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World University Men's Freestyle Update

EDMONTON -- Iranians showed their superiority Saturday with a six-medal performance in seven men's freestyle divisions at the world university wrestling championships. Hamid Saifi and Ali Reza Dabir of Iran outscored their opponents by a cumulative 70-5 in four wins each as they won gold medals in the 96- and 66-kilogram division, respectively. Iran's Babak Nourzad (55 kg), Mehdi Baraati (74 kg) and Abdol Reza Kargar (120 kg) added silver medals. Teammate Majid Khodaei earned a bronze medal at 84 kg. Turkey was second in the medal standings with two golds and one silver. Fahrettin Ozata and Fatih Cakiroglu of Turkey were gold medallists at 74 and 120 kg, respectively. Teammate Osman Ozgun had a silver at 96 kg. China had one gold, one silver and one bronze for third place in the medal standings. Fang Xiaosheng won the gold at 84 kg. The U.S. was fourth in the medal standings with three bronze. Japan had one gold and one bronze, Moldova claimed a silver and bronze, Korea collected one gold and Israel had one silver. The fans were especially noisy during three finals between Iranians and Turks. The Iranian supporters cheered loudly, began rhythmic clapping and chanting. Two Turkish flags were waved in the area where their fans were seated at the University of Alberta. Tomohiro Matsunaga was the Japanese gold medallist, at 55 kg. Young-Ho Jung won Korea's gold at 60 kg. Saifi defeated Ozgun 8-1 in the most one-sided final. That gave Saifi a 37-2 advantage over his opponents. Dabir beat Ruslan Bodisteanu of Moldova 6-0 in the final. Dabir outscored his opponents 33-3 and didn't allow a point in three of the wins. Dabir, 24, is considered by many to be the finest wrestler in the world. He was the 2000 Olympic gold medallist at 58 kg, is a three-time World Cup gold medallist at 58 kg and also won the World Cup at 63 kg. He won a world championship at 58 kg, is a two-time world championship silver medallist, at 58 and 63 kg, was the world university championships gold medallist at 58 kg in 1996 and the world university championships silver medallist at 57 kg in 1996. Ozata defeated Baraati 4-3 in the final. Cakiroglu beat Kargar 3-2. Matsunaga defeated Nourzad 6-1 in the final. Jung beat Fu Fangming of China 3-0 and Xiaosheng defeated Sergei Kolesnikov of Israel 5-1. The competition continues Sunday with the first women's freestyle matches in the world university championships. The men's Greco Roman competition will be Monday and Tuesday to close out the championships. 5TH WORLD UNIVERSITY WRESTLING CHAMPIOHSHIPS MENS FREESTYLE TEAM STANDINGS COUNTRY POINTS 1. ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN 61 2. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 48 3. TURKEY 47 4. JAPAN 46 5. CHINA 34 6. CANADA 33 7. KOREA 27 8. MOLDOVA 17 9. ISRAEL 14 10. MEXICO 8 Following are Saturday's men's freestyle results from the fifth world university wrestling championships in Edmonton: 55 kg Gold-medal match Tomohiro Matsunaga, Japan def. Babak Nourzad, Iran 6-1 Bonze-medal match Ghenadie Tulbea, Moldova def. Ramazan Demir, Turkey by superiority, 11-0 Semi-finals Matsunaga defeated Tulbea 8-2 Nourzad def. Demir by superiority, 11-1 Remaining final placements 5th -- Hyo-Sub Kim, Korea; 6th -- Jose Manuel Viramontes, Mexico; 7th -- Mike Silengo, U.S. ; 8th -- Michael Stitt, Canada (Sherwood Park, Alta.); 9th -- Khom Ratanak Mony, Cambodia 60 kg Gold-medal match Young-Ho Jung, Korea def. Fu Fangming, China 3-0 Bronze-medal match Chris Fleeger, U.S. def. Jesse Saunders, Canada (Abbotsford, B.C.) 6-1 Remaining final placements 5th -- Mehdi Nikmanesh, Iran; 6th -- Daishi Matsuo, Japan; 7th -- Mustafa Biger, Turkey; 8th -- Roshan Dissanayake, Sri Lanka 66 kg Gold-medal match Ali Reza Dabir, Iran def. Ruslan Bodisteanu, Moldova 6-0 Bronze-medal match Masahiko Nagashima, Japan def. Ahto Raska, Estonia 4-3 Semi-finals Dabir def. Nagashima 6-0 Bodisteanu def. Rashka 7-1 Remaining final placements 5th -- Jeremy Spates, U.S.; 6th -- Yong-Pil Cho, Korea; 7th -- Rob Lang, Canada (Regina); 8th -- Jouni Rosenlof, Finland; 9th -- Ilhami Orhan, Turkey; 10th -- Radoslaw Wierzbicki, Poland; 11th -- Marc Viardot, Germany; 12th -- Luis Delgado, Mexico 74 kg Gold-medal match Fahrettin Ozata, Turkey def. Mehdi Baraati, Iran 4-3 Bronze-medal match Xu Xuanchong, China def. Andrew Hrovat, U.S., 4-2 Semi-finals Baraati def. Hrovat 6-5 Ozata def. Xuanchong 4-3 Remaining final placements 5th -- Youn-Ho Kim, Korea; 6th -- Kazuyuki Nagashima, Japan; 7th -- Sebastien Bourdin, France; 8th -- David Kooperberg, Canada (Calgary); 9th -- Daniel Dancak, Slovakia 84 kg Gold-medal match Fang Xiaosheng, China def. Sergei Kolesnikov, Israel 5-1 Bronze-medal match Majid Khodaei, Iran def. Damion Hahn, U.S., 13-5 Remaining final placements 5th -- Katsutoshi Semba, Japan; 6th -- Gokhan Yavaser, Turkey; 7th --Dante Berlingeri, Canada (Oshawa, Ont.); 8th -- Nandana Jayabahu, Sir Lanka 96 kg Gold-medal match Hamid Saifi, Iran def. Osman Ozgun, Turkey 8-1 Bronze-medal match Jon Trenge, U.S., def. Steve Snyders, Canada (Calgary) by superiority, 10-0 Remaining final placements 5th -- Akihito Tanaka, Japan; 6th -- Yan Virin, Israel; 7th -- Mark Cocker, Great Britain; 8th -- Juan Carlos Delgado, Mexico 120 kg Gold-medal match Fatih Cakiroglu, Turkey def. Abdol Reza Kargar, Iran 3-2 Bronze-medal match Andrew Bowlby, U.S. def. Li Jinlong, China 10-1 Remaining final placements 5th -- Naoki Swada, Japan; 6th -- Carlo Panaro, Canada (Edmonton)
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