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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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