News ID: 317392
Published: 1057 GMT October 27, 2021

Iran eyeing GR title at U23 Wrestling World Championships

Iran eyeing GR title at U23 Wrestling World Championships

Amin Mirzazadeh (R), pictured at the Tokyo Olympics, will represent Iran in the Greco-Roman 130kg weight class at the U23 Wrestling World Championships.

Sports Desk

Iran will set its sights on lifting the trophy when the Greco-Roman contests get underway at the U23 Wrestling World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, on Monday.

Led by head coach Farshad Alizadeh, the 10-man squad will leave for the Serbian capital on Saturday, hoping to emulate the country’s seniors’ impressive campaign at the Wrestling World Championships earlier in October, when Iran bagged a record four gold medals, as well as a couple of bronzes, to finish second behind the Russian Wrestling Federation in Oslo, Norway.

Iran will again face competition from RWF, which will also bring a strong team to Belgrade.

Having missed out on the event in Norway due to a positive COVID-19 test, Amin Mirzazadeh will be after his second world gold – following a juniors title on 2019 –  in the 130kg weight class.

Mirzazadeh, who fell short of grabbing a bronze at the Tokyo Olympics in August after a loss in the third-place bout, will have Russian Mikhail Laptev and David Ovasapyan of Armenia on his way to the ultimate prize.

The first day of the competitions could see a massive 63kg clash between the 2019 world bronze medalist Alireza Nejati of Iran and Georgian Leri Abuladze, who settled for a silver in Oslo after losing the final against Nejati’s compatriot Meisam Dalkhani.

Also tipped for success will be Pouya Dadmarz – a world juniors champion in 2017 – who will participate at the 55kg contests.

Mehdi Mohsen-Nejad will be seeking to better his previous achievements at the event – successive bronzes in 2018 and 2019 – when getting his 60kg campaign underway.

The four Iranians will be joined by Mohammad-Javad Rezaei (67kg), Amir Abdi (72kg), Amin Kavianinejad (77kg) – an Asian gold medalist in 2020 – Mohammad Naqousi (82kg) – a world juniors bronze medalist in August – Nasser Alizadeh (87kg) – a 2021 Asian champion – and Morteza Alqosi, who also won a world juniors bronze in Ufa, Russia.



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