Ranking Series

Sadulaev Among 8 Russians Ranked No.1 in Freestyle

By United World Wrestling Press

Olympic champion Abdulrashid SADULEV is among eight Russian wrestlers occupying the top spot in the May 2018 Ranking Series for freestyle.  

The rankings come after Russia claimed six of the possible 10 gold medals in freestyle at the European Championships in Kaspiisk, Russia. 

The 22-year-old Sadulaev topped another Olympic champion, Sharif SHARIFOV (AZE), in the gold-medal match at the European Championships at 92kg. Sadulaev is expected to move up to 97kg for the Russian Nationals. 

Other top-ranked wrestlers for Russia in freestyle include Zavur UGUEV (57kg), Gadzhimurad RASHIDOV (61kg), Ilias BEKBULATOV (65kg), Magomed KURBANALIEV (70kg), Akhmed GADZHIMAGOMEDOV (79kg) and Vladislav BAITCAEV (97kg). 

Rashidov, Kurbanaliev, Gadzhimagomedov, Sadulaev and Baitcaev won gold medals at the European Championships, while Uguev and Bekbulatov won silver medals. 

Also sitting atop the freestyle rankings are Mandakhnaran GANZORIG (MGL) at 74kg and Nicholas GWIAZDOWSKI (USA) at 125kg.

Ganzorig, a two-time world bronze medalist, was a silver medalist at the Asian Championships in February and placed fifth at the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix. 

Gwiazdowski, a returning world bronze medalist, recently captured a Pan American gold medal by shutting out two-time Pan American silver medalist Yudenny ALPAJON ESTEVEZ (CUB) 9-0. 

The 2018 season is the first in which United World Wrestling is utilizing an objective ranking system. The points acquired at continental championships and select rankings series will determine the top four seeded athletes at the 2018 World Championships in October held in Budapest.
For more on the Ranking Series format, be sure to check out this article

View all the rankings on United World Wrestling's homepage

May Freestyle Ranking Series (Top 5)

1. Zavur UGUEV (RUS) // 42 Points
2. Tsogbadrakh TSEVEENSUREN (MGL) // 32 Points
3. Giorgi EDISHERASHVILI (AZE) // 26 Points
4. Kumsong KANG (PRK) // 26 Points
5. Reineri ANDREU ORTEGA (CUB) // 24 Points

1. Gadzhimurad RASHIDOV (RUS) // 42 Points
2. Abbos RAKHMONOV (UZB) // 32 Points
3. Nurislam (Artas) SANAYEV (SANAA) (KAZ) // 24 Points
4. Beka LOMTADZE (GEO) // 22 Points
5. Kazuya KOYANAGI (JPN) // 22 Points

1. Ilias BEKBULATOV (RUS) // 45 Points
2. Selahattin KILICSALLAYAN (TUR) // 39 Points
3. Haji ALIYEV (AZE) // 29 Points
4. Daulet NIYAZBEKOV (KAZ) // 26 Points
5. Vladimer KHINCHEGASHVILI (GEO) // 25 Points

1. Magomed KURBANALIEV (RUS) // 44 Points
2. Andriy KVYATKOVSKYY (UKR) // 34 Points
3. Magomedmurad GADZHIEV (POL) // 25 Points
4. Ogbonna Emmanuel JOHN (NGR) // 24 Points
5. Ikhtiyor NAVRUZOV (UZB) // 24 Points

1. Mandakhnaran GANZORIG (MGL) // 32 Points
2. Dovletmyrat ORAZGYLYJOV (TKM) // 30 Points
3. Soner DEMIRTAS (TUR) // 30 Points
4. Zelimkhan KHADJIEV (FRA) // 28 Points
5. Frank CHAMIZO MARQUEZ (ITA) // 26 Points

1. Akhmed GADZHIMAGOMEDOV (RUS) // 42 Points
2. Rashid KURBANOV (UZB) // 31 Points
3. Muhammet KUTANOGLU (TUR) // 30 Points
4. Martin OBST (GER) // 25 Points
5. Ezzatollah Abbas AKBARIZARINKOLAEI (IRI) // 24 Points

1. Artur NAIFONOV (RUS) // 46 Points
2. David TAYLOR (USA) // 45 Points
3. Fatih ERDIN (TUR) // 42 Points
4. Yurieski TORREBLANCA QUERALTA (CUB) // 37 Points
5. Aleksandr GOSTIYEV (AZE) // 28 Points

