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Inspired by the US only predictions, I thought we would expand it a bit with the Olympics coming up pretty soon and see who folks reckon will be the Gold medallist for the 6 weights. I'll kick off:

 

57kg-Uguev

65kg-Rashidov

74kg-Dake

86kg-Yazdani

97kg-Mohammadian (going with the massive upset)

125kg-Akgul

 

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57 - Uguev

65 - Rashidov, against my better judgement.  The field here is incredibly deep.  

74 - Dake.  Super close match with Sidakov and then DAKE BOMB to blow it wide open, winning comfortably.

86 - Taylor over Yazdani. This time it's a nail biter and DT gets a last second takedown in the last 20 seconds to ice it.

97 - Sadulaev over Mohammadian, but it's a squeaker.  Mohammadian gets a standing ovation for pushing the tank to his limit, which is will feel like "almost gold" to him and Iran.

HWT - Gable shocks the world and beats Geno and Akghul, back to back (maybe reverse order).  

 

 

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8 minutes ago, treep2000 said:

57 - Uguev

65 - Rashidov, against my better judgement.  The field here is incredibly deep.  

74 - Dake.  Super close match with Sidakov and then DAKE BOMB to blow it wide open, winning comfortably.

86 - Taylor over Yazdani. This time it's a nail biter and DT gets a last second takedown in the last 20 seconds to ice it.

97 - Sadulaev over Mohammadian, but it's a squeaker.  Mohammadian gets a standing ovation for pushing the tank to his limit, which is will feel like "almost gold" to him and Iran.

HWT - Gable shocks the world and beats Geno and Akghul, back to back (maybe reverse order).  

 

 

Mohammadian (or anyone else for that matter) will almost certainly not get a standing ovation.

Edited by AHamilton

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57kg-Uguev

65kg-Rashidov

74kg-Dake

86kg-Taylor (This weight has only two contenders but it is very difficult to predict. I hope Yazdani wins, but the fact is that Taylor has beat him twice and I think he can do it again. Personally, as an Iranian, I would like Yazdani to win gold, but as a cat lover, I don't like to see a cat lover (Taylor) fail! lol. I'm a Taylor fan. A paradoxical situation.)

97kg-Mohammadian. (Sad appeared disappointing in the Aliyev tournament.)

125kg-Zare

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Everyone seems so confident in Ugaev. I get it, but he didn’t dominate his way through the world championships and the weight is stacked. 
  
he is probably most likely to win, but I’m not picking him I don’t think. 
  
 

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10 hours ago, AHamilton said:

Mohammadian (or anyone else for that matter) will almost certainly not get a standing ovation.

Is he a "villain"?  I clearly am not close to understanding why he may not receive the ovation.  I'm just basing it off his matches that I've watched and his utter destruction of everyone except Shabani.

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26 minutes ago, treep2000 said:

Is he a "villain"?  I clearly am not close to understanding why he may not receive the ovation.  I'm just basing it off his matches that I've watched and his utter destruction of everyone except Shabani.

Perhaps they mean it is because there won't be many spectators due to covid protocols?

Will there be live spectators at the events in Tokyo?

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1 hour ago, treep2000 said:

Is he a "villain"?  I clearly am not close to understanding why he may not receive the ovation.  I'm just basing it off his matches that I've watched and his utter destruction of everyone except Shabani.

Cheering has been prohibited.

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57 - Kumar

65 - Rashidov

74 - Sidakov (random trivia question:  who is the only American to ever defeat Sidakov in international competition?)

86 - Yazdani

97 - Sadulaev

125 - Akgul

 

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1 hour ago, rpm002 said:

57 - Kumar

65 - Rashidov

74 - Sidakov (random trivia question:  who is the only American to ever defeat Sidakov in international competition?)

86 - Yazdani

97 - Sadulaev

125 - Akgul

 

Metcalf beat him back in 2015 at 65kg. A lot has changed of course since then.

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57kg - Zaur Uguev, but Ravi Kumar is a dark horse.

65kg - Rashidov, but Tevanyan is a dark horse (assuming he will be wrestling for Armenia).

74kg - Zaurbek Sidakov, but it's a toss up between Sidakov and Dake.  Sidakov has been wrestling tougher competition at 74kg whereas Dake has had almost all of his success at 79kg and had a very close match with Chamizo.

86kg - David Taylor.  I watched the DT/Yazdani second match again the other day and changed my mind about this.  DT is noticeably bigger and stronger than Yazdani.  We put too much emphasis on the fact that Yazdani was able to take a 6-2 lead in the first period - that happens a lot with DT (both Kurugliev and Naifanov took big leads against him too).  Yazdani seems to gas from being forced to wrestle at that intensity against a bigger guy like DT, against whom he really has to work hard to take down and he can't seem to handle DT's scrambles.  The biggest variable is whether DT is 100% after his injuries, but if he is then I have to favour him to beat Yazdani again, unfortunately.

97kg - Abdulrashid Sadulaev.  Mohammadian is a wild card and I expect Snyder to up his game.  Sadulaev v Mohammadian is the bout we all want to see - I think that would be a conservative tactical match but Sadulaev is just too good at winning.

125kg - Taha Akgul, but Zare is a dark horse.  Still have to think Akugl v Geno is still the most likely final, though. 

Edited by The Genius

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I think the draw and order they wrestle each other in will be huge at 125, I think there's a few guys who probably could win it and the way the bracket works out will play a big rule. These big guys wear each other out a lot of the time. 

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17 hours ago, treep2000 said:

Is he a "villain"?  I clearly am not close to understanding why he may not receive the ovation.  I'm just basing it off his matches that I've watched and his utter destruction of everyone except Shabani.

To answer your question, yes, he is a villain, having completed a 4-year ban for cheating late in this quad.

But, as noted above, there will be no ovation because ovations are forbidden.

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