0453 GMT June 26, 2022
A total of eight medals, including a couple of golds, saw Iran’s Greco-Roman team finish second at the Asian U17 Championships in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
On Monday, Mohammad Moradi beat Uzbekistan’s Amirshoh Vahobov for the ultimate prize of the 71kg contests, but Reza Azarshab suffered a 6-5 defeat against the host’s Asan Zhanyshov in the 80kg final, proving to be the team title decider as Kyrgyzstan went on to claim the title with 182 points – courtesy of four golds.
Iran tallied 174 points, with Kazakhstan finishing third on 170 points.
Monday’s results came a day after a rather disappointing afternoon session had seen Iranian wrestlers come short in three of four final showpieces.
Mohammad Jahangiri outmuscled Pardeep Singh Khosa 8-0 for the 110kg gold, but Payam Ahmadi, Ali Ahmadi-Vafa, and Abolfazl Mirshekar settled for the silver medals of their respective weight classes.
Ahmadi was edged by Shakhzod Ruziokhunov of Uzbekistan in the 45kg final, while Ahmadi-Vafa was beaten 7-6 by Indian Ronit Sharma in a thrilling 48kg showdown.
Mirshekar fell to an 8-5 defeat against home favorite Zhantoro Mirzaliev in the 60kg final.
Mohammadreza Gholami and Hamidreza Keshtkar, meanwhile, finished their campaigns with a couple of consolation bronzes.
Gholami outclassed South Korean Jin Yeong-jun 7-0 to share the third podium of the 51kg class with Japan’s Daisuke Morishita.
Keshtkar made a quick work of clinching a 92kg bronze, coming out victorious against Uttam Rana by an 8-0 scoreline.