Iranian freestylers win two bronze at Wrestling World Championships

October 22, 2018 - 1:17

TEHRAN – Hassan Yazdani Charati and Parviz Hadi Basmanj from Iran won two bronze medals at the men's senior freestyle Wrestling World Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Sunday.

Defending world and Olympic champion Yazdani claimed the bronze medal after beating Russian Dauren Kurugliev 11-5 in the 86kg.  

The U.S.’s David Morris Taylor beat Turkey’s Fatih Erdin 12-2 in the final match.

Hadi also earned a bronze medal in the 125kg after defeating Russian Anzor Khizriev 11-2.

Geno Petriashvili from Georgia defeated Chinese Zhiwei Deng to claim the gold medal.

The competition is the first senior World Championships to use a ranking system to determine competitive seeds.

Previously athletes were put into brackets using a random draw, though the new system was announced at last year’s Championships in Paris.

Under the new system - set to be applied across all 30 weight categories at this year’s event - only wrestlers who finished within the top four of the pre-World Championships competition calendar are eligible to receive a seed.

The seed is non-transferable to another wrestler from the same National Federation, while if the seeded athlete does not enter their designated weight, then the seed moves to the next highest ranked wrestler.

Wrestlers may not carry their seed from one weight class to another.

The rankings on which the seeds are based, were determined by tallying points acquired at Continental Championships and several ranking series tournaments.

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