Big Surprises in Iran Team Trials, Yazdani Shines at 86kg

By Ali Feiz

The Iran Freestyle, Greco-Roman and Pahlavani World Team Trials were held at Azadi Sport Hall in Tehran in front of more than 9,000 wrestling fans. The star of the second night was 2016 Olympic champion Hassan YAZDANI, who competed at 86kg.

Yazdani won all of his bouts by technical fall except the semifinal match against 2015 world bronze medalist Alireza KARIMI.

After beating Karimi 5-0, Yazadani downed 2013 world silver medalist Ezatollah AKBARI twice by technical fall in the 86kg final series.

“Competing in new weight is a tough job but I try hard to do like I did at 74kg,” said Yazdani. "Team Trials were held in high regard and all rivals were in top form.” 

Iran Team Trials were full of surprises as Rio Olympic Games silver medalist Komeil GHASEMI lost in the finals to youngster Yadollah MOHEBBI at 125kg. Mohebbi won both of the finals matches by the score of 5-2. 

“I was prepared well and defeating Olympic medalist Ghasemi is a great honor for me.” Mohebbi said. 

Former world junior bronze medalist Saeid DADASHPOUR defeated 2016 world bronze medalist Mostafa HOSSEINKHNI in a tightly contested finals at 70kg. 

Masoud ESMAEILPOUR, two time world medalist, was another big name who lost at the Iran Team Trials. He was defeated by Behnam EHSANPOOR in the finals at 61kg. 

“Hassan RAHIMI (57kg) missed the Iran Team Trials because of injury and we should survey his situation during next month,” said Iran freestyle head coach Mohammad TALAEI. "At 86kg, Yazdani had great performance and the young wrestler Mohebbi was too motivated against Komeil Ghasemi.

“The Technical Committee of the federation decides the final lineup for the Iran freestyle team at the 2017 World Championships.” 

In Greco-Roman, there will be many changes in the Iran lineup for the 2017 World Championships as Olympic champions Hamid SORYAN, Omid NOROOZI and Ghasem REZAEI have decided not to wrestle in 2017.

Mehrdad MARDANI will be new name on the Iran team at 59kg, replacing Soryan, a seven-time Olympic and World champion.

2015 World bronze medalist Yousef GHADERIAN was the most famous wrestler which won 80kg title in Iran team trials and all other winners have no experience in World Championships.

“The Iran Greco-Roman team will have many changes for 2017 World Championships and a young team will compete in Paris,” said Iran Greco-Roman head coach Ali ASHKANI. “Also we have some injured wrestlers and we should wait to see their situations.” 

Best-of-Three Finals Results

Freestyle

57kg
Bout 1: Reza ATRI df. Nader HAJAGHANIA, 10-8
Bout 2: Reza ATRI df. Nader HAJAGHANIA, 8-5
 
61kg
Bout 1: Masoud Esmaeilpour df. Behnam EHSANPOOR, 2-1
Bout 2: Behnam EHSANPOOR df. Masoud ESMAEILPOUR, 4-0
Bout 3: Behnam EHSANPOOR df. Masoud ESMAEILPOUR 4-1

65kg
Bout 1: Meysam NASIRI df. Farzad AMOUZADEH 6-3
Bout 2: Meysam NASIRI df. Farzad AMOUZADEH 5-3

70kg
Bout 1: Saeid DADASHPOUR df. Mostafa HOSSEINKHANI, 3-2
Bout 2: Mostafa HOSSEINKHANI df. Saeid DADASHPOUR, 5-2
Bout 3: Saeid DADASHPOUR df. Mostafa HOSSEINKHANI, 4-3

74kg
Bout 1: Peyman YARAHMADI TF. Hossein ELYASI, 12-2
Bout 2: Peyman YARAHMADIdf. Hossein ELYASI by forfeit

86kg
Bout 1: Hassan YAZDANI TF. Ezatollah AKBARI, 11-0
Bout 2: Hassan YAZDANI TF. Ezatollah AKBARI, 12-2

97kg
Bout 1: Amir MOHAMMADI df. Hassan RAHIMI, 5-1
Bout 2: Amir MOHAMMADI df. Hassan RAHIMI, 5-2

125kg
Bout 1: Yadollah MOHEBBI df. Komeil GHASEMI, 5-2
Bout 2: Yadollah MOHEBBI df. Komeil GHASEMI, 5-2

Greco-Roman

59kg
Bout 1: Mehrdad MARDANI df. Mohsen HAJIPOUR, 4-3
Bout 2: Mehrdad MARDANI Pinned Mohsen HAJIPOUR, 8-7

66kg
Bout 1: Mohammad ELYASI df. Amin SOURI, 3-2 
Bout 2: Mohammad ELYASI df. Amin SOURI, 4-1

71kg
Bout 1: Farshad BELFAKEH df. Boroumand ASLAN
Bout 2: Farshad BELFAKEH df. Boroumand ASLAN, 3-0

75kg
Bout 1: Payam BOYERI df. Shayan AFIFI, 3-0
Bout 2: Payam BOYERI df. Shayan AFIFI, 7-2

80kg
Bout 1: Yousef GHADERIAN df. Majid DEHGHAN, 7-1
Bout 2: Yousef GHADERIAN df. Majid DEHGHAN, 5-2

85kg
Bout 1: Hossein NOURI df. Saman AZIZI, 6-4
Bout 2: Saman AZIZI df. Hossein NOURI, 5-1
Bout 3: Hossein NOURI df. Saman AZIZI, 4-2

98kg
Bout 1: Seyed Mostafa SALEHIZADEH df. Amirhossein HOSSEINI
Bout 2: Seyed Mostafa SALEHIZADEH df. Amirhossein HOSSEINI, 5-1

130kg
Bout 1: Shahab GHOUREHJILI df. Behnam MEHDIZADEH, 3-3
Bout 2: Behnam MEHDIZADEH df. Shahab GHOUREHJILI, 2-1
Bout 3: Shahab GHOUREHJILI df. Behnam MEHDIZADEH, 2-1

Pahlavani Wrestling
60kg- Reza GHANBARZADEH df. Mohsen KHORRAM JAH in two matches
70kg- Mohammd NADERI df. Hamid ELAHIAN in three matches
80kg- Ahmad JAFAKESH df. Hadi GHADIMI in two matches
90kg- Arashk MOHEBBI df. Rasoul SAHRAEI in two matches
100kg- Jalil PIRMARDI df. Amirarsalan TATARI in two matches 
+100kg- Ahmad MIRZAPOUR df. Ashkan MARDANI in two matches