2019 World Men's Freestyle World Medalist Heat Maps

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Where does one go to find the best men's freestyle wrestlers in the world? One tried and true method would be to look at where the most accomplished wrestlers were born and plot those locations on a map. 

Additionally, one could make a heat map out of those plots. We're big fans of the heat maps. We're fans of all wrestling-related maps in general, but especially heat maps. That's why we keep making them. For instance: 

  • To see where the best high school wrestlers in America in 2017 came from, we made this map
  • To see where the best NCAA wrestlers from 2014 to 2018 came from, we made this map
  • To see where the best Russian freestyle wrestlers came from, we made this map
  • And to see which countries the best men's freestyle wrestlers from the past half-century wrestled for, we made this map.

Now, because the 2019 UWW Senior World Championships are still fresh in our memory, we decided to map the locations of each men's freestyle bronze, silver, and gold medalist. 

Finding hometown and/or birthplace for every medalist proved to be quite the chore, and there may be some inaccuracies. We'll post the full list in a table below and welcome any corrections. But first, the maps!

Below is a heat map of the entire world based on the hometowns of the gold, silver, and bronze medalists from the 2019 UWW Senior men's freestyle World Championships. Please note that we made no distinction between the colors of the medals when weighting the intensity of the heat on said map. 


For longtime readers of FloWrestling, there is likely no surprise that our map glows brightest in the Caucasus, a mountainous stretch of land that separates the Caspian and Black seas. 

That same map, but with pins instead of heat clouds, might provide a slightly more clear picture of the international freestyle hotbeds. 


As the map shows, 17 wrestlers who medaled in Nur-Sultan were born in the shadow of the Caucasus Mountains. Russia scored a massive haul of nine medals (from 10 weight classes), but due to transfers, six more wrestlers medaled for other federations but were born within Russian borders, for a total of 15. 

Some other notable pins on the map are Frank Chamizo, who was born in Cuba but wrestles for Italy, and Stefan Reichmuth, who was born in Switzerland and wrestles for Switzerland. A cursory review of the UWW Database reveals that the last time Switzerland medaled in men's freestyle at the World Championships was precisely never. 

Also note most northerly pin, in the upper right corner of the map, right in the middle of Russia. That's Artur Naifonov, an ethnic Ossetian, which means his family has roots in Ossetia, which is located in the Caucasus region of Russia. However, Naifonov was born in Khanty-Mansi, which is an oil-rich region of Siberia. 

Another noteworthy medalist is Nurislam Sanayev. His hometown is Chadan, in Tuva, another region in Siberia, this one just north of Mongolia. Sanayev is a native Tuvan and was formerly known as Artur Sanaa before changing federations from Russia to Kazakhstan. He also converted from Buddhism, to which most Tuvans adhere, to Islam, the predominant religion of Kazakhs.

We can also zoom in on the hottest spot on the world map to get a more detailed look at where the Nur-Sultan medalists come from. 


India's three medalists from the state of Haryana just make it into the frame in the lower right-hand corner — as do Turkey's two medalists (Atli at 57kg and Akgul at 125kg). Ukraine's heavyweight, Khotsianivski, is from Donetsk, just North of the Black Sea, a region currently being partially occupied by Russia's military. Three of Iran's four podium placers are from Mazandaran, a low-lying province hugging the south shores of the Caspian. 

And then there are the competitors from the Caucasus. Georgia and Azerbaijan combined to send four wrestlers to the awards ceremony, all representing their native countries. Those on the Russian side of the mountains, however, won medals for Poland, Slovakia, France, Azerbaijan, and Hungary, as well as for the Russian Federation. However, it should probably be noted that France's Zelimkhan Khadjiev was born to Chechen parents in Russia but moved to France when he was 10 years old.  

To see how the freestyle hotbed of the Middle East compares to that of North American, we can look at that same sized-window, only shifted West over the Atlantic Ocean. 


Starting from left to right that's J'den Cox in Missouri, Frank Chamizo just to the east of Havana, Kyle Snyder in Maryland, Kyle Dake in upstate New York, and Jordan Burroughs in South Jersey. An impressive array of elite wrestlers no doubt, but not quite the volume you'll find in the Caucasus. 

Switching back east, we can zoom in even tighter over the Caucasus region to reveal more precise locations of the hometowns of our 2019 medalists.


Again, that same window but over the Northeast USA. We were just able to fit the three East Coast American medalists into frame. 


And now, as promised, the table of medalists and their hometowns. Also as mentioned earlier, corrections are always welcome!

WTMEDALFEDNAMECITYSTATECOUNTRY
57GoldRUSZaur UguevKhasavyurtDagestanRussia
57SilverTURSuleyman AtliAydinAydinTurkey
57BronzeKAZNurislam SanayevChadanTuvaRussia
57BronzeINDRavi DahiyaNahriHaryanaIndia
61GoldGEOBeka LomtadzeKutaisiImeretiGeorgia
61SilverRUSMagomedrasul IdrisovMakhachkalaDagestanRussia
61BronzeIRIBehnam EhsanpoorBehshahrMazandaranIran
61BronzeINDRahul AwarePatodaMaharashtraIndia
65GoldRUSGadshimurad RashidovGubdenDagestanRussia
65SilverKAZDaulet NiyazbekovZhanakorganKyzylordaKazakhstan
65BronzeINDBajrang PuniaJhajjarHaryanaIndia
65BronzeHUNIsmail MusukaevNalchikKarabdino-BalkariaRussia
70GoldRUSDaid BaevVladikavkazNorth Ossetia-AlaniaRussia
70SilverKAZNurkozha KaiponovAlmatyAlmatyKazakhstan
70BronzeIRIYounes EmamiKermanshahKermanshahIran
70BronzePOLMagomedmurad GadzhievGurbukiDagestanRussia
74GoldRUSZaurbek SidakovBeslanNorth Ossetia-AlaniaRussia
74SilverITAFrank ChamizoMatanzasMatanzasCuba
74BronzeUSAJordan BurroughsCamdenNew JerseyUSA
74BronzeFRAZelimkhan KahdjievSolnechnoyeDagestanRussia
79GoldUSAKyle DakeIthacaNew YorkUSA
79SilverAZEJabrail HasanovSuparibagAstaraAzerbaijan
79BronzeRUSGadzhi NabievMakhachkalaDagestanRussia
79BronzeSVKTaimuraz SalkazanovKarman-SindzikauNorth Ossetia-AlaniaRussia
86GoldIRIHassan YazdaniJouybarMazandaranIran
86SilverINDDeepak PuniaCharkhi DadriHaryanaIndia
86BronzeSUIStefan ReichmuthGrosswangenLucerneSwitzerland
86BronzeRUSArtur NaifonovNizhnevartovskKhanty-MansiRussia
92GoldUSAJ'den CoxColumbiaMissouriUSA
92SilverIRIAlireza KarimiKarajAlborzIran
92BronzeGEOIrakli MtsituriTblisiTblisiGeorgia
92BronzeRUSAlikhan ZhabrailovKhasavyurtDagestanRussia
97GoldRUSAbdulrashid SadulaevTsuribDagestanRussia
97SilverAZESharif SharifovGunukhDagestanRussia
97BronzeUSAKyle SnyderWoodbineMarylandUSA
97BronzeMKDMagomedgadzhi NurovMakhachkalaDagestanUSA
125GoldGEOGeno PetriashviliGoriShida KartliGeorgia
125SilverTURTaha AkgulSivasSivasTurkey
125BronzeUKRAlexsander KhotsianivskiAndriivkaDonetskUkraine
125BronzeUZBKhasanboy RakhimovTashkentTashkentUzbekistan

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