One thing worth considering in U.S. vs Eastern block wrestlers is performance enhancing drugs. These EB wrestlers are clearly great technicians, but it looks obvious that Belaglazov (and Enke in match against Mills) are on steriods? When did testing begin for this and how easy to defeat the tests in the early days? Juice me up with HGH and steriod and i could maybe manhandle Metcalf.
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Sergei Beloglazov v. Barry Davis, 1987 World Championships
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6x World and 2x Olympic Champion Sergei Beloglazov takes on 3X NCAA Champion and 1984 Olympic and 1987 World Silver Medalist Barry Davis in the finals of the 1987 World Championships in Clermont-Ferrand, FRA.
1. Buvaisar Saitiev - World Champ 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005. Olympic Champ 1996, 2004, 20082. Arsen Fadzaev World Champ 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991. Olympic Champ 1988, 1992. World Silver 1989.3. Sergei Beloglazov World Champ 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987. Olympic Champ 1980, 1988. World Silver 1979.4. John Smith World Champ 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991 Olympic Champ 1988, 1992.5. Valentin Jordanov World Champ 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1995. Olympic Champ 1996. World Silver 1990, 1991. World Bronze 1986, Olympic Bronze 1992.6. Makharbek Khadartsev World Champ 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991. Olympic Champ 1988, 1992. World Silver 1994, 1995. Olympic Silver 1996. World Bronze 1993.7. Alexander Medved World Champ 1962, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971. Olympic Champ 1964, 1968, 1972. World Silver 1965. World Bronze 1961.8. Levan Tediashvili World Champ 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975. Olympic Champ 1972, 1976. World Silver 1978.9. Soslan Andiev World Champ 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978. Olympic Champ 1976, 1980.10. Mavlet Batirov World Champ 2007. Olympic Champ 2004, 2008. World Bronze 2007.
HOLY CRAP! Sergei is amazing. It's a good thing he stayed at 125.5, John Smith would of beat him like he did in that match against them that I watched, I forget what year it was, though.
I just had to return to watch thi ridicukous display of par terre wrestling. Man, totally unbelievable what he did to Barry Davis. Just nuts!
7 years ago Barry asked me who was the best wrestler that I ever saw. I told him either Sergy or Tediasvili his reply was Ted. How Good was he? Put some videos of him up.
I'd say Belaglazov for the same reason we love the Brands style of wrestling, love Iowa or not. They constantly wrestle to dominate and pin. Same with Belaglazov. Saitiev is def one of the greatest if not THE greatest but his style wasn't the aggressive action packed style of Belaglazov.
It's just unfathomable how Davis got tooled. I mean Barry was so dominate in the 1980's from what Iv'e seen. Amazing how John Smith beat Sergei two years later, even if Sergei was "retired". Great match. It just goes to say that anyone can be beat. It also appeared that Sergei was more fluid.
Its hard to believe a wrestler of Barry Davis's caliber could be so throughly outclassed.Beloglazov was truelly the master.
Calls into question how much the difference in styles is the problem or just that Europeans are plain better wrestlers.
ok so last week we saw how awesome Barry Davis was. This week we get to see how dominant Sergei Beloglazov was.This is the finals of the World Championships. Keep in mind that Davis had to beat the Bulgarian Ivanov who was a World Silver medalist, 2x Bronze Medalist, and 3x European Champ to get to the finals.Beloglazov had run through all of his opponents including a tough Turk who ended up winning the Bronze and a 16-0 win over 1984 Olympic Champion and 1988 Silver medalist Saban Trstena of Yugoslavia, who was competing up a weight. Just to give some perspective, Trstena owned a few wins over 8x World Champion Valentin Jordanov.Anyway, obviously this match is a romp, but what I like best about this match is the chain wrestling Beloglazov does on the mat. He immediately switches from one move to the other: He ties up one side and does a flip-over Churella and then immediately bars the other side as Davis recovers. He runs it one way, gets back exposure, and as soon as Davis recovers and fights that hip down Beloglazov takes him the other way and stacks him for the fall. Just a thing of beauty.I have adjusted to the new rules and have grown to like them but this match shows why par terre wrestling should be put back into our sport. Yeah guys can still rack up points like this in par terre, but few do because wrestlers spend less time training there. Alls you see these days are quick ankle rolls and gutwrenches. The real art of par terre has been lost. And it really was an art.Enough of my ranting. Enjoy.