TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian wrestlers have crunched their American visitors on the first day of a freestyle World Cup in Tehran.

Hassan Rahimi (55 kilograms), Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouy (60kg), Mehdi Taghavi (66kg), Ehsan Lashgari (84kg), Hamed Tatari (96kg) and Komeil Ghasemi (120kg) defeated their American opponents, while the only American to win on Thursday was Jordan Burroughs, over Sadegh Goudarzi at 74kg.

Iran also lost only one bout against Bulgaria, while sweeping Japan and Georgia to top Group B.

Russia won Group A, beating Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkey, and Belarus, winning 23 of a combined 28 bouts.

The playoffs are on Friday.

 

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