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#1 BigTenFanboy

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 07:40 AM

American wrestlers typically start out learning Folkstyle and then convert to Freestyle once their college careers end.

I'm curious to see if there have been success stories that go the other way.

 

What I mean by that is wrestlers that were primarily Freestyle wrestlers that LATER learned Folkstyle and did well.

 

I first learned of the Novachkov bros back in the mid 2000's when they were high schoolers and they have done very well in this different style.

There were rumors about Rei Higuchi wrestling for PSU.. would be interesting to see how well he would translate in Folkstyle if he does end up attending PSU and wrestling for them.

 

Who are some standout wrestlers that came to the US that initially were Freestylers that were able to convert to Folkstyle?



#2 wrestlingnerd

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 08:11 AM

Lots of Japanese, most recently Sanshiro Abe who went 4-3-2-1 at NCAAs.

Alan "Z" Gelogaev of Russia, AA heavyweight for OSU.

Lazaro Reinoso of Cuba, although you could argue he never learned folkstyle despite wrestling in college.

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#3 Abdullahgadzhi Khuzin

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 08:16 AM

i told most about folkstyle rules to my friends. Rashidov was interesting. 


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#4 boconnell

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 08:52 AM

Lots of Japanese, most recently Sanshiro Abe who went 4-3-2-1 at NCAAs.

Alan "Z" Gelogaev of Russia, AA heavyweight for OSU.

Lazaro Reinoso of Cuba, although you could argue he never learned folkstyle despite wrestling in college.

I would argue Gelogaev also never learned folkstyle.


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Posted 04 May 2017 - 09:37 AM

bekzod abdurakhmonov and brother



#6 cjc007

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 09:51 AM

bekzod abdurakhmonov and brother

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#7 FATMANROLL

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 10:10 AM

Plaman Paskalev who wrestled for Central Missouri was a 2x Olympian for Bulgaria and a 3x AA and D2 Camp for the Mules

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 10:47 AM

those not yet mentioned:

Payam Zarrinpour (Iran)- Sacred Heart-  Though he may have been a Greco dude

Nazar Kulchytsky (Ukraine)- Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Amarveer Dhesi (Canada)- Oregon St.- They wrestle FS in Canada, right?

Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (Mongolia)- The Citadel

Minga Batsukh (Mongolia)- Saint John's University

Ugi Khishignyam (Mongolia)- the Citadel


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Posted 04 May 2017 - 10:36 PM

Yojiro.

 

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 12:19 AM

Nick Muzashvili for MSU in the late 1990's. He was a Georgian Jr. freestyle champ and came to NY for his senior year of HS.

 

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 02:09 AM

Mohammadi from Oregon St (2 x NCAA runner-up to TJ Jaworksy)?



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Posted 05 May 2017 - 02:14 AM

Mohammadi from Oregon St (2 x NCAA runner-up to TJ Jaworksy)?

 

I'm pretty sure Babak was American and learned to wrestle here, not Iran. He wrestled in the US throughout HS.



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Posted 05 May 2017 - 02:30 AM

Daniel Igali-Canadian Olympic Champ (originally Nigerian) that beat McIlravy. NAIA champ. Pretty sure he started out as a freestyler, but excelled at both.


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#14 wrestlingnerd

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 02:36 AM

Daniel Igali-Canadian Olympic Champ (originally Nigerian) that beat McIlravy. NAIA champ. Pretty sure he started out as a freestyler, but excelled at both.

 

I thought Igali wrestled at Simon Fraser in Canada and therefore never excelled at, or even wrestled, American folkstyle.



#15 KTG119

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 02:49 AM

I'm pretty sure Babak was American and learned to wrestle here, not Iran. He wrestled in the US throughout HS.

yeah wasn't sure when he started wrestling, but thought he was born in Iran. anyway, good wrestler. 



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Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:22 AM

Wasn't there also a freestyle guy from Mongolia who wrestled Juco and at American(?) University? Grambaayar or something like that? I seem to remember him making a couple of good runs at NCAAs and was sad when I learned that he had exhausted his eligibility.

#17 SikeD

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:36 AM

What style transfers better?

Freestyle to Folkstyle

or

Folkstyle to Freestyle



#18 BigTenFanboy

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 04:00 AM

What style transfers better?

Freestyle to Folkstyle

or

Folkstyle to Freestyle

 

A very difficult question to answer.

 

I would argue that a larger percentage of Folkstyle wrestlers eventually take up Freestyle than vice versa...

 

 

Heres another question.. has there been a rivalry where the styles produced stark differences in the results between 2 wrestlers?

 

Example:

 

Wrestler A typically would beat Wrestler B in Freestyle.

Wrestler B typically would beat Wrestler A in Folkstyle. 



#19 gimpeltf

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 04:18 AM

A very difficult question to answer.

 

I would argue that a larger percentage of Folkstyle wrestlers eventually take up Freestyle than vice versa...

 

Why wouldn't that be the case? What other country wrestles (our version of) folkstyle at any time in their careers other than the few that come here for college?



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Posted 05 May 2017 - 04:31 AM

I thought Igali wrestled at Simon Fraser in Canada and therefore never excelled at, or even wrestled, American folkstyle.

 

Simon Fraser was in the NAIA, they wrestled folkstyle,too. 


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