Sun Sep 10, 2017 05:50PM
Members of the national Iranian cadet freestyle wrestling team pose for a photograph after finishing fourth at the 2017 Cadet World Championships in Greece.
Members of the national Iranian cadet freestyle wrestling team pose for a photograph after finishing fourth at the 2017 Cadet World Championships in Greece.

Young Iranian freestyle wrestlers have put an acceptable end to their campaign at the 2017 Cadet World Championships in Greece, and finished fourth at the conclusion of the prestigious international sporting event.

On Sunday, Iran’s Mehdi Akhbar Eshghivasoukolaei outperformed Kanata Yamaguchi from Japan 6-0 in the final bout of the 54-kilogram weight section at the Ano Liosia Olympic Hall in the Greek capital city of Athens, and won the yellow metal.

Ukraine’s Vladyslav Ostapenko defeated Mexican rival Roberto Alejandro Blanco 5-4, and finished on the third place.

Russian wrestler Imam Ganishov also overcame India’s Himanshu Kumar 3-2, and settled for a bronze.

Later in the day, Meysam Enayatollah Zaree and Seyyed Mehdi Seyyedabasali Hashemijouybari had to be satisfied with a bronze medal each in the 76-kilogram and 100-kilogram categories respectively.

Earlier in the tournament, Iranian wrestler Abbas Ali Foroutanrami lost to his Russian opponent Alan Bagaev 1-1 in the final showdown of the 85-kilogram weight category, and collected the silver medal.

Mohammad Ashghar Nokhodilarimi also downed Masaki Sato from Japan 5-2 in the 69-kilogram weight division, and snatched the bronze medal.

The Russian cadet freestyle wrestling team collected 73 points and was named the top-ranked squad.

The US outfit claimed the second place with 66 points, while third-place Azerbaijanis got 61 points. The Persians tallied 53 points at the high-status event.

The 2017 Cadet World Championships started on September 4 and wrapped up on September 10.