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World Championships preview in Greco-Roman wrestling at 60 kg/132 lbs.

Date of Competition: Saturday, September 21

For the last two years, the 60 kg/132 lbs. Greco-Roman weight class has belonged to one man, Omid Noroozi of Iran.

Noroozi secured a World championship in 2011 and an Olympic gold in 2012, making him the odds-on favorite to win gold medal No. 3 should he compete in Budapest. Noroozi has not posted any international results since the Olympics.

Russian Ivan Kuylakov is the current world No. 1, according to the FILA rankings. Kuylakov has posted an impressive year, earning the gold medal at the World University Games and the silver at the European Championships. Kuylakov owns a victory over world No. 2 Kamran Mammadov of Azerbaijan in the finals of the World University Games.

Russia also boasts a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist in Zaur Kuramagomedov. Should he be the Russian representative, Kuramagomedov would be a strong contender for the championship. He has not posted any international results since the Olympics.

2011 World silver medalist Almat Kebispayev of Kazakhstan is one to keep an eye on as a gold-medal threat. Kebispayev has had an average year, highlighted by a bronze medal at the World University Games. He did not medal at the Asian Championships, but with World silver and bronze to his name expect Kebispayev’s experience to carry him deep into the tournament.

23-year-old Azerbaijani Kamran Mammadov will be looking to make his mark at the Senior level. The 2010 Junior World Champion is currently ranked No. 2 in the world by FILA, boasting a silver medal at this year’s World University Games and a bronze at the European Championships.

World No. 3 Elmurat Tasmuradov of Uzbekistan won the 2013 Asian Championships and is a looking to bounce back from a subpar performance at the London Olympics and grab a World medal.

American young gun Jesse Thielke will headline a group of young stars looking for a breakthrough international performance at the World Championships.

Thielke is a 2012 Junior World bronze medalist. He has really hit his stride heading into the World Championships, including a captivating performance at the U.S. World Team Trials where he defeated Ryan Mango in an epic three-bout series.

Thielke will wrestle as a freshman during the upcoming season at the University of Wisconsin.

1. Ivan KUYLAKOV (Russia) 2. Kamran MAMMADOV (Azerbaijan) 3. Elmurat TASMURADOV (Uzbekistan) 4. Kristijan FRIS (Serbia) 5. Mevlut ARIK (Turkey) 6. Ivo ANGELOV (Bulgaria) 7. Almat KEBISPAYEV (Kazakhstan) 8. Virgil MUNTEANU (Romania) 9. Dmitri TSYMBALIYUK (Ukraine) 10. Lenur TEMIROV (Ukraine) 11. Istvan LEVAI (Slovakia) 12. Istvan KOZAK (Hungary) 13. Tarik BELMADANI (France) 14. Mohammad NOURBAKHSH (Iran) 15. Edward BARSEGJAN (Poland)


2012 Olympic Games
60kg/132 lbs. – Gold - Omid Noroozi (Iran); Silver - Revaz Lashki (Georgia); Bronze - Zaur Kuramagomedov (Russia); Bronze - Ryutaro Matsumoto (Japan); 5th - Hasan Aliyev (Azerbaijan); 5th - Almat Kebispayev (Kazakhstan); 7th - Ivo Angelov (Bulgaria); 8th - Ji-Hyun Jung (Korea); 9th - Tarik Belmadani (France); 10th - Jiang Sheng (China)

2011 World Championships
60kg/132 lbs. – Gold - Omid Haji Noroozi (Iran); Silver - Almat Kebispayev (Kazakhstan); Bronze - Zaur Kuramagomedov (Russia); Bronze - Ivo Angelov (Bulgaria); 5th - Ji-Hyun Jung (Korea); 5th - Luis Liendo (Venezuela); 7th - Hasan Aliyev (Azerbaijan); 8th - Vahan Juharyan (Armenia); 9th - Tonimir Sokol (Croatia); 10th - Manuel Lopez Salcero (Mexico)

2010 World Championships
60kg/132 lbs. – Gold – Hasan Aliyev (Azerbaijan); Silver – Ryutaro Matsumoto (Japan); Bronze – Almat Kebispayev (Kazakhstan); Bronze – Ji-Huyn Jung (Korea); 5th – Revaz Lashkhi (Georgia); 5th – Ivo Angelov (Bulgaria); 7th – Ruslan Tyumenbaev (Kyrgyzstan); 8th – Lenur Temirov (Ukraine); 9th – Omid Noroozi (Iran); 10th – Dilshod Aripov (Uzbekistan)

2009 World Championships
60 kg/132 lbs. - Gold - Islam-Beka Albiev (Russia); Silver - Dilshod Aripov (Uzbekistan); Bronze - Nurbakyt Tengysbaev (Kazakhstan); Bronze - Vitaliy Rahimov (Azerbaijan); 5th - Davor Stefanek (Serbia); 5th - Soner Sucu (Turkey); 7th - Revaz Lashkhi (Georgia); 8th - Ryutaro Matsumoto (Japan); 9th - Stig Andre Berge (Norway) ; 10th - Omid Noroozi (Iran)

2008 Olympic Games
60 kg/132 lbs. - Gold – Islam-beka Albiev (Russia); Silver - Vitaly Rahimov (Azerbaijan); Bronze - Ruslan Tiumenbaev (Kyrgyzstan); Bronze - Nurbakyt Tengizbayev (Kazakhstan); 5th - Roberto Monzon (Cuba); 5th - Jiang Shen (China); 7th - Armen Nazarian (Bulgaria); 8th - Eusebiu Diaconu (Romania); 9th - Ji-Hyun Jung (Korea); 10th - Makoto Sasamoto (Japan)

2007 World Championships
60 kg/132 lbs. - Gold - David Bedinadze (Georgia); Silver - Makoto Sasamoto (Japan); Bronze - Ji-Hyun Jung (Korea); Bronze - Eusebiu Diaconu (Romania); 5th - Yury Dubinin (Belarus); 5th - Jarkko Ala-Huikku (Finland); 7th - Nurbakyt Tengysbayev (Kazakhstan); 8th - Davor Stefanek (Serbia); 9th - Islam-Beka Albiev (Russia); 10th - Song Il Ho (People’s Republic of Korea)

2006 World Championships
60 kg/132 lbs. – Gold – Joe Warren (USA); Silver - David Bedinadze (Georgia); Bronze – Emin Bunyamin (Turkey); Bronze – Vyacheslav Djaste (Russia); 5th – Oleksiy Vakulenko (Ukraine); 5th – Eusebiu Diaconu (Romania); 7th – Ali Ashkani (Iran); 8th – Nurhakhyt Tengizbaev (Kazakhstan); 9th – Heinz Mamette (Germany); 10th – Roberto Monzon (Cuba)

2005 World Championships
60 kg/ 132 lbs. - Gold - Armen Nazarian (Bulgaria); Silver - Ali Askhani (Iran); Bronze - Eusebiu Diaconu (Romania); Bronze - Peter Svehla (Czech Republic); 5th - Vahan Juharyan (Armenia); 5th - Laszlo Kliment (Hungary); 7th - Oleksei Vakulenko (Ukraine); 8th - Dilshod Aripov (Uzbekistan); 9th - Joe Warren (USA); 10th - Makoto Sasamoto (Japan)
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