0742 GMT July 19, 2018
Iran’s Greco-Roman team stole the show at the 2018 Cadet Wrestling World Championships and claimed the top spot in Zagreb, Croatia, adding to the first-place finish at the freestyle competitions.
A total of six medals – including two golds – sealed the top honor for Iran, ending a 22-year-wait for the top team prize which also marked a first-ever title overseas.
On Saturday, Amir-Hossein Khansari, representing Iran in the men’s 55kg weight class, outmuscled Giorgi Pertaia of Georgia in the final to collect the gold medal.
Wrestlers from Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan shared the third place.
Mohammad Nosrati took Iran’s gold tally to two after he overcame Russia’s Aleksei Mileshin in the men’s 92kg final while Turkish and American contestants took the bronze.
In addition, Sajjad Abbaspour (48kg) and Shahin Badaghi (60kg) grabbed two silver medals after suffering defeats against Uzbekistan’s Abror Atabaev and Serhat Kirik of Turkey on Sunday, respectively.
Moreover, Hossein Qasemi settled for a bronze in the men’s 65kg division after he outpointed his Georgian wrestler in the third-place bout with the Russian and Armenian participants taking the gold and silver respectively.
Having beaten an Uzbek wrestler in the repechage final bout, Mohammad Naqousi collected Iran’s second bronze, following the Armenian and Georgian wrestlers in the first two spots.
Iran topped the team standings with 130 points with Russia (108pts) and Turkey (91pts) finishing second and third.
President Hassan Rouhani extended his congratulations on the Iranian wrestlers’ outstanding achievement at the world championships.
Rouhani, in a message released on Monday, felicitated the Iranian nation on the triumph, and praised the efforts made by the young Iranian athletes and their coaches to win the title.
Before the Greco-Roman competitions kicked off on July 7, Iranian wrestlers had also dominated the freestyle contests, collecting three gold medals, one silver and three bronzes for the title.
Rahman Amouzad Khalil (45kg), Alireza Abdollahi (92kg) and Amirhossein Zare’ (110kg) beat wrestlers from Armenia, Turkey and USA to claim three gold medals.
Mohammad-Reza Qiyasi was beaten by his Russian opponent in the men’s 80kg final to collect a silver medal while Erfan Ja’farian (51kg), Ali-Akbar Fazli (60kg) and Mohammad Karimi (65kg) settled for three bronze medals.
A total of 152 points gave Iran a first-place finish in the men’s standings. USA (132pts) and Russia (116pts) followed Iran in the overall table.
The competition was held in the Croatian capital of Zagreb on July 2-8.