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#WrestleBelgrade Preview: Greco-Roman upper weights

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Cohlton Schultz (USA) pummels during the 2021 World Championships
Cohlton Schultz (USA) pummels with Iakobi Kajaia (Georgia), Photo by Tony Rotundo

The 2022 Senior World Championships are just around the corner, set for Sept. 10-18 in Belgrade, Serbia.


USA Wrestling will be posting weight class previews for the 2022 Senior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia in six segments. There will be two previews in each style, light weights (first five weights) and heavy weights (final five weights). Included will be a story on each weight class, with seeds plus World/Olympic results going back to 2017.

Previous Previews
Men’s freestyle light weights
Women’s freestyle light weights
Greco-Roman light weights

Today, we feature the final five Greco-Roman weight classes, the upper weights: 77 kg, 82 kg, 87 kg, 97 kg, 130 kg.

77 kg preview
Competition dates: September 10-11
U.S. representative: Kamal Bey

This is an Olympic weight class loaded with depth and talent. 2017 World champion and 2018 World bronze medalist Viktor Nemes of Serbia received the No. 4 seed. Should seeds hold up, Nemes could battle No. 1 seed Sanan Suleymanov of Azerbaijan, the 2021 World silver medalist, who placed third in the 2022 European Championships. Both of the other high seeds are talented. No. 2 Mohammadali Geraei of Iran is a three-time World bronze medalist (2017, 2019, 2021) and was fifth at the 2020 Olympics. No. 3 seed Akzhol Makhmudov of Kyrgysztan was 2020 Olympic silver medalist and the Asian champion in 2022.

Two with impressive resumes that are unseeded could upset the bracket. 2012 Olympic champion and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Hyeonwoo Kim of Korea is in the field as well as Malkhas Amoyan of Armenia, a 2021 World champion at 72 kg and the 2022 European champion.

No. 5 seed Shohei Yabiku of Japan was a 2020 Olympic bronze medalist, but has competed internationally just once since then. Two-time European silver medalist Yunus Basar of Turkey is seeded No. 6. Yosyanys Pena Flores of Cuba, a three-time Pan American Champion and 2019 Pan American Games bronze medalist gets the No. 7 seed. At No. 8 Aik Mnatsakanian of Bulgaria, a World bronze medalist in 2018 and 2019 at 72 kg, and a 2022 European bronze medalist.

Other talents without seeds including 2020 European silver medalist Iuri Lomadze of Georgia, 2021 U23 World champion Idris Ibaev of Germany and 2020 European silver medalist Zoltan Levai of Hungary. 2017 Junior World champion Kamal Bey of the USA, who was seventh at the 2018 Senior Worlds, is back and ready to take the next step. Also watch 2020 Asian champion Tamerlan Shadukayev of Kazakhstan, two-time Pan American runner-up David Choc Huoc of Guatemala and 2018 Junior World bronze medalist Sajan Bhanwala of India.

77 kg seeds

No. 2 Mohammadali GERAEI (IRI)
No. 3 Akzhol MAKHMUDOV (KGZ)
No. 4 Viktor NEMES (SRB)
No. 5 Shohei YABIKU (JPN)
No. 6 Yunus BASAR (TUR)
No. 7 Yosvanys PENA FLORES (CUB)


2021 World Championships
77 kg/169.75 lbs. - Gold – Roman Vlasov (RWF); Silver – Sanan Suleymanov (Azerbaijan); Bronze – Mohammadali Geraei (Iran); Bronze – Roland Schwarz (Germany); 5th – Tsimur Berdyieu (Belarus); 5th – Tamas Levai (Hungary); 7th – Viktor Nemes (Serbia); 8th – Kodai Sakuraba (Japan); 9th – Dmytro Pyshkov (Ukraine); 10th – Daler Zade (Tajikistan)

