With United World Wrestling’s new point system in place, all it took was one tournament for Adam Coon (130 kg, Cliff Keen WC) to soar up the rankings. Admittedly, it was a very important tournament.
2018 World silver medalist Coon is 6th in UWW’s latest series of rankings, checking in with 44 points. Right along with him is Kamal Bey (Sunkist), who is also 6th at his weight of 77 kilograms. Reigning US National Champion Ryan Mango (63 kg, Army/WCAP) owns some points still, the 17 he acquired with his win at the Pan Am Championships, and he appears 19th on the ladder. Teammate and fellow World Team Trials runner-up Max Nowry (55 kg) is 19th, too, with his points coming via his silver at the aforementioned Pan Ams.
Prior to the World Championships, Coon competed in one international event this past season, an 0-1 performance at the Grand Prix of Germany. But he caught fire in Budapest, pinning his first four opponents before falling in the finals to Sergey Semenov (RUS). Although Semenov is the World champ, he is only ranked third since he did not accrue points elsewhere throughout the year.
Bey carried 12 points into the Worlds thanks to his victory at the Granma Cup earlier this year. He delivered scorching wins over Ridong Zhang (CHN) and Reiner Jimenez Terry (GUA) to kick off his day, but was then ousted in frustrating fashion by two-time World bronze Elvin Mursaliyev (AZE). Bey officially placed 7th (and now holds 57 points) in Budapest and Mursaliyev 8th — but because Mursaliyev entered the Worlds on the strength of bronze medals from the European Championships and Vehbi Emre, respectively, he is ranked 4th. For added context on how this works, 77-kilogram World Champion Aleksander Cherkhekin (RUS) is ranked 5th, right ahead of Bey — and for the same reason why Semenov is #3.
The chart below explains how the “Ranking Series” point values are distributed according to placing. The number of competitors per weight class is then added to come up with the total number of points.
November 2018 UWW World Greco-Roman Rankings
Max Nowry (Army/WCAP) — world no. 19
Ryan Mango (Army/WCAP) — world no. 19
Kamal Bey (Sunkist) — world no. 6
Adam Coon (Cliff Keen WC) — world no. 6