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Four Iranians through to world Greco-Roman wrestling semis

Tehran, June 6, IRNA -- Four representatives of Iran squeezed into the semifinals of the sixth World University Greco-Roman Wrestling Championship in Poland Saturday.

In 55 kg, Hamid Bani-Tamim whitewashed a Polish wrestler 4-0 in the first round, cruising into the semifinals after trouncing a wrestler from Russia 8-1, said the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology.

In 60 kg, Ali Ashkani celebrated his victory in the opening bout against a German on technical fall, advancing to the semis as the group leader by overcoming his French opponent.

In 66 kg, Parviz Zeidvand, who rested in the first round thrashed his Finnish rival 10-0 but he was eliminated as he lost 4-0 to a home team's wrestler.

In 74 kg, Morteza Alizadeh gave a Swiss representative a 7-0 drubbing in the first round.

The Iranian was knocked out of the world event due to a loss to his German rival in the second clash.

In 84 kg, Seyed Hossein Mar'ashian demolished a wrestler from Estonia 11-0 on technical fall.

Mar'ashian vaulted into the semifinals by defeating a Polish wrestler 5-2.

In 96 kg, Ehsan Karimifar was crushed 6-0 by a Hungarian wrestler.

In 120 kg, Alireza Gharibi routed his Kazakh opponent 6-0 and beat a wrestler from Turkey 3-0 to book a berth in the semifinals.

Iran was crowned at the 6th World University Freestyle Wrestling Championship in Poland Friday.

Competing with 25 teams, Iran won five gold and two silver medals to grab the title.

In 55 kg, Yasser Khalpour of Iran outpointed his Turkish opponent 8-4 in the final to take the coveted gold.

The bronze went to a Japanese wrestler.

In 60 kg, Mostafa Akhoundi handed Iran a silver as he lost 3-2 to a finalist from Belarus.

A Moldavian wrestler won the bronze.

In 66 kg, Iran's Massoud Vahedi beat the world and Olympic champion from Moldova, snatching the glittering gold.

A representative from the home team, Poland, bagged the bronze medal.

In 74 kg, Iran took a silver as Hadi Habibi was narrowly beaten by the world holder from Belarus, who won 4-3.

A Japanese bagged the bronze.

In 84 kg, Pejman Dorostkar crushed a US wrestler 6-3 to add another gold to Iran's asset.

The bronze was won by a wrestler from Belarus.

In 96 kg, the world champion, Hamid Seifi from Iran, retained his title by beating Wilberman from Canada 4-2.

A Ukrainian wrestler won the bronze.

In 120 kg, Iran's heavyweight wrestler Alireza Rezaei whitewashed his Ukrainian rival 10-0 to celebrate the title on walkover.

A Polish took the bronze medal.

According to the ministry, the United States, Turkey, Russia, and Canada had pitted their top wrestlers in the world freestyle wrestling event.

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