2020 Olympics
77 kg/169.75 lbs. - Gold - Tamas Lorincz (Hungary); Silver - Akzhol Makhmudov (Kyrgyzstan); Bronze - Shohei Yakibu (Japan); Bronze - Rafig Huseynov (Azerbaijan); 5th - Mohammadali Geraei (Iran); 5th - Karapet Chalyan (Armenia); 7th - Aleksandr Chekhirkin (ROC); 8th - Bozo Starcevic (Croatia); 9th - Demeu Zhadrayev (Kazakhstan); 10th - Yosvanys Pena Flores (Cuba)

2019 World Championships
77 kg/169.75 lbs. - Gold – Tamas Lorincz (Hungary); Silver – Alex Bjurgberg Kessidis (Sweden); Bronze – Mohammadali Abdolhamid Gerai (Iran); Bronze Jalgasby Berdimuratov (Uzbekistan); 5th – Karapet Chalyan (Armenia); 5th – Askhat Dilmukhamedov (Kazakhstan); 7th - Paulius Gaikinas (Lithuania); 8th – Roman Vlasov (Russia); 9th – Pavel Liakh (Belarus); 10th – Viktor Nemes (Serbia)

2018 World Championships
77 kg/ 169.75 pounds – Gold – Aleksandr Chekhirkin (Russia); Silver – Tomas Lorincz (Hungary); Bronze – (Hyeon-woo Kim); Bronze – Viktor Nemes (Serbia); 5th – Bilan Nalgiev (Uzbekistan); 5th – Alex Bjurberg Kessidis (Sweden); 7th – Kamal Bey (United States); 8th – Elvin Mursaliyev (Azerbaijan); 9th – Kairatbek Tugolbaev (Kyrgyzstan); 10th - Igor Besleaga (Moldova)

2017 World Championships
75 kg/165 lbs. - Gold- Viktor Nemes (Serbia); Silver - Tamas Lorincz (Hungary) ; Bronze - Saeid Morad Abdvali (Iran); Bronze - Fatih Cengiz (Turkey); 5th - Kazbek Kilou (Belarus); 6th – Mindia Tsulukidze (Georgia); 7th - Hyeonwoo Kim (Korea); 8th - Karapet Chalyan (Armenia); 9th - Gang Zhang (China); 10th – Raibek Bisultanov (Denmark)

82 kg preview
Competition dates: September 11-12
U.S. representative: Spencer Woods

The top few seeds at 82 kg are quite talented and should be major contenders for the gold medal this year. Sitting with the No. 1 seed is 2021 World champion Rafig Huseynov of Azerbaijan. He is a 2020 Olympic bronze medalist, and a 2019 World silver medalist, and added a 2022 European title this year. The No. 2 seed is 2021 World silver medalist Burhan Akbudak of Turkey, a silver medalist at the 2022 European Championships and a 2018 University World champion. Earning a No. 3 seed is 2021 World bronze medalist Pejman Poshtam of Iran, also a 2021 Asian champion.

Many of the top athletes in the bracket did not receive a seed. Roland Schwarz of Germany was a 2021 World bronze medalist at 77 kg and was second in the 2019 European Championships. Jalgasbay Berdimuratov of Uzbekistan was a 2019 World bronze medalist and placed second in the Asian Championships this year. Two athletes in the field reached a medal bout at the Olympics, as Karapet Chalyan of Armenia was fifth at the 2020 Olympics while Bozo Starcevic of Croatia was fifth at the 2016 Olympics. Both Chalyan and Starcevic have also been fifth at a Senior World Championships.

No. 4 seed Mihail Bradu of Moldova won the Pellicone Ranking Tournament this year and was fifth at the 2022 European Championships. No. 5 seed Ranet Kaljola of Estonia was eighth in the 2021 World Championships. No. 6 seed Harpreet Singh of India was a 2019 Asian silver medalist. Claiming a 2022 European silver medal was No. 7 seed Gela Bolkvadze of Georgia, while 2022 Asian silver medalist Dais Kalen of Kazakhstan got the No. 8 seed. Others to watch are 2021 U23 World champion and 2022 European bronze medalist Tamas Levai of Hungary, as well ask Rosian Dermanski of Bulgaria, who won bronze medals at the 2018 University Worlds and the 2018 U23 Worlds. Spencer Woods competes in his first Senior Worlds for the USA.

