News ID: 323633
Published: 0853 GMT August 21, 2022

Wrestling U20 World Championships: Iran’s Mohammadi grabs GR gold; Choubani, Hedayati settle for silvers

Wrestling U20 World Championships: Iran’s Mohammadi grabs GR gold; Choubani, Hedayati settle for silvers

Iran’s Iman Mohammadi (2nd L) poses on the podium with the Greco-Roman 63kg gold at the Wrestling U20 World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, on August 20, 2022.

Sports Desk

Iranians got off to a decent start at the Greco-Roman contests of the Wrestling U20 World Championships, collecting three medals – including one gold – across five weight classes in Sofia, Bulgaria.

On Saturday, Iman Mohammadi eased to a 6-1 victory over Baiaman Karimov of Kyrgyzstan in the 63kg final.

The Iranian, an Asian senior bronze medalist in April, dragged his opponent out of the mat on three occasions – before Karimov was cautioned for passivity – to lead 5-0 at the break and went on to control the bout in the second period to walk away with the ultimate prize.

Abolfazl Choubani outpowered wrestlers from Serbia, the Czech Republic, South Korea, and Azerbaijan on his way to the 87kg final, only to come short against Armenian Vigen Nazaryan in the gold medal bout.

With the bout tied at 1-1 – courtesy of two passivity calls – and three seconds remaining, Choubani looked to have sealed the victory after preforming a pushout.

But a review requested by the Armenian’s camp indicated that the Iranian moved his hands below Nazaryan's waist while pushing him out, convincing the jury to rule in his favor.

Fardian Hedayati also finished his campaign on the second podium after suffering a 6-4 defeat against Ukrainian Mykhailo Vyshnyvetskyi in the 130kg final showpiece.

Hedayati took a 4-2 lead in the first period but the Ukrainian scored a gut wrench for a 5-4 advantage after the break.

The Iranian almost got a late stepout but the referee decided that he pulled the singlet when pushing Vyshnyvetskyi.

Elsewhere, Nihad Guluzade of Azerbaijan beat Romanian Denis Mihai 6-1 to the 55kg gold in a repeat of the U20 European final, while Deni Nakaev overcame a 4-0 deficit to beat Turkey’s Yuksel Saricicek 9-4 in the 77kg final – a first U20 world gold for Germany in 23 years.


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