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Iranian Wrestler Throws Match To Avoid Facing Israeli In Next Round

At championships in Poland, Ali Reza Karimi all but won his match against Russian opponent until his coach commanded him from the sidelines to lose.
A photo from 2016 Rio Games, shows Iran's Ali Reza Karimi, right, facing off USA's J'den Michael Tbory Cox (red) in the men's 86kg freestyle quarter-final match. Source: Jack Guez

Iranian wrestler Ali Reza Karimi had his eye on the prize at the U-23 