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Jul 08 Julfalakyan joins FILA World Greco-Roman rankings

By William May | July 08, 2013, 10:29 a.m. (ET)
CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland -- London 2012 silver medalist Arsen JULFALAKYAN (ARM) rejoined the fray with a triumph at the TropheeMilone in June and added his name to the rankings at 74kg, already heavy with Olympic Games medals.

JULFALAKYAN joins the rankings at No.3 behind gold medalists Roman VLASOV and KIM Hyeon-Woo (KOR), who won at 66kg in London last summer.

A third Olympic Games gold medalist, Steeve GUENOT (FRA) is ranked No.11 this month after finishing with a bronze medal at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin, Turkey. GUENOT won the gold medal at 66kg in the Beijing 2008 Games and followed with a bronze in London.

Yavor YANAKIEV (BUL), a bronze medalist in Beijing, gives 74kg a sixth Olympic Games medal. The former world champion, who has not wrestled in a FILA event since March, slipped from fourth place in the rankings to seventh.

Other notable newcomers to the FILA rankings this month are: Roman AMOYAN (ARM), a Beijing 2008 bronze medalist at 55kg; Damian JANIKOWSKI (POL), a London 2012 bronze medalist at 84kg; and Aleksandr KAZAKEVICH (LTU), who won a bronze in London at 74kg but is now wrestling at 84kg.

Meanwhile, Melonin NOUMONVI (FRA) has moved up to 96kg where he recently won the gold medal at the Mediterranean Games after finishing third in the European championships. NOUMONVI has finished in fifth at 84kg at the last two Olympic Games -- in both cases, one win shy of a medal.

The rankings are listed by name, country code, most recent or most notable result this year, and the wrestler's ranking in June.

55kg - European champion Elbek TAZHYIEV (BLR) stopped London 2012 bronze medalist Peter MODOS (HUN), 3-0 to win the Grand Prix of Germany title and reaffirm his position as the top bantamweight in FILA's Greco-Roman World Rankings.

Roman AMOYAN (ARM), meanwhile, broke into the rankings after finishing third in the TropheeMilone at 60kg and then winning the Azovmash Cup crown at 55kg in Ukraine.

1. Elbek TAZHYIEV (BLR) - Europe No.1 (No.1)
2. Elchin ALIYEV (AZE) - Europe No.2 (2)
3. Ivan TATARINOV (RUS) - VehbiEmre GGP No.1 (5)
4. Bekhan MANKIEV (RUS) - Europe No. 3 (3)
5. Roman AMOYAN (ARM) - Azovmash Cup No.1 (not ranked)
6. Fatih UCUNCU (TUR) - Mediterranean Games No.1 (9)
7. CHOI Gyu-Jin (KOR) - Asia No.1 (4)
8. Peter MODOS (HUN) - German GP No.2 (13)
9. Shota TANOKURA (JPN) - Hungarian GGP No.1 (6)
10. Victor CIOBANU (MDA) - Azovmash Cup No.2 (14)
11. Shirzad BEHESHTI TALA (IRI) - Yadegar Imam Cup No.1 (7)
12. Zhanserik SARSENBAEV (KAZ) - Azovmash Cup No.3 (12)
13. Spenser MANGO (USA) -Jacob Curby No.1 (8)
14. YUN Won-Chol (PRK) - Asia No.3 (10)
15. Kanybek ZHOLCHUBEKOV (KGZ) - Asia No.3 (11)

60kg - Asia champion Elmurat TASMURADOV (UZB) takes over the top spot from Ivo ANGELOV (BUL) with a runner-up showing in the Azovmash Cup. ANGELOV has not shown up on the wrestling radar since winning the European crown in March.

At No.15, Mouatez DJEDIAT (ALG) becomes Algeria's first wrestler to be listed in the FILA World Rankings with bronze medals in the Mediterranean Games and the TropheeMilone, after a silver medal in the African championships.

1. Elmurat TASMURADOV (UZB) - Asia No.1 (2)
2. Ivo ANGELOV (BUL) - Europe No.1 (1)
3. Ivan KUYLAKOV (RUS) - Europe No.2 (3)
4. Kristijan FRIS (SRB) - Mediterranean Games No.3 (7)
5. Mevlut ARIK (TUR) - Mediterranean Games No.1 (nr)
6. Dmitri TSYMBALIYUK (UKR) - Azovmash Cup No.1 (nr)
7. Kamran MAMMADOV (AZE) - Europe No.3 (6)
8. Lenur TEMIROV (UKR) - Europe No.5 (5)
9. Istvan LEVAI (SVK) - Europe No.3 (4)
10. Istvan KOZAK (HUN) - Hungarian GGP No.1 (14)
11. Tarik BELMADANI (FRA) - Mediterranean Games No.2 (nr)
12. Mohammad NOURBAKHSH (IRI) - Yadegar Imam Cup No.1 (15)
13. Almat KEBISPAYEV (KAZ) - World Cup No.1, (10)
14. Edward BARSEGJAN (POL) - German GP No.1 (nr)
15. Mouatez DJEDIAT (ALG) - Mediterranean Games No.3 (nr)

66kg - Atakan YUKSEL (TUR) made a big jump to No.3 following a third place in the TropheeMilone and a gold medal at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin, Turkey.

