group World Group member Alejandro Sancho of the USA, 2022 Pan American champion Julian Horta Acevedo of Chile and 2018 European champion Mihai Mihut of Romania.

67 kg seeds
No. 1 Mohammadreza GERAEI (IRI)
No. 2 Murat FIRAT (TUR)
No. 3 Hasrat JAFAROV (AZE)
No. 4 Mohamed ELSAYED (EGY)
No. 5 Morten THORESEN (NOR)
No. 6 Mateusz BERNATEK (POL)
No. 7 Hansu RYU (KOR)
No. 8 Witalis LAZOVSKI (GER)


2021 World Championships
67 kg/147.75 lbs. – Gold – Mohammadreza Geraei (Iran); Silver – Nazir Abdullaev (RWF); Bronze – Almat Kebispayev (Kazakhstan); Bronze – Ramaz Zoidze (Georgia); Fifth – Murat Firat (Turkey); Fifth – Hasrat Jafarov (Azerbaijan); seventh – Mateusz Lucjan Bernatek (Poland); eighth – Sebastian Nad (Serbia); ninth – Morten Thoresen (Norway); tenth – Witalis Lazovski (Germany)

2020 Olympics
67 kg/147.75 lbs. – Gold – Mohammedreza Geraei (Iran); Silver – Parviz Nasibov (Ukraine); Bronze – Mohammed Elsayed (Egypt); Bronze – Frank Staebler (Germany); Fifth – Artem Surkov (Russia); Fifth – Ramaz Zoidze (Georgia); seventh – Ryu Hansu (Korea); eighth – Aker Obaidi (Olympic Refugee Group); ninth – Karen Aslanyan (Armenia); tenth – Alejandro Sancho (USA)

2019 World Championships
67 kg/147.75 lbs. – Gold – Ismael Borrero Molina (Cuba); Silver – Artem Surkov (Russia); Bronze – Mate Nemes (Serbia); Bronze – Frank Staebler (Germany); Fifth – Fredrik Holmquist Bjerrehuus (Denmark); Fifth – Mohamed Ibrahim Elsayed Ibrahi Elsayed (Egypt); seventh – Geovorg Sahakyan (Poland); eighth – Hansu Ryu (Korea); ninth – Deyvid Dimitrov (Bulgaria); tenth – Atakan Yuksel (Turkey)

2018 World Championships
67 kg/147.75 lbs. – Gold – Artem Surkov (Russia); Silver – Davor Stefanek (Serbia); Bronze – Meiirzhan Shermakhanbet (Kazakhstan); Bronze – Gevorg Sahakyan (Poland); Fifth – Mamadassa Sylla (France); Fifth – Danijel Janecic (Croatia); seventh – Fredrik Holmquist Bjerrehuus (Denmark); eighth – Mohammadreza Abdolhamid Geraei (Iran); ninth – Tsuchika Shimoyamada (Japan); tenth – Kamran Mammadov (Azerbaijan)

2017 World Championships
66 kg/145 lbs.
Gold – Han-Soo Ryu (Korea); Silver – Mateusz Bernatek (Poland); Bronze – Artem Surkov (Russia) ; Bronze –Atakan Yuksel (Turkey) ; Fifth – Karen Aslanyan (Armenia); Fifth – Mohammad Elyasi (Iran); seventh – Almat Kebispayev (Kazakhstan); eighth – Danijel Janecic (Croatia); ninth – Denys Demyankov (Ukraine); tenth – Flavio Freuler (Switzerland)

72 kg preview
Competitors dates: September 10-11
U.S. consultant: Benji Peak

The 72 kg weight class can be one which needs to be large open and thrilling. There are solely two previous World medalists among the many prime eight seeds, led by No. 1 seed and 2021 World bronze medalist Kristupas Sleiva of Lithuania. Sleiva was fifth within the 2022 European Championships, received the Pellicone Rating Occasion and was second in Vehbe Emre Rating Occasion. The opposite previous World medalist is No. 3 seed and two-time World bronze medalist Gevorg Sahakyan of Poland. Sahakyan received his World medals in 2018 and 2021, and was a 2014 World Army champion when he competed for Armenia.

