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    Default Top Ten Wrestlers of all time

    1. Aleksandr Karelin (three golds and one silver medal in the Olympicsfor Greco)
    2. Makharbek Khadartsev (two golds and one silver medal in the olympicls for freestyle)
    3. Sergey Beloglazov (two time gold Medalist and 6 time world champ for Freestyle)
    4. John Smith ( two time gold medalist and four time world champ for Freestyle)
    5. Vincenzo Maenza (two time Gold and one time silver medalist for Greco)
    6. Bruce Baumgartner (Two time Gold, one Silver, and One Bronze in Freestyle
    7. Ivan Yargin (Two Golds in Freestyle)
    8. Buvaysa Saytiev (two golds in Freestyle)
    9. Arsen Fadzayev (Two Golds in Freestyle)
    10. Jon Rønningen (Two Golds in Greco)
    Last edited by Palma; 07-23-2007 at 03:05 AM.

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    I thought we decided Cael Sanderson was the best ever? I'm so lost.

    Or was that only collegiate?

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    tried to pm u, but you got to clear some space...

    Maybe you can fill me in...Collegiate Amateur style wrestling vs. Greco-Roman Wrestling...what's the difference? Doesn't Greco-Roman focus a lot on clinch work? If you dont mind, give me a somewhat detailed description of the difference between the two, and which of the two would you say is more effective in terms of mma? (i'm a sorry P.O.S. who doesn't feel like using wikipedia.)

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    Hulk Hogan


    I'm sorry, I just saw an opening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noob
    I thought we decided Cael Sanderson was the best ever? I'm so lost.

    Or was that only collegiate?
    I never said he was the best of all time. He could have been if he kept competeing. Cael is the best Div I wrestler of all time, but that isn't a good reason to put him above wrestlers that have won multiple medals (especially considering most countries don't have college wrestling).

    Quote Originally Posted by TriangleChoke62
    tried to pm u, but you got to clear some space...

    Maybe you can fill me in...Collegiate Amateur style wrestling vs. Greco-Roman Wrestling...what's the difference? Doesn't Greco-Roman focus a lot on clinch work? If you dont mind, give me a somewhat detailed description of the difference between the two, and which of the two would you say is more effective in terms of mma? (i'm a sorry P.O.S. who doesn't feel like using wikipedia.)
    wikipedia is right about half the time anyways. Anyone who uses it as fact doesn't realize they are going off someone else's subjective knowledge.

    Amateur wrestling is any for of wrestling that isn't Pro-wrestling, inculding: Freestyle, folkstyle, Greco Roman, Sambo, submission wrestling, Judo, etc...

    Collegiate (or folkstyle) is ver similar to Freestyle, but the scoring system is different (the biggest is you get a 1 point escape and a 2 point takedown). The scoring in Collegiate is also cumulitave scoring as opposed to Freestyle and Greco where you win rounds based off points for that individual round. Rounds 2 and 3 are also able to start in a top bottom position based off a wrestlers choice, which is won by a coin flip. You also can't slam your opponents (in Freestyle and Greco you can get major points from slams).

    Greco Roman is exactly like freestyle except you cannot use your legs or your oppont's legs for any wrestling moves.

    Freestyle is the purist for of wrestling (imo). You can do anything allowed in Greco or Collegiate.

    And I have had discusions on what works better for MMA. On one hand Collegiate and Freestyle focus on takedowns more then throw and slams (on the higher levels of competition). So we all know the value of taking an opponent down or stuffing a takedown in MMA.

    On the other hand Greco works great for throws and slams, defending throws and slams, as well as controlling your opponent in the clinch. And in wrestling the clinch is called "tieing up".

    I'd say they are both very usefull in MMA.
    Last edited by Palma; 07-22-2007 at 10:32 PM.

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    Good summary. Answered a few questions I'd had about wrestling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Palma Wrestler
    1. Aleksandr Karelin (three golds and one silver medal in the Olympicsfor Greco)
    2. Makharbek Khadartsev (two golds and one silver medal in the olympicls for freestyle)
    3. Sergey Beloglazov (two time gold Medalist and 6 time world champ for Freestyle)
    4. John Smith ( two time gold medalist and four time world champ for Freestyle)
    5. Vincenzo Maenza (two time Gold and one time silver medalist for Greco)
    6. Ivan Yargin (Two Golds in Freestyle)
    7. Buvaysa Saytiev (two golds in Freestyle)
    8. Arsen Fadzayev (Two Golds in Freestyle)
    9. Jon Rřnningen (Two Golds in Greco)
    10. Hamza Yerlikaya (Two Golds in Greco)
    You forgot someone rather important...Oh yea could probably be like # 1


    And he is actually from the good ole' USA

    Bruce Baumgartner:

    1980

    *NCAA Division I runner-up, heavyweight, as a sophomore (Corvallis, OR)

    *Midlands Tournament Champion (Chicago, IL)

    *Olympic Team Alternate

    *National Freestyle Champion


    1981

    *NCAA Division I runner-up, heavyweight, as a junior (Princeton, NJ)

    *World University Champion (Romania)

    *Midlands Tournament Champion (Chicago, IL)

    *National Freestyle Champion


    1982

    *NCAA Division I national champion, heavyweight, as a senior (Ames, IA)

    *Concluded collegiate career with a 134-12 record, 73 pins.

