Iran’s freestyle wrestling team on Wednesday took the fourth place of the Cadet World Championships in the Hungarian capital, Budapest.
The Iranian wrestlers grabbed three gold and one bronze medals, garnering 116 points. India stole the show with 147 points, followed by runner-up USA and third-placed Russia with 143 and 140 points.
Iran’s first glittering gold came as 110kg sensation Amir-Reza Masoumi gave American finalist James Anthony Mullen a 10-0 licking in less than three minutes.
On his way to the final showdown, the formidable Masoumi had romped past his Polish, Uzbek and Russian rivals 10-0, 10-0 and 5-1, respectively.
The Iranian phenom, son of two-time world gold medalist Fardin Masoumi, talking to IRNA after lifting the title said, “I am just at the start of my career and have to work hard to win titles in other age categories and join the top wrestlers.”
Later in the day, Ali Rezaei conceding a 6-6 defeat in the 65kg semifinal bout against Georgia’s Giorgi Gogritchiani thrashed Dyanko Dyankov from Bulgaria 10-0 to win the bronze.
Ali Khorramdel and Seyyed Hassan Esmaeilnejad added two more golds to Iran’s assets with their wins in the 51 and 71kg finals, respectively.
The Greco-Roman bouts of the Hungarian event will kick off on Friday.