New #1 at 125 kg Alen Khubulov (photo courtesy of Martin Gabor/UWW)
#1 Zavur Uguev beat 2021 world runner-up #20 Alireza Sarlak (IRI) in the finals of the Iranian Pro League. Artem Gobaev won the Soslan Andiev Memorial tournament over Yunus Yavbatirov. Bronze medalists at the Andiev Memorial were Magomed Magomedov and Islam Shakhbanov. Abubakr Mutaliev won the Semenov Cup by injury default over #5 Musa Mekhtikhanov. Bronze medalists at the Semenov Cup were Artur Chebodaev and Rustam Zhilyasov.
Two-time Russian Nationals bronze medalist Cherman Tavitov won the Soslan Andiev Memorial title over Dzhabrail Gairbekov. Bronze medalists at the Andiev Memorial were Alexander Sabanov and Akhmed Zubairov. At the Andiev Memorial, Gairbekov upset Sabanov in the quarterfinals while Tavitov beat 2021 U23 Russian Nationals runner-up Akhmed Zubairov.
At the Semenov Cup, Alexander Sabanov took gold over Efim Kormiltsev with Dinislam Takhtarov and Ibragim Khasiev taking bronze. At the Semenov Cup, Sabanov upset Russian Nationals bronze medalist #4 Bashir Magomedov. Efim Kormiltsev upset 2019 Russian Nationals bronze medalist Dinislam Takhtarov.
#5 Fedor Baltuev moved up to 65 KG where he lost a close match to #4 Ibragim Ibragimov at the Semenov Cup. #6 Artur Chebodaev cut down to 57 KG and is out of the rankings. Cherman Tavitov is back in the rankings at #4 for beating #5 Dzhabrail Gairbekov in the finals of the Andiev Memorial. Dzhabrail Gairbekov is in the rankings at #5 for beating #6 Alexander Sabanov at the Andiev Memorial.
#9 Alexander Sabanov moved up three spots to #6 for beating #4 Bashir Magomedov at the Semenov Cup. Magomedov falls three spots. Efim Kormiltsev is in the rankings at #8 for finishing runner-up at the Semenov cup where he upset 2019 61 KG Russian Nationals bronze medalist Dinislam Takhtarov. Takhtarov slots in at #9 for his return to the 61 KG rankings. Takhtarov has career-best wins over three-time Russian Nationals champion Alexander Bogomoev and two-time world bronze medalist #5 Arsen Harutyunyan (ARM).
#10 Elbrus Valiev won the Soslan Andiev Memorial Tournament over #9 Alik Khadartsev. Bronze medalists were Magomed Baitukaev and Dzhabrail Eleskhanov. Valiev moves up one spot to #9 for his win over #9 Alik Khadartsev. Khadartsev falls one spot to #10 for his loss to Valiev.
#3 Ramazan Ferzaliev won the Semenov Cup over #9 Elbrus Valiev. Bronze medalists were #10 Alik Khadartsev and #4 Ibragim Ibragimov. Both Ferzaliev and Valiev registered ranked wins at the Semenov Cup on their way to the final, with Ferzaliev beating Russian Nationals champion Ibragimov and Valiev repeating his victory from the Andiev Memorial finals over Khadartsev.
#6 Inalbek Sheriev won the Soslan Andiev Memorial Tournament over 2021 65 KG U23 world runner-up Ibragim Abdurakhmanov. Bronze medalists at the Andiev Memorial were Taigib Hasanov and Georgy Sekinaev.
#3 Anzor Zakuev won the Semenov Cup over 2018 Russian Nationals runner-up Arpak Sat. Bronze medalists at the Semenov Cup were Alan Kudzoev and Magomed Eitemirov. Sat is back in the rankings at #10 for beating #8 Ruslan Zhendaev at the Semenov Cup. Kudzoev is back in the rankings at #7 for his past win over Zakuev at the All-Russian Spartakiad in August.
#5 Zagir Shakhiev lost at 65 KG competing against #1 (65) Abdulmazhid Kudiev at the Iranian Pro League.
#1 Zaurbek Sidakov wrestled up at 79 KG where he fell in the finals of the Iranian Pro League to #2 (79) Ali Savadkouhi (IRI). Sidakov's loss to Savadkouhi does not affect his domestic ranking at 74 KG but does affect his pound-for-pound spot.
#2 Razambek Zhamalov won the Murad Gaidarov memorial over Iman Ganishov. Ganishov debuts in the rankings at #10 for beating Saipulla Alibulatov in the semifinals after Alibulatov had beaten 2021 Umakhanov Tournament champion Mokhamad Nasirkhaev after Nasirkhaev had upset two-time world champion #9 Magomedrasul Gazimagomedov in his opening match. #4 Cherman Valiev won the Soslan Andiev Memorial over Khabib Magomedov. Bronze medalists at the Andiev Memorial were Murad Khabichev and Magomed Nurmagomedov.
Ruslan Bogatyrev makes his debut in the top ten at #6 after a runner-up finish at the Semenov Cup that saw him defeat 2021 world bronze medalist #6 Timur Bizhoev and 2021 Yarygin champion Aznaur Tavaev to make the finals. In the finals, Bogatyrev fell to Valiev. Bronze medalists at the Semenov cup were #7 Timur Bizhoev and #9 Magomed Dibirgadzhiev.
