The Forum in Inglewood in 2014. Photo by Ritapepaj (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The Forum in Inglewood in 2014. Photo by Ritapepaj (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Iran won wrestling’s Freestyle World Cup for the fifth consecutive year by defeating Russia, 5-3, in the gold-medal match at the Forum, while the U.S. lost to Georgia in the third-place match.

Iran won four of the first five bouts, before Shamil Kudiiamagomedov and Abdusalam Gadisov recorded victories for Russia. Komeil Ghasemi of Iran defeated Muradin Kushkov of Russia, 3-2 in the final bout.

The U.S. lost to the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, 17-16 on classification points in the third-place match after each team won four matches.

The U.S. lost the first two bouts, then won the next four. A late takedown gave 2016 Olympian Frank Molinaro the victory on criteria over Zurab Iakobishvili, ranked ninth in the world at 65 kilograms by United World Wrestling, the sport’s international governing body, in a bout that ended 4-4.

James Green won by a 10-0 technical fall over David Tlashadze at 70 kilograms. Alex Dieringer defeated Yakob Makarashvili, 10-1, at 74 kilograms.

Georgia re-tied the match when Dato Marsigashvili defeated 2016 Olympian J’den Cox, 7-4, at 86 kilograms.

Another of the U.S. team’s five 2016 Olympians, Kyle Snyder had a late takedown of Elizbar Odikadze, ranked fifth at 97 kilograms, to win on criteria in a bout that ended 3-3.

Geno Petriashvili of Georgia defeated Zach Rey, 6-2, in the match’s final bout.

“This is the kind of competition we have to have to get ready for Rio,” U.S. coach Bruce Burnett said, referring to the site of the 2016 Olympics. “I felt like we didn’t have the same power and same pop as we had yesterday. We’ve got to get better.”

The U.S. defeated India, 7-1, and Azerbaijan, 8-0, Saturday in Group B matches in wrestling’s annual dual meet championship.

The U.S. completed the group stage of the competition earlier today by losing to Iran, 17-15, on classification points after each team won four bouts. The U.S. finished second in its four-team group.

Iran won the first two bouts. The U.S. won the next two as Molinaro defeated Sayed Mohammadi, 4-3, after trailing 3-0, and Green defeated Moustafa Hosseinkhani, 5-2.

Dieringer lost on a 10-0 technical fall to Hassan Yazdanicharati. The U.S. took a 4-3 lead when Snyder defeated Abbas Tahan, 8-1.

Jake Varner, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist who usually wrestles at 97 kilograms, lost 3-1 to Parviz Hadi at 125 kilograms.

After being held at the Forum each of the past three years, the 2017 Freestyle World Cup will be held in Tehran, Iran in 2017.

—City News Service

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