Taheri wins gold, Goldman & Nakamura silvers in Greco on last day of Veterans Worlds in Bosnia

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Mohammed Taheri of the USA takes down Galip Tahran of Turkey in 76 kg Greco finals at Veterans Worlds in Sarajevo. Robbert Wijtman photo

SARAJEVO, Bosnia – Mohammad Taheri of Pittsburgh, Pa. won a gold medal at 76 kg in Div. G on the final day of Greco-Roman at the Veterans World Championships on Sunday

Taheri pinned Galip Tahran of Turkey in the finals to claim the gold medal. It was his second medal of the Veterans World Championships after winning a silver in men’s freestyle earlier in the week.

The USA had a pair of silver medals in Div. A from Jason Goldman of Binghamton, N.Y. at 58 kg and Michael Nakamura of Elko, Nev. at 63 kg.

Goldman opened up with wins over opponents from Germany and Azerbaijan. He was defeated in the finals by Grigori Buliga of France, 0-8. It was Goldman’s second medal of the competition, to go along with a gold medal in men’s freestyle.

Nakamura was defeated in the finals by A. Serebrinnikov of Russia, 1-9. 

When combined with freestyle, the United States won 27 medals at the Veterans World Championships, including six golds.

At Sarajevo, Bosnia

Greco-Roman champions

Div. A
58 kg – Grigori Buliga (France)
63 kg – A. Serebrinnikov (Russia)
69 kg – Bek Khan Okuchaev (Russia)
76 kg – J. Samuelsson (Sweden)
85 kg – Levgeni Vasyliuev (Ukraine)
97 kg – Zurab Tsikaridze (Georgia)
130 kg – Gogelia Tamaz (Georgia)

Div. G
58 kg – Alexandr Korenkov (Russia)
63 kg – Anatoli Damashneu (Belarus)
69 kg – Procopie Grosu (Moldova)
76 kg – Mohammed Taheri (USA)
85 kg – Alexandr Maltsev (Russia)
97 kg – Artur Sammet (Germany)
130 kg – Petro Antonchuk (Ukraine)

U.S. Greco-Roman performances

Div. A

58 kg - Jason Goldman, Binghamton, N.Y., silver medal
WIN Pierre Vierling (Germany), 6-0
WIN Abdulhamid Manafol (Azerbaijan), 9-1
LOSS  Grigori Buliga (France), 0-8

63 kg - Michael Nakamura, Elko, Nev., silver medal
LOSS A. Serebrinnikov (Russia), 1-9

97 kg - Octavius Bellamy, Westchester, Ill., 4th place
LOSS Serbei Ustimov (Russia), 2-4
WIN  Thomas Larsen (Norway)
LOSS Rafal Koszowski (Poland), 0-5
LOSS Zurab Tsikaridze (Georgia), 0-7

Div. G

76 kg - Mohammad Taheri, Pittsburgh, Pa., gold medal
WIN Galip Tahran (Turkey)