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    Photo: Martin Gabor

    Ages of 2022 World Champions Compared to 2021

    Amit Elor in the 2022 Senior World Finals (photos courtesy of Martin Gabor/UWW)

    In reviewing the results of the 2022 Senior World Championships, I noticed that three of the four champions for the United States of America, in men's freestyle, were over 30 years old. That generally goes against the typical thought process that the international game is trending towards youth. Which led me to look at all of the champions' ages and continue the exercise across the other two styles. Then for comparison's sake measured it against the 2021 champions.

    Here they are, for fun, this could be a topic for deeper dives in the future!

    Men's Freestyle

    57 kg - Zelimkhan Abakarov (Albania) 29 years old

    61 kg - Rei Higuchi (Japan) 26 years old

    65 kg - Rahman Amouzad (Iran) 20 years old

    70 kg - Taishi Narikuni (Japan) 24 years old

    74 kg - Kyle Dake (USA) 31 years old

    79 kg - Jordan Burroughs (USA) 34 years old

    86 kg - David Taylor (USA) 31 years old

    92 kg - Kamran Ghasempour (Iran) 25 years old

    97 kg - Kyle Snyder (USA) 26 years old

    125 kg - Taha Akgul (Turkey) 31 years old


    Average Age 2022 Men's Freestyle Champions = 27.7 years old


    2021 Men's Freestyle

    57 kg - Thomas Gilman (USA) 27 years old

    61 kg - Abasgadzhi Magomedov (Russia) 23 years old

    65 kg - Zagir Shakhiev (Russia) 22 years old

    70 kg - Magomedmurad Gadzhiev (Poland) 33 years old

    74 kg - Kyle Dake (USA) 30 years old

    79 kg - Jordan Burroughs (USA) 33 years old

    86 kg - Hassan Yazdani (Iran) 26 years old

    92 kg - Kamran Ghasempour (Iran) 24 years old

    97 kg - Abdulrashid Sadulaev (Russia) 25 years old

    125 kg - Amir Zare (Iran) 20 years old


    Average Age 2021 Men's Freestyle Champions = 26.3 years old


    Women's Freestyle

    50 kg - Yui Susaki (Japan) 23 years old

    53 kg - Dom Parrish (USA) 25 years old

    55 kg - Mayu Mukaida (Japan) 25 years old

    57 kg - Tsugumi Sakurai (Japan) 21 years old

    59 kg - Anastasia Nichita (Moldova) 23 years old

    62 kg - Nonoka Ozaki (Japan) 19 years old

    65 kg - Miwa Morikawa (Japan) 23 years old

    68 kg - Tamyra Mensah-Stock (USA) 29 years old

    72 kg - Amit Elor (USA) 18 years old

    76 kg - Yasemin Adar (Turkey) 30 years old


    Average Age 2022 Women's Freestyle Champions = 23.6 years old


    2021 Women's Freestyle

    50 kg - Remina Yoshimoto (Japan) 21 years old

    53 kg - Akari Fujinami (Japan) 18 years old

    55 kg - Tsugumi Sakurai (Japan) 20 years old

    57 kg - Helen Maroulis (USA) 30 years old

    59 kg - Bilyana Dudova (Bulgaria) 24 years old

    62 kg - Aisuluu Tynybekova (Kyrgyzstan) 28 years old

    65 kg - Irina Ringaci (Moldova) 20 years old

    68 kg - Meerim Zhumanazarova (Kyrgyzstan) 21 years old

    72 kg - Masako Furuichi (Japan) 24 years old

    76 kg - Adeline Gray (USA) 30 years old

    Average Age 2021 Women's Freestyle Champions = 23.6 years old


    2022 Greco-Roman

    55 kg - Eldaniz Azizli (Azerbaijan) 30 years old

    60 kg - Zholaman Sharshenbekov (Kyrgyzstan) 22 years old

    63 kg - Sebastian Nad (Serbia) 25 years old

    67 kg - Mate Nemes (Serbia) 29 years old

    72 kg - Ali Arsalan (Serbia) 27 years old

    77 kg - Akzhol Makhmudov (Kyrgyzstan) 23 years old

    82 kg - Burhan Akbudak (Turkey) 27 years old

    87 kg - Zurab Datunashvili (Serbia) 31 years old

    97 kg - Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia) 30 years old

    130 kg - Riza Kayaalp (Turkey) 32 years old


    Average Age 2022 Men's Greco-Roman Champions = 27.6 years old



    2021 Greco Roman

    55 kg - Ken Matsui (Japan) 20 years old

    60 kg - Victor Ciobanu (Moldova) 28 years old

    63 kg - Meysam Dalkhani (Iran) 24 years old

    67 kg - Mohammadreza Geraei (Iran) 25 years old

    72 kg - Malkhas Amoyan (Armenia) 22 years old

    77 kg - Roman Vlasov (Russia) 30 years old

    82 kg - Rafig Huseynov (Azerbaijan) 33 years old

    87 kg - Zurab Datunashvili (Serbia) 30 years old

    97 kg - Mohammadhadi Saravi (Iran) 23 years old

    130 kg - Ali Akbar Yousefi (Iran) 24 years old

    Average Age 2021 Greco-Roman Champions = 25.9 years old

    In both men's styles, the average age of the champions went up a bit. Greco, moreso than freestyle, though it started lower in 2021. What's interesting is that women's freestyle stayed exactly the same and is significantly lower than the men's champions. The second part is not particularly surprising considering the growth of women's wrestling, with more younger talented wrestlers joining the pool.

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