82 kg seeds
No. 1 Rafig HUSEYNOV (AZE)
No. 2 Burhan AKBUDAK (TUR)
No. 3 Pejman POSHTAM (IRI)
No. 4 Mihail BRADU (MDA)
No. 5 Ranet KALJOLA (EST)
No. 6 Harpreet SINGH (IND)
No. 8 Dias KALEN (KAZ)

2021 World Championships
82 kg/180.5 lbs. - Gold – Rafig Huseynov (Azerbaijan); Silver – Burhan Akbudak (Turkey); Bronze – Adlan Akiev (RWF); Bronze – Pejman Poshtam (Iran); 5th – Alex Kessidis (Sweden); 5th – Laszlo Szabo (Hungary); 7th – Edgar Babayan (Poland); 8th – Ranet Kaljola (Estonia); 9th – Hannes Wagner (Germany); 10th – Tarek Abdelslam Sheble Mohamed (Bulgaria)

2019 World Championships
82 kg/180.5 lbs. - Gold - Lasha Gobadze (Georgia); Silver - Rafig Huseynov (Azerbaijan); Bronze - Saeid Morad Abdvali (Iran); Bronze - Haitao Qian (China); 5th - Nurbek KHashimbekov (Uzbekistan); 5th - Iurii Shkriuba (Ukraine); 7th - Adlan Akiev (Russia); 8th - Maxat Yerezhepov (Kazakhstan); 9th - Zotlan Levai (Hungary); 10th - Maksim Manukyan (Armenia)

2018 World Championships
82 kg/180.5 lbs. - Gold – Peter Bacsi (Hungary); Silver – Emrah Kus (Turkey); Bronze – Viktar Sasunovski (Belarus); Bronze – Maksim Manukyan (Armenia); 5th - Atabek Azisbekov (Kyrgyzstan); 5th - Saeid Abdvali (Iran); 7th - Roland Schwarz (Germany); 8th - Maxat Yerezhepov (Kazakhstan); 9th – Luis Avendano Rojas (Venezuela) 10th – Zied Ait Ouagram (Morocco)

2017 World Championships
80 kg/176 lbs. - Gold – Maksim Manukyan (Armenia); Silver - Radik Kuliev (Belarus); Bronze –Pascual Eisele (Germany); Bronze – Elvin Mursaliev (Azerbaijan); 5th - Zurabi Datunashvili (Georgia); 5th - Daniel Aleksandrov (Bulgaria); 7th - Zied Ait Ouagram (Morocco); 8th - Michael Wagner (Austria); 9th - Alex Michel Bjurberg Kessidis (Sweden); 10th - Askhat Dilmukhamedov (Kazakhstan)

87 kg preview
Competition dates: September 10-11
U.S. representative: Alan Vera

Always a tough weight class, a number of stars have not returned since the 2020 Olympics. The No. 1 seed here is highly respected, 2021 World champion Zurabi Datunashvili of Serbia, who was also a 2020 Olympic bronze medalist. Datunashvili started his career with Georgia, making two Olympic teams, then won his Olympic medal for Serbia. He is the only World or Olympic medalist to get a seed this year.

Among the past medalists who are not seeded are 2019 World silver medalist Alex Kessidis of Sweden, 2017 and 2018 World bronze medalist Roberti Kobliashvili of Georgia and 2019 World bronze medalist Haitao Qian of China. Kessidis was fifth in the 2021 Worlds at 82 kg. Kobliashvili was a 2018 European champion and won a bronze at the 2022 European Championships. All three are capable of a run to the finals, and could wreck the bracket based upon draw.

