The Russian took the gold medal at the World Championship in Baku (2007) in the 84 kg category, by defeating Jousop Abdusalomov of Tajikistan. It was Ketoev's first time as a world teamer. He won the spot on the Russian team over past World Champions Sajid Sajidov and Adam Saitiev. Ketoev won the Junior World Championship in 2005 and had only one finish below first in world-level competition, which was a second-place finish in 2005 at the World Cup.
Ketoev took the silver medal at the European Championship in Vilnius (2009) in the 96 kg weight class, losing to Khetag Gazyumov from Azerbaijan in the finals.