Frank STAEBLER (GER) returned to action after finishing fifth at the London 2012 Olympic Games to defend his German Grand Prix title and move into 14th in the rankings. Sasun GHAMBARYAN (ARM) took his second title of the season at the TropheeMilone for the final spot in the rankings.

1. Tamas LORINCZ (HUN) - Europe No.1 (1)
2. Adam KURAK (RUS) - Europe No.2 (2)
3. Atakan YUKSEL (TUR) - Mediterranean Games No.1 (9)
4. Aleksandar MAKSIMOVIC (SRB) - Mediterranean Games No.2 (nr)
5. Hasan ALIYEV (AZE) - Europe No.3 (3)
6. KIM Ji-Hun (KOR) - Asia No.1 (4)
7. Dominik ETLINGER (CRO) - Mediterranean Games No.3 (12)
8. Alexander CASAL HINOJOSA (CUB) - Pan America No.1 (5)
9. Artak MARGARYAN (FRA) - Mediterranean Games No.3 (15)
10. Yerbol KONYRATOV (KAZ) - Asia No.3 (10)
11. Davor STEFANEK (SRB) - Adriatic Trophy No.1 (11)
12. Islambek ALBIEV (RUS) - Ivan Poddubny No.2 (13)
13. Rasul CHUNAYEV (AZE) - VehbiEmre No.1 (6)
14. Frank STAEBLER (GER) - German GP No.1 (nr)
15. Sasun GHAMBARYAN (ARM) - TropheeMilone No.1 (nr)

74kg - Emrah KUS (TUR), who lost to Olympic silver medalist Arsen JULFALAKYAN at the TropheeMilone, won at the Mediterranean Games to join the rankings at No.4 and ahead of VehbiEmre winner Seref TUFENK (TUR).

Neven ZUGAJ (CRO), last year's Mediterranean champion, moved into the top 10 with a silver medal at the Mediterranean Games after edging Olympic multi-medalist Steeve GUENOT (FRA), 2-0 (1-0, 1-0) in the Mersin semifinals.

1. Roman VLASOV (RUS) - Europe No.1 (1)
2. KIM Hyeon-Woo (KOR) - Asia No.1 (2)
3. Arsen JULFALAKYAN (ARM) - TropheeMilone No.1 (nr)
4. Emrah KUS (TUR) - Mediterranean Games No.1 (nr)
5. SerefTUFENK(TUR) - VehbiEmre No.1 (8)
6. Hadi ALIZEDAH POURNIA (IRI) - Asia No.2 (3)
7. Yavor YANAKIEV (BUL) - Europe No.3 (4)
8. Zurabi DATUNASHIVILI (GEO) - Europe No.2 (5)
9. Neven ZUGAJ (CRO) - Mediterranean Games No.2 (12)
10. Mark MADSEN (DEN) - Hungarian GGP No.1 (9)
11. Steeve GUENOT (FRA) - Mediterranean Games No.3 (nr)
12. Bozo STARCEVIC (CRO) - Europe No.3 (6)
13. Alexi BELL CABALLERO (CUB) - Pan America No.1 (7)
14. Piotr PRZEPIORKA (POL) - Azovmash Cup No.2 (nr)
15. Zied AYT OKRAME (TUN) - Africa No.1 (15)

84kg - Two-time former world champion Selcuk CEBI (TUR) won the TropheeMilone in June along with the gold medal at the Mediterranean Games to push past Alexej MISHIN (RUS) for the top spot at 84kg.

London 2012 bronze medalist Damian JANIKOWSKI (POL) won the Azovmash Cup over local favorite and fellow Olympian Vasil RACHYBA (UKR) for the No.5 spot in the rankings.

