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Iranians shining in Asian wrestling events

Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestlers of Iran are starring in the 16th Asian events which began in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, IRNA reported.

Ali Ashkani of Iran beat his Japanese rival in the Indian capital on Saturday to reach the 60 kg final of Asian Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships.

On the third day of Asian bouts, Ashkani defeated Hika Ito of Japan on technical fall, booking a berth in the final.

In 74 kg, the Iranian wrestler Mohsen Poudanaki waltzed into the next round by crushing his Japanese opponent 4-0.

Earlier, the Iranian representatives in the 55 and 66 kg categories had cruised into the finals.

Alireza Gharib of Iran wrestles for the third title in 120 kg class.

Reza Ramezanzadeh representing Iran in the 74 kg class of Asian Freestyle Wrestling Championships overcame his Syrian opponent on June 7.

Ahmed of Syria, who is the world armies gold medalist, lost to Ramezanzadeh 4-1 in the third round of the Asian event.

Ramezanzadeh did not wrestle in the first round due to draw, and defeated a wrestler from Uzbekistan in the second round.

In 60 kg, Seyed Morad Mohammadi of Iran managed to beat a Kyrgyz wrestler in a 60 kg bout 3-1.

Iran's heavyweight freestyle wrestler Alireza Rezaei rolled into the 120 kg final of the Asian event here on June 7.

Rezaei demolished Sahoma of Nippon on technical fall on Saturday morning, throwing the gauntlet for his rival in final.

Fighting in Indira Gandhi Hall of New Delhi, Rezaei bagged points for technical fall by performing different techniques.

In the first round, Rezaei rested and defeated his Kazakh opponent in the second round.

Masoud Hashemzadeh, the representative of Iran in the 96 kg of the 16th Asian Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships, stormed into the final on Saturday.

Hashemzadeh whitewashed his rival from the host country India 4-0.

Iran's 84 kg freestyle wrestler Pejman Dorostkar on Saturday booked a berth in the final of the 16th Asian event underway here.

In a hard-fought bout, Dorostkar struggled to a 2-1 win over his Kazakh opponent in Indira Gandhi Hall of New Delhi, setting up final with Aliyev of Tajikistan.

On Saturday evening, the 55, 66, and 84 kg freestyle and Greco-Roman finals are held in the Gandhi gym.

Hassan Tahmasbi of Iran eased past his Korean opponent here on Saturday, cruising into the 66 kg final of the 16th Asian Freestyle Wrestling Championships.

Tahmasbi fell behind 2-1 but he fought back to win the bout.

World-class freestyle wrestler of Iran, Alireza Heidari, on Saturday thrashed Ragimev of Uzbekistan in a 96 kg bout.

Heidari won the tough clash 3-0 and advanced to the semifinals.

In 2002 Asian Games in Pusan, South Korea, Heidari also defeated the powerful Uzbek wrestler.

In the first round, Heidari handed a Japanese wrestler a technical fall and had no fight in the second round.

Wrestlers from 15 countries are competing in the 16th Asian wrestling event starting on June 5.

... Payvand News - 6/7/03 ... --

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