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Fadzaev won his first world title. 

10 Medals in 10 Weights

7 Gold

2 Silver (Dave Shultz and the North Korean took gold) 

1 Bronze (Yordanov took Gold) 

Is anyone aware of a more successful Freestyle Wrestling Team ever?  

USA in 1984 had:

7 Gold

2 Silver

1 DNP

Though it is hard to compare the two due to the boycott.  

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6 hours ago, wrestlingstrength said:

Fadzaev won his first world title. 

10 Medals in 10 Weights

7 Gold

2 Silver (Dave Shultz and the North Korean took gold) 

1 Bronze (Yordanov took Gold) 

Is anyone aware of a more successful Freestyle Wrestling Team ever?  

USA in 1984 had:

7 Gold

2 Silver

1 DNP

Though it is hard to compare the two due to the boycott.  

Great team no doubt. A couple things to remember is that, like in 84 with the US, Russia was at home for the worlds in 83 in Kiev IIRC. Also, Yordanov was Bulgarian not Russian. 

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1 hour ago, ConnorsDad said:

Great team no doubt. A couple things to remember is that, like in 84 with the US, Russia was at home for the worlds in 83 in Kiev IIRC. Also, Yordanov was Bulgarian not Russian. 

I think the OP is aware that Yordanov isnt Russian. Otherwise why would he have Yordanovs placement in parenthesis next to the russian bronze?

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2007 Worlds - Russia earns gold in seven of eight weight classes, and a bronze in the eighth weight class.

Interestingly enough, the guy who won gold at 66 kilos that year represented Turkey, but defected there from... you guessed it, Dagestan! There is video of him in the run up to the '07 Worlds and '08 Olympics (where he won gold) of him still training in Dagestan with the likes of Adam Saitiev.

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4 minutes ago, Tofurky said:

2007 Worlds - Russia earns gold in seven of eight weight classes, and a bronze in the eighth weight class.

Interestingly enough, the guy who won gold at 66 kilos that year represented Turkey, but defected there from... you guessed it, Dagestan! There is video of him in the run up to the '07 Worlds and '08 Olympics (where he won gold) of him still training in Dagestan with the likes of Adam Saitiev.

That is incredible.  Especially considering how much tougher worlds got with so many different former Soviets competing under new flags.  

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I had thought about the St Louis Olympics as well, knowing a little of how little competition there was in almost all events.

I did look up the results and found some of the citizenships were disputed.

This source shows:

Technically, there were no foreign entrants and no foreign competitors, although it has since turned out that several of the competitors still had Norwegian citizenship, although by 1904 they lived in the United States .

https://web.archive.org/web/20200417050129/https://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/summer/1904/WRE/

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1 hour ago, Jim L said:

I had thought about the St Louis Olympics as well, knowing a little of how little competition there was in almost all events.

I did look up the results and found some of the citizenships were disputed.

This source shows:

Technically, there were no foreign entrants and no foreign competitors, although it has since turned out that several of the competitors still had Norwegian citizenship, although by 1904 they lived in the United States .

https://web.archive.org/web/20200417050129/https://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/summer/1904/WRE/

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Specifically #2.  (Just corroborating  Jim L)

https://www.history.com/news/8-unusual-facts-about-the-1904-st-louis-olympics

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While not quite as impressive, the 1972 Olympics performance by the Soviet Union was pretty impressive. The fact that it was the Olympics and in a neutral country, makes it perhaps as impressive as the 1983 perforrmance

really, three countries, USSR, US and Japaan did really well, and the distrance between these three and the other participating countries was significant

