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11 minutes ago, Uwwdoc said:

What happened?

Made it to the semi final and got pinned by Greece instantly, according to a insta page he's Ossetian though. 

The background on this is interesting/funny though. He beat Zare as a cadet and then lost to him later in that same age group, or maybe juniors. Then he stopped wrestling for a bit. Came back for U23 in 2019 and won the trials but the U23 coaches wanted him to wrestle off for the spot with Zare, who at the time was coming off his junior world silver. He refuses to do it and basically stops wrestling again for a while, they send Zare and he wins gold. I follow Hashemi on insta and it seems he really hates Zare and Gholamreza Mohammadi, lol. He was posting some bad comments about them on his stories after the olympics, I screenshotted one of them. Saying stuff like Zare didn't beat anyone at the Olympics and his bronze is worthless and some more things.

Anyway, he looks stupid today. Started well against the Turk who is the Euro U23 champ but the Belarusian he wrestled looked like he would be a 86/92 and he almost lost. There must have been 20kg between them. Then got pinned by Greece. 

 

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Iran looks quite strong at 70kg with Elahi and Fazli now, both 19-20 and already capable of challenging for world medals. Elahi lost on criteria to Akmataliev (2021 World Silver and 2021 U23 Champion now) in Oslo and Fazli lost to him 10-6 but both are 3-4 years younger than him, if that counts for anything. 

Gadhziev is 33, the US is weak at 70kg, Aliyev is 30 and inconsistent, Zurabi is 29, Batirov is 36. So really Elahi/Fazli should be competing for second behind Russia at 70kg. 

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Azarpira (19 yo) wins gold at 97kg and is 2021 U23 World Champion. 

He destroyed the 23 yo American (who won bronze) 9-0 in the SF and appears to be a decent talent. Lets see what he can do in the next 3-4 years.

Day 1 FS wrestlers finish with 1 gold and 3 bronzes. All medalists apart from Savadkouhi did pretty well in my opinion. 

Day 2 FS wrestlers: Firouzpour (74kg) and Gholami (86kg) are in the final, Firouzpour (92kg) and Hashemi (125kg) will wrestle for bronze. 6-8 total medals guaranteed, 1-3 golds. Probably silver, gold, bronze and bronze of those four. 

Iran leads the team table after day 1

1. Iran - 70 pts 

2. Azerbaijan - 60 pts

3. Armenia - 60 pts

4. Russia - 55 pts

I think Iran should win the team title. Russia's max is +80 tomorrow, giving 135 pts. Gholami winning gold and one of (big) Firouzpour or Hashemi winning bronze would be enough to seal it for Iran.  

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1 hour ago, Shiraz123 said:

Made it to the semi final and got pinned by Greece instantly, according to a insta page he's Ossetian though. 

The background on this is interesting/funny though. He beat Zare as a cadet and then lost to him later in that same age group, or maybe juniors. Then he stopped wrestling for a bit. Came back for U23 in 2019 and won the trials but the U23 coaches wanted him to wrestle off for the spot with Zare, who at the time was coming off his junior world silver. He refuses to do it and basically stops wrestling again for a while, they send Zare and he wins gold. I follow Hashemi on insta and it seems he really hates Zare and Gholamreza Mohammadi, lol. He was posting some bad comments about them on his stories after the olympics, I screenshotted one of them. Saying stuff like Zare didn't beat anyone at the Olympics and his bronze is worthless and some more things.

Anyway, he looks stupid today. Started well against the Turk who is the Euro U23 champ but the Belarusian he wrestled looked like he would be a 86/92 and he almost lost. There must have been 20kg between them. Then got pinned by Greece. 

 

what a jerk

yeah I also think he started good but ended up worse than Taheri lol

@The Genius you probably missed something about Russia, they have 3 in the finals and 2 in bronze medal match, and in a very good position to win the team title. this was one of the worst Russian teams every. their 61kg almost lost to Switzerland! 125kg was also extremely weak.

