After sooner or later of insane males’s freestyle motion on the Tokyo Olympic Video games, it’s time for 74 KG and 125 KG to kick off. Try the bracket evaluation for 57 KG and 86 KG, and the up to date outcomes from United World Wrestling. Every day, two weight lessons will compete via the semifinals, with the finals happening the next morning. You too can comply with USA Wrestling’s updates for schedules with American time zones.
Be sure to reference my breakdown of the highest contenders for gold in Tokyo earlier than we dive into the brackets. Up to date world males’s freestyle rankings are by way of Seth PetarraIntermat.
74 KG – Stage is ready for pound-for-pound elite conflict, regardless of imbalance
All eyes are on two-time World champions Kyle Dake and Zaurbek Sidakov. As soon as Dake defeated Jordan Burroughs in two straight matches on the US Olympic Crew Trials, this turned the most important story in wrestling. Let’s check out the trail to the finals for every of them.
For #1 Zaurbek Sidakov, he’s acquired about pretty much as good of a draw as one can get in Olympic wrestling. After disposing of his overmatched first-round opponent, he’ll meet the at present unranked two-time World medalist Bekzod Abdurakhmonov. Abdurakhmonov has defeated elite opposition previously, most notably Jordan Burroughs on the Rio Olympics, however his current outcomes don’t point out that he shall be a critical menace to Sidakov. Abdurakhmonov is the hardest problem of the underside half, there’s actually nobody else of word on Sidakov’s path. This bracket is extremely lopsided.
The highest half, nevertheless, is a warzone. #5 ranked Frank Chamizo, a two-time World champion and Olympic bronze medalist, will face 2019 World silver medalist #7 Avtandil Kentchadze in his very first match. If Chamizo will get via Kentchadze, he will get a little bit of a break in his subsequent match till the semifinals.
For 2-time World champion #2 Kyle Dake, he’ll face #2 Hosseinkhani in his first match. Hosseinkhani broke into the rankings by profitable the Ziolkowski event in June, with a notable victory over the stable Khadzhimurad Gadzhiyev. He’s powerful, however he’s in a horrible place within the bracket.
Dake’s quarterfinal is homicide, he’ll probably have #3 Magomedkhabib Kadimagomedov. I wrote about Kadimagomedov’s improbable run on the Final Probability Olympic Qualifier, he’s in fantastic kind heading into this event. Kadimagomedov is a wonderful counter wrestler, and is nice at using upper-body setups to get to secure assaults on the toes. It’s as near a mirror match as you’re going to get at this weight. Make no mistake – this can be a harmful matchup for Kyle Dake, and it’s actually a disgrace that this bracket was so poorly assembled. The #2, #3, #5 and #7 wrestlers on the weight are on the identical facet of the bracket – which means that solely two of them shall be eligible to earn a medal. Sidakov is the one ranked wrestler on his facet of the bracket.
Most followers are hoping for a Kyle Dake vs. Frank Chamizo semifinal – a rematch of their exhibition just a few months in the past. There have been just a few seems in scramble conditions that impressed some confidence in Chamizo’s probabilities, however finally Dake obtained the win and it was clear neither was taking the match very significantly. In an exhibition format with zero stakes, there’s no purpose to offer your opponent a lot info to work with for future matchups.
The winner will face off with Zaurbek Sidakov for the possibility at an Olympic gold medal. I like the best way Dake matches up with Sidakov – his protection and counters can shut down a few of Sidakov’s extra wild leg assaults, and he’s obtained the higher physique chops to threaten Sidakov in a approach that Jordan Burroughs by no means may. Sidakov isn’t invincible – he was defeated by his rival and buddy Khetik Tsabolov at Russian Nationals only one yr in the past. I’m tentatively choosing Kyle Dake to take out the pound-for-pound #2 wrestler on the planet and turn out to be an Olympic champion.
125 KG – Hammers in all places
American followers should be extremely emotional proper now. Maybe the best expertise within the nation’s newest crop of wrestlers, #6 Gable Steveson completely laid waste to the home discipline, shutting out #7 Nick Gwiazdowski together with Junior World champion Mason Parris to make the Olympic staff. In his present kind, he has but to be examined in opposition to the remainder of the world.
He’ll get the possibility in his second-round match, the place he’s set to satisfy the multiple-time World champion and 2016 Olympic champion, #1 Taha Akgul. If Steveson wins convincingly, there isn’t a purpose to not decide him to run away with your entire event. He has regarded untouchable previously yr, he’s an absolute phenom. Akgul, nevertheless, has not proven indicators of age or decline. On the European Championships in April, he disposed of the sphere with little hassle, together with a 6-1 win over three-time World champion, #2 Geno Petriashvili.
The winner of Steveson-Akgul will probably go on to face #9 Yusup Batirmurzaev. Whereas that rating suggests hazard, Batirmurzaev was defeated 9-2 by Nick Gwiazdowski in June. To be frank, he’s not on their degree. Heavyweight has round 5 elite wrestlers, after which the remaining.
#2 Geno Petriashvili’s path to the finals isn’t a lot simpler than Akgul’s, he will definitely be challenged. After his first-round match, he’ll probably run into #4 Sergey Kozyrev. Kozyrev has been stable previously yr, defeating his high-ranked Russian counterparts in addition to some decrease ranked worldwide opponents, however he did lose a lopsided 9-2 match to Taha Akgul in April. If Petriashvili is in good kind, he’ll transfer on.
Within the semifinals, he’ll most definitely face #3 Amir Zare of Iran. Since 2019, Zare has picked up a U23 World title, an announcement technical fall victory over Nick Gwiazdowski on the Alans event, and a stunning, excessive scoring win over Geno Petriashvili. Zare is using an undefeated scorching streak and will make critical waves on this division. It might not be stunning to see him take out Petriashvili and make the Olympic finals.
In the end, I imagine the winner of Taha Akgul vs. Gable Steveson shall be an Olympic champion. It’s essentially the most dominant wrestler on the weight vs. the wrestler with essentially the most upside, a match that ought to have each wrestling fan’s consideration.
Come again tomorrow for evaluation on the ultimate set of brackets!