News ID: 323139
Published: 1241 GMT July 27, 2022

Iran’s GR team bags four world U17 medals

Iran’s GR team bags four world U17 medals

Ali Ahmadi Vafa celebrates with the Iranian flag after winning the Greco-Roman 48kg gold at the U17 World Wrestling Championships in Rome, Italy, on July 26, 2022.

Sports Desk

The second day of the U17 World Wrestling Championships in Rome, Italy, saw Iran’s Greco-Roman team collect four medals.

On Tuesday, Ali Ahmadi Vafa made up for his defeat against Ronit Sharma at the U17 Asian Championships in late June by edging the Indian to the 48kg gold.

The Iranian looked in all sorts of trouble early on as Sharma took a 3-0 lead, courtesy of a turn from par terre when Ahmadi Vafa was cautioned for inactivity.

Ahmadi Vafa bounced back after the break and cut the deficit to one when Sharma went for a front headlock but lost his grip and the Iranian ended up on top of him.

Ahmadi Vafa still had to chase the score until the final minute and was handed the 3-3 criteria lead, thanks to Sharma receiving a passivity caution.

Ahmadi Vafa failed to capitalize on the par terre but withstood desperate attacks by the Indian to claim the ultimate prize.

Ahoura Bouveiri, meanwhile, had to settle for a silver as he was second best to American Joel Adams in the 65kg final.

Enjoying a 25-0 point record en route to the final, Adams, scored double takedowns in the first period and added another in the second to come out victorious by a 6-0 scoreline.

Seyyed Reza Azarshab and Mohammad Jahangiri also finished their campaigns with two consolation bronzes.

Representing Iran at the 80kg contests, Azarshab recovered from a semifinal setback against Ismayil Rzayev of Azerbaijan to outmuscle Branko Dukic 8-0 for a joint third-spot finish alongside Georgia’s Luka Gelashvili.

Turkey’s Alperen Berber beat Rzayev 3-2 for the gold.

Beaten by Hungary’s Laszlo Darabos in the last-eight round, Jahangiri eased past Egyptian Omar Elkeliny in the repechage battle and then defeated Dmytro Stryzhekozin of Ukraine 9-0 to share the 110kg third podium with Azerbaijan’s Mazaim Mardanov.

Cemal Yusuf Bakir edged Darabos to secure a second gold of the night for Turkey.


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