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Iranian wrestlers win two golds in Spain

Two freestyle wrestlers of Iran's Islamic Azad University (IAU) on Saturday snatched two gold medals in Spain's Grand Prix, IRNA reported from Madrid.

IAU's National wrestler, Alireza Heidari, grabbed the 120 kg gold and his teammate Hamid Seifi stood top in the 96 kg category.

In his first bout, Seifi handed an Austrian wrestler a 5-1 humiliating defeat and managed to overcame his Bulgarian rival 7-6 in the extra time in a tough bout.

He also had two easy wins over his opponents on Saturday.

Heidari beat all his rivals on April 12 and meets a wrestler from South Africa on Sunday that is mere a formality.

In other five classes, all Iranian wrestlers have stormed into Sunday's finals.

In 55 kg final, Hossein Rangraz of Iran clashes against his Spanish rival.

Mohammad Talaei from Iran is to wrestle with an Austrian finalist in 60 kg.

World phenom Alireza Dabir represents Iran in the 66 kg final against a wrestler from Venezuela.

Ali Navaei, also an Iranian participant, will fight against his opponent from Austria for the 66 kg bronze.

In 74 kg final, Iran's Reza Ramezanzadeh and a Venezuelan wrestler eye the coveted gold.

Ahmad Shekofteh of Iran and his Austrian rival will clash on the mat for 84 kg title.

Two out of four Iranians have also booked berths in the finals of Greco-Roman wrestling bouts.

Mehdi Sabz-Ali and Karim Sa'adatifard, both from Iran, beat all their opponents and rolled into the 120 kg and 84 kg finals respectively.

On Sunday, Bahman Vali-Nejad of Iran is to fight against a Georgian wrestler for 60 kg bronze medal.

Vali-Nejad defeated his Spanish rival on Saturday but lost to a Russian wrestler 4-2.

In 66 kg, Mehdi Nassiri from Iran overcame all his rivals but was beaten by a Swiss participant 5-3 due to misjudgment. Nassiri will most likely win the bronze medal.

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