Iran Freestyle wrestling team sets the best result of Iran history after 60 years in 2021 World Championships in Norway by winning 7 medals including 3 gold.
Iran freestyle wrestling team achieved 3 gold, 3 silver and one bronze medal at 2021 World Championships in Norway, Oslo. It is the best medals of Iran FS team in the World Championships during last 60 years, after winning 5 gold medals in 1961 World Championships.
Hassan YAZDANI, Kamran GHASEMPOUR and Amir Hossein ZARE were three Iranian champions in Oslo while Alireza SARLAK, Amir Mohammad YAZDANI and Mohammad NOKHOUDI were silver medalists and Mojtaba GOLEIJ took Bronze.
At 57kg, Gilman, who won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, had a takedown in each period to build up a five-point cushion that he rode to a 5-3 victory over 2019 world U23 bronze medalist Alireza SARLAK (IRI).
In 61kg Rahman AMOUZAD (IRI) lost to Japanese wrestler and was eliminated.
In 65kg final, Shakhiev notched a 14-4 technical fall in the first period over Amir YAZDANI (IRI).
Iran's good record in Oslo was only spoiled at 70kg when junior world champion Erfan ELAHI (IRI) suffered a heartbreaking 8-8 loss to Ernazar AKMATALIEV (KGZ) and then Elahi lost to Armenia wrestler to miss bronze medal match.
With the same classic takedown that has kept him at the pinnacle of the sport for a decade, Jordan BURROUGHS (USA) added to his self-proclaimed legend by capturing a fifth world title and first in the freestyle 79kg division.
In 74kg, Younes EMAMI couldn't succeed to win medal for Iran.
In 79kg final, Jordan Burroughs scored twice with his trademark double-leg takedown in the second period to outclass world junior champion Mohammad NOKHODILARIMI (IRI) 5-1 in one of the four finals on tap Monday night at the World Championships in Oslo.
But in 86kg final, Hassan YAZDANI (IRI) changed the story of his matches against David TAYLOR (USA) and there would be no last-minute comeback this time. Hassan YAZDANI (IRI), so unbeatable against everyone else, could finally walk off the mat a winner over rival David TAYLOR (USA) for the first time in four career clashes.
Yazdani controlled the match from start to finish to notch a solid 6-2 victory over Taylor in the highly anticipated 86kg final as four freestyle titles were decided on the second day of the World Championships in Oslo on Sunday.
Yazdani's victory, coming two months after a heartbreaking loss to Taylor in the final at the Tokyo Olympics, gave him a third world title to go with his 2016 Rio Olympic gold, and capped a remarkable day for Iran in the Jordal Amfi arena.
In 92kg, Kamran Ghasempour salvaged Iranian pride in the final bout of the night when he forged an 8-4 victory in the 92kg final over Magomed KURBANOV (RWF) in a battle between reigning continental champions.
Ghasempour, the 2018 and 2019 world U23 champion who won his second Asian title this year, scored a takedown at the first-period buzzer to take a 3-2 lead into the second period.
A takedown and penalty point increased the lead to 6-2, but Kurbanov had a chance to turn the match around when he scored a takedown with 30 seconds left. As the Russian worked for a gut wrench that would give him the win on criteria, Ghasempour stopped the move by stepping over, adding the final 2 points to his tally to clinch the win.
"I am so happy to finally win the world championship gold and I hope I can continue this and win more," Ghasempour said. "It's great for me, for the team and everyone and I hope now we can be team champions as well."
At 97kg, 2020 Asian champion and two-time world U23 gold medalist Mojtaba GOLEIJ (IRI) overwhelmed Batzul ULZIISAIKHAN (MGL) with a 10-0 technical fall in 4:16 to win bronze medal while, Sadulaev's win in 97kg final against Kyle Snyder (USA), gave the Russia federation the title with 173 points, followed by the United States with 168. Iran was third at 162. All three countries had three gold medalists each.
