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57 kg bracket

Ramos is on the bottom side of the bracket. WIth a reasonable draw, Erdenbat from Mongolia. He was 9th at the 2013 worlds. The #1 ranked wrestler in the world is on his side too. But if he gets to him in the semis and looses he’s going for 3rd.

70 kg bracket 

Marable has a tougher draw and bracket, Tanatarow (Kaz) took bronze in the 2012 Olympics but he’s  currently ranked 18 in the world. Marable has a chance here. Grigoryan (ARM) is next currently ranked 5th in the world. After that the Russian and Bulgarian or very tough too.

86 kg bracket

Ruth is in the bottom bracket, away from Sadulaev (RUS) one of my #4# best in the world, and has lots of talent. He has a very winnable first match Melejayev (TKM).  The likely second match is with Mohammadian (IRI) who beat Ruth at the University games last year. That was before Ruth knew much about Freestyle wrestling. After that is a possible date with Olympic medalist Salas (CUB) who is currently unranked. Ed could go on a run here, which he needs to medal. I don’t see him get pulled back into Repechage from his position.

125 kg bracket

Dlagnev is in the bottom bracket with lots of strong competition. He has Romanov (MDA) first. He placed 5th at the 2014 University worlds. if he wins the next match would be easier. Next  match would likely be against  Akgul (TUR) 1 of two returning world bronzed medalist. It doesn’t get any easier with the returning world champ Sakandelidze (GEO) next in line. Good luck.

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It’s nearly impossible to make effective picks on the world level due the lack of seeding. it’s the luck of the draw.

Our best chances at medals in order of odds.

Jordan Burroughs-Obvious choice, Denis Tsargush from Russia is his his biggest challenger. They’ve wrestled before Burroughs has won, it was close.  Jake Varner-First world championships since his Olympic gold. He lost to Reza Yazdani from Iran last month. He’s ranked #1 in the world. The good thing for Jake is that he didn’t wrestle his best in that match. Bret Metcalf- Lots of studs ranked above him but he’s due to wrestle his best at worlds. Ed Ruth-New to freestyle rules; if he can hold his new found skills and strategy in tough matches he’s got a shot at making it to finals. Abdul Rashid Sadulaev, from Russia, is something special – he, Burroughs and Yazdan are at the top of my #4# list.  Rounding out the bottom: Jimmy Kennedy, Nick Marable, Tervel Dlagnev, Tony Ramos.

If you’re a diehard fan nap up today wrestling starts at midnight
Monday, 9/8/2014-Men’s Freestyle-57 (Ramos), 70 (Marable), 86 (Ruth) and 125 (Dlagnev)
Preliminary rounds-12:00 AM
Finals-10:00 AM

Tuesday, 9/9/2014-Men’s Freestyle-61 (Kennedy), 65 (Metcalf), 74 (Burroughs) and 97 (Varner)
Prelims-12:00 AM
Finals-9:00 AM

I haven’t followed our greco and women’s team enough to do more than just guess.






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