Event Gold Silver Bronze
48 kg
details
Roman Dmitriyev
23px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union_%28dark_ve Soviet Union
Ognyan Nikolov
23px-Flag_of_Bulgaria_%281971_%E2%80%93_ Bulgaria
Ebrahim Javadi
23px-State_flag_of_Iran_%281964%E2%80%93 Iran
52 kg
details
Kiyomi Kato
22px-Flag_of_Japan_%281870%E2%80%931999% Japan
Arsen Alakhverdiyev
23px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union_%28dark_ve Soviet Union
Kim Gwong-Hyong
23px-Flag_of_North_Korea_%281948%E2%80%9 North Korea
57 kg
details
Hideaki Yanagida
22px-Flag_of_Japan_%281870%E2%80%931999% Japan
Richard Sanders
23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States
László Klinga
23px-Flag_of_Hungary.svg.png Hungary
62 kg
details
Zagalav Abdulbekov
23px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union_%28dark_ve Soviet Union
Vehbi Akdağ
23px-Flag_of_Turkey.svg.png Turkey
Ivan Krastev
23px-Flag_of_Bulgaria_%281971_%E2%80%93_ Bulgaria
68 kg
details
Dan Gable
23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States
Kikuo Wada
22px-Flag_of_Japan_%281870%E2%80%931999% Japan
Ruslan Ashuraliyev
23px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union_%28dark_ve Soviet Union
74 kg
details
Wayne Wells
23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States
Jan Karlsson
23px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Sweden
Adolf Seger
23px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png West Germany
82 kg
details
Levan Tediashvili
23px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union_%28dark_ve Soviet Union
John Peterson
23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States
Vasile Iorga
23px-Flag_of_Romania_%281965-1989%29.svg Romania
90 kg
details
Ben Peterson
23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States
Gennadi Strakhov
23px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union_%28dark_ve Soviet Union
Károly Bajkó
23px-Flag_of_Hungary.svg.png Hungary
100 kg
details
Ivan Yarygin
23px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union_%28dark_ve Soviet Union
Khorloogiin Bayanmönkh
23px-Flag_of_the_Mongolian_People%27s_Re Mongolia
József Csatári
23px-Flag_of_Hungary.svg.png Hungary
+100 kg
details
Aleksandr Medved
23px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union_%28dark_ve Soviet Union
Osman Duraliev
23px-Flag_of_Bulgaria_%281971_%E2%80%93_ Bulgaria
Chris Taylor
23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States
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1 hour ago, irani said:

While not quite as impressive, the 1972 Olympics performance by the Soviet Union was pretty impressive. The fact that it was the Olympics and in a neutral country, makes it perhaps as impressive as the 1983 perforrmance

really, three countries, USSR, US and Japaan did really well, and the distrance between these three and the other participating countries

Event Gold Silver Bronze
48 kg
details
Roman Dmitriyev
23px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union_%28dark_ve Soviet Union
Ognyan Nikolov
23px-Flag_of_Bulgaria_%281971_%E2%80%93_ Bulgaria
Ebrahim Javadi
23px-State_flag_of_Iran_%281964%E2%80%93 Iran
52 kg
details
Kiyomi Kato
22px-Flag_of_Japan_%281870%E2%80%931999% Japan
Arsen Alakhverdiyev
23px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union_%28dark_ve Soviet Union
Kim Gwong-Hyong
23px-Flag_of_North_Korea_%281948%E2%80%9 North Korea
57 kg
details
Hideaki Yanagida
22px-Flag_of_Japan_%281870%E2%80%931999% Japan
Richard Sanders
23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States
László Klinga
23px-Flag_of_Hungary.svg.png Hungary
62 kg
details
Zagalav Abdulbekov
23px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union_%28dark_ve Soviet Union
Vehbi Akdağ
23px-Flag_of_Turkey.svg.png Turkey
Ivan Krastev
23px-Flag_of_Bulgaria_%281971_%E2%80%93_ Bulgaria
68 kg
details
Dan Gable
23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States
Kikuo Wada
22px-Flag_of_Japan_%281870%E2%80%931999% Japan
Ruslan Ashuraliyev
23px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union_%28dark_ve Soviet Union
74 kg
details
Wayne Wells
23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States
Jan Karlsson
23px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Sweden
Adolf Seger
23px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png West Germany
82 kg
details
Levan Tediashvili
23px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union_%28dark_ve Soviet Union
John Peterson
23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States
Vasile Iorga
23px-Flag_of_Romania_%281965-1989%29.svg Romania
90 kg
details
Ben Peterson
23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States
Gennadi Strakhov
23px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union_%28dark_ve Soviet Union
Károly Bajkó
23px-Flag_of_Hungary.svg.png Hungary
100 kg
details
Ivan Yarygin
23px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union_%28dark_ve Soviet Union
Khorloogiin Bayanmönkh
23px-Flag_of_the_Mongolian_People%27s_Re Mongolia
József Csatári
23px-Flag_of_Hungary.svg.png Hungary
+100 kg
details
Aleksandr Medved
23px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union_%28dark_ve Soviet Union
Osman Duraliev
23px-Flag_of_Bulgaria_%281971_%E2%80%93_ Bulgaria
Chris Taylor
23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States

