Iran earned three gold medals on the opening day of competition ©UWW

Iran’s Ramin Taherisartang secured men’s Greco-Roman 80 kilogram gold on the opening day of the Asian Wrestling Championships in Bangkok, Thailand.

Having won the 71kg title at last year’s Championships, Taherisartang showed he was capable of competing at the higher weight division as he enjoyed smooth progression to the gold medal bout.

He would face China’s Aishan Aishan, who was eager to go one step further than he managed at the 2015 Championships in Doha, where he was forced to settle for the silver medal.

However, he was unable to better the feat as Taherisartang produced two successful lifts to consign his opponent to a defeat by technical fall.

Uzbekistan’s Aram Vardanyan overcame North Korea’s Jon Won-Chol 8-6 to win the first bronze medal, with Iran’s Mehdi Zeidvand securing a 5-2 victory over China’s Zhang Gaoquan to earn the final podium finish.

Iranian success would continue in the 98kg competition, as Mahdi Aliyari Feyzabadi earned the title with the judges awarding him a victory by fall against India’s Hardeep Hardeep.

Mohamed Abdelfattah Mohamed of Bahrain triumphed in the same manner over South Korea’s world junior silver medallist Kim Seungjun in their bronze medal tie.

The final bronze medal was awarded to Uzur Dzhuzupbekov, with the Kyrgyzstan wrestler earning a narrow 6-5 win over Iraq’s Ali Majeed Hameed Al Kaabi.

A third and final Iranian gold medal was claimed by Amir Ghasemimonjazi in the 130kg event as he defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Murat Ramonov with a fall to take the title.

Kazakhstan’s Damir Kuzembayev earned a technical fall win over Uzbekistan’s Muminjon Abdullaev to win bronze, while India’s Naveen Naveen clinched the other minor medal by beating China’s Sun He 6-4.

Kazakhstan's Doszhan Kartikov continued his comeback from injury by winning 75kg gold
Kazakhstan's Doszhan Kartikov continued his comeback from injury by winning 75kg gold ©UWW

Having recently returned to competition after a two-month lay-off due to knee surgery, Kazakhstan’s Doszhan Kartikov produced one of the performances of the day as he sealed a 4-0 victory over Uzbekistan’s Dilshod Turdiev in the 75kg final.

“I feel pretty good about the win,” Kartishov said.

“Especially since I’ve only had a month to train after knee surgery three months ago.

“Now I can look forward to the World Cup and, of course, the Olympic Games.”

Kartishov was joined on the podium by Iran’s Payam Bouyeri Payani and Kyrgyzstan’s Ruslan Tsarev after they earned technical fall wins over Turkmenistan’s Shermet Permanov and Qatar’s Bakhit Sharif Badr, respectively.

One of the closest contests of the day came in the 66kg final, where South Korea’s Choi Giuk clinched gold having won the last point of his contest against Kazakhstan’s Askhat Zhanbirov.

Uzbekistan’s Aram Vardanyan defeated North Korea’s Jon Won-Chol 8-6 and Iran’s Mehdi Zeidvand overcame China’s Zhang Gaoquan 5-2 to win bronze medals.

The Championships will continue tomorrow and will run until Sunday (February 21).