Iran Greco-Roman team achieved two medals in 2020 Olympic Games while Mohammadreza GERAEI was named as fourth Olympic champion in Iran GR history.
Mohammadreza Geraei, who saw older brother Mohammedali lose in the bronze-medal match at 77kg the day before, gave the family something to celebrate by sweeping past Parviz NASIBOV (UKR) for the Greco 67kg gold with a 9-1 technical fall.
"I did my best to win the gold," said Geraei, the 2019 world U-23 and Asian champion at 72kg. "It was the dream of my life. Unfortunately, my brother could not because he had an injury fromIran. I hope he makes it in the next Olympics."
Leading 3-1 in the second period, Geraei scored 4 points off a driving tackle. An unsuccessful challenge of that call gave him another point, and then he finished off the technical fall at 4:09 by sidestepping a charging Nasibov and scoring a stepout.
Geraei said he expects to return to 72kg for this year's World Championships in Oslo in October, but is undecided beyond that.
"My future plan will be based on my coaches, weight category change as well," Geraei said. "In Norway I will fight at 72kg. For the next Olympics, I will do my best to win the next time with my brother. Hopefully the gold."
Iranian 97kg wrestler Mohammad Hadi SARAVI was another medals winner asdefeated Arvi SAVOLAINEN (FIN), 9-2 in bronze medal bout.
At 130kg, Amin MIRZAZADEH (IRI) placed fifth as Riza KAYAALP (TUR) bounced back from his disappointing loss to Lopez by scoring six points off gut wrenches en route to a 7-2 victory over Mirzazadeh.
At 77kg, Mohammad Ali GERAEI lost the bronze medal bout to Japan and Alireza NEJATI at 60kg was another Iranian Greco-Roman wrestler which eliminated by defeating to Georgia Wrestler.
Greco-Roman Medal Bouts
GOLD - Luis ORTA SANCHEZ (CUB) df. Kenichiro FUMITA (JPN), 5-1
BRONZE - Sailike WALIHAN (CHN) df. Lenur TEMIROV (UKR), 1-1
BRONZE - Sergey EMELIN (ROC) df. Victor CIOBANU (MDA) by TF, 12-1, 3:53
GOLD - Mohammedreza GERAEI (IRI) df. Parviz NASIBOV (UKR) by TF, 9-1, 4:09
BRONZE - Frank STAEBLER (GER) df. Ramaz ZOIDZE (GEO), 5-4
BRONZE - Mohammed ELSAYED (EGY) df. Artem SURKOV (ROC), 1-177kg
GOLD - Tamas LORINCZ (HUN) df. Akzhol MAKHMUDOV (KGZ), 2-1
BRONZE - Shohei YABIKU (JPN) df. Mohammadali GERAEI (IRI) by TF, 13-3, 5:54
BRONZE - Rafig HUSEYNOV (AZE) df. Karapet CHALYAN (ARM), 4-187kg
GOLD - Zhan BELENIUK (UKR) df. Viktor LORINCZ (HUN), 5-1
BRONZE - Denis KUDLA (GER) df. Mohamed METWALLY (EGY) by Fall, 5:36 (8-1)
BRONZE - Zurabi DATUNASHVILI (SRB) df. Ivan HUKLEK (CRO), 6-197kg
GOLD - Musa EVLOEV (ROC) df. Artur ALEKSANYAN (ARM), 5-1
BRONZE - Tadeusz MICHALIK (POL) df. Alex SZOKE (HUN) by TF, 10-0, 1:53
BRONZE - Mohammadhadi SARAVI (IRI) df. Arvi SAVOLAINEN (FIN), 9-2130kg
GOLD: Mijain LOPEZ (CUB) df. Iakobi KAJAIA (GEO), 5-0
BRONZE - Riza KAYAALP (TUR) df. Amin MIRZAZADEH (IRI), 7-2
BRONZE - Sergei SEMENOV (ROC) df. Yasmani ACOSTA (CHI), 1-1