Makes sense.  So using a Neutral Country as a factor, the 1982 Soviet Team is the best.  And they had to travel to North America (Edmonton, Alberta Canada):

7 Gold

1 Silver

2 Bronze


 

 

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49 minutes ago, BadgerMon said:

Wayne Wells pins 4 in the Olympics. No one talks about this...too soon?

Gable pinned 3.

Ben Peterson pinned 3.

Just sayin'

 

All were amazing, all were overshadowed by Yarygin in 1972

1972 Olympic Gold Medalist at 100kg
Win Hungarian People's Republic József Csatári Fall 2:04 1972-08-31 1972 Summer Olympics West Germany Munich Messe München
Win Mongolian People's Republic Khorloo Bayanmunkh Fall 5:21 1972-08-31
Win Socialist Republic of Romania Enache Panait Fall 1:47 1972-08
Win Iran Abolfazl Anvari Fall 2:58 1972-08
Win Canada Harry Geris Fall 2:20 1972-08
Win East Germany Gerd Bachmann Fall 2:11 1972-08
Win Switzerland Bruno Jutzeler Fall 0:27 1972-08-27
1972 Eur

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4 hours ago, irani said:

All were amazing, all were overshadowed by Yarygin in 1972

1972 Olympic Gold Medalist at 100kg
Win Hungarian People's Republic József Csatári Fall 2:04 1972-08-31 1972 Summer Olympics West Germany Munich Messe München
Win Mongolian People's Republic Khorloo Bayanmunkh Fall 5:21 1972-08-31
Win Socialist Republic of Romania Enache Panait Fall 1:47 1972-08
Win Iran Abolfazl Anvari Fall 2:58 1972-08
Win Canada Harry Geris Fall 2:20 1972-08
Win East Germany Gerd Bachmann Fall 2:11 1972-08
Win Switzerland Bruno Jutzeler Fall 0:27 1972-08-27
1972 Eur

That is completely insane.  Has anyone in either style ever come close to repeating this?  Karelin or Lopez in Greco maybe?

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5 hours ago, BadgerMon said:

Wayne Wells pins 4 in the Olympics. No one talks about this...too soon?

Gable pinned 3.

Ben Peterson pinned 3.

Just sayin'

 

What is equally amazing about Wells is the same year he won an Olympic Gold Medal he earned his law degree, passed the bar exam and served as an assistant at Oklahoma.  

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3 minutes ago, wrestlingstrength said:

That is completely insane.  Has anyone in either style ever come close to repeating this?  Karelin or Lopez in Greco maybe?

I agree!  I know of no one in freestyle, but am not familar with GR enough to know.

72 was was an amazing year, you had several wrestlers who absolutely dominated thier weight class,  Wells, Gable, Ben Peterson, Tedishiavelli, Yarygin and Medved

 

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15 hours ago, irani said:

All were amazing, all were overshadowed by Yarygin in 1972

1972 Olympic Gold Medalist at 100kg
Win Hungarian People's Republic József Csatári Fall 2:04 1972-08-31 1972 Summer Olympics West Germany Munich Messe München
Win Mongolian People's Republic Khorloo Bayanmunkh Fall 5:21 1972-08-31
Win Socialist Republic of Romania Enache Panait Fall 1:47 1972-08
Win Iran Abolfazl Anvari Fall 2:58 1972-08
Win Canada Harry Geris Fall 2:20 1972-08
Win East Germany Gerd Bachmann Fall 2:11 1972-08
Win Switzerland Bruno Jutzeler Fall 0:27 1972-08-27
1972 Eur

To be fair, the middleweights are usually much, much more competitive and technically sound than the heavies, especially back then. Just my humble opinion.