    *World team member for first time, 1982

    *Midlands Tournament Champion (Chicago, IL)

    *National Freestyle Champion


    1983

    *World Championships, bronze (Kiev, USSR)

    *World Cup Championships, silver (Toledo, OH)

    *Tiblisi Tournament, silver (USSR)

    *Pan-American Games, silver (Venezuela)

    *Sports Festival Champion (Colorado Springs, CO)

    *Midlands Tournament Champion (Chicago, IL)

    *National Freestyle Champion


    1984

    *Olympic Gold Medalist (Los Angeles)

    *World Cup Champion (Toledo, OH)

    *Tiblisi Tournament, gold, undefeated (USSR)

    *AAU National Champion

    *Midlands Tournament Champion (Chicago, IL)

    *National Freestyle Champion


    1985

    *World Cup Champion (Toledo, OH)

    *World Super Championships, gold (Tokyo, Japan)

    *World Championships, bronze (Budapest, Hungary)

    *Tiblisi Tournament, silver (USSR)

    *Sports Festival Champion (Baton Rouge, LA)

    *Midlands Tournament Champion (Chicago, IL)

    *National Freestyle Champion


    1986

    *World Champion (Budapest, Hungary)

    *Goodwill Games, gold (Moscow, USSR)

    *World Cup Champion (Toledo, OH)

    *Sports Festival Champion (Chapel Hill, NC)

    *Midlands Tournament Champion (Chicago, IL)

    *National Freestyle Champion


    1987

    *World Championships, bronze (Claremont-Ferrand, France)

    *Pan-American Games, gold (Indianapolis, IN)

    *Midlands Tournament Champion (Chicago, IL)

    *National Freestyle Champion


    1988

    *Olympic Silver Medalist (Seoul, South Korea)

    *World Cup Champion, silver (Toledo, OH)

    *Pan-American Champion, (Colorado Springs, CO)

    *National Freestyle Champion


    1989

    *World Cup Championships, gold (Toledo, OH)

    *Pan-American Champion (Colorado Springs, CO)

    *World Championships, silver (Switzerland)

    *World Wrestling Grand Championships Champion (Pittsburgh, PA)

    *National Freestyle Champion


    1990

    *World Cup Champion (Toledo, OH)

    *National Freestyle Champion

    *Goodwill Games, silver (Seattle, WA)

    *World Championship, silver (Tokyo, Japan)

    *National Freestyle Champion

    *Grand Masters Champion (Pittsburgh, PA)


    1991

    *Pan-American Games, gold (Cuba)

    *World Cup Champion (Toledo, OH)

    *National Freestyle Champion


    1992

    *Olympic Gold Medalist (Barcelona, Spain)

    *Undefeated, outscored opponents 35-1

    *First United States wrestler to win three Olympic medals

    *US Grand Prix Champion (Columbus, OH)

    *National Freestyle Champion


    1993

    *World Champion (Toronto, Canada)

    *US Grand Prix Champion (Jersey City, NJ)

    *National Freestyle Champion

    *World Cup, silver (Chattanooga, TN)


    1994

    *World Cup Champion (Edmonton, Canada)

    *National Freestyle Champion

    *Goodwill Games, bronze (St. Petersburg, Russia)

    *World Championships, silver (Istanbul, Turkey)


    1995

    *World Champion (Atlanta, GA)

    *Pan-American Games, Gold (Argentina)

    *World Cup, Silver (Chattanooga, TN)

    *National Freestyle Champion

    *James E. Sullivan Award Winner


    1996

    *Olympic Bronze Medalist (Atlanta, GA)

    *U.S. Olympic Flag bearer

    *National Freestyle Champion



    In a nutshell, four-time Olympian and owns four Olympic Medals: two gold, one silver and one bronze.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Natural994
    You forgot someone rather important...Oh yea could probably be like # 1


    And he is actually from the good ole' USA

    Bruce Baumgartner:

    1980

    *NCAA Division I runner-up, heavyweight, as a sophomore (Corvallis, OR)

    *Midlands Tournament Champion (Chicago, IL)

    *Olympic Team Alternate

    *National Freestyle Champion


    1981

    *NCAA Division I runner-up, heavyweight, as a junior (Princeton, NJ)

    *World University Champion (Romania)

    *Midlands Tournament Champion (Chicago, IL)

    *National Freestyle Champion


    1982

    *NCAA Division I national champion, heavyweight, as a senior (Ames, IA)

    *Concluded collegiate career with a 134-12 record, 73 pins.

