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Budapest Numbers

If you can’t tell, I’m very excited for the World Championships to kick off this Saturday. Naturally, I’m attracted to significant numbers and here are some that have stuck out.

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  • The number of World/Olympic Golds John Smith has that can be matched by Jordan Burroughs this weekend. Burroughs is already on the Mt Rushmore of American Wrestling for many reasons both on and off the mat. However, he looks to tie and eventually break Smith’s once thought of as unmatchable feat.


  • Burroughs did not win those golds consecutively like John Smith did. Helen Maroulis and Kyle Snyder have won three straight. Winning their 4th in a row would make them the only Americans to accomplish the feat besides John Smith.


  • I officially picked five Gold medals for Men’s Freestyle this weekend. That seems like a lot while risking the lable of homerism. However, I think there’s a strong case for this many which would be the second most of all-time. The 1984 Olympic team won 7 golds, but that being the Soviet boycott puts an asterisk on that mark. Otherwise, the 1993 & 1995 teams have the best mark with four golds.


  • Eleven straight tournaments the Americans have not reached the medal stand at 65/66 kg. Logan Stieber looks to break this streak, which is by far the longest, stretching back to Bill Zadick’s gold in 2006.


  • At the 2017 World Championships, Helen Maroulis outscored her opponents 52-0 for five technical falls in possibly the most dominant American World Championship performance of all-time. Her weight looks to be more difficult this year, but Helen’s still improving game makes her an overwhelming favorite.


  • That’s the number of countries brought home medals from the 2017 World Championships. This year, there are now 30 brackets instead of 24. Wrestling is a global sport, and we may see more developing programs bring home medals from what is already an impressive number posted last year.


  • The number of countries expected to be represented in Budapest. Wrestling is everywhere, and it’s truly incredible to think about all the Wrestling rooms across the world that probably look more similar than different to the one in your town.


  • Consecutive trips to the big show for USA Greco without a medal. It’s been 10 straight trips without multiple medalists in the same year. This year, there are signs that could change. Hancock is a beast, Coon is a handful that a lot of these guys haven’t seen before, Dalton Roberts keeps tallying surprising wins for a youngster, Kamal Bey is always dangerous and then there’s a group that have scored some good wins in the past including Geordan Speiller, Rayvaughn Perkins, and Jessie Thielke. This is also the first World Championship with ten weights spreading out some of the international talent. That factor, combined with the improvement of USA Greco, could bring some of these medal droughts to an end.