World Championships preview in men's freestyle at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.

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Craig Sesker (USA Wrestling)

Date of competition: Tuesday, Sept. 17

The heavyweight class is yet another division that could produce some first-time medalists at the World level in the Senior division.

Three-time Olympic champion Artur Taymazov of Uzbekistan and three-time World champion Bilyal Makhov of Russia have not posted any international freestyle results this season at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.

Turkey’s Taha Akgul, ninth in the 2012 Olympic Games, is ranked No. 1 in the World by FILA after winning the World University Games this summer.

The World Championships are set for Sept. 16-22 in Budapest, Hungary.

2012 Olympic silver medalist Davit Modzmanashvili of Georgia and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Komeil Ghasemi of Iran also could be in the mix in this division.

Iran’s Parviz Hadi is ranked sixth in the World after placing third at the World University Games.

Azerbaijan features two wrestlers ranked in the World’s top five in No. 2 Aslan Dzebishov and No. 5 Jamalladin Magomedov.

Magomedov won the Ziolkowski International in August in Poland. He won a bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships in Turkey. Magomedov defeated past World bronze medalist Tervel Dlagnev of the U.S. in that event.

Ukraine’s Alen Zaseev and Aleksander Khotsianivski are ranked 3-4 in the World. Zaseev was second in the Ali Aliev event this year. Khotsianivski was second in the World University Games.

Russia may have a new face at heavyweight this year after Alan Khugaev won the Russian Nationals this year.

Dlagnev has placed in the top five in the World in three of the past four years. He is looking for his second World medal after earning a bronze at the 2009 Worlds in Denmark.

Dlagnev has won three international tournaments this season and continues to wrestle well. He has a legitimate shot to win a gold medal in Budapest.

Dlagnev beat Taymazov en route to placing fifth in the 2011 Worlds. He beat 2011 World champion Alexei Shemarov of Belarus on his way to a fifth-place finish at the 2012 Olympic Games.

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – 1. Taha Akgul (Turkey); 2. Aslan Dzebishov (Azerbaijan); 3. Alen Zaseev (Ukraine); 4. Aleksander Khotsianivski (Ukraine); 5. Jamalladin Magomedov (Azerbaijan); 6. Parviz Hadi (Iran); 7. Kurban Kurbanov (Uzbekistan); 8. Davit Modzmanashvili (Georgia); 9. Rares Daniel Chintoan (Romania); 10. Geno Petriashvili (Georgia); 11. Magomedgazhi Nursasulov (Russia); 12. Daulet Shabanbay (Kazakhstan); 13. Daniel Ligeti (Hungary); 14. Fatih Yasarli (Turkey); 15. Chuluunbat Jargalsaikhan (Mongolia)


2012 Olympic Games
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Gold – Artur Taymazov (Uzbekistan); Silver – Davit Modzmanashvili (Georgia); Bronze – Komeil Ghasemi (Iran); Bronze – Bilyal Makhov (Russia); 5th – Tervel Dlagnev (USA); 5th – Daulet Shabanbay (Kazakhstan); 7th – Chuluunbat Jargalsaikhan (Mongolia); 8th – Alexei Shemarov (Belarus); 9th – Taha Akgul (Turkey); 10th – Rares Chintoan (Romania)

2011 World Championships
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Gold – Alexei Shemarov (Belarus); Silver – Bilyal Makhov (Russia); Bronze – Jamaladdin Magomedov (Azerbaijan); Bronze – Davit Modzmanashvili (Georgia); 5th – Chuluunbat Jargalsaikhan (Mongolia); 5th – Tervel Dlagnev (USA); 7th – Fatih Cakiroglu (Turkey); 8th – Artur Taymazov (Uzbekistan); 9th – Ioannis Arzoumanidis (Greece); 10th – Fatjon Baro (Albania)

2010 World Championships
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Gold – Bilyal Makhov (Russia); Silver – Artur Taymazov (Uzbekistan); Bronze – Levan Berianidze (Georgia); Bronze – Ioannis Arzoumanidis (Greece); 5th – Daniel Ligeti (Hungary); 5th – Ali Isayev (Azerbaijan); 7th – Fardin Masoumi (Iran); 8th – Marid Mutalimov (Kazakhstan); 9th – Les Sigman (USA); 10th – Zhiwei Dong (China)

2009 World Championships
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Gold – Bilyal Makhov (Russia); Silver – Fardin Masoumi (Iran); Bronze – Ioannis Arzoumanidis (Greece); Bronze – Tervel Dlagnev (USA); 5th – Disney Rodriguez (Cuba); 5th – Alex Modebadze (Georgia); 7th – Bartomiej Bartnicki (Poland); 8th – Ali Isayev (Azerbaijan); 9th - Arjan Bhullar (Canada); 10th – Alexei Shemarov (Belarus)

2008 Olympic Games
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Gold – Artur Taymazov (Uzbekistan); Silver – Bakhtiyar Akhmedov (Russia); Bronze – David Musulbes (Slovakia); Bronze – Marid Mutalimov (Kazakhstan); 5th – Disney Rodriguez (Cuba); 5th – Fardin Masoumi (Iran); 7th – Steve Mocco (USA); 8th – Otto Aubeli (Hungary); 9th – Aydin Polatci (Turkey); 10th – Liang Lei (China)

2007 World Championships
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Gold – Bilyal Makhov (Russia); Silver – Alexis Rodriguez (Cuba); Bronze – Vadim Tasoev (Ukraine); Bronze – Artur Taymazov (Uzbekistan); 5th – Tommy Rowlands (United States); 5th – Fatih Cakiroglu (Turkey); 7th - Soung-Jin Go (Korea); 8th - Boyidar Boyadiev (Bulgaria); 9th - Ali Issaev (Azerbaijan); 10th - Marid Mutalimov (Kazakhstan)

2006 World Championships
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Gold – Artur Taymazov (Uzbekistan); Silver – Kuramagomed Kuramagomedov (Russia); Bronze – Fardin Masoumi (Iran); Bronze – Ruslan Basiev (Armenia); 5th – Davaanyam Lkhagvordorj (Mongolia); 5th – Recep Kara (Turkey); 7th – Khizar Durgayev (Azerbaijan); 8th – Otto Aubeli (Hungary); 9th - Liang Lei (China); 10th – Eldar Kurtanidze (Georgia)

2005 World Championships
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Gold - Ayden Polatci (Turkey); Silver – Alexis Rodriguez (Cuba); Bronze – Otto Aubeli (Hungary); Bronze – Tolly Thompson (USA); 5th – Liang Lei (China); 5th – Kuramagomed Kuramogomedov (Russia); 7th – Rares Chintoan (Romania); 8th – Fardin Mousami (Iran); 9th – Vadim Tasoev (Ukraine); 10th – Artur Taymazov (Uzbekistan)

2004 Olympic Games
120 kg/ 264.5 lbs. – Gold – Artur Taymazov (Uzbekistan); Silver – Ali Reza Rezaei (Iran); Bronze – Aydin Polatci (Turkey); 4th – Marid Mutalimov (Kazakhstan); 5th – Alexis Rodriguez (Cuba); 6th - Kuramagomed Kuramagomedov (Russia); 7th – Kerry McCoy (USA); 8th – Bozhidar Boyadzhiev (Bulgaria); 9th – Sven Thiele (Germany); 10th – Francesco Miano-Petta (Italy)