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19 minutes ago, wrestfan said:

what a jerk

yeah I also think he started good but ended up worse than Taheri lol

@The Genius you probably missed something about Russia, they have 3 in the finals and 2 in bronze medal match, and in a very good position to win the team title. this was one of the worst Russian teams every. their 61kg almost lost to Switzerland! 125kg was also extremely weak.

My mistake, I forgot about 61kg and Dastan's Disaster. That means maximum for Russia tomorrow is +105 pts = 160 pts total. Assuming silver/gold/bronze/bronze for Iran is +75 = 145 pts total.

In that case, Firouzpour must beat Russia (155-150 to Russia) and hope two of Russia's guys at 61/86/92/125 lose their medal match (if only one loses it will be something like 150-150 but I guess then the team with more golds will win, probably Russia). 

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22 hours ago, Shiraz123 said:

Made it to the semi final and got pinned by Greece instantly, according to a insta page he's Ossetian though. 

The background on this is interesting/funny though. He beat Zare as a cadet and then lost to him later in that same age group, or maybe juniors. Then he stopped wrestling for a bit. Came back for U23 in 2019 and won the trials but the U23 coaches wanted him to wrestle off for the spot with Zare, who at the time was coming off his junior world silver. He refuses to do it and basically stops wrestling again for a while, they send Zare and he wins gold. I follow Hashemi on insta and it seems he really hates Zare and Gholamreza Mohammadi, lol. He was posting some bad comments about them on his stories after the olympics, I screenshotted one of them. Saying stuff like Zare didn't beat anyone at the Olympics and his bronze is worthless and some more things.

Anyway, he looks stupid today. Started well against the Turk who is the Euro U23 champ but the Belarusian he wrestled looked like he would be a 86/92 and he almost lost. There must have been 20kg between them. Then got pinned by Greece. 

 

The Belorussian wrestles heavyweight for Harvard University in US College.  He usually weighs in around 235 lbs (107 kg) - he is a top 20 college wrestler but has not made All American level (top 8) yet. 

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FS team title update: 

After Harutanyan beat the Russian in the 61kg final, Russia has 75 points and Iran has 70 points. Both now have 2 finalists (74 and 86 for Iran, 74 and 92 for Russia) and 2 bronze matches (92 and 125 for Iran and 86 and 125 for Russia). 

Key match will be Firouzpour v Valiev at 74kg. If Firouzpour wins that, and Gholami wins his final and Firouzpour and Hashemi win their bronze matches, Iran will have 150 points and Russia's max would also be 150 points. Then I assume it's decided by gold medals, in which case Iran would win with 3 gold medals against 2. 

If Firouzpour loses it would be 100-90 for Russia and I think then Iran's only path to win is if we go 3/4 and Russia goes 1/4 (Valiev being their 1, even going 2/4 would make it 145-145 and Russia winning by having more gold medals). 

Long story short, the clearest path to team title victory is little Firouzpour beating Russia and Iran going 4/4 in medal matches today. Should be easy, right? 

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Valiev beats Firouzpour 7-6 after a crazy 4 pts throw from Firouzpour in the last 3 seconds

Valiev was clearly better but Firouzpour really threw that away, he was down 3-2 but could have waited for a passivity point but tried a lazy shot and got countered and suddenly it became 5-2 and no shot clock. 

The push outs were eventually working as Valiev got a caution for fleeing, he should have waited for a passivity point to make it 3-3 then kept working on the push outs. But ultimately the better wrestler won. 

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1 hour ago, lu1979 said:

The Belorussian wrestles heavyweight for Harvard University in US College.  He usually weighs in around 235 lbs (107 kg) - he is a top 20 college wrestler but has not made All American level (top 8) yet. 

He looks very small lol. Maybe he's hiding the weight somewhere we can't see lol

 

Anyway cool throw by Firouzpour but always good to see the underhook specialist types lose 

 

 

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big Firouzpour eases to bronze. probably the second most impressive performance for Iran after Azarpira. he only lost a close match to a 4 years older (19 v 23) Nurmagemedov who just won gold here and is already world class and a senior world medalist. 