#2 Radik Valiev won the Soslan Andiev Memorial over David Betanov. Bronze medalists at the Andiev Memorial were Alik Badtiev and Salamat Dzhioev. Valiev was also victorious in taking gold at the Semenov cup over 2020 Russian Nationals bronze medalist #9 Amanulla Gadzhimagomedov. Bronze medalists at the Semenov cup were #3 Khalid Yakhiev and #10 Dmitri Zainidinov.
#1 Artur Naifonov won the Soslan Andiev Memorial over #6 Zaur Makiev. Bronze medalists at the Andiev Memorial were Tamerlan Tapsiev and Khaibula Gyulmagomedov. Naifonov also took gold at the Semenov cup by forfeit over #9 (92) Tamerlan Tapsiev. Bronze medalists at the Semenov Cup were Alexey Evdokimov and #10 Arsenali Musalaliev.
#2 Vladislav Valiev moved back up to 92 KG where he took fifth at the Soslan Andiev Memorial and bronze at the Semenov Cup. Valiev also competed at the Iranian Pro League where he took out 2013 74 KG world runner-up Ezzatollah Akbari (IRI). Valiev is currently ranked fourth at 92 KG.
#1 Magomed Kurbanov moved up to 97 KG where he won the Semenov Cup over #5 (97) Sergey Kozyrev, Kurbanov is currently ranked 3rd at 97KG.
#6 Guram Chertkoev won the Soslan Andiev Memorial over Shamil-Imam Gadzhialiev. Bronze medalists at the Andiev Memorial were Slavik Naniev and #4 Alan Bagaev. Chertkoev gets bumped up three spots in the rankings to #3 for beating #4 Vladislav Valiev while Gadzhialiev debuts in the rankings at #5 for beating Bagaev.
#3 Dauren Kurugliev moved up two spots to #1 after winning the Semenov Cup over Russian Nationals runner-up #2 Azamat Zakuev. Taking bronze at the Semenov Cup was Valiev and Chertkoev. Kurugliev beat Valiev while Zakuev beat #10 Chertkoev to make the finals.
#6 Zhorik Dzhioev won the Soslan Andiev Memorial over Soslan Dzhagaev. Bronze medalists at the Andiev Memorial were Tamerlan Kotsoev and Tamik Dzhikhaev.
2021 92 KG world runner-up #1 (92) Magomed Kurbanov made the move up to 97 KG where he took gold at the Semenov Cup over #4 Sergey Kozyrev and beat #9 Aslanbek Sotiev. #10 Aslanbek Sotiev took bronze. Kurbanov debuts in the 97 KG rankings at #3. Both #4 Sergey Kozyrev and #9 Aslanbek Sotiev drop one spot with the addition of Magomed Kurbanov to the rankings at #3.
As has become commonplace now in the heavyweight rankings, a large amount of change took place due to Russian heavyweights. The first tournament that saw major shakeup was the Soslan Andiev memorial on November 6th saw Russian Nationals champion #7 Alen Khubulov beat the likes of #2 Soslan Khinchagov, #5 (97) Sergey Kozyrev, Artem Tskharebov, and Alan Khugaev to win the title. Khugaev made his presence known in the heavyweight division again by finishing runner-up at the Andiev and beating the likes of #1 Erik Dzhioev and Artem Pukhovsky. In the bronze medal matches, #2 Soslan Khinchagov would beat Artem Tskharebov and Pukhovsky would beat Dzhioev. Tskharbeov did notch a career-best win in his opening-round match against #7 Vladislav Baitsaev (HUN).
After the events of the Soslan Andiev Memorial, the Semenov Cup took place on November 11th. Alan Khugaev built on his momentum from the Andiev and won gold at the Semenov beating Ali Aliyev champion #5 Abdulla Kurbanov and notching wins over 2021 Junior world bronze medalist Andrey Bestaev and #4 Znaur Kotsiev. In the bronze medal match on Khugaev's side, Bestaev would upset Kotsiev to place. On Abdulla Kurbanov's repechage bracket, Saipudin Magomedov won bronze over Tamerlan Kumyshev 3-2.
From these results, Khubulov takes back the number one spot after his title at the Soslan Andiev Memorial. Alan Khugaev returns to the rankings at #2 for his wins over #1 Erik Dzhioev, #3 Artem Pukhovsky, #4 Znaur Kotsiev, and #5 Abdulla Kurbanov. Artem Pukhovsky is in the rankings at #3 for beating #1 Erik Dzhioev for bronze at the Andiev Memorial.
Andrey Bestaev debuts in the rankings at #7 for beating Znaur Kotsiev for bronze at the Semenov cup. # Dzhioev drops three spots to #4 for his losses to Khugaev and Pukhovsky. Kotsiev drops four spots to #8 for his losses to Khugaev and Bestaev. Kurbanov drops four spots to #9 for his losses to Khugaev in the finals of the Semenov Cup.
Pound for Pound
#2 Abdulrashid Sadulaev moves up one spot to number one while #3 Zavur Uguev moves up to #2 to accommodate for #1 Zaurbek Sidakov's loss at the Iranian Pro League to #2 (79) Ali Savadkouhi of Iran. Sidakov drops two spots to #3 in the rankings. #17 Vladislav Valiev is out of the rankings after losses to Guram Chertkoev and #22 Dauren Kurugliev. Alen Khubulov is back in the pound-for-pound rankings at #25 after taking back the number one spot at heavyweight. Dauren Kurugliev is back in at #22 for taking over the number spot at 92KG.