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Iran beats the United States to win the 2015 Freestyle Wrestling World Cup

Source: Press TV

Iranian wrestlers overpowered the US squad competing on home soil to win the 2015 Freestyle Wrestling World Cup. Iran's wrestling team managed to beat the Americans 5-3 on Sunday at the Forum in Los Angeles to win the prestigious international title for a fourth time in a row.

Iran's freestyle wrestling team after winning the 2015 World Cup

Behnam Ehsanpour and Meysam Mostafa Jowkar played a major part in Iran's victory against the hosts while the American Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs once again remained an untouchable target for Iranian wrestlers at 74 kilogram.

The victory came as a cheering Iranian crowd filled the venue to applaud the world-class Persian wrestlers.

Before the final, the consolation match to determine the third-place team was held in which Azerbaijan and Russia leveled on points in the consolation match, but Azerbaijan pushed through by technical points with 34 to 28.

Iran beat Belarus and Turkey 8-0 and 7-1, respectively before topping Azerbaijan 7-1 in the pre-final match.

Iran has won five editions of the international competition, including the three last rounds. The tournament, which has been held annually since 1973, features the top teams in the global ranking from the previous year of the competition.

57 kg/125 lbs. - Hassan Rahimi (Iran) dec. Tony Ramos (USA), 5-5
61 kg/134 lbs. - Behnam Ehsanpoor (Iran) dec. Coleman Scott (USA), 9-7
65 kg/143 lbs. - Brent Metcalf (USA) dec. Masmoud Esmailpour (Iran), 3-1
70 kg/154 lbs. - Hassan Yazdani (Iran) dec. Nick Marable (USA), 3-1
74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs (USA) won by tech. fall over Morteza Rezaei Ghaleh (Iran), 10-0
86 kg/189 lbs. - Meisam Mostafa Joukar (Iran) won by tech. fall over Clayton Foster (USA), 12-2
97 kg/213 lbs. - Jake Varner (USA) dec. Mohammad Hossei Mohammadian (Iran), 3-3
125 kg/275 lbs. - Komeil Ghasemi (Iran) dec. Zach Rey (USA), 3-1


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