In heavy weigh, Amir Hossein ZARE (IRI), a 2019 world U23 champion and junior silver medalist, also avenged a loss from Tokyo in beating three-time defending champion Geno PETRIASHVILI (GEO) in the 125kg final, and he did it with an emphatic 9-2 win.
The 20-year-old Zare lost 6-3 to Petriashivili in the semifinals in Tokyo, where the Iranian went on to take the bronze medal. Petriashivili ended up with the silver after losing in the final to Gable STEVESON (USA), who opted not to make the trip to Oslo.
"After winning the bronze medal at the Olympics, I began working on my weakness right after I stepped down from the podium," Zare said.
On Sunday, Petriashvili struck first with a double-leg takedown, but that would be end of his scoring as Zare maintained a solid wall of defense that led to two takedowns off counters as well as three stepouts.
"The final was very hard against Geno," Zare said. "I had analyzed everything for this match and prepared accordingly. And thank God everything went as planned."
Freestyle Results in 2021 World Championships:
70kg (26 entries)
GOLD: Magomedmurad GADZHIEV (POL) df. Ernazar AKMATALIEV (KGZ), 2-1
BRONZE: Evgenii ZHERBAEV (RWF) df. Arman ANDREASYAN (ARM), 6-0
BRONZE: Zurabi IAKOBISHVILI (GEO) df. Turan BAYRAMOV (AZE), 4-3
97kg (22 entries)
GOLD: Abdulrashid SADULAEV (RWF) df. Kyle SNYDER (USA), 6-0
BRONZE: Mahamed ZAKARIIEV (UKR) df. Aliaksandr HUSHTYN (BLR), 9-3
BRONZE: Mojtaba GOLEIJ (IRI) df. Batzul ULZIISAIKHAN (MGL) by TF, 10-0, 4:16
57kg (22 entries)
GOLD: Thomas GILMAN (USA) df. Alireza SARLAK (IRI), 5-3
BRONZE: Horst LEHR (GER) df. Abubakar MUTALIEV (RWF), 6-4
BRONZE: Aryan TSIUTRYN (BLR) df. Suleyman ATLI (TUR), 3-1
65kg (27 entries)
GOLD: Zagir SHAKHIEV (RWF) df. Amir YAZDANI (IRI) by TF, 14-4, 1:25
BRONZE: Alibek OSMONOV (KGZ) df. Krzysztof BIENKOWSKI (POL), 4-1
BRONZE: Tulga TUMUR OCHIR (MGL) df. Rohit ROHIT (IND) by Fall, 5:47 (10-4)
GOLD - Abasgadzhi MAGOMEDOV (RWF) df. Daton FIX (USA), 4-1
BRONZE: Arsen HARUTYUNYAN (ARM) df. Ravinder DAHIYA (IND) by TF, 10-0, 2:15
BRONZE: Toshihiro HASEGAWA (JPN) df. Tuvshintulga TUMENBILEG (MGL) by TF, 12-1, 5:34
GOLD: Kyle DAKE (USA) df. Tajmuraz SALKAZANOV (SVK), 7-3
BRONZE: Fazil ERYILMAZ (TUR) df. Azamat NURYKAU (BLR), 2-1
BRONZE: Timur BIZHOEV (RWF) df. Avtandil KENTCHADZE (GEO), 8-6
GOLD: Hassan YAZDANI (IRI) df. David TAYLOR (USA), 6-2
BRONZE: Abubakr ABARAKOV (AZE) df. Boris MAKOEV (SVK), 9-5
BRONZE: Artur NAIFONOV (RWF) df. Azamat DAULETBEKOV (KAZ), 3-0
GOLD: Amir ZARE (IRI) df. Geno PETRIASHVILI (GEO), 9-2
BRONZE: Lkhagvagerel MUNKHTUR (MGL) df. Oleg BOLTIN (KAZ), 5-3
BRONZE: Taha AKGUL (TUR) df. Nick GWIAZDOWSKI (USA), 6-4