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Still in 2016, they already finalized the list of eligible wrestlers for the 2017 World Team Trials.

 

criteria for qualifying

2016 Olympics and World Championships medalists

2016 World Junior Championships medalists

6 wrestlers from the nationals

top 3 from the "Open Championships"

 

Nationals were held in a team event format this year in 3 divisions. top 3 individual wrestlers (based on classification points) from Division A, top 2 from Division B and top wrestler from Division C are allowed to qualify. there were some good wrestlers from weaker provinces they easily qualified from Divisions B and C but in general the level wasn't that high outside of Division A.

 

The Open Championship was a kind of last chance qualifier. some notable wrestlers tried their chance here and failed. Parviz Hadi for example finished 4th and most probably will miss the trials. there will be few wild cards but I highly doubt they give him anything.

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here is the complete list of qualified wrestlers, there will be few wild cards though.

 

57kg:

Hassan Rahimi (Tehran - Olympics)

Younes Sarmasti (East Azarbaijan - Nationals A, 1st)

Reza Atri (Mazandaran - Nationals A, 2nd)

Mohammad Tahmasebizadeh (Golestan - Nationals A, 3rd)

Rouhollah Nematian (Qom - Nationals B, 1st)

Alireza Hatami (Kish - Nationals B, 2nd)

Nader Hajaghania (Kerman - Nationals C, 1st)

Omid Jalali-Bahar (Alborz - Open, 1st)

Hamid Khalili (Mazandaran - Open, 2nd)

Yaser Heidargholinejad (Golestan - Open, 3rd)

 

61kg:

Iman Sadeghi (Mazandaran - Nationals A, 1st)

Mohammad Maleki (East Azarbaijan - Nationals A, 2nd)

Peiman Biabani (Tehran - Nationals A, 3rd / World Juniors)

Mohammad Namjoo-Motlagh (Golestan - Nationals B, 1st)

Reza Ghanbarzadeh (Khorasan Razavi - Nationals B, 2nd)

Amir Fattah (Isfahan - Nationals C, 1st)

Mehran Nassiri (Mazandaran - Open, 1st)

Pejman Jorbonyan (Tehran - Open, 2nd)

Behzad Behrouzirad (Kermanshah - Open, 3rd)

 

65kg:

Mehdi Yeganeh-Jafari (Mazandaran - Nationals A, 1st)

Mostafa Aghajani (Tehran - Nationals A, 2nd)

Navid Zangeneh (Tavabe Tehran - Nationals A, 3rd)

Saman Bahari (Qazvin - Nationals B, 1st)

Meisam Heidari (Zanjan - Nationals B, 2nd)

Siavash Ahmadzadeh (Kordestan - Nationals C, 1st)

Meisam Nassiri (Zanjan - Open, 1st)

Farzad Amouzadeh (Mazandaran - Open, 2nd)

Morteza Ghiasi (Lorestan - Open, 3rd)

 

70kg:

Mostafa Hosseinkhani (Tehran - World Championships)

Hamed Rashidi (Kermanshah - Nationals A, 1st)

Asghar Jebeli (Golestan - Nationals A, 2nd)

Farzad Kolivand (Tehran - Nationals A, 3rd)

Masoud Kamarvand (Markazi - Nationals B, 1st)

Teymour Ganjaliha (Qazvin - Nationals B, 2nd)

Saeid Salehi (Kordestan - Nationals C, 1st)

Saeid Dadashpour (Tehran - Open, 1st)

Jamal Ebadi (Khuzestan - Open, 2nd)

Mehrshad Akbari (Mazandaran - Open, 3rd)

 

74kg:

Hassan Yazdani (Mazandaran - Olympics)

Ahmad Bazri (Mazandaran - World Juniors)

Peiman Yarahmadi (Lorestan - Nationals A, 1st)

Reza Afzali (Kermanshah - Nationals A, 2nd)

Hamid Reza Zarinpeikar (Tavabe Tehran - Nationals A, 3rd)

Ali Mousavi (Gilan - Nationals B, 1st)

Yashar Kalvani (West Azarbaijan - Nationals B, 2nd)

Mohammad Zareei (Kordestan - Nationals C, 1st)

Omid Hassantabar (Mazandaran - Open, 1st)

Hossein Eliasi (Mazandaran - Open, 2nd)

Mostafa Ghiasi (Lorestan - Open, 3rd)

 

86kg:

Mojtaba Goleij (Mazandaran - Nationals A, 1st)

Alireza Karimi (Alborz - Nationals A, 2nd)

Vahid Shahmohammadi (Hamedan - Nationals A, 3rd)

Hanif Bagherzadeh (West Azarbaijan - Nationals B, 1st)

Esmaeil Mahmoudi (Khorasan Razavi - Nationals B, 2nd)

Nader Hamedipour (Fars - Nationals C, 1st)

Mohammad Javad Ebrahimi (Mazandaran - Open, 1st)

Kamran Ghasempour (Mazandaran - Open, 2nd)

