Top-ranked Russian 79kg wrestler Radik Valiev (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
2020 Russian Nationals runner-up #4 Azamat Tuskaev avenged two past losses to #5 Abubakar Mutaliev in the semis and #6 Nachyn Mongush in the finals to win gold at the Poddubny tournament. 2021 Russian Nationals runner-up Mongush had an impressive run to the finals to reclaim his status as a contender at 57 KG, beating Yarygin champion #2 Ramiz Gamzatov and 2021 Yarygin runner-up #10 Musa Mekhtikhanov. Bronze medalists at the Poddubny tournament were Gamzatov and #5 Abubakar Mutaliev. After the results of the Poddubny tournament, Tuskaev moves up two spots to #2, Mongush moves up three spots to #3 for beating Gamzatov and Mekhtikhanov while Gamzatov and Mutaliev fall to #4 and #6 respectively. #9 Zhargal Damdinov moved up to 61 KG so Mekhtikhanov got bumped up one spot to #9 and 2021 Umakhanov tournament runner-up Magomed Abdurakhmanov gets in at #10.
Khalid Magomedov won the Dagestan U23 Championships over Gadzhimagomed Akhmedov with Yunus Yavbatyrov and Khabib Mekhtikhanov taking bronze. Ananda Dashiev won Russian University Nationals over Kharyskhal Grigoriev with Amir Chamzyn and Dmitry Ilarionov taking bronze.
#1 Abasgadzhi Magomedov secured gold at the Poddubny tournament with a hard-fought 8-3 win over Junior Russian National champion #7 Bashir Magomedov. Bronze medalists at the Poddubny were Magomed Baitukaev and Zhargal Damdinov. 2021 Cadet world champion Magomed Baitukaev was a major breakthrough from the Poddubny as he upset 2021 Russian Nationals runner-up #2 Muslim Mekhtikhanov in the quarterfinals. Baitukaev was stopped dead in his tracks by #1 Abasgadzhi Magomedov by tech fall in the semifinals, but Baitukaev's tournament means he debuts in the rankings at #3. #7 Bashir Magomedov moves up five spots to #2 for beating Baitukaev in the Junior national finals in March.
Kezhik Seden won Russian University Nationals over Alexander Avelov with Bilal Kazimagomedov and Gadzhimurad Gadzhiev taking bronze. Magomedrasul Dagirov won the U23 Dagestan Championships over Akhmed Abdulaev with Magomed Darzhania and Ramazan Shamilov taking bronze.
2021 Yarygin champion Alik Khadartsev made his return to the rankings in a big way, winning the Poddubny over 2021 world bronze medalist Tulga Tumur Ochir (MGL) in the finals. Khadartsev notched impressive wins as well over 2020 61 KG Russian nationals bronze medalist #10 (70) Ibragim Abdurakhmanov and Yarygin bronze medalist #5 Ibragim Ibragimov on his way to the finals. Taking bronze at the Poddubny was Abdurakhmanov and Arip Abdullaev. Khadartsev is back in the rankings at #4 for his wins over #4 Ramazan Ferzaliev from the 2021 Yarygin, #5 Ibragim Ibragimov and Abdurakhmanov. Abdurakhmanov is back in the 65 KG rankings at #6 for beating Ibragimov for bronze at the Poddubny.
Artur Badtiev beat 2021 Yarygin bronze medalist Chayan Mongush to win Russian University Nationals with Abdurakhman Dalgatov and Kilyab Khanipaev taking bronze. Dalgat Abdulkadyrov won the Dagestan U23 Championships over #8 (61) Akhmed Zubairov by forfeit with Ramazan Chankaev and Abdurakhman Dalgatov taking bronze.
#3 Viktor Rassadin won the Poddubny tournament by injury default over #6 Ruslan Zhendaev. Bronze medalists at the Poddubny were Ruslan Bogatyrev and #4 Kurban Shiraev. Zhendaev moves up three spots in the rankings to #3 after upsetting #2 Israil Kasumov and Shiraev on his way to the finals. Rassadin moves up one spot to #2. Kasumov falls two spots to #4 while Shiraev falls one spot to #5. Bogatyrev slots in at #6 for beating Yarygin runner-up #5 Anzor Zakuev for bronze. #10 Ibragim Abdurakhmanov cut back down to 65 KG where he is currently ranked 6th.
