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By William May
(Japan Amateur Wrestling Federation, Public Information Committee:wmay52@hotmail.com


MOSCOW (September 6) – Hamid Soryan Reihanpour rolled to his fifth straight title and Iran won two of the three gold medals on the opening day greco-roman competition at the wrestling world championships.

Soryan Reihanpour (IRI) won with a 2-1 victory over upset-minded Choi Kyu-Jin (KOR) in the 55kg final at Olympiyskiy Sports Complex and Iranian teammate capped the evening with a hard-fought win over Timofej Dzeynichenka (BLR) at 96kg.
The third title of the evening went to Ambako Vachadze (RUS) at 66kg – a consolation for the hometown crowd who saw two of their Olympic champions fall in the semifinals and settle for bronze medals.

Vachadze, a bronze medal winner a year ago, was steady in his win over Armen Vardanyan (UKR), taking two periods without the need of an offensive point. Vachadze took the first with a defensive in par terre and then received two penalty points in the second when Vardanyan was hit with two false starts.

Meanwhile, Olympic champs Nazyr Mankiev (RUS) at 55kg and Aslanbek Khushtov (RUS) at 96kg both lost heart-breakers in the semifinals, but rebounded for bronze medals to give Russia the first-day lead in the team standings -- 26-20 over Iran.

Soryan won three world titles from 2005 to 2007, then added his fourth crown in Herning, Denmark. While the 25-year-old student has won every world title since 2005, he stumbled at the Olympic Games in Beijing and had to settle for fifth place. Choi, seventh in last year's world meet, defeated young European champion Elchin Aliev (AZE) and Mankiev on his way to the 55kg final.

Also at 66kg, Vardanyan opened with a hard-fought win over Olympic champ Steeve Guenot (FRA), but had to settle for his second silver medal on the world stage, after a runner-up performance in 2003.

At 96kg, European silver medal winner Dzeynichenko took the fight to Aliakbari with a pair of lateral drop throws – the first good for two points and the second giving two points to his opponent. Aliakbari sewed up his first world title in the second period with solid defense.

Action continues in greco-roman on September 7 with world champions to be crowned at 60kg, 84kg, and 120kg.


55kg (34 entries)
F1 - Hamid Soryan Reihanpour (IRI) df. Choi Kyu-Jin (KOR), 2-1 (4-0, 0-3, 1-0)
F3 - Nazyr Mankiev (RUS) df. Peter Modos (HUN), 2-0 (1-0, 1-0)
F3 - Roman Amoyan (ARM) df. Venelin Venkov (BUL), 2-0 (7-0=0:56, 3-0)
SF – Choi (KOR) df. Mankiev (RUS), 2-1 (0-1, 1-0, 2-0)
SF – Soryan Reihanpour (IRI) df. Amoyan (ARM), 2-0 (1-0, 2-0)

66kg (36 entries)
F1 - Ambako Vachadze (RUS) df. Armen Vardanyan (UKR), 2-0 (1-0, 2-0)
F3 - Vasif Arzimanov (TUR) df. Steeve Guenot (FRA), 2-0 (1-0, 2-0)
F3 - Vitaly Rahimov (AZE) df. Tamas Lorincz (HUN), 2-0 (1-0, 1-0)
SF – Vardanyan (UKR) df. Arzimanov (TUR), 2-1 (0-1, 1-0, 1-0)
SF – Vachadze (RUS) df. Lorincz (HUN), 2-0 (1-0, 2-0)

96kg (34 entries)
F1 - Amir Aliakbari (IRI) df. Timofej Dzeynichenka (BLR), 2-0 (2x-2=last point, 1-0)
F3 - Aslanbek Khushtov (RUS) df. David Saldadze (UZB) by fall, 3P=1:53 (0-2, 1-0, F5-0)
F3 - Jimmy Lidberg (SWE) df. Justin Ruiz (USA), 2-0 (1-0, 1-0)
SF – Aliakbari (IRI) df. Khushtov (RUS), 2-0 (1-0, 1-0)
SF – Dzeynichenka (BLR) df. Lidberg (SWE), 2-0 (1-0, 3-0)

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