The No. 2 seed is 2022 European bronze medalist Ulvu Ganizade of Azerbaijan, who was eighth within the 2022 Worlds and has received age-group medals on the U17, U20 and U23 ranges. No. 4 Mohammad Reza Mokhtari of Iran was fifth within the 2022 World Championships and received the 2022 Asian Championships title. No. 5 seed Valentin Petic of Moldova was seventh within the 2021 Worlds, and received age-group World bronze medals on the Junior and U23 ranges in 2019.

No. 6 seed Selcuk Can of Turkey is competing in his first Senior Worlds and received a medal in two Rating Occasions this 12 months, a gold in Turkey and a bronze in Italy. No. 7 seed Deyvid Dimitrov of Bulgaria was ninth within the 2022 Worlds, along with his greatest end being fifth on the 2019 U23 Worlds. 2022 European champion Robert Frisch of Hungary is available in with the No. 8 seed.

There may be nice alternative amongst unseeded athletes making a medal run. 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Shmagi Bolkvadze of Georgia, who was additionally a 2017 U23 World champion, needs to be within the combine. 2022 Asian silver medalist Ibragim Magomadov of Kazakhstan can be a rising expertise. Serbia’s Ali Arsalan received a 2022 European bronze medal, and beforehand wrestled for Iran, the place he was a 2015 Junior World bronze medalist. Thrilling Benji Peak of the USA is competing in his first Senior Worlds, and appears to throw individuals on their head.

72 kg seeds
No. 1 Kristupas SLEIVA (LTU)
No. 3 Gevorg SAHAKYAN (POL)
No. 4 Mohammad Reza MOKHTARI (IRI)
No. 5 Valentin PETIC (MDA)
No. 6 Selcuk CAN (TUR)
No. 7 Deyvid DIMITROV (BUL)
No. 8 Robert FRITSCH (HUN)


2021 World Championships
72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Gold – Malkhas Amoyan (Armenia); Silver – Sergei Kutuzov (RWF); Bronze – Gevorg Sahakyan (Poland); Bronze – Kristupas Sleiva (Lithuania); Fifth – Cengiz Arslan (Turkey); Fifth – Mohammad Mokhtari (Iran); seventh – Valentin Petic (Moldova); eighth – Ulvu Ganizade (Azerbaijan); ninth – Jiyul Lee (Korea); tenth – Haavard Joergensen (Norway)

2019 World Championships
72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Gold – Abuiazid Mantsigov (Russia); Silver – Aram Vardanyan (Uzbekistan); Bronze – Aik Mnatsakanian (Bulgaria); Bronze – Balint Korpasi (Hungary); Fifth – Michael Felix Widmayer (Germany); Fifth – Jiyeon Lee (Korea); seventh – Malkhas Amoyan (Armenia); eighth – Sanan Suleymanov (Azerbaijan); ninth – Iuri Lomadze (Georgia); tenth – Demeu Zhadrayev (Kazakhstan)

2018 World Championships
72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Gold – Frank Staebler (Germany); Silver – Balint Korpasi (Hungary); Bronze – Rasul Chunayev (Azerbaijan); Bronze – Aik Mnatskanian (Bulgaria); Fifth – Tarek Aziz Benaissa (Algeria); Fifth – Abuiazid Mantsigov (Russia) ; seventh – Joilson De Brito Ramos Junior (Brazil); eighth – Hujun Zhang (China); ninth – Mohammadali Abdolhamid Geraei (Iran); tenth – Leos Drmola (Slovakia)

2017 World Championships
71 kg/156 lbs. – Gold – Frank Staebler (Germany); Silver – Demeu Zhadrayev (Kazakhstan); Bronze – Balint Korpasi (Hungary); Bronze – Mohammadali Geraei (Iran); Fifth – Adam Kurak (Russia); Fifth – Daniel Cataraga (Moldova); seventh – Rasul Chunayev (Azerbaijan); eighth – Evrik Nikoghosyan (France); ninth – Nurgazy Asangulov (Kyrgyzstan); tenth – Ibrahim Mahmoud Ghanev (Egypt)

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