United World Wrestling’s rankings — determined according to a now-revamped points system — has been officially updated on the heels of its first event of 2022, the Vehbi Emre Memorial in Istanbul. Vehbi Emre was concluded towards the end of February and did not feature the type of variety in terms of participation most commonly associated with UWW “Ranking Series” tournaments.
And although zero United States Greco-Roman athletes entered Vehbi Emre, seven Americans remain ranked inside of UWW’s top-30 — including two in the top-10. The leader is, of course, ’21 World bronze G’Angelo Hancock (97 kg, Sunkist, 5PM #1), whose slot has risen from #5 to #4. Max Nowry (Army/WCAP, 5PM #1) occupies #9 at 55 kilograms, as Nowry continues to find his name among the upper-echelon thanks in large part to his recent string of Pan-American Championships titles.
Two-time World Team member Dalton Roberts (60 kg, Army/WCAP, 5PM #1) currently sits at #20, while two-time Olympian Ben Provisor (82 kg, NYAC, 5PM #1) owns the #14 spot. Cohlton Schultz (130 kg, Sunkist, 5PM #1), a two-time National champ and multi-time age-group World medalist, comes in at #24. Along with Nowry, Roberts, Provisor, and Schultz comprise the sum of world-ranked US wrestlers who were on the ’21 World Championships roster (Hancock is the only ranked American to have competed in both Tokyo and Oslo). Two other Olympians are in the fold, as well — Alex Sancho (67 kg, Army/WCAP), who saw a slight bump from #18 to #17; and John Stefanowicz (87 kg, Navy-Marines RTC), who fell six spots, going from #20 to #26.
Entering this season’s “Ranking Series”, UWW swelled the point values relative to placing. See chart below:
World-Ranked USA Greco-Roman Athletes
(*as of 3/21/22)
55 kg: Max Nowry (Army/WCAP) — #9 – 13,500 pts
60 kg: Dalton Roberts (Army/WCAP) — #20 – 8,200 pts
67 kg: Alex Sancho (Army/WCAP) — #17 – 14,300 pts
82 kg: Ben Provisor (NYAC) — #14 – 6,600 pts
87 kg: John Stefanowicz (Navy-Marines RTC) — #26 – 6,200 pts
97 kg: G’Angelo Hancock (Sunkist) — #4 – 47,200 pts
130 kg: Cohlton Schultz (Sunkist) — #24 – 6,600 pts
The first iterations of the United World Wrestling “Ranking Series” involved lower point hauls corresponding with tournament placement. Gold/1st place was either 50 points at a World Championships, 12 from a Continental Championships (i.e., Pan-Ams), or eight at a regular RS event. The updated system does not yet delineate between event status, and points for first place has ballooned to 8,000, with each subsequent placement following suit. Another change is the drill-down. In the past, the lowest placement to receive ranking points was tenth from a World event (with Continental going down to 8th, and RS stopping at 5th).
Finally, the amount of participation in a given weight category at an event still influences point accumulation.
As per UWW:
“The number of points awarded at a competition will also be impacted by the number of wrestlers entered in each bracket. In weight categories with 2-5 competitors, ranking points will be reduced in half and only the top three finishers will be awarded points. In brackets that feature 6-12 participants, no additional points will be added. For weight categories with 13-16 entries, an additional 3000 points will be given. For categories with 16+ wrestlers entered, an additional 5000 will be awarded.”
Other Point Factors
1 entrant — no Ranking or additional points.
2-5 entrants — Ranking points reduced in half and only the first three will be awarded.
6-12 entrants — no additional points.
13-16 entrants — 3,000 additional points to all wrestlers.
16 or more entrants — 5,000 additional points to all wresters.
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