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Iran garners Deaflympic freestyle wrestling medals, top spot

Melbourne, Jan 13, IRNA -- Iranian freestyle wrestlers completed their fellow countrymen's brilliant performance in Greco-Roman event of the 20th Deaflympic Games, bagging six colorful medals in Melbourne on Thursday. Iran snatched four golds, one silver, and one bronze, standing top with 64 points.

Four golds came in 55, 60, 66, and 96 kg categories while the bronze was won in 74 kg and the silver in 120 kg event.

Fighting in Aquatic Center, Iran's 55 kg wrestler Mohammad Siahpoush defeated Niazi Basaran from Turkey 4-1 in the final.

Russia's Sergei Nikolayev ranked third.

In 60 kg, Sassan Rouzbehani, Iran's best wrestler, beat Turkish finalist Erkan Karakas 4-3.

Dimitry Pronin from Russia took the bronze.

In 66 kg, Rassoul Daryani of Iran handed Mehmet Irek from Turkey a 6-3 defeat, celebrating the title.

The bronze went to Mongolia's Bot Battar.

Iran's representative in 74 kg, Mojtaba Janjani, was stunned by Russian wrestler Kazbek Khobeyev in the final on technical fall, winning the silver.

Erdnik Yildiz from Turkey finished third.

Representing Iran in 96 kg, Ehsan Ne'mati crushed his US rival Gretino on technical fall, winning the glittering gold.

In 120 kg, Majid Rahmani from Iran hammered the Australian wrestler Milton Ready on technical fall, bagging bronze.

In 84 kg, Houshang Pouri stood fifth.

Iran also stole the show in the Greco-Roman wrestling bouts of the Games, standing top last Saturday.

The Iranian team won two gold, two silver, and one bronze medals at Melbourne's Aquatic Center.

Mohammad Shaker-Sepasgozar and Meysam Qobshe-@Dezfouli grabbed the two golds in 66 and 84 kg respectively while the two silvers came from 74 kg wrestler Mohsen Rezaei and 96 kg representative Mohammad Safari and Mohammad Siahpoush took the bronze in 60 kg category.

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