Iran Greco-Roman wrestlers notched their first two gold medals of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games Friday night at the Asian Pavilion at Youth Olympic Park in Buenos Aires.
For the often-dominant Iranian team it was business as usual. Amirreza DEHBOZORGI (45kg) was unstoppable against Jeremy PERALTA GONZALEZ (ECU), pressuring the South American wrestler into a series of missteps and racking up a pair of takedowns. After Dehbozorgi found his second takedown, he followed it up with a step out point to win gold, 8-0
Mohammad NOSRATI (IRI) celebrates his 92kg gold medal after defeating Osman AYAYDIN (TUR), 3-1 (Photo: Max Rose-Fyne)
Mohammad NOSRATI (92kg) imposed his size on Turkey's Osman AYAYDIN, controlling the mat for four minutes to win the final title of the evening, 3-1. The big man was jubilant after the match, speaking to reporters and interacting with fans.
"This was a great event for me," said Nosrati. "I have to thank my fans and the people of Iran for their support during the Games."Greco-Roman, 45kg
GOLD: Amirreza DEHBOZORGI (IRI) df. Jeremy Renzo PERALTA GONZALEZ (ECU), 8-0
BRONZE: Edmond Armen NAZARYAN (BUL) v. Arslanbek ZAKIRBAYEV (TKM), 8-0
FIFTH: Abdalla M. SHAABAN (EGY) df. Densel Jaffet DE JESUS VALERIO (HON), 12-1
GOLD: Mohammad Ghorbanali NOSRATI (IRI) df. Osman AYAYDIN (TUR), 3-1
BRONZE: Mukhammad EVLOEV (RUS) df. Shady Elkhalil Ibrahim A. WEHIB (EGY), 11-2
FIFTH: Igor Fernando ALVES DE QUEIROZ (BRA) df. Ariston Faamalosi BARTLEY (ASA), 10-0
In Freestyle, Iran took two silver medals.
At 65kg Turan BAYRAMOV (AZE) made sure that Iran traveled home with only silver medals, besting Mohammad KARIMISEIFABAD (IRI), 6-1.
In heavy weight, Zozyrev faced a tougher finals opponent, needing every second to work past Amir Hossein Abbas ZARE (IRI), 6-5. The Iranian had spent the morning rounds dominating the center of the mat, but Zozyrev matched Zare's gamesmanship and plodded his way to Youth Olympic gold.
Men's Freestyle, 65kg
GOLD: Turan BAYRAMOV (AZE) df. Mohammad Baghi KARIMISEIFABAD (IRI), 6-1
BRONZE: Inayat ULLAH (PAK) df. Carson Taylor MANVILLE (USA), 6-2
FIFTH: Fathi Tarek A. ISMAIL (EGY) df. Westerly Pehi Tahi AINSLEY (NZL), 7-0
Men's Freestyle, 110kg
GOLD: Sergei KOZYREV (RUS) v. Amir Hossein Abbas ZARE (IRI), 6-5
BRONZE: Ahmed Mahmoud Elsayed M. KHALIL (EGY) v. Luis Rodrigo OROZCO CORTEZ (MEX)
FIFTH: Thomas John Mcglinchey BARNS (AUS) df. Dragan VELINOV (MKD), 10-0