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Journalists pick the winners at the World Wrestling Championships in Azerbaijan

Various international journalists
09/16/2007


Each year, TheMat.com polls a number of international wrestling journalists to predict the gold medalists at the World Wrestling Championships or the Olympic Games.

This year, our panel of journalists have made their picks of who they expect will win gold medals at the 2007 World Wrestling Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 17-23.

IKUO HIGUCHI
Japan Wrestling Federation website


Men's Freestyle champions
55 kg/121 lbs. - Dilshod Mansurov (Uzbekistan)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Seyed Mohammadi (Iran)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Albert Batyrov (Belarus)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Makhach Murtazaliev (Russia)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Taras Danko (Ukraine)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Khadshimourad Gatsalov (Russia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Artur Taymazov (Uzbekistan)

Greco-Roman champions
55 kg/121 lbs. - Rovshan Bayramov (Azerbaijan)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Eusebiu Diaconu (Romania)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Kanatbek Begaliev (Kirghizistan)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Vladimir Shatskikh (Ukraine)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Alexej Mishin (Russia)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Mohammed Abdelfatah (Egypt)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Khassan Baroev (Russia)

Women's Freestyle champions
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Irini Merleni (Ukraine)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Hitomi Sakamoto (Japan)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Ayako Shoda (Japan)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Jing Rui Xue (China)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Kyoko Hamaguchi (Japan)

JASON BRYANT
InterMat


Men's Freestyle champions
55 kg/121 lbs. - Radoslav Velikov (Bulgaria)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Yandro Quintana (Cuba)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Serafim Barzakov (Bulgaria)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Mahach Murtazaliev (Russia)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Reza Yazdani (Iran)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - George Gogsehelidze (Georgia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Artur Taymazov (Uzbekistan)

Greco-Roman champions
55 kg/121 lbs. - Lindsey Durlacher (United States)
60 kg/132 lbs. - David Bedinadze (Georgia)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Harry Lester (United States)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Mark Madsen (Denmark)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Ara Abrahamian (Sweden)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Karam Gaber (Egypt)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Dremiel Byers (United States)

Women's Freestyle champions
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Chiharu Icho (Japan)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Hitomi Sakamoto (Japan)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Nataliya Synyshyn (Ukraine)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Sara McMann (United States)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Martine Dugrenier (Canada)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Kristie Marano (United States)

EDDIE GOLDMAN
No Holds Barred

Men's Freestyle champions
55 kg/121 lbs. - Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Seyed Mourad Mohammadi (Iran)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Geandry Garzon (Cuba)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Mahach Murtazaliev (Russia)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Georgy Ketoev (Russia)
96 kg/211.25 lbs. - Khajimurad Gatsalov (Russia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Artur Taimazov (Uzbekistan)

Men's Greco-Roman champions
55 kg/121 lbs. - Roushan Bayramov (Azerbaijan)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Eusebiu Diaconu (Romania)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Harry Lester (USA)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Manuchar Krirkvelia (Georgia)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Alexey Mishine (Russia)
96 kg/211.25 lbs. - Karam Ibrahim Gaber (Egypt)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Khassan Baroev (Russia)

Women's Freestyle champions
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Chiharu Icho (Japan)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Hitomi Sakamoto (Japan)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Ayako Shoda (Japan)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Jing Rui Xue (China)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Stanka Zlateva (Bulgaria)

CLINT KINGSBURY
Canadian Wrestling Federation


Men's Freestyle champions
55 kg/121 lbs. - Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Yandro Quintana (Cuba)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Geandry Garzon (Cuba)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Makhach Murtazaliev (Russia)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Sajid Sajidov (Russia)
96 kg/211.25 lbs. - Khadijumurad Gatsalov (Russia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Tommy Rowlands (United States)

Greco-Roman champions
55 kg/121 lbs. - Armen Amoyan (Armenia)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Ali Askhani (Iran)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Nikolay Gergov (Bulgaria)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Manuchar Kvirkvelia (Georgia)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Alexsey Michine (Russia)
96 kg/211.25 lbs. - Karim Gaber (Egypt)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Mijail Lopez (Cuba)

Women's Freestyle champions
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Carol Huynh (Canada)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Patricia Miranda (United States)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Tonya Verbeek (Canada)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Ida-Theres Karlsson (Sweden)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Sara McMann (United States)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Martine DuGrenier (Canada)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Ohenewa Akuffo (Canada)

MIKE FINN
Wrestling International Newsmagazine


Men's Freestyle champions
55 kg/121 lbs. - Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Mike Zadick (United States)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Geandry Garzon (Cuba)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Asghar Ali Bazrighaleh (Iran)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Revaz Mindorashvili (Georgia)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Khadshimourad Gatsalov (Russia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Artur Taymazov (Uzebekistan)