1. Abdulrashid SADULAEV (RUS) // 41 Points
2. Serda BOKE (TUR) // 31 Points
3. Turtogtokh LUVSANDORJ (MGL) // 27 Points
4. Sharif SHARIFOV (AZE) // 24 Points
5. Mohammadjavad EBRAHIMIZIVLAEI (IRI) // 22 Points

1. Vladislav BAITCAEV (RUS) // 38 Points
2. Magomed IBRAGIMOV (UZB) // 36 Points
3. Reineris SALAS PEREZ (CUB) // 25 Points
4. Aliaksandr HUSHTYN (BLR) // 23 Points
5. Kyven GADSON (USA) // 23 Points

1. Nicholas GWIAZDOWSKI (USA) // 35 Points
2. Muradin KUSHKHOV (RUS) // 35 Points
3. Zolboo NATSAGSUREN (MGL) // 35 Points
4. Davit MODZMANASHVILI (UZB) // 25 Points
5. Taha AKGUL (TUR) // 23 Points

Ranking Series

United World Wrestling and FloSports Announce Global Broadcast Agreement

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY (January 17) – United World Wrestling has signed a two-year livestreaming agreement with FloSports for all 2019 and 2020 Ranking Series and Beach Wrestling events.

The two-year agreement will include 12 Ranking Series events in 2019 and four Beach Wrestling championships. All events will be available in the United States on FloWrestling.org.

“United World Wrestling is excited to partner with FloSports in providing promotion and coverage of our Ranking Series events," said Gordon Templeman, Director of Commercial Operations for United World Wrestling. “Our sport is fortunate to have a passionate fanbase and we believe FloSports will excel in connecting these Ranking Series and Beach Wrestling Championships to our core audience.”

Launched in 2018 the Ranking Series is part of United World Wrestling’s ongoing effort to create a season-long event structure that incentivizes participation by the sport’s top athletes. In addition to a year-end cash prize for the highest point gatherer in each style, ranking points determine a wrestler’s seed at the world championships and Olympic Games.

Olympic and two-time world champion Kyle SNYDER (USA) will represent Team USA at next week's Ivan Yariguin in Krasnoyarsk (Photo: Tony Rotundo)

“United World Wrestling organizes the highest-caliber international competitions in the World,” FloSports SVP of Global Rights Acquisition & Strategy Adam Fenn said. “We’re thrilled to combine our efforts with UWW to grow the coverage and popularity of wrestling. As the world’s leading wrestling media company, we aim to increase exposure for the world’s top athletes leading into the World Championships, and we’re thrilled to introduce beach wrestling to U.S. fans.”

In addition to the Ranking Series, FloSports has also agreed to purchase the exclusive, worldwide rights for the Beach Wrestling Championships. The popular international style will include four United World Wrestling branded tournaments in 2019, starting with a championship in Lisbon, Portugal April 4-7 and concluding in September with the world championships in Croatia.

“Beach Wrestling is an exciting new style aimed at increasing participation and interaction with fans and young athletes,” said Templeman. “These tournaments won't just include a display of high-level wrestling action, but also a sun-drenched, fan-friendly atmosphere.”

The partnership kicks off later this month with the Ivan Yariguin Grand Prix in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. The Yaryguin, once known as the “toughest tournament in the world” will include ranking tournaments in both women’s wrestling and freestyle. The action begins Thursday, January 24th and concludes Sunday, January 27th.

Full coverage of the Ivan Yaryguin and all Ranking Series events can be found on the United World Wrestling homepage and social media accounts.

Upcoming Ranking Series and World Beach Championships include:


  • Ivan Yariguin: Jan. 24-27
  • Grand Prix Zagreb Open: Feb. 8-10
  • Hungarian Grand Prix - Polyak Imre Memorial: Feb. 23-24
  • Dan Kolov: Feb. 28- Mar. 3
  • UWW Beach Wrestling Qualifier (Lisbon): Apr. 6-7
  • UWW Beach Wrestling Qualifier (Buzios): Apr. 27-28
  • Sassari City: May 26
  • Hungarian GP: June 7-9
  • UWW Beach Wrestling Qualifier (TBD): June 21-23
  • Yasar Dogu: July 12-14
  • Oleg Karavaev: July 26-28
  • UWW World Beach Wrestling Championship: Sept. 28-30