Yet, there's a reason that Yarygin has one of the greatest tournaments in the world named after him- AMAZING.

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On 6/18/2020 at 10:25 PM, irani said:

I agree!  I know of no one in freestyle, but am not familar with GR enough to know.

72 was was an amazing year, you had several wrestlers who absolutely dominated thier weight class,  Wells, Gable, Ben Peterson, Tedishiavelli, Yarygin and Medved

 

It is a definite no on Karelin:

Lots of pins but in each tournament he had at least one victory by decision.  Though watching Johansson in 1992 basically roll over on his back in the Olympic Finals instead of getting thrown was pretty incredible.  

 

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On 6/19/2020 at 6:45 AM, BadgerMon said:

To be fair, the middleweights are usually much, much more competitive and technically sound than the heavies, especially back then. Just my humble opinion.

Yet, there's a reason that Yarygin has one of the greatest tournaments in the world named after him- AMAZING.

Well, if there were bunch of other heavywefiths who dominated in similar fashion, then your argument would be walid.  I do agree that middle weights are usually more competeive, but no one ever dominated the way Yarygin did in middle weight, heavyweight or superheavy weight.  Not Medved, Not Sadulaev, no one

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That 2007 team was outragous:

55 kg: Besik Kudukhov 4 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze

60kg: Mavlet Batirov: 3 Gold, 1 Bronze

66kg: Irbek Farniev: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze

74kg: Makhach Murtazaliev: 2 Gold, 1 Bronze

84kg: Georgy Ketoev: 1 Gold, 2 Bronze (beat Sazhidov and A. Saitiev to make the team)

96kg: Khadzhimurat Gatsalov: 6 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

120kg: Bilyal Makhov: 4 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze

If that team was a country, they would rank 15th in all-time medals between Germany and Ukraine

The USA had 1 medalist that year: Daniel Cormier

 

 

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3 hours ago, GoNotQuietly said:

That 2007 team was outragous:

55 kg: Besik Kudukhov 4 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze

60kg: Mavlet Batirov: 3 Gold, 1 Bronze

66kg: Irbek Farniev: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze

74kg: Makhach Murtazaliev: 2 Gold, 1 Bronze

84kg: Georgy Ketoev: 1 Gold, 2 Bronze (beat Sazhidov and A. Saitiev to make the team)

96kg: Khadzhimurat Gatsalov: 6 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

120kg: Bilyal Makhov: 4 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze

If that team was a country, they would rank 15th in all-time medals between Germany and Ukraine

The USA had 1 medalist that year: Daniel Cormier

 

 

wow, you are right

Medal summary[edit]

