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Former wrestling great from Iran passed away

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I watched his win over Bruce, which surprised me because Bruce had to beat his Russian nemesis to get to the finals. After beating Bruce in the finals, Soleimani promptly looses to the Russian 100 kg champ in the Super match that always ended the competition in those days.

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Notice they have the same brand and color of shoes in that match, both pair belonged to Baumgartner.

 

I was watching an interview with solaimani a while ago from iranian TV, he had kind words to say about Bruce Baumgartner, he explained how his shoes got torn in the match prior to the Final with Baumgartner.

So the Iranian coaches approached someone from the American delegation to see if Bruce had a spare and Bruce was kind enough to let solaimani borrow his spare. He said he went to return the shoes after the match but bruce told him he could keep it. That is a great sportsmanship from Bruce.

 

He explained how he was recruited from being a soccer goalie and varzesh pahlevani (type of wrestling only practiced in iran) to switch to international wrestling mainly freestyle due to very limited number of heavy weights in Iran in hopes of earning medals for the country.

 

He said when he was in best shape of his wrestling career, it was during the boycott of both 1980 and 1984 olympics and another 4 years of other issues. so he did not even get the chance to wrestle in his prime.

 

Solaimani was known for being a big Teddy bear, gentle with great sense of humor, always joking around.

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