Iran wins Freestyle Wrestling World Cup 2012 in Baku


Iran wins Freestyle Wrestling World Cup 2012 in Baku


Source: Press TV

The Iranian freestyle wrestling team were crowned champions of the 2012 FILA Freestyle Wrestling World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, after beating the hosts in the games final.

Iran beat Azerbaijan 4-3 in the tournament’s final clash at the Sarhadchi Olympic Sports Center on Sunday to win the tournament for the fifth time.

Hassan Rahimi (55 kg), Mehdi Taqavi (66 kg), Sadeq Goudarzi (74 kg) and Reza Yazdani (96 kg) beat their Azerbaijani opponents while Massoud Esmailpoor (60 kg), Ehsan Lashgari (84 kg) and Komeil Qasemi (120 kg) have lost their respective matches.

The Iranian team advanced to the final after beating the United States 4-3 in the fourth round on Saturday. Earlier on Sunday, the Americans beat Russia 5-2 to clinch the bronze medal.

Iran had previously won the 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2006 World Cups.

The FILA Wrestling World Cup is an international wrestling competition between teams representing member countries of the International Federation for Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA), the world’s governing body for sport.

The championships have been held every year since the 1973 tournament. The World Cup started out as a two-way competition for the top teams from each continent, but now features the top teams from the previous year’s world championship standings.

The 2012 Greco-Roman Wrestling World Cup will be held in Saransk, Russia on May 19-20, where Iran will try to celebrate their third consecutive championship.


Robert J. King