The No. 2 seed in 2022 European champion Turpal Ali Bisultanov of Denmark, who was fifth at the 2021 World Championships. No. 3 seed Bachir Sid Azara of Algeria was seventh at the 2020 Olympics, and is a four-time African champion. No. 4 seed Islam Abbasov of Azerbaijan was fifth at the 2017 and 2018 World Championships, and won a European bronze medal this year. No 5 seed Nursultan Tursynov of Kazakhstan was 10th in the 2021 World Championships and was a 2014 Asian champion.

2019 African champion Mohamed Metwally of Egypt, who was fifth at the 2020 Olympics, gained the No. 6 seed. 2020 Asian champion Sunil Kumar of India comes in at No. 7, and three-time Asian silver medalist Atabek Azisbekov of Kyrgyzstan secured the No. 8 seed. 2021 and 2022 Asian champion Naser Alzadeh of Iran, who was third in the 2021 U23 Worlds, is a serious threat. Others to watch are 2021 U23 World silver medalist David Losonczi of Hungary, 2022 European runner-up Nicu Ojog of Romania, 2018 World University champion Ali Cengiz of Turkey and 2018 Asian runner-up Masato Sumi of Japan. Competing in his second straight Senior Worlds for the USA is Alan Vera, who was a 2016 Pan American champion and 2015 Pan American Games bronze medalist for Cuba before emigrating to the United States.

87 kg seeds
No. 3 Bachir SID AZARA (ALG)
No. 4 Islam ABBASOV (AZE)
No. 5 Nursultan TURSYNOV (KAZ)
No. 6 Mohamed METWALLY (EGY)
No. 7 Sunil KUMAR (IND)
No. 8 Atabek AZISBEKOV (KGZ)


2021 World Championships
87 kg/191 lbs. - Gold - Zurabi Datunashvili (Serbia); Silver - Kiryl Maskevich (Belarus); Bronze - Lasha Gobadze (Georgia); Bronze - Arkadiusz Marcin Kulynycz (Poland); 5th - Istvan Takacs (Hungary) ; 5th - Turpan Ali Bisultanov (Denmark); 7th - Kristoffer Zakarias Berg (Sweden); 8th - Metehan Basar (Turkey); 9th - Artur Shahinyan (Armenia); 10th - Nursultan Tursynov (Kazakhstan)

2020 Olympic Games
87 kg/191 lbs. - Gold – Zhan Beleniuk (Ukraine); Silver - Viktor Lorincz (Hungary); Bronze – Zurabi Datunashvili (Serbia); Bronze – Denis Kudla (Germany); 5th- Ivan Huklek (Croatia); 5th - Mohamed Metwally (Egypt); 7th – Bachir Sid Azara (Algeria), 8th – Rustam Assakalov (Uzbekistan); 9th – Daniel Hechevarria (Cuba); 10th – Atabek Azisbekov (Kyrgyzstan)

2019 World Championships
87 kg/191 lbs. - Gold – Zhan Beleniuk (Ukraine); Silver – Viktor Lorincz (Hungary); Bronze – Denis Kudla (Germany); Bronze – Rustam Assakalov (Uzbekistan); 5th – Mikalai Stadub (Belarus); 5th – Atabek Azisbekov (Krygyzstan); 7th – Daniel Hechavarria (Cuba); 8th – Ivan Huklek (Croatia); 9th – Azamat Kustubayev (Kazakhstan); 10th – Junjie Na (China)

2018 World Championships
87 kg/191 lbs. – Gold – Metehan Basar (Turkey); Silver – Zhan Beleniuk (Ukraine); Bronze – Roberti Kobliashvili (Georgia); Bronze – Artur Shahinyan (Armenia); 5th - Islam Abbasov (Azerbaijan); 5th - Bekhan Ozdoev (Russia); 7th – Radzik Kuliyeu (Belarus); 8th – Adem Boudjemline (Algeria); 9th – Hossein Ahmad Nouri (Iran); 10th -

