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   February , 18, 2017, 00:49 AM  

Iran lifts Freestyle World Cup trophy
Iran’s wrestling team defeated the United States on Friday to secure the gold medal at the Freestyle World Cup.

During the final matches, Iranian wrestlers sealed a 5-3 victory against their American guests in the western Iranian city of Kermanshah.

The Iranians won at the 57, 61, 65, 70 and 125 kilogram divisions, while the American wrestlers won 74, 86 and 97 kilogram divisions.

The U.S. wrestling team reached the final matches after defeating Russia, Georgia and Azerbaijan in group A of the competition. Iran also defeated Turkey, India and Mongolia in group B over two days to reach the final.

During the competitions, Iranian spectators warmly welcomed the American wrestlers, and many took selfies with them.

Earlier in February, Iran reversed its position and allowed U.S. wrestlers to participate in the competition following an earlier U.S. travel ban, now frozen, by President Donald Trump on nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran.

American and Iranian wrestlers have frequently hosted each other in similar competitions.

Final - IRAN (IRI) df. UNITED STATES (USA), 5-3 
57 kg - Hassan Sabzali RAHIMI (IRI) df. Anthony Joseph RAMOS (USA), 6-0
61 kg - Masoud Mahmoud ESMAEILPOORJOUYBARI (IRI) df. Logan Jeffery STIEBER (USA), 6-2
65 kg - Meisam Abolfazl NASIRI (IRI) df. Frank Aniello MOLINARO (USA), 5-4
70 kg - Mostafa Mohabbali HOSSEINKHANI (IRI) df. James Malcolm GREEN (USA), 2-0
74 kg - Jordan Ernest BURROUGHS (USA) df. Peyman Morteza YARAHMADI (IRI), 3-2
86 kg - David Morris TAYLOR III (USA) df. Hassan Aliazam YAZDANICHARATI (IRI) by FALL, 10-4
97 kg - Kyle SNYDER (USA) df. Amir MOHAMMADI (IRI), 6-0
125 kg - Komeil GHASEMI (IRI) df. Nicholas Edward GWIAZDOWSKI (USA), 5-0

Third Place - AZERBAIJAN (AZE) df. TURKEY (TUR),7-1 
57 kg - Giorgi EDISHERASHVILI (AZE) df. Sezar AKGUL (TUR), 8-7
61 kg - Ali RAHIMZADE (AZE) df. Cengizhan ERDOGAN (TUR) by forfeit, 0-0
65 kg - Haji ALIYEV (AZE) df. Safa AKSOY (TUR) by TF, 12-2
70 kg - Yakup GOR (TUR) df. David SUYNYUCHKHANOV (AZE), 10-2
74 kg - Murad SULEYMANOV (AZE) df. Islam KILIC (TUR), 5-0
86 kg - Sharif SHARIFOV (AZE) df. Selim YASAR (TUR), 2-1
97 kg - Aslanbek ALBOROV (AZE) df. Faruk AKKOYUN (TUR), 9-1
125 kg - Jamaladdin MAGOMEDOV (AZE) df. Salim ERCAN (TUR) by FALL, 4-0


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