Iran, the country with no woman on the mats took 11 gold medal from 18 events at Asian Junior Championships. Mongolia Wins Women’s Title


Iran Takes 11 Men’s Events, Mongolia Wins Women’s Title at Asian Junior ChampionshipsBy William May

Iranian wrestlers grabbed 11 gold medals in the 16 men’s events while host Mongolia sent seven to the medals podium for the women’s title at the Asian Junior Wrestling Championships

Iran won the freestyle team title with a near-perfect score of 77 points from six champions, a runner-up, and one bronze medalist. Kazakhstan was second with 64 points and one champion with India third at 49

In Greco-Roman, Iran sent all eight of their entries to the awards podium and ran away the team title with 75 points and five champions followed by Kyrgyzstan (51) and Kazakhstan (50)

In women’s freestyle, host Mongolia pushed four wrestlers into the finals and came away with one gold medalist and team title with 67 points. Kazakhstan was second with 63 points as senior world bronze medalist Ekaterina LARIONOVA (KAZ) bagged her second Asia junior crown

India slipped past Japan for third place, 60-57, in spite of Japan’s three individual champions


On the individual side, ERDENEBILEG Puntsag (MGL) won Mongolia’s first-ever gold medal in Greco-Roman in a major international competition with the title at 55kg. NOROVSUREN Amarskhan (MGL) added a bronze medal at 66kg

Mongolia, a regular force in freestyle, most recently boasted a bronze medal at the 2013 Asian cadet championships, but it had been a seven-year dry spell since MAGALJAV Tserendashdorj (MGL) won a silver medal at 120kg the 2006 world university championships in Ulaanbaatar

Also in Greco-Roman, 2013 cadet world champion Ramin TAHERISARTANG (IRI) racked up three wins by technical fall at 66kg and then accepted a forfeit for the title from defending champion Khusrav OBLOBERDIEV (TJK), runner-up at the Asian senior championships in April

Payam BOUYERI PAYANI (IRI), junior world bronze medalist in 2012, won his first Asian junior title at 74kg to help pace Iran’s winning team effort

In men’s freestyle, leading the charge for Iran were 2011 cadet world silver medalist Hassan YAZDANICHARATI (IRI) at 66kg along with 2012 cadet world bronze medalists Saber KHANJANI SHAHRESTANI (IRI) at 50kg and Reza MOZZAFFARIJOUBARI (IRI) at 74kg

The only gold medals to escape Iran in freestyle were taken by 2013 Asia cadet bronze medalist Ulubek ZHOLDOSHBEKOV (KGZ) at 55kg and 2011 cadet world champion Elkhan ASSADOV (KAZ) at 84kg

In women’s freestyle, KIM Hyon-Gyong (PRK), last year’s champion at 44kg, snared the 48kg crown with a win over XIE Ya (CHN), the silver medalist at 52kg in the Asian cadet meet in May

Yarygin Grand Prix bronze medalist ALTANTSETSEG Battsetseg (MGL) reversed a first-round loss in 2013 to Rumi HIROSE (JPN), 10-2, in the 55kg final, as Hirose accepted the silver medal for a second year in a row

Yui SAKANO (JPN) won her second Asia junior crown at 59kg with a 6-5 win over junior world champion SUKHEE Tserenchimeg (MGL)


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