Men's freestyle[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
55 kg
details
Besik Kudukhov
23px-Flag_of_Russia.svg.png Russia
Bayaraagiin Naranbaatar
23px-Flag_of_Mongolia.svg.png Mongolia
Rizvan Gadzhiev
23px-Flag_of_Belarus_%281995%E2%80%93201 Belarus
Andy Moreno
23px-Flag_of_Cuba.svg.png Cuba
60 kg
details
Mavlet Batirov
23px-Flag_of_Russia.svg.png Russia
Anatolie Guidea
23px-Flag_of_Bulgaria.svg.png Bulgaria
Bazar Bazarguruev
23px-Flag_of_Kyrgyzstan.svg.png Kyrgyzstan
Sahit Prizreni
21px-Flag_of_Albania.svg.png Albania
66 kg
details
Ramazan Şahin
23px-Flag_of_Turkey.svg.png Turkey
Geandry Garzón
23px-Flag_of_Cuba.svg.png Cuba
Otar Tushishvili
23px-Flag_of_Georgia.svg.png Georgia
Irbek Farniev
23px-Flag_of_Russia.svg.png Russia
74 kg
details
Makhach Murtazaliev
23px-Flag_of_Russia.svg.png Russia
Ibragim Aldatov
23px-Flag_of_Ukraine.svg.png Ukraine
Iván Fundora
23px-Flag_of_Cuba.svg.png Cuba
Chamsulvara Chamsulvarayev
23px-Flag_of_Azerbaijan.svg.png Azerbaijan
84 kg
details
Georgy Ketoev
23px-Flag_of_Russia.svg.png Russia
Yusup Abdusalomov
23px-Flag_of_Tajikistan.svg.png Tajikistan
Zaurbek Sokhiev
23px-Flag_of_Uzbekistan.svg.png Uzbekistan
Reza Yazdani
23px-Flag_of_Iran.svg.png Iran
96 kg
details
Khadzhimurat Gatsalov
23px-Flag_of_Russia.svg.png Russia
Saeid Ebrahimi
23px-Flag_of_Iran.svg.png Iran
Kurban Kurbanov
23px-Flag_of_Uzbekistan.svg.png Uzbekistan
Daniel Cormier
23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States
120 kg
details
Bilyal Makhov
23px-Flag_of_Russia.svg.png Russia
Alexis Rodríguez
23px-Flag_of_Cuba.svg.png Cuba
Vadim Tasoyev
23px-Flag_of_Ukraine.svg.png Ukraine
Artur Taymazov
23px-Flag_of_Uzbekistan.svg.png Uzbekistan

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One other team that dominated, although perhaps not quite at the same  level as the other posts here .is Iran at the 1961 Freestyle world chmapionship in Yokahama, Japan

5 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze, 1 5th place out of 8

Men's freestyle[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight
52 kg
Ali Aliyev
23px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union.svg.png Soviet Union
Nasrollah Soltaninejad
23px-State_flag_of_Iran_%281933%E2%80%93 Iran
Cemal Yanılmaz
23px-Flag_of_Turkey.svg.png Turkey
Bantamweight
57 kg
Ebrahim Seifpour
23px-State_flag_of_Iran_%281933%E2%80%93 Iran
János Varga
23px-Flag_of_Hungary.svg.png Hungary
Hüseyin Akbaş
23px-Flag_of_Turkey.svg.png Turkey
Featherweight
62 kg
Vladimir Rubashvili
23px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union.svg.png Soviet Union
Yunus Pehlivan
23px-Flag_of_Turkey.svg.png Turkey
Hamid Tavakkol
23px-State_flag_of_Iran_%281933%E2%80%93 Iran
Lightweight
67 kg
Mohammad Ali Sanatkaran
23px-State_flag_of_Iran_%281933%E2%80%93 Iran
Vladimir Sinyavsky
23px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union.svg.png Soviet Union
Udey Chand
23px-Flag_of_India.svg.png India
Welterweight
73 kg
Emam-Ali Habibi
23px-State_flag_of_Iran_%281933%E2%80%93 Iran
Mikhail Bekmurzov
23px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union.svg.png Soviet Union
Yutaka Kaneko
22px-Flag_of_Japan_%281870%E2%80%931999% Japan
Middleweight
79 kg
Mansour Mehdizadeh
23px-State_flag_of_Iran_%281933%E2%80%93 Iran
Géza Hollósi
23px-Flag_of_Hungary.svg.png Hungary
Hans Antonsson
23px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Sweden
Light heavyweight
87 kg
Gholamreza Takhti
23px-State_flag_of_Iran_%281933%E2%80%93 Iran
Boris Gurevich
23px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union.svg.png Soviet Union
Hasan Güngör
23px-Flag_of_Turkey.svg.png Turkey
Heavyweight
+87 kg
Wilfried Dietrich
23px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png West Germany
Hamit Kaplan
23px-Flag_of_Turkey.svg.png Turkey
Aleksandr Medved
23px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union.svg.png Soviet Union

 

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