Freestyle Youngster Lee Impresses at Junior World Wrestling Championships

By Tim Foley

SALVADOR, Brazil (August 15) – Spencer Lee (USA) became one of the youngest wrestlers to ever win a Junior world title Satuday night when the 16-year-old 50kg scrapper rolled past Alireza GOODARZI (IRI) by technical fall, 10-0 in only 48 seconds.

LEE (USA) was the first in a series of wrestlers to derail what could have been a banner night for the Iranian side. The Asian squad placed four in the finals, but only one a single title.

Iran’s sole champion came at 60kg when Iman SADEGHI (IRI) took gold medal with a lopsided 12-2 technical fall against  Ibrahim ABDELHAMID (EGY). The Egyptian has pressed on through tough quarterfinal and semifinal matches, but his luck came up short against Sadeghi who bounced back from an early takedown to earn the ten point differential and world title.

Nabiev GHADIZHI (RUS) handed the Iranians their second loss of the night beating Reza MOZAFFAR (IRI), 7-5 in a topsy-turvy scramble-heavy 74kg final. After an early lead by the Russian wrestler, Mozaffar found back-to-back takedowns to take the lead via criteria, 5-5.

But it wasn’t enough as Ghadizhi scrambled to a later takedown with 10 seconds remaining to seal up a 7-5 win and earn Russia their first Junior world champions gold medal in freestyle wrestling.

Sayed HOSSINI (IRI) had looked dominant all day but Nurmagomed GADZHIYEV (AZE) of neighboring Azerbaijan used six minutes of attacks and aggression to score a pair of takedowns and handful of pushout to earn a 7-2 victory.

Though none of the finals matches were especially close contests, the day’s wrestling was marked by an array of tough wrestling, likely as some of the better juniors from second-tier countries prepare for next month’s Senior Wrestling World Championships in Las Vegas.

Wrestling at the 2015 Junior Wrestling World Championships concludes tomorrow with freestyle wrestling at 55, 66, 84 and 120kg.

Freestyle – 50kg
GOLD:  Spencer LEE (USA) df. Alireza GOODARZI (IRI) by TF, 10-0 
BRONZE:  Arif HUSEYNOV (AZE) df. Razmik MISAKYAN (ARM), 4-2 
BRONZE:  Roman GUTSULYAK (UKR) df. Bhart DATIL (IND), 6-2 

Freestyle – 60kg
GOLD:  Iman SADEGHI (IRI) df. Ibrahim ABDELHAMID (EGY) by TF, 12-2 
BRONZE:  Dimitar IVANOV (BUL) df. Amit AMIT (IND), 12-10 
BRONZE:  Rashidov GADZHIMURAD (RUS) df. Jahid HASAN-ZADA (AZE) by TF, 11-0 

Freestyle – 74kg
GOLD:  Nabiev GADIZHI (RUS) df. Reza MOZAFFARI (IRI), 7-5 
BRONZE:  Peter NAGY (HUN) df. Raman CHYTADZE (BLR), 7-6

Freestyle – 96kg
​GOLD: Nurmagomed GADZHIYEV (AZE) df. Sayed HOSSINI (IRI) , 7-2
BRONZE:  Bakdaulet ALMENTAY (KAZ) df. Taponi HEINO JERE (FIN), 7-4
BRONZE:  Nishanpreet RANDHAWA (CAN) df. Rouble SINGH (IND), 6-6