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May 2014 FILA freestyle rankings

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Losing to Molinaro to place second at Dave Shcultz does not really help your argument, but it does help mine. So does the fact that Metcalf placed 2nd at the Yarygin and world cup in 2013. Metcalf has chosen to concentrate more on training in 2014 than go to smaller Fila tournaments, so we don't have any results, as of yet to go by, save the US open where he did thrash (beat very badly) everyone he faced.

 

Metcalf looked really good at the 2014 World Cup and 2014 US Open, but he also placed tenth at the 2014 Yarygin. So if we're comparing Gomez's recent performances to Metcalf's, I think Gomez comes out looking better.

 

You recieve an easier draw at Worlds when the other side of the bracket is full of studs(world champs and placers) and your side is not. Duh!

 

Okay so can you point me to a world championship bracket where someone won a silver medal without beating anybody tough? In Gomez's case (and as armspin pointed out) Gomez beat the number two guy Huseynov, the reigning Asian champ and multiple-time Asian medalist Zhumagaziyev, and Asian medalist Jong-Myong. I don't think that's an "easy" path to the finals.

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I see a some Asian medalists he had to go through, and I will admit that I don't follow the Asian Championships as much as I should, but if these guys are so good why aren't they placing at Worlds? Huseynov was a good win, but failed to come back through repechage and even place because he was beaten by Zarkua from Georgia, who also failed to place. It's fairly evident that Huseynov was not having a good tournament.

 

So he only had to beat one guy who had ever placed at Worlds to make the finals. I call that a favorable draw...maybe I should not use the word "easy" because there are no easy draws at the world level. Everyone is a stud. But as far as World Championships go, I would call it an easy draw.

 

Back to Metcalf...yes he placed 10th at 2014 Yarygin, but the 66/now 65 lb weight class is wide open at the top 10-15 guys. Most would agree that if this weight were wrestled 10 times, you would come out with a different winner and medalists. The top ten would be all over the place as well. There are so many high caliber wrestlers at this weight, that I would say it is the second toughest, next to 97kg. No group or wrestler has emerged as sure fire medalists.

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No, and believe me, I'm not discounting your effort by any means. Remember, I'm also a longtime member/poster on TWT, so I read your rankings with great interest.

 

FILA's doing all three and I reside in the camp that believes all three styles should have equal treatment. It may not be the popular opinion since it seems most fans in our two countries show more favoritism to men's freestyle.

 

I think FILA's rankings could use some work, but they are providing three sets regularly. I am curious as to what you come up with ...

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Fair enough JB. I'll try my best to do all 3 eventually. Women's should be fairly easy, there aren't that many top countries and due to Canada's focus on womens wrestling info should be easy to get. Greco will be brutal; the depth of the brackets and the subjectivity of the officiating means there are such inconsistent results. Hopefully with the new lack of clinch this is less of an issue. Hopefully some Greco specialists want to help out!

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