Iranian Greco-Roman wrestling team crowned Asian champions

TEHRAN — Iran’s Greco-Roman wrestling team won the title of the 2021 Asian Wrestling Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Wednesday.

Pejman Poshtam, a silver medalist last year at 77kg, won gold this time without a fight, as Daler Rrza Zade (TJK) sat out with injury, wiping out his chance to become the all Tajikistan’s first Asian champion in Greco.

A new Iranian face on the international scene emerged victorious from the little-known Nasser Alizadeh, who won the gold medal at 87 kg with a 3-1 victory Atabek Azisbekov (KGZ), who had to settle for the third medal in Asian money from his career.

At 97 kg, Mehdi Bali won gold beating Seungjun Kim of South Korea.

In the 130kg final, 2019 Junior and U23 World Champion Aliakbar Yousofi clinched his first major senior title by scoring two eliminations in the final two minutes to defeat Alimkhan Syzdykov (KAZ) 5-1.

Mehdi Mohsennejhad won a silver medal at 60kg and Meysam Dalkhani battled Sultan Assetuly of Kazakhstan and lost to him 8-3 in the final bout at 63kg.

Poya Dadmarz won a bronze medal in the 55 kg category. Hossein Asadi took bronze at 67 kg. And Amin Kaviyaninejhad also grabbed a bronze medal at 72kg.

Robert J. King