WORLD Class field in 74kg weight category
A year after a fifth-place finish at the World Championships, Frank Chamizo climbed to the top of the world rankings at 74kg after winning the European Championships and Sassari City Tournament. The Italian also won silver and bronze medals, respectively, at the Yasar Dogu and Dan Kolov — both of which were Ranking Series events.
But it wasn’t Chamizo’s rapid rise to the top of the rankings at 74kg or his pair of 2019 gold medals that caught the attention of the wrestling world. It was his forfeit to rival Jordan BURROUGHS (USA) in the gold-medal bout of the Yasar Dogu that caused rumblings throughout the wrestling community. Heading into the Yasar Dogu — which was the final Ranking Series event of the year, Chamizo was ranked second. He trailed only reigning world champion Zaurbek SIDAKOV (RUS) in the rankings. Once the two-time world champion made it to the finals in Istanbul, Turkey, he collected enough Ranking Series point to lock up the No. 1 seed at the World Championships.
Burroughs Bouncing Back in 2019
Jordan Burroughs comes into Nur-Sultan searching for his seventh world medal. The American has won four gold medals and a pair of bronzes — one of which came at last year’s World Championships. Burroughs fell to eventual champion Zaurbek Sidakov in last year’s Budapest world quarterfinals. Then, he scored back-to-back wins — including a 4-4 criteria win over Frank Chamizo in the bronze-medal bout to reach the world podium for the sixth time in his storied career.
This season, Burroughs has torched the rest of the 74kg field — winning a pair of Ranking Series events and two continental titles (Pan-Am Championships and Pan-Am Games). At the Dan Kolov, Burroughs defeated Chamizo 9-2 in the second round.
Sidakov Seeking Second World Title
Zaurbek SIDAKOV (RUS) came into Budapest relatively unknown but created quite a name for himself after taking down Burroughs and Chamizo en route to the finals. In the gold-medal bout, the 23-year-old Russian finished off his run to the top of the world podium with a 2-2 criteria win over U23 world champion Avtandil KENTCHADZE (GEO).
This season, success has continued to follow
Sidakov. He went undefeated at the World Cup, and also won the Ivan Yariguin and European Games. In the finals of the European Games, Sidakov stuck
world and Olympic bronze medalist Soener DEMIRTAS (TUR).