Greco-Roman champions
55 kg/121 lbs. - Rovshan Bayramov (Azerbaijan)
60 kg/132 lbs. - David Bedinadze (Georgia)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Harry Lester (United States)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Manuchar Kvirkvelia (Georgia)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Alexej Mishin (Russia)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Justin Ruiz (USA)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Khassan Baroev (Russia)

Women's Freestyle champions
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Chiharu Icho (Japan)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Patricia Miranda (United States)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Ayako Shoda (Japan)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Sara McMann (United States)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Martine Dugrenier (Canada)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Kristie Marano (United States)

CRAIG SESKER
USA Wrestling/TheMat.com


Men's Freestyle champions
55 kg/121 lbs. - Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Mike Zadick (United States)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Geandry Garzon (Cuba)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Ibraghim Aldatov (Ukraine)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Joe Williams (United States)
96 kg/211.25 lbs. - Khadjimurad Gatsalov (Russia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Artur Taymazov (Uzbekistan)

Greco-Roman champions
55 kg/121 lbs. - Hamid Sourian (Iran)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Eusebiu Diaconu (Romania)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Harry Lester (United States)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Marko Yli-Hannuksela (Finland)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Brad Vering (United States)
96 kg/211.25 lbs. - Heiki Nabi (Estonia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Mijial Lopez (Cuba)

Women's Freestyle champions
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Carol Huyhn (Canada)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Hitomi Sakamoto (Japan)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Ayako Shoda (Japan)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Sara McMann (United States)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Katie Downing (United States)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Stanka Zlateva (Bulgaria)

MAAHYAR RASSAEI
Iran Wrestling


Men's Freestyle champions
55 kg/121 lbs. - Dilshod Mansurov (Uzbekistan)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Morad Mohammadi (Iran)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Albert Batirov (Belarus)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Makhach Murtazaliev (Russia)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Georgi Ketoev (Russia)
96 kg/211.25 lbs. - Khetag Guzimov (Azerbaijan)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Beylal Makhov (Russia)

Greco-Roman champions
55 kg/121 lbs. - Hamid Sourian (Iran)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Eusebiu Diacono (Romania)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Nikolay Gergov (Bulgaria)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Manuchar Kvirkvelia (Georgia)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Alexij Michine (Russia)
96 kg/211.25 lbs. - Ramaz Nozadze (Georgia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Mijial Lopez (Cuba)

Women's Freestyle champions
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Enkhargal Tsogtbazar (Mongolia)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Patricia Miranda (United States)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Ayako Shoda (Japan)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Anna Polvneva (Russia)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Stanka Zlateva (Bulgaria)

AL BEVILACQUA
www.nywrestling.com


Men's Freestyle champions
55 kg/121 lbs. - Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Yandro Quintana (Cuba)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Irbek Farniev (Russia)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Makhach Murtazaliev (Russia)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Reza Yazdani (Iran)
96 kg/211.25 lbs. - Khadjiumurad Gatsalov (Russia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Artur Taymazov (Uzbekistan)

Greco-Roman champions
55 kg/121 lbs. - Lindsey Durlacher (United States)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Roberto Monzon (Cuba)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Li Yanyan (China)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Manuchar Kvirkvelia (Georgia)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Alexei Michine (Russia)
96 kg/211.25 lbs. - Justin Ruiz (USA)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Mijial Lopez (Cuba)

Women's Freestyle champions
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Chicharu Icho (Japan)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Hitomi Sakamoto (Japan)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Ayako Shoda (Japan)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Jing Rui Xue (China)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Daria Nazarova (Russia)

GARY ABBOTT
TheMat.com/USA Wrestling


Men's Freestyle champions
55 kg/121 lbs. - Radoslav Velikov (Bulgaria)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Yandro Quintana (Cuba)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Albert Batyrov (Belarus)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Makhach Murtazaliev (Russia)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Georgi Ketoev (Russia)
96 kg/211.25 lbs. - Daniel Cormier (United States)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Artur Taymazov (Uzbekistan)

Greco-Roman champions
55 kg/121 lbs. - Roushan Bayramov (Azerbaijan)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Eusebiu Diacono (Romania)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Harry Lester (United States)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Manuchar Kvirkvelia (Georgia)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Alexei Michine (Russia)
96 kg/211.25 lbs. - Ramaz Nozadze (Georgia)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Mijial Lopez (Cuba)

Women's Freestyle champions
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Irini Merlini (Ukraine)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Hitomi Sakamoto (Japan)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Su Lihui (China)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Sara McMann (United States)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Martine Dugrenier (Canada)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Kristie Marano (United States)
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