Mukhamed Dadaev won the Dagestan U23 National over Magomed Zharulaev with Ali Makhachev and Naib Gaziev taking bronze. Sayin Kazyryk won Russian University Nationals over Konstantin Kaprynov with Mukhammed Beshtoev and Magomed Magomedov taking bronze.
In a battle of North Ossetian senior world champs, top-ranked Zaurbek Sidakov would edge past #6 David Baev 3-1 for gold at the Poddubny. Taking bronze at the Poddubny was #2 Razambek Zhamalov and #3 Cherman Valiev. Baev moves up four spots to #2 for his semifinal win over Zhamalov while Sidakov keeps the top spot locked down for his wins over Baev and #3 Cherman Valiev. Zhamalov and Valiev both drop one spot each to #3 and #4 respectively. On the bottom half of the rankings, I removed Magomedrasul Asluev and Mohamad Nasirkhaev for more Saipula Alibulatov (2021 Ali Aliyev runner-up with a win over 2019 national champion Magomed Kurbanaliev) and Magomed Abulkadyrov (2021 Oleg Dukanov runner-up with wins over past Russian Nationals medalists Kakhaber Khubezhty and Magomed Dibirgadzhiev) at #7 and #8 respectively.
Anton Suchkov won Russian University Nationals over Asludin Bagamaev with Aslan Gagaev and Aisen Potapov taking bronze. Imam Ganishov won the Dagestan U23 Championships over Biysoltan Arslanov with Abdulkadyr Abdulkadyrov and Gadzhimurad Hasanov taking bronze.
#2 (INT) Magomedkhabib Kadimagomedov (BLR) won the Poddubny in impressive fashion, using a second-period comeback to take the gold over #1 Radik Valiev in the finals. Finishing with bronze at the Poddubny was #2 Malik Shavaev and #7 Amanulla Gadzhimagomedov. Radik Valiev returns at #1 after having a foray up at 86KG, where he won the North Ossetia wrestling championships. #6 Atsamaz Sanakoev got moved up three spots to #3 because his resume from winning the Umakhanov over Shavaev and #4 Akhmed Usmanov gives him better footing to take the loss he had to #5 Dmitri Kuprin at the Yarygin and keep his spot then Usmanov did for losing to #2 Shavaev and #3 Alikhmaev plus his loss in December to Sanakoev at the Umakhanov. So from this shuffling, #2 Zainidinov, #3 Alikhmaev and #4 Usmanov all drop down two spots to #4, #5 and #6 while #5 Dmitri Kuprin falls four spots to #9 for his loss to #7 Amanulla Gadzhimagomedov for bronze at the Poddubny.
Rasul Asluev won the Dagestan U23 Championships over Ali Nurov with Nabi Aputaev and Akhmed Manilov taking bronze. #8 Magomed Magomaev won Russian University Nationals over Ali Tsokaev with Roman Petrenko and Alik Badtiev taking bronze.
#1 Artur Naifonov beat #2 Dauren Kurugliev in the finals of the Poddubny tournament. Bronze medalists were #3 Ada Bagomedov and #6 Amanulla Rasulov. Important head-to-head results were Naifonov over Bagomedov, Kurugliev over Rasulov, Kurugliev over #9 Arsenali Musalaliev, Rasulov over Musalaliev for bronze, and #3 Ada Bagomedov over 2019 79 KG world bronze medalist Gadzhi Nabiev in the qualification round.
Aslan Bagaev won Russian University Nationals over Shamil Magomedov with Alexander Kondratov and Akhmed Bagavudinov taking bronze. Magomednabi Magomedov won the U23 Dagestan Championships over Ramazan Abuzagidov by forfeit while Akhmed Bagavudinov and Rashid Satykhadzhiev took bronze.
2021 world runner-up #1 Magomed Kurbanov won the Poddubny tournament over Junior Russian Nationals champion Magomed Sharipov. Bronze medalists at the Poddubny were #3 Guram Chertkoev and #7 Azamat Zakuev. Sharipov debuts in the rankings at #3 for upsetting Chertkoev and #6 Tazhudin Mukhtarov. Kurbanov keeps his top spot with wins over #3 Sharipov, #4 Tapsiev, and #7 Zakuev. Zakuev moves up three spots to #4 for avenging his loss from the Yarygin to #4 Tamerlan Tapsiev in the bronze medal match. Chertkoev and Tapsiev both drop two spots to #5 and #6 respectively after their losses.
