Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:38AM
The Iranian junior national freestyle wrestling team
The Iranian junior national freestyle wrestling team

The Iranian junior national freestyle wrestling team has produced awe-inspiring performances at the Junior Asian Wrestling Championships in Taiwan to clinch the title at the conclusion of the prestigious continental sports event.

The Iranian wrestlers earned 7 medals (three gold, two silver and two bronze) and 69 points to win the top honor. Athletes from Uzbekistan notched 67 points to rank second, and were followed by Kazakhs who racked up 53 points.

On Saturday, Nader Nasri downed his Thai opponent 10-0 by technical fall in the first round of the 55-kilogram weight category. He overcame a contestant from Turkmenistan 8-2 in his second bout, before losing to a wrestler from Uzbekistan in the semi-finals.

Nasri triumphed over his Taiwanese rival in the repechage round, and won the bronze medal.

In the 60-kilogram division, Younes Emami earned a silver medal for Iran after his Indian opponents downed him 9-2 by technical fall in the final challenge.

Amir Hossein Hosseini also snatched another silver medal at the sports tournament after he could not overcome a competitor from Japan in the 66-kilogram's final encounter.

Moreover, Mohammad Mottaqinia overwhelmed his Uzbek rival 14-3 in the final bout of 74-kilogram weight class, and earned a gold medal for the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Iranian freestyle wrestlers Ahmad Bazri and Danial Shariatinia struck two gold medals in the 84-kilogram and 96-kilogram categories respectively.

The Junior Asian Wrestling Championships kicked off in Taichung, Taiwan, on June 15, and wrapped up on June 18, 2017.

The tournament brought together dozens of male and female freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestlers from various Asian countries, including China, Chinese Taipei, India, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, South Korea and Uzbekistan.