3 Gold, 3 Silver for Iran

3 Gold, 3 Silver for Iran
3 Gold, 3 Silver for Iran

Iran freestyle wrestling team bagged two gold and three silver medals at the Turkish Yasar Dogu Cup on Sunday in Istanbul.

In the 61kg class, Mohammad-Bagher Yakhkeshi hammered India’s Sandeep Tomar 8-2 in the final game and won gold.

In the 65kg category Mehran Nasiri defeated Azeri Ali Rahimzada 2-0 in a tough match to win gold. Nasiri hammered Andrii Svyryd of Uzbekistan 10-0 in his first battle.

The Iranian later defeated Masoud Niazi from the Netherlands and Kazakh Daulet Niyazbekov on his path to the final showdown, according to the results sheet on the

Iran’s silver man of 97kg, Mojtaba Goleij, stormed into his first match to beat Fatih Yasarli from the host country 11-0. With the wind in his sail Goleij also won his second match against Ukrainian Valerii Andriitsev 7-0 to postpone his first loss to the final clash against Aslanbek Alborov.

The Iranian wrestler had not much to show against the Azeri when he lost the match 10-0 to his Azeri rival on the final ground and won silver.

In the 92kg finals two Iranians went on the mat. Alireza Karimi and Mohammad-Javad Ebrahimi both from Iran qualified for the final in which Ebrahimi defeated Karimi to win gold and left Alireza with the silver.

Also in the finals of the 125kg division, Yadollah Mohebi lost the match to Ukrainian Oleksandr Khotsianivskyi 9-6 and grabbed silver.

 Italian Beats US World Champion

As the wonder of the tournament, surprise package Italian Frank Chamizo defeated four-time world champion and 2012 London Olympic gold winner, Jordan Burroughs of the US in the final of 74kg class to take  gold.

Nearly four months ago, Jordan Burroughs posted a photo on Instagram with the caption “If you want to be the king, you have to beat the king.” The Italian did just that on Saturday, getting his revenge against the London Olympic champion in front of a sold out Bağcılar Olympic Sport Hall in Istanbul.

Chamizo, the two-time world champion was looking to avenge his loss to Burroughs from May’s Beat the Streets in New York City.

Ysar Dogu cup is named after Turkish renowned Greco-roman and freestyle wrestler Yasar Dogu. Gold medal of 1948 London Olympic Games and 1951 Helsinki World Championships are among his trophies in freestyle division.

He won gold at the 1974 Prague and 1940 Istanbul European Championships in the Greco-roman category. The Istanbul games ended on Sunday.


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