Masoumi repeats to lead Iran to U20 Worlds team title

By Vinay Siwach

AMMAN, Jordan (August 16) -- At the Asian Championships in Astana, Amirreza MASOUMI (IRI) had two stunning losses. He lost his semifinal against eventual champion Lkhagvagerel MUNKHTUR (MGL), his first-ever loss internationally, and later the bronze-medal bout to BUHEEERDUN (CHN) via fall. The two losses cast doubts over Masoumi's claims of being the closest to replacing Amirhossein ZARE (IRI) in the senior team at 125kg.

But Masoumi is once again back in the talks of being the next big thing at 125kg after he won his second U20 world title in Amman, Jordan on Wednesday.

The defending champion looked in no trouble whatsoever over the two days he wrestled, outscoring his opponents 51-1 in the five bouts. Apart from the two U20 world titles, Masoumi also has gold medals at the U17 and U23 World Championships.

His win capped off the Freestyle competition in Amman with Iran winning the team title with 165 points, 13 more than the United States which finished second. India was third with 102 points.

Along with Masoumi, Mohammadmobin AZIMI (IRI) also won the gold medal as Iran won four gold, two silver and one bronze medal in the tournament.

Masoumi wrestled Said AKHMATOV (AIN) in the final and launched him for a four-point throw nine seconds into the bout. He added a stepout to make it 5-0 soon. He added another stepout to lead 6-0 and showed his frustration towards Akhmatov's unprovoked aggression during the bout.

Returning to the center, Masoumi took his time before getting a single-leg attack and converting it into two points. His solid underhooks kept Akhmatov out of action and Masoumi added another stepout to lead 9-0.

Both wrestlers were warned for aggressive snapping and the referee eventually cautioned Akhmatov and awarded a point to Masoumi thus ending the bout. AIN challenged the call but the original decision was upheld, giving Masoumi an 11-0 win.

Mohammadmobin AZIMI (IRI)Mohammadmobin AZIMI (IRI) scores a takedown in the 92kg final against Rizabek AITMUKHAN (KAZ). (Photo: UWW / Amirreza Aliasgari)

While Masoumi's was a very one-sided win, Azimi had to work a lot harder for the gold medal at 92kg.

Azimi was up against senior Asian Championships silver medalist Rizabek AITMUKHAN (KAZ) who made a late comeback in the final but fell 5-4.

After a little scramble to begin the final, Azimi scored a takedown and led 2-0 after Aitmukhan was called for inactivity. Azimi scored a takedown in the second period as he got hold of Aitmukhan's single leg. Aitmukhan tried to hit a whizzer but failed to complete it and Azimi ended up being on the top.

Aitmukhan gave up another stepout as he was trying to circle back in when Azimi was trying to push him. With just 1:18 left on the clock and Azimi leading 5-0, Aitmukhan had a mountain to climb.

But he began with an ankle pick for two, added a stepout to cut the lead to 5-3 and almost got a takedown using head-inside but Azimi pulled his singlet. Azimi was penalized a point for the foul but Aitmukhan still needed another point with 17 seconds on the clock. Azimi managed to hold off Aitmukhan for that time and won the gold, two months after he won the U20 Asian Championships in the same city.

Mitchell MESENBRINK (USA)Mitchell MESENBRINK (USA) won the 74kg gold medal after beating Hossein AGHAEI (IRI). (Photo: UWW / Kostadin Andonov)

Iran could have had three gold medals on Wednesday but Mitchell MESENBRINK (USA) derailed those plans by winning the 74kg final against Hossein AGHAEI (IRI) 16-5, his fifth technical superiority win of the tournament.

The silver medalist at 70kg from last year, Mesenbrink went all out from the first whistle and scored a stepout nine seconds after the start. In the second scoring action, he trapped Aghaei's arm and scored a takedown before getting two turns. Aghaei got a reversal and went straight for the leg lace for a turn.

Mesenbrink, leading 7-3, added a takedown and stepout to lead 10-3 before Aghaei scored a takedown. But with Aghaei struggling with his conditioning, it was a matter of time before Mesenbrink finished the bout 16-5 to win the gold he missed last year.

Rakhim MAGAMADOV (FRA)Rakhim MAGAMADOV (FRA) won the 86kg final against Fumiya IGARASHI (JPN) 6-4. (Photo: UWW / Kostadin Andonov)

Magamadov repeats

Rakhim MAGAMADOV (FRA) defended his 86kg title after beating Fumiya IGARASHI (JPN) 6-4 in the gold medal match. Magamadov has become the first Freestyle wrestler from France to win two world titles across age groups.

Unlike his final in Sofia last year, Magamadov did not have a come-from-behind victory in Amman. However, he had to work hard to defend his lead against Igarashi who threatened to upset the champion in the second period.

Magamadov scored two takedowns in the first period to lead 4-0 and added another in the second period to extend it to 6-0. Igarashi kept coming back and even pushed Magamadov out-of-bounds twice but was called grounded.

Igarashi finally opened his score with a stepout with only 35 seconds left on the clock. Mamagadov was cautioned for fleeing and put in par terre which perhaps played negatively for Igarashi as he wanted the bout to restart in standing. With just 11 seconds remaining on the clock, Igarashi scored a takedown in the final second, not enough to stop Magamadov from winning his second straight gold medal at the U20 World Championships.

Mohit KUMAR (IND)Mohit KUMAR (IND) won the 61kg gold to become India's fourth U20 world champion in Freestyle. (Photo: UWW / Amirreza Aliasgari)

Mohit KUMAR (IND) became only the fourth Indian wrestler to win a Freestyle gold medal at the U20 World Championships when he defeated Eldar AKHMADUDINOV (AIN) 9-8 in the 61kg final.