1. Selcuk CEBI (TUR) - Mediterranean Games No.1 (2)
2. Alexej MISHIN (RUS) - Europe No.1 (1)
3. Revazi NADAREISHVILI (GEO) - Hungarian GGP No.2 (3)
4. Vladimir GEGESHIDZE (GEO) - Europe No.2 (4)
5. Damian JANIKOWSKI (POL) - Azovmash Cup No.1 (nr)
6. Rustam ASSAKALOV (UZB) - Asia No.1 (6)
7. Viktor LORINCZ (HUN) - German GP No.1 (12)
8. Aleksandr KAZAKEVICH (LTU) - Azovmash Cup No.3 (nr)
9. Alan KHUGAEV (RUS) - Adriatic Trophy No.1 (10)
10. Artur SHAHINYAN (ARM) - Europe No.3 (5)
11. Vasil RACHYBA (UKR) - Azovmash Cup No.2 (nr)
12. PARK Jin-Sung (KOR) - Asia No.2 (7)
13. TalebNariman NEMATPOUR (IRI) - Asia No.3 (8)
14. Jordan HOLM (USA) - Jacob Curby No.1 (11)
15. Haykel ACHOURI (TUN) - Mediterranean Games No.3 (15)

96kg - Dimitri TIMCHENKO (UKR) won the Azovmash Cup in the middle of June and came back two weeks later to win German Grand Prix, lifting him from the unranked to the No.6 position.

London 2012 bronze medalist Artur ALEKSANYAN (ARM) defeated second-ranked Cenk ILDEM (TUR), 2-0 (2-0, 2-0), to win the TropheeMilone title and tighten his grip on the top spot in the 96kg rankings.

1. Artur ALEKSANYAN (ARM) - Europe No.1 (1)
2. Cenk ILDEM (TUR) - Europe No.3 (2)
3. Nikita MELNIKOV (RUS) - Ivan Poddubny No.1 (4)
4. Villius LAURINAITIS (LTU) - Jacob Curby No.1 (5)
5. Rustam TOTROV (RUS) - Adriatic Trophy No.1 (3)
6. Dimitri TIMCHENKO (UKR) - German GP No.1 (nr)
7. Mikhail KAJAIA (GEO) - Hungarian GGP No.1 (6)
8. Balasz KISS (HUN) - Hungarian GGP No.2 (7)
9. Yasmany Daniel LUGO CABRERA (CUB) - Pan America No.1 (8)
10. AN Chang-Gun (KOR) - Asia No.1 (9)
11. Yerulan ISAKOV (KAZ) - Azovmash Cup No.2 (11)
12. Vladislav METODIEV (BUL) - Europe No.2 (10)
13. Melonin NOUMONVI (FRA) - Mediterranean Games No.1 (nr)
14. Marthin NIELSEN (NOR) - German GP No.2 (nr)
15. Timo KALLIO (FIN) - German GP No.3 (nr)

120kg - European champion Riza KAYAALP (TUR) cruised to the heavyweight title in the Mediterranean Games for his third title of the year and Johan Magnus EUREN (SWE) won his third event in two months at the German Grand Prix to climb into second place in the rankings.

KAYAALP and EUREN were the two bronze medalists at 120kg at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Aleksander CHERNETSKI (UKR) lost to EUREN in the Avozmash Cup finals in mid-June and in the quarterfinals of the German Grand Prix, but earned a place in the rankings at No.7.

1. Riza KAYAALP (TUR) - Europe No.1 (1)
2. Johan Magnus EUREN (SWE) - German GP No.1 (6)
3. Evgeni ORLOV (UKR) - Europe No.2 (2)
4. Nurmakhan TINALIEV (KAZ) - Asia No.1 (3)
5. NIE Xiaoming (CHN) - Asia No.2 (4)
6. Guram PHERSELIDZE (GEO) - Europe No.3 (5)
7. Aleksander CHERNETSKI (UKR) - German GP No.3 (nr)
8. Mindaugas MIZGAITIS (LTU) - German GP No.3 (7)
9. Balint LAM (HUN) - German GP No.3 (nr)
10. Iosif CHUGOSHVILI (BLR) - VehbiEmre No.2 (9)
11. Emin OZTURK (TUR) - World Cup No.1 (12)
12. Alikhan AYUBOV (RUS) - Ivan Poddubny No.3 (nr)
13. Kamil BLONSKI (POL) - Azovmash Cup No.3 (nr)
14. Radhouane CHEBBI (TUN) - Mediterranean Games No.2 (15)
15. Rocco FICARA (ITA) - Mediterranean Games No. 3 (nr)

William May conducts the World Rankings for FILA. He has been active in wrestling across three continents for more than 40 years as a competitor, coach, referee and journalist. William worked as the "Sports Information Specialist" for wrestling at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games. He can be reached on his Facebook page or by email, wmay52@hotmail.com.

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