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TheMat.com International Wrestling Rankings released for August 2006

Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
08/10/2006


TheMat.com has published its International Wrestling Rankings for the month of August 2006. These is the only international rankings published anywhere in the world which rates athletes and teams in the three Olympic wrestling styles: men's freestyle, men's Greco-Roman and women's freestyle wrestling.

TheMat.com International Wrestling Rankings list the top 15 wrestlers in the world in each weight class, as well as the top 15 nations in each of the wrestling styles.

A panel of five international wrestling journalists created the rankings.

These will be the final TheMat.com International Wrestling Rankings published prior to the World Wrestling Championships in Guangzhou, China, Sept. 26-Oct. 1.

The top teams in TheMat.com International Wrestling Rankings for August 2006 are:
- Men's Freestyle - Russia
- Men's Greco-Roman - Russia
- Women's Freestyle - Japan

There were no changes in the No. 1 ranked wrestlers in the new rankings. There were numerous changes in the rest of the rankings, as many international championships have been held since the last ranking, including the FILA Golden Grand Prix finals held in Azerbaijan.

Men's Freestyle
55 kg - Dilshod Mansurov (Uzbekistan); 60 kg - Mavlet Batirov (Russia); 66 kg - Makhach Murtazaliev (Russia); 74 kg - Bouvaisa Saitiev (Russia); 84 kg - Adam Saitiev (Russia); 96 kg - Khadjimurat Gatsalov (Russia); 120 kg - Artur Taymazov (Uzbekistan)

Men's Greco-Roman
55 kg - Armen Amoyan (Armenia); 60 kg - Armen Nazarian (Bulgaria); 66 kg -Alan Milan (Cuba); 74 kg - Varteras Samourgachev (Russia); 84 kg -Artur Michalkiewicz; 96 kg - Hamza Yerlikaya (Turkey); 120 kg - Mijial Lopez (Cuba)

Women's Freestyle
48 kg - Xueveng Ren (China); 51 kg - Hitomi Sakamoto (Japan); 55 kg - Saori Yoshida (Japan); 59 kg - Ayako Shoda (Japan); 63 kg - Kaori Icho (Japan); 67 kg - Meng Lili (China); 72 kg - Kyoko Hamaguchi (Japan)

Rankings will be published during the following months this season
- December 2005
- February 2006
- April 2006
- June 2006
- August 2006

In order to provide accurate and timely rankings, as well as to stimulate interest and fan support of international wrestling, TheMat.com asks all wrestling journalists and fans to submit results from international competitions across the world. These results will be posted immediately in the International results section on TheMat.com.

Please send any and all international wrestling tournament results to Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling at gabbott@usawrestling.org

TheMat.com International Freestyle Rankings - August 2006

TheMat.com International Greco-Roman Rankings - August 2006

TheMat.com International Women's Rankings - August 2006
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