2017 World Championships
85 kg/187.5 lbs. - Gold - Metehan Basar (Turkey); Silver - Denis Kudla (Germany); Bronze - Hossein Ahmad Nouri (Iran) ; Bronze - Roberti Kobliashvili (Georgia); 5th - Islam Abbasov (Azerbaijan), 4-0; 5th - Davit Chakvetadze (Russia); 7th - Daniel Hechevarria (Cuba); 8th - Viktor Lorincz (Hungary); 9th - Nikolay Bayryakov (Bulgaria) ; 10th - Azamat Kustabayev (Kazakhstan)

97 kg preview
Competition dates: September 11-12
U.S. representative: Braxton Amos

Fans will be looking out for a potential huge showdown in the semifinals if seeds hold at 97 kg. No. 1 seed Mohammadihadi Saravi of Iran could face No. 4 seed Artur Aleksanyan of Armenia, a three-time World champion and three-time Olympic medalist, including a 2016 Olympic title. Aleksanyan has an Olympic medal of each color, with a bronze in 2012, a gold in 2016 and a silver in 2020. Saravi won a 2020 Olympic bronze medal, then a few months later, added his first Senior World title. Both have only wrestled once internationally in 2022. Their half-bracket will also have No. 8 Mihail Kajaia of Serbia, a 2018 and 2019 World bronze medalst, as well as No. 5 Tadeusz Michalk of Poland, who was fifth in the 2014 and 2019 World Championships.

The seeds on the other side of the bracket include No. 2 Alex Szoke of Hungary, who was second in the 2021 World Championships and fifth at the 2020 Olympic Games. 2018 World silver medalist Kiril Milov of Bulgaria, the No. 3 seed, won the 2022 European Championships. No. 6 seed Nikoloz Kakhelashvili of Italy was fifth in the 2021 World Championships and was a 2015 Junior World champion for Georgia. No. 7 seed Vilius Laurinaitis of Lithuania placed 10th at the 2021 Worlds.

Don’t be surprised if some unseeded wrestlers make a medal run. 2017 and 2018 World champion Metehan Basar has moved up from 87 kg and won the Turlykanov Ranking Event in Kazakhstan. Two-time World medalist Rustam Assakalov of Uzbekistan also moved up to 97 kg this year. He won a 2015 World silver and a 2019 World bronze and was eighth at the 2020 Olympics. Giorgi Melia of Georgia, a two-time U23 World medalist and a 2016 Junior World champion, was seventh at the 2021 Worlds.

There is good depth here, including 2017 European champion Felix Baldauf of Norway, 2017 Junior World champion Vladen Kozliuk of Ukraine, 2022 Pan American silver medalist Juan Conde Ibanez of Cuba, 2020 Asian silver medalist Seyeol Lee of Korea and 2018 Asian silver medalist Yerulan Iskakov of Kazakhstan. When 2021 World bronze medalist G’Angelo Hancock of the USA retired, Braxton Amos took the position. Amos, second to Hancock the last few years, won a 2021 Junior World title in freestyle and a bronze medal in Greco-Roman.

97 kg seeds
No. 1 Mohammadhadi SARAVI (IRI)
No. 2 Alex SZOKE (HUN)
No. 3 Kiril MILOV (BUL)
No. 5 Tadeusz MICHALIK (POL)
No. 8 Mihail KAJAIA (SRB)

2021 World Championships
97 kg/213.5 lbs. - Gold – Mohammadhadi Saravi (Iran) ; Silver – Alex Szoke (Hungary); Bronze – G’Angelo Hancock (USA); Bronze – Artur Sargsian (RWF); 5th – Nikoloz Kakhelashvili (Italy); 5th – Peter Oehler (Germany); 7th – Giorgi Melia (Georgia); 8th – Yevhenii Saveta (Ukraine); 9th – Kiril Milov (Bulgaria); 10th – Vilius Laurinaitis (Lithuania)