Gadzhimurad Kadilov won the Dagestan U23 Championships over Sagrab Isaev with Kamil Abdulkadyrov and Shakhban Surkhaev taking bronze. Nikita Safronov won Russian University Nationals over Berd Kusov with Farid Kazimov and Salikhan Imeev taking bronze.
Junior Russian Nationals runner-up Akhmed Tazhudinov came out of absolutely nowhere to wrestle a career-best tournament and win gold at the Poddubny. Tazhudinov's tournament started off with a quarterfinal upset of 125 KG Tokyo Olympian #4 Sergey Kozyrev, avenged his Junior Nationals finals loss to #9 Abulla Kurbanov in the semifinals and capping it off with an impressive victory over 2021 Russian Nationals champion #2 Alikhan Zhabrailov. With the results of his incredibly impressive run, Akhmed Tazhudinov is able to make his debut in the rankings at #2 behind seven-time World/Olympic champion Abdulrashid Sadulaev. Finishing with bronze at the Poddubny was #7 Abdulla Kurbanov and Aleksandr Hushtyn.
Tamil Dzhikaev beat Maxim Tolmachev to win the Dagestan U23 Championships with Dagir Iskakov and Gadzhimagomedo Tazhudinov taking bronze. Shamil Umarov won Russian University Nationals over Magomedarip Abdulkhalikov with Akhmed Mutalimov taking bronze.
#1 Zelimkhan Khizriev won the Poddubny over 2021 world bronze medalist #9 Lkhagvagerel Munkhtur. Bronze medalists at the Poddubny were Erik Dzhioev and #3 Anzor Khizriev. Erik Dzhioev returns to the heavyweight rankings at #3 for beating #4 Atsamaz Tebloev, #5 Vitali Goloev, and #6 Alen Khubulov. #10 Ostap Pasenok moves up six spots to #4 for upsetting #2 Baldan Tszyhipov. Tsyzhipov is now ranked at #5.
Magomed Alichuev won the Dagestan U23 Championships over Gamzat Alizhudinov with Mansur Ilyasov taking bronze. Gamzat Alizhudinov won Russian University Nationals over Andrey Aronov with Nikita Khabarov and Abdulkhalil Dzhavatkhanov taking bronze.
Pound for Pound
2019 70 KG world champion David Baev makes a ten-spot jump in the rankings up to #6 for his win over #5 Razambek Zhamalov in the semifinals of the 74 KG Poddubny tournament. Baev also holds wins over the likes of #8 Cherman Valiev, #18 Evgheni Zherbaev and #21 Israil Kasumov. I've been bullish about pushing Abasgadzhi Magomedov into the upper echelon of the domestic and international pound-for-pound, but having been unbeaten for two years now and showing absolute dominance over the 61 KG weight class, it's now time to acknowledge him as a true pound-for-pound elite as the 2021 61 KG world champ moves up four spots to #5 in the pound for pound rankings.
There was an extensive shakeup from the 15-25 spots for this month. With #11 Israil Kasumov and #18 Kurban Shiraev both losing to Ruslan Zhendaev at the 70 KG Poddubny, the revolving door of 70 KG has made it to where necessary adjustments had to be made. Both 2021 79 KG world bronze medalist #19 Radik Valiev and 2021 125 KG national champ #20 Zelimkhan Khizriev moved up four spots to #15 and #16 respectively based on their domestic resumes and Kasumov and Shiraev's losses. 2020 57 KG Russian Nationals runner-up Azamat Tuskaev fills in at #17 after winning the Poddubny over 2021 Russian Nationals runner-up #23 Nachyn Mongush along with his wins over #3 Zavur Uguev, #24 Ramiz Gamzatov and #25 Akhmed Idrisov. #10 Evgheni Zherbaev falls eight spots to #18 due to his resume not holding up to the turbulence of the 70 KG weight up against the elite of the top 10 and inactivity since the 2021 world championships. 70 KG Poddubny runner-up Ruslan Zhendaev debuts in the rankings at #20 for his wins over #11 Israil Kasumov and #18 Kurban Shiraev and Kasumov and Shiraev fall to #21 and #22 respectively. 2021 57 KG Russian Nationals runner-up Nachyn Mongush returns to the rankings at #23 for beating #21 Ramiz Gamzatov at the 57 KG Poddubny.