Ezzatollah Akbari (Mazandaran - Open, 3rd)

 

97kg:

Hossein Shahbazi (Tehran - World Juniors)

Amir Mohammadi (North Khorasan - Nationals A, 1st)

Jamal Mirzaei (Hamedan - Nationals A, 2nd)

Hassan Rahimi (Tehran - Nationals A, 3rd)

Hamid Kamarvand (Markazi - Nationals B, 1st)

Amir Hossein Mirbabashahi (Gilan - Nationals B, 2nd)

Ehsan Amini (Bushehr - Nationals C, 1st)

Elias Bakhtiari (Alborz - Open, 1st)

Hossein Ramezanian (Mazandaran - Open, 2nd)

Abbas Tahan (Mazandaran - Open, 3rd)

 

125kg:

Komeil Ghasemi (Mazandaran - Olympics)

Amir Reza Amiri (Lorestan - World Juniors)

Mohammad Reza Azarshakib (Tehran - Nationals A, 1st)

Yadollah Mohebbi (Kermanshah - Nationals A, 2nd)

Jaber Sadeghzadeh (Mazandaran - Nationals A, 3rd)

Akbar Sobhani (Ardebil - Nationals B, 1st)

Jafar Shams-Nateri (Gilan - Nationals B, 2nd)

Pouria Rahmani (Fars - Nationals C, 1st)

Amin Taheri (Tehran - Open, 1st)

Mehran Mirzaei (Hamedan - Open, 2nd)

Reza Mousavi (Mazandaran - Open, 3rd)

Edited by wrestfan

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So no Esamailpour or Ehsanpour at 61? 

 

Ehsanpour has legit excuses for not wrestling in nationals and the open tournament ! he was in the national camp for the world championship ! nobody expected him to cut weight again only a week after the World Championship to wrestle here. I'm quite sure he will get a wild card. but no idea about Esmaeilpour.

the only other wrestler I'm quite sure about getting a wild card is Ahmad Mohammadi, he is still recovering from his surgery.

 

btw even though I listed Hassan Yazdani at 74kg, he will wrestle at 86kg. his move to 86kg is official now. 86kg will be interesting with him, Goleij, Karimi, Ebrahimi and Akbari. another favorite Meisam Jokar lost to Ali Mojerloo today and missed the trials.

 

74kg will be wide open without Yazdani, the wrestler they were counting on "Bahman Teymouri" lost in 1st round today in open tournament.

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I thought Shahbazi was great at junior worlds at 96kg. That Russian he beat in the Semi finals apparently destroyed everyone in the Russian trials and Shahbazi beat him easily. Hopefully he makes the world team over guys like Tahan. 

 

Biabiani also won junior worlds without even giving up a takedown but I he lost to Sadeghi at one of these tournaments.

 

By the way, what is Takhti for then? Is there a way from Takhti to qualify for trials? 

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I thought Shahbazi was great at junior worlds at 96kg. That Russian he beat in the Semi finals apparently destroyed everyone in the Russian trials and Shahbazi beat him easily. Hopefully he makes the world team over guys like Tahan. 

 

Biabiani also won junior worlds without even giving up a takedown but I he lost to Sadeghi at one of these tournaments.

 

By the way, what is Takhti for then? Is there a way from Takhti to qualify for trials? 

 

Shahbazi wrestled in the nationals, finished 5th and lost a match to Bakhtiari. but I'm sure they keep an eye on him. speaking of Tahan,he only narrowly made the list by finishing 3rd in the last chance tournament ! I think it will be between Mohammadi and Mirzaei. but Shahbazi still has months to improve. Karimi in 2015 was way behind Jokar at the start of the season but eventually beat him and made the team and even won a world bronze medal.

 

yes Biabani (representing Tehran) lost to Sadeghi (representing Mazandaran) 3-0 in the nationals but you know duals are different, specially when you are facing someone from Mazandaran (you know after all Mazandaran will win the dual even if you win your own match)

 

well officially Takhti Cup is not a qualifier for the trials, but a qualifier for the "World Cup" and the Asian Championship. I think most (if not all) wrestlers in Takhti Cup are already in that list so that won't be necessary.

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Rahimi still at it at 57? He's been one of the best in the world for several years now. Great technician and he knows how to win. Pinned Bonne Rodriguez for Olympic bronze.

 

Maybe Esamailpour will go back up to 65? They should match him up with Molinaro at one of the next big meets. You want to see entertainment. :D

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Ehsanpour has legit excuses for not wrestling in nationals and the open tournament ! he was in the national camp for the world championship ! nobody expected him to cut weight again only a week after the World Championship to wrestle here. I'm quite sure he will get a wild card. but no idea about Esmaeilpour.

the only other wrestler I'm quite sure about getting a wild card is Ahmad Mohammadi, he is still recovering from his surgery.