2020 Olympic Games
97 kg/213.5 lbs. - Gold - Musa Evloev (ROC); Silver - Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia); Bronze - Mohammadhadi Saravi (Iran); Bronze -Tadeusz Michalik (Poland); 5th - Alex Szoke (Hungary); 5th - Arvi Martin Savolainen (Finland); 7th – G’Angelo Hancock (USA); 8th - Kiril Milenov (Bulgaria); 9th - Giorgi Melia (Georgia); 10th - Uzur Dzhuzupbekov (Kyrgyzstan)

2019 World Championships
97 kg/213.5 lbs. - Gold – Musa Evloev (Russia); Silver – Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia); Bronze – Mihail Kajaia (Serbia); Bronze – Cenk Ildem (Turkey); 5th – Tadeusz Michalik (Poland); 5th – Giorgi Melia (Georgia); 7th – Mohammadhadi Abdollah Saravi (Iran); 8th – Artur Omarov (Czechia); 9th – Gabriel Alejanro Rosilllo Kindelan (Cuba); 10th – Melonin Noumonvi (France)

2018 World Championships
97 kg/213.5 lbs. – Gold – Musa Evloev (Russia); Silver – Kiril Milenov Milov (Bulgaria); Bronze – Mihail Kajala (Serbia); Bronze – Mahdi Abbas Aliyarfeizabadi (Serbia); 5th – Balazs Kiss (Hungary); 5th - Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia); 7th – Revazi Nadareishvili (Georgia); 8th –Luillys Jose Perez Mora (Venezuela); 9th – Laokratis Kesidis (Greece); 10th – Melonin Noumonvi (France)

2017 World Championships
98 kg/215 lbs. - Gold - Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia); Silver - Musa Evloev (Russia); Bronze - Revazi Nadareishvili (Georgia); Bronze - Balazs Kiss (Hungary); 5th - Rustam Assakalov (Uzbekistan); 5th - Dimitriy Timchenko (Ukraine); 7th - Mélonin Noumonvi (France); 8th - Vilius Laurinaitis (Lithuania); 9th - Mikheil Kajaia (Serbia); 10th - Laokratis Kesidis (Greece)

130 kg preview
Competition dates: September 12-13
U.S. representative: Cohlton Schultz

Four-time Olympic champion Mijian Lopez Nunez of Cuba is apparently retired, but his weight class is well stocked with talent that will battle for World medals in Belgrade. 2020 Olympic silver medalist Iakobi Kajaia of Georgia nailed the No. 1 seed. He boasts World bronze medals from 2019 and 2021. Four-time World champion and No. 2 seed Riza Kayaalp of Turkey is heavily favored to reach the finals. Kayaalp won his World titles in 2011, 2015, 2017 and 2019 and has won three Olympic medals, a silver in 2016 and bronzes in 2012 and 2020. Kajaia and Kayaalp did not compete at the 2020 Olympics, both losing to Lopez. Their possible finals showdown could be a classic.

There are a number of other tough stars looking to win a first World title. Unseeded Oscar Pino Hinds of Cuba has wrestled at the Worlds when Lopez did not, and won a World silver medal in 2019, and World bronze medals in 2017 and 2018. Pino Hinds has also wrestled freestyle in recent seasons, but Greco-Roman is his best style. Also unseeded is 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Sabah Shariati of Azerbaijan. Also watch No. 3 seed Yasmani Acosta of Chile, who won a World bronze medal in 2017, and was fifth in the 2021 Worlds. Acosta emigrated from Cuba, where he was a 2011 Pan American champion before changing nation. Minseok Kim of Korea was a 2018 World bronze medalist.

