Iranian freestyle wrestlers have featured commendable displays of gripping skills and muscular strength at the Golden Grand Prix Ivan Yarygin 2017 in Russia, and snatched two medals, including one silver.
Iranian athlete Mohammad Javad Ebrahimi, who had received a bye in his opening round contest of men’s 86-kilogram freestyle weight category, overcame Nyambayar Baatar from Mongolia by 11 points to 0 in the first contest on Saturday.
He then prevailed over his Russian rival Shamil Kudiyamagomedov 4-4 in the next bout to march into the semi-final round.
Ebrahimi downed his Russian opponent Vladislav Valiyev 3-2 in the semi-final, before losing 3-4 to Russia’s Dauren Kurugliev in the last encounter and collecting the silver medal.
In the 125-kilogram category, Iran’s Jaber Sadeqzadeh overcame Kazbek Khubulov from Russia 5-2 in the repêchage round and claimed a bronze medal.
The Golden Grand Prix Ivan Yarygin 2017 kicked off at Yenisei Football Arena in Russia's southern Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, located about 4,000 kilometers from Moscow, on January 27, and will wrap up on January 29.
Dozens of male and female freestyle wrestlers from various countries, including the Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia and the United States have taken part in the tournament.
The three-day annual event is in honor of the late Russian heavyweight freestyle wrestler and two-time Olympic champion Ivan Yarygin.
The tournament is part of a Golden Grand Prix Series, and is one of the most sought-after freestyle wrestling titles.