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Iran goes 2/4 on day 2 and finishes with 1 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze.

Azarpira and big Firouzpour were the best for me, although the 57 and 70kg guys did quite well too. 

Iran finishes 2nd in the team race, only 5 points behind Russia. 

1. Russia - 145 points

2. Iran - 140 points

3. Armenia - 114 points

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19 hours ago, Uwwdoc said:

Thanks.

 

Any cliff notes? Long interview.

He has answered many questions. About the Olympics, his match with Taylor, his favorite wrestler (which is Kyle Dake), about why Alireza Karimi could never beat him. About the reason for his defeat by Kamran Ghasempour. About Iranian fans, and many other issues such as music and ...

Excuse me, my English is not good enough to explain further. I read the Persian translation.

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14 hours ago, WrestlingFan_IR said:

He doesn't want to move to 97kg before Paris. Disappointing. Apparently because he wants to avenge his loss to Ghasempour and win a team title for the US, and that takes precedence apparently lol. I'm not sure how serious he is about 97kg if he wants to stay at 92kg for now. Seems like he's not confident in his chances at 97kg and prefers the easier non-Olympic weight route to world medals, maybe still has psychological scars of 2017 worlds 

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Looking at it form achieving as many medals as possible- staying at 92Kg does make good sense as he has a high chance of getting a couple of medals perhaps even gold(s) in the next couple of years. Moving to 97Kg, some could argue he has less than 50% chance of even making the US team....

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2 hours ago, The Genius said:

Do we know what Iranians will be at the CISM World Military Championship in Iran? It starts on Sunday.

57 Mohammadnejad (U23 kid), 61 Yakhkeshi 65 Ghiasi 70 Yeganeh-Jafari 74 Fariborz Babaei 79 Teymouri 86 Vafaeipour 92 Mirbaghian 97 Mohammadian 125 Mohebbi

and in Greco

55 Ali Nourbakhsh 60 Nasserpour 63 Iman Mohammadi 67 Asadi 72 Saadatifar 77 Mokhtari 82 Jamal Esmaeili 87 Nouri 97 Bali 130 Ghasemi-Monjazi

there are some former world/Olympic team members among them + some relatively unknown wrestlers. those in bold represented Iran in World or Olympics at least once.

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20 minutes ago, wrestfan said:

57 Mohammadnejad (U23 kid), 61 Yakhkeshi 65 Ghiasi 70 Yeganeh-Jafari 74 Fariborz Babaei 79 Teymouri 86 Vafaeipour 92 Mirbaghian 97 Mohammadian 125 Mohebbi

and in Greco

55 Ali Nourbakhsh 60 Nasserpour 63 Iman Mohammadi 67 Asadi 72 Saadatifar 77 Mokhtari 82 Jamal Esmaeili 87 Nouri 97 Bali 130 Ghasemi-Monjazi

there are some former world/Olympic team members among them + some relatively unknown wrestlers. those in bold represented Iran in World or Olympics at least once.

Any significant opposition flying in? Especially at 97kg fs?

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32 minutes ago, wrestfan said:

57 Mohammadnejad (U23 kid), 61 Yakhkeshi 65 Ghiasi 70 Yeganeh-Jafari 74 Fariborz Babaei 79 Teymouri 86 Vafaeipour 92 Mirbaghian 97 Mohammadian 125 Mohebbi

and in Greco

55 Ali Nourbakhsh 60 Nasserpour 63 Iman Mohammadi 67 Asadi 72 Saadatifar 77 Mokhtari 82 Jamal Esmaeili 87 Nouri 97 Bali 130 Ghasemi-Monjazi

there are some former world/Olympic team members among them + some relatively unknown wrestlers. those in bold represented Iran in World or Olympics at least once.

Thanks, will be good to see Mohammadnejad Ghiasi and Mohammadian. 

 The Russian FS team:

 

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