Tehran: The Iranian wrestling team emerged victorious over the USA’s team in the Freestyle Wrestling World Cup final.
Iran won the tournament in five out of eight weight categories following three days of bouts in the Kurdish-majority city of Kermanshah.
Iranian wrestlers cruised through the first four lightweight categories, but local fans were made to sweat when Iran lost the next three rounds. This piled the pressure on Komeil Ghasemi as he faced American Nick Gwiazdowski in the final 125-kilo (275-pound) weight class.
Ghasemi stayed cool however and won the round five nil to deliver the Islamic republic the winner’s prize — a steel cup on a golden sphere.
Iran was the defending champion from last year’s competition where they beat a Russian team to claim the title on US soil.