 

btw even though I listed Hassan Yazdani at 74kg, he will wrestle at 86kg. his move to 86kg is official now. 86kg will be interesting with him, Goleij, Karimi, Ebrahimi and Akbari. another favorite Meisam Jokar lost to Ali Mojerloo today and missed the trials.

 

74kg will be wide open without Yazdani, the wrestler they were counting on "Bahman Teymouri" lost in 1st round today in open tournament.

Wow.  Assuming he has put on the size and makes the world team, we will probably get either Yazdani v Sadulaev or Snyder V Sadulaev.  That's a win win.  Two defending olympic gold medalists going after it for a world title can make for a match that people talk about for decades.  

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Sounds like Yazdani is going up to 86, not 97. Supposedly Sadulaev is going up to 97 for the possible Snyder showdown.

 

If so, the 2017 74kg world class doesn't have to go through the defending 74 Olympic champ in Yazdani.

 

Can Yazdani beat all the 86kg Iran guys?

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Sadulaev is in a class of his own in my opinion, an entirely different level to either Yazdani or Snyder.  If Sadulaev stays at 86 and wrestles Yazdani I would be shocked if he did not destroy Yazdani. Snyder has a size advantage at least but Snyder just loses too often for me to pick him against Sadulaev. Let's remember Sadulaev went up to 97 shortly after 2015 worlds and teched Odikadze. Sadulaev has to be as close to perfect as you can get for a wrestler. 

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Yazdani v Cox, i'll take Cox

 

74kg just got a lot more interesting. As did 86

 

i think Snyder v Sadulaev could be closer than many think.

 

I am doubtful about a possible Yazdani vs Cox matchup and will forgo any predictions on who will win. I would be shocked if Cox ever gets down to 86kg again. He says he wants to play football at Mizzou next year. That's an indicator that he won't be competing in freestyle next year after NCAAs. Until further notice I will just assume he no longer has any relevance in freestyle wrestling.

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Is Reza Yazdani officially done now or could he be back @ 97 KG?

 

No he wants to continue his career but first he has to take care of his injury which won't be easy. he will undergo a surgery soon, if he recovers fully he wants to continue. that's what he said. but even if he comes back he will miss 2017.

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I just got the complete results from the open tournament, there were some interesting results

 

2015 world team member Alireza Ghasemi (who lost to Burroughs and Geduev to finish 5th) beat the coaching staff's favorite Bahman Teymouri in 1st round but lost to an unknown guy in 2nd round !

 

at 86, Meisam Jokar lost 7-5 in 2nd round to Ali Mojerloo. Mojerloo himself lost in the next round. another guy they were counting on Reza Mozaffari (world juniors medalist) lost to Ebrahimi by pin (while he was leading) to Akbari in repechage only 1-0 by a caution.

 

at 97, Tahan (after beating Snyder in world clubs cup) lost to Bakhtari 3-1 in semifinal but later came back to win the bronze and won the 3rd place wrestle-off. former world junior champion Hamed Talebi (who wasn't around much recently because of injuries) got pinned in the first round against the eventual silver medalist while he was leading by a big margin ! surprisingly he lost easily to an unknown guy in repechage.

 

at 125, Hadi after teching few guys lost 1-1 to Amin Taheri in semifinal, he won the bronze bust lost the wrestle-off to Reza Mousavi.

 

btw two time world champion Mehdi Taghavi was supposed to come back and wrestle here but again no show ! he claims he was injured and he will come back but of course he will be out for 2017.

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How old is Teymouri? Why do the coaches want him? 

 

I think he is 21 or 22. he was training partner in national camp in past few months and apparently they were happy with his improvement. he was supposed to wrestle in Baku GP but changed mind since his club called him for the World Clubs Cup. despite his good performance they went for Afzali and his experience for the final dual which was costly for them

 

They will keep eyes on few younger/relatively unknown wrestlers this year . Talaei himself named few like him, Rashidi at 70, Mohebbi at SHW, Bazri at 74, Yeganeh-Jafari at 65.

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Yazdani's weight climb is pretty crazy, wasn't he at 66kg for juniors? 66 to 70 to 74 to 86 within what, 3 years?

Exactly what i was thinking. In particular, how did he go from able to make 74 kg to 88 kg in half a year?? That is a serious growth spurt. I call BS on him currently weighing 88 kg (no offense, Shiraz, it's just hard to believe).

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One of the coaches of the national team said he is 88kg now. Here is the article about it, i'm sure google translate can get the general point across:  

 

http://www.isna.ir/news/95091407913/%D8%AE%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%81%D8%B8%DB%8C-%D8%AD%D8%B3%D9%86-%DB%8C%D8%B2%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D9%88%D8%B2%D9%86-74-%DA%A9%DB%8C%D9%84%D9%88%DA%AF%D8%B1%D9%85

 

In fact they even said that even if Hassan himself wants to go back to 74 they will not let him because making the cut is too risky now. So he has to be an 86 from now on. 

 

Although I am also surprised he has gotten this big, I thought he was the perfect size for 74. We will see how his body looks soon I suppose. 

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