India won it's first Freestyle U20 world title in 2001 when two wrestlers, Palwinder CHEEMA (IND) and Ramesh KUMAR (IND), won gold at 130kg and 69kg respectively. The nation had to wait 18 years for the third title as Deepak PUNIA (IND) won the gold at 86kg in 2019. Kumar made sure India did not have to wait that long for its fourth as he won the final in Amman.

But Kumar's path to the gold had been nothing short of edge-of-the-seat stuff. After winning his first two bouts via technical superiority, Kumar faced Nicholas BOUZAKIS (USA) in the quarterfinals. Both wrestlers exchanged the lead numerous times before Kumar managed to win 12-11. In the semifinals, Kumar pinned Besir ALILI (MKD) but not before himself surviving a pin call.

The final against Akhmadudinov, who scored a stunning takedown using a fake attack to win his semifinal 10-9 against Ali KHORRAMDEL (IRI), was equally dramatic as at one point Kumar trailed 6-0. Just before the break, Kumar scored a takedown to make it 6-2.

Kumar scored a stepout and then got a point as Akhmadudinov pulled Kumar's singlet during an attack. As Akhmadudinov struggled with his conditioning, Kumar scored an easy takedown and exposure in the same sequence to get an 8-6 lead. A stepout made it 9-6 with 46 seconds remaining in the final.

Akhmadudinov's late burst of energy helped him score a takedown, awarded to him only after a challenge. With his 9-8 lead and 14 seconds left on the clock, Kumar managed to keep Akhmadudinov at bay and win India's first gold of the tournament.




BRONZE: Nicholas BOUZAKIS (USA) df. Besir ALILI (MKD), 11-1

GOLD: Mitchell MESENBRINK (USA) df. Hossein AGHAEI (IRI), 16-5

BRONZE: JAIDEEP (IND) df. Zhakshylyk BAITASHOV (KGZ), via fall (4-2)

GOLD: Rakhim MAGAMADOV (FRA) df. Fumiya IGARASHI (JPN), 6-4

BRONZE: Eugeniu MIHALCEAN (MDA) df. Mushegh MKRTCHYAN (ARM), 3-0
BRONZE: Bennett BERGE (USA) df. Shakjir BISLIMI (MKD), 11-0

GOLD: Mohammadmobin AZIMI (IRI) df. Rizabek AITMUKHAN (KAZ), 5-4

BRONZE: Mustafagadzhi MALACHDIBIROV (AIN) df. Knyaz IBOYAN (ARM), 10-0

GOLD: Amirreza MASOUMI (IRI) df. Said AKHMATOV (AIN), 11-0

BRONZE: Rajat RUHAL (IND) vs. Karanveer MAHIL (CAN), 9-8 
BRONZE: Hakan BUYUKCINGIL (TUR) vs. Volodymyr KOCHANOV (UKR), 11-1

PodiumIran won the Freestyle team title with the United States finishing second and India third. (Photo: UWW / Amirreza Aliasgari)


GOLD: Yanrong LI (CHN) df. Audrey JIMENEZ (USA)

SF 1: Yanrong LI (CHN) df. Viktoriia SLOBODENIUK (UKR), via fall (2-2)
SF 2: Audrey JIMENEZ (USA) df. Reka HEGEDUS (SVK), 12-2

GOLD: Aryna MARTYNAVA (AIN) vs. Georgiana LIRCA (ROU) 

SF 1: Georgiana LIRCA (ROU) df. Moe KIYOOKA (JPN), via fall (4-2)
SF 2: Aryna MARTYNAVA (AIN) df. Albina RILLIA (UKR), 11-0

GOLD:  Alesia HETMANAVA (AIN) vs. Aurora RUSSO (ITA)

SF 1: Aurora RUSSO (ITA) df. Alexis JANIAK (USA), 9-8
SF 2: Alesia HETMANAVA (AIN) df. Kalmira BILIMBEK KYZY (KGZ), 6-4


SF 1: Ray HOSHINO (JPN) df. Alina SHAUCHUK (AIN), 9-4
SF 2: Elizaveta PETLIAKOVA (AIN) df. ARJU (IND), 6-3


SF 1: Laura KUEHN (GER) df. Veronika NYIKOS (HUN), 9-4
SF 2: PRIYA (IND) df. Kennedy BLADES (USA), 10-0


Amman to host U17 Worlds; Novi Sad gets U17, U20 Euros

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (February 23) -- United World Wrestling has reallocated the U17 World Championships to Amman, Jordan.

The 2024 U17 Worlds were originally scheduled to be held in Argentina from August 19 to 25 but UWW was forced to change the host due to the political situation in the country. The tournament will now be held in Amman on the same dates i.e. August 19-25, 2024.

The U17 and U20 European Championships were also shifted with Novi Sad, Serbia named as the new host. This will be a joint event with the U17 European Championships running from June 24 to 30 and the U20 European Championships scheduled from July 1 to 7.

The UWW Bureau arrived at this decision after the previous hosts failed to guarantee that the teams and athletes could come and compete without discrimination, in accordance with the fundamental principles and rules of the Olympic Movement.

As previously announced, the 2024 Non-Olympic Senior World Championships will be hosted in Tirana, Albania, from October 28 to 31, immediately following the 2024 U23 World Championships. UWW decided that the wrestlers who compete at the Olympic Games in Paris will not be allowed to register for this event.