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Iranians win bouts in World Freestyle Wrestling Championships as second day starts

Budapest, Sept 27, IRNA-Iran's representatives in the 74, 84, and 96 kg classes won their opening bouts on the second day of the World Freestyle Wrestling Championships in Budapest on Tuesday.

World gold medalist in 2002, Mehdi Hajizadeh-Jouybari, who represents Iran in 74 kg, gave Zoltan Hunyady from Canada a 8-0 licking.

Hajizadeh reaped six points before the break and snatched two more in the second time, throwing the gauntlet for his archrivals.

The Iranian gold hopeful meets Volodimir Sirotih from Ukraine, Europe's bronze medalist in 2005, in the second clash.

In 84 kg, Fereydoun Qanbari whitewashed the Japanese wrestler Satoru Yamamoto 3-0.

Qanbari extracted one point in the first time and managed to bring his sole point to three in the next two-minute time.

Iran's sturdy wrestler has a tough task to do in his second bout when he takes on Sazhid Sazhidov from Russia, who won 2003 world title in New York and bronze medal of 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

In 96 kg, Amir-Abbas Moradi-Ganji pinned his Bulgarian opponent, Dimitar Kumachev, on the mat.

Ganji, who was ahead 1-0 in the first time, was pegged back by Kumachev after the interval, but he managed to beat the Bulgarian representative on technical fall.

The Iranian wrestler faces Rustam Aghajev from Republic of Azerbaijan.

Iran's Mohammadi bags bronze

Morad Mohammadi handed Iran first medal as he finished third in the 60 kg bouts on Monday.

Mohammadi, who had failed to beat 2004 Olympics gold medalist Yandro Quintana from Cuba in the semifinal clash, thrashed his Mongolian opponent, Oyunbileg Purevbaatar, 4-0 to snatch the bronze medal jointly with Armenia's Martin Berberyan, who overcame Levan Chabradze from Georgia.

The Iranian wrestler won the first time 3-0 and added another point after the interval.

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