    *World team member for first time, 1982

    *Midlands Tournament Champion (Chicago, IL)

    *National Freestyle Champion


    1983

    *World Championships, bronze (Kiev, USSR)

    *World Cup Championships, silver (Toledo, OH)

    *Tiblisi Tournament, silver (USSR)

    *Pan-American Games, silver (Venezuela)

    *Sports Festival Champion (Colorado Springs, CO)

    *Midlands Tournament Champion (Chicago, IL)

    *National Freestyle Champion


    1984

    *Olympic Gold Medalist (Los Angeles)

    *World Cup Champion (Toledo, OH)

    *Tiblisi Tournament, gold, undefeated (USSR)

    *AAU National Champion

    *Midlands Tournament Champion (Chicago, IL)

    *National Freestyle Champion


    1985

    *World Cup Champion (Toledo, OH)

    *World Super Championships, gold (Tokyo, Japan)

    *World Championships, bronze (Budapest, Hungary)

    *Tiblisi Tournament, silver (USSR)

    *Sports Festival Champion (Baton Rouge, LA)

    *Midlands Tournament Champion (Chicago, IL)

    *National Freestyle Champion


    1986

    *World Champion (Budapest, Hungary)

    *Goodwill Games, gold (Moscow, USSR)

    *World Cup Champion (Toledo, OH)

    *Sports Festival Champion (Chapel Hill, NC)

    *Midlands Tournament Champion (Chicago, IL)

    *National Freestyle Champion


    1987

    *World Championships, bronze (Claremont-Ferrand, France)

    *Pan-American Games, gold (Indianapolis, IN)

    *Midlands Tournament Champion (Chicago, IL)

    *National Freestyle Champion


    1988

    *Olympic Silver Medalist (Seoul, South Korea)

    *World Cup Champion, silver (Toledo, OH)

    *Pan-American Champion, (Colorado Springs, CO)

    *National Freestyle Champion


    1989

    *World Cup Championships, gold (Toledo, OH)

    *Pan-American Champion (Colorado Springs, CO)

    *World Championships, silver (Switzerland)

    *World Wrestling Grand Championships Champion (Pittsburgh, PA)

    *National Freestyle Champion


    1990

    *World Cup Champion (Toledo, OH)

    *National Freestyle Champion

    *Goodwill Games, silver (Seattle, WA)

    *World Championship, silver (Tokyo, Japan)

    *National Freestyle Champion

    *Grand Masters Champion (Pittsburgh, PA)


    1991

    *Pan-American Games, gold (Cuba)

    *World Cup Champion (Toledo, OH)

    *National Freestyle Champion


    1992

    *Olympic Gold Medalist (Barcelona, Spain)

    *Undefeated, outscored opponents 35-1

    *First United States wrestler to win three Olympic medals

    *US Grand Prix Champion (Columbus, OH)

    *National Freestyle Champion


    1993

    *World Champion (Toronto, Canada)

    *US Grand Prix Champion (Jersey City, NJ)

    *National Freestyle Champion

    *World Cup, silver (Chattanooga, TN)


    1994

    *World Cup Champion (Edmonton, Canada)

    *National Freestyle Champion

    *Goodwill Games, bronze (St. Petersburg, Russia)

    *World Championships, silver (Istanbul, Turkey)


    1995

    *World Champion (Atlanta, GA)

    *Pan-American Games, Gold (Argentina)

    *World Cup, Silver (Chattanooga, TN)

    *National Freestyle Champion

    *James E. Sullivan Award Winner


    1996

    *Olympic Bronze Medalist (Atlanta, GA)

    *U.S. Olympic Flag bearer

    *National Freestyle Champion



    In a nutshell, four-time Olympian and owns four Olympic Medals: two gold, one silver and one bronze.
    I did forget Bruce and I edited the list, although I wouldn't put him over Karelin. I doubt we will see a three time Olympic Gold Medalist in our life time. Besides when it comes to p4p rankings I have to drop the super HWs down about becuase there is much less skill involved and it is more about body type and size. That's why I think Brock Lesnar is over rated when it comes to skill. But there is nothing stopping you making your own top ten list.

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    Nice top ten. Aleks Karelin is my favorite wrestler of all time.
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