Wrestling Releases Top Seeds for 2018 Senior World Championships

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY (October 5) – With less than three weeks until the start of the Wrestling World Championships in Budapest, United World Wrestling has released the names of wrestlers eligible to receive seeds in all 30 weight categories.

The 2018 Senior Wrestling World Championships are the first to utilize a ranking system for determination of competitive seeds. Previously athletes were randomly pulled into the brackets via a random draw. The new ranking series and seeding system were announced at the 2017 World Championships in Paris.

“We are excited to see the results of this year’s rankings on the competitiveness of the world championships,” said United World Wrestling president Nenad Lalovic. “We will pay close attention to the results and of course, if necessary, adjust some parts of the rankings to make better conditions for athletes and fans.”

Only wrestlers finishing within the top four of the pre-World’s competition calendar are eligible to receive a seed, and the seed is non-transferable to other wrestlers of the same national federation. If a seeded wrestler does not enter at their designated weight the seed goes to the next ranked wrestler.

For example, if the N°1 seed withdraws, the N°2 seed will take his position. Then the N°3 seed will take the position of the N°2 seed and the N°4 seed will take the position of the N°3 seed. The position of the N°4 seed will be free and be randomly drawn.

Wrestlers also may not carry their seed to a new weight class.

The rankings were determined by tallying points acquired at Continental championships and several Ranking Series tournaments (listed below). Results from the world championships will also be added to the rankings and final results will be listed later in the year.

Men’s Freestyle

Ivan Yarygin (RUS) | Tbilisi GP (GEO) | Yasar Dogu (TUR) | Medved (BLR)

Women’s Wrestling

Klippan Lady Open (SWE) | Mongolia Open (MGL) | China Open (CHN) | Poland Open (POL)  


Takhti Cup (IRI) | Granma y Cerro Pelado (CUB) | Hungarian GP (HUN) | Vehbi Emre (TUR)

** The full list of seeds can be found, here. **