Jordan (IP) - Iran won three gold medals out of the five on offer on Saturday as the first set of Greco-Roman finals got over at the U20 World Championships.

Iran PressMiddle East:  During the competitions held in Amman on August 18 and 19, Iranian wrestlers snatched 3 golds and 1 silver, standing in first place in the first 5 weight categories. 

According to United World Wrestling, Ahmadreza MOHSEN NEZHAD (IRI) began the gold rush for Iran as he blanked Zhantoro MIRZALIEV (KGZ), 9-0, in the 63kg final. Ahmadreza, the younger brother of Mahdi MOHSEN NEJAD (IRI), got the first par terre position and he scored a turn to lead 3-0 before one more stepout. He got the second par terre position as well and on this occasion, he scored two gut-wrenches and won 9-0.

The 63kg gold was the first of three for Iran as Alireza ABDEVALI (IRI) denied Alexandru SOLOVEI (MDA) a chance to create history for Moldova, beating him 1-1 in the 77kg final.

Solovei was hoping to become Moldova's first U20 world champion in Greco-Roman but for the second straight year, he will have to be satisfied with a silver medal. Abdevali and Solovei exchanged activity points in the final with Abdevali holding the criteria and despite his best efforts, Solovei failed to score the point needed to win.

Abdevali also avenged his 2021 U17 World Championships final's loss to Solovei, a similar final in which the criteria was with Solovei, giving the Moldovan a gold medal.

At 130kg, Fardin HEDAYATI (IRI) claimed the gold after beating Wenhao JIANG (CHN) 5-0 in the final. This is Hedayati's second win over Jiang in two months as the Iranian beat him in the U20 Asian Championships final as well.

Hedayati, who lost the final last year in Sofia, scored four step-outs and two takedowns to win the gold medal in a minute and 32 seconds.

Ali CHOUBANI (IRI) was hoping to overcome his dramatic 2-1 final's loss at the 2022 U20 World Championships but Achiko BOLKVADZE (GEO) added insult to injury as Bolkvadze scored two points via correct throw on third passivity to take a 3-1 lead. Iran challenged the call but it was upheld, ending the bout 4-1 in favor of Bolkvadze.


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