No. 4 seed Mantas Knystautas of Lithuania was 10th in the 2020 Olympics, and boasts age-group World medals at the U23 and Junior level. No. 5 Oskar Marvik of Norway was 10th at the 2018 World Championships. Three-time Olympian Alin Alexuc Ciurariu of Romania, who was fifth in the 2014 and 2015 Worlds and fifth in the 2016 Olympics, gets the No. 6 seed. No. 7 Amin Mirzazadeh of Iran placed fifth at the 2020 Olympics, and won a U23 World title in 2021 and Junior World title in 2018. No. 8 Abdellatif Mohamed of Egypt, who placed ninth in the 2020 Olympics, gets the No. 8 seed

Cohlton Schultz of the United States won a 2018 U17 World title and two Junior World medals. Muminjon Abdullaev of Uzbekistan was seventh in the 2020 Olympics and was a 2018 Asian Games champion. 2022 European runner-up Danil Sotnikov of Italy came from Russia, where he was third in the 2018 and 2019 Russian Nationals. Also watch for 2022 U20 World champion Mykhailo Vyshnyvetskyi of Ukraine and two-time U23 World medalist David Ovasapyan of Armenia.

130 kg seeds
No. 1 Iakobi KAJAIA (GEO)
No. 2 Riza KAYAALP (TUR)
No. 3 Yasmani ACOSTA (CHI)
No. 5 Oskar MARVIK (NOR)
No. 8 Abdellatif MOHAMED (EGY)


2021 World Championships
130 kg/286 lbs. - Gold – Aliakbar Yousofiahmadchali (Iran); Silver – Zurabi Gedekhauri (RWF); Bronze – Iakobi Kajaia (Georgia); Bronze – Oskar Marvik (Norway); 5th – Yasmani Acosta Fernandez (Chile); 5th – Osman Yildirim (Turkey); 7th – Alin Ciurariu (Romania); 8th – Beka Kandelaki (Azerbaijan); 9th – Radoslav Georgiev (Bulgaria); 10th – Mykola Kuchmii (Ukraine)

2020 Olympic Games
130 kg/286 lbs. - Gold - Mijian Lopez Nunez (Cuba); Silver - Iakobi Kajaia (Georgia); Bronze - Riza Kayaalp (Turkey); Bronze - Sergei Semenov (ROC); 5th - Yasmani Acosta Fernandez (Chile); 5th - Amin Mirzazadeh (Iran); 7th - Muminjon Abdullaev (Uzbekistan); 8th - Eduard Popp (Germany); 9th - Abdellatif Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed (Egypt); 10th - Mantas Knystautas (Lithuania)

2019 World Championships
130 kg/286 lbs. - Gold - Riza Kayaalp (Turkey); Silver – Oscar Pino Hinds (Cuba); Bronze – Heiki Nabi (Estonia); Bronze – Jakobi Kajaia (Georgia); 5th – Amir Ghasemimonjezi (Iran); 5th – Eduard Popp (Germany); 7th – Murat Ramonov (Krgyzstan); 8th – Abdellatif Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed (Egypt); 9th – Muminjon Abdullaev (Uzbekistan); 10th –Beka Kandelaki (Azerbaijan)

2018 World Championships
130 kg/286 lbs. – Gold – Sergey Semenov (Russia); Silver – Adam Coon (United States); Bronze – Oscar Pino Hinds (Cuba); Bronze - Minseok Kim (South Korea); 5th – Heiki Nabi (Estonia); 5th – Eduard Popp (Germany); 7th - Lingzhe Meng (China); 8th - Yasmani Acosta Fernandez (Chile); 9th - Oleksandr Chernetskyy (Ukraine); 10th - Oskar Marvik (Norway)

2017 World Championships
130 kg/286 lbs. - Gold – Riza Kayaalp (Turkey); Silver - Heiki Nabi (Estonia); Bronze – Oscar Pino Hinds (Cuba); Bronze – Yasmani Acosta Fernandez (Chile); 5th - Kiril Grishchenko (Belarus); 5th - Nikolai Kuchmiy (Ukraine); 7th - Levan Arabuli (Georgia); 8th - Shahab Morteza Ghourehjili (Iran); 9th - Eduard Popp (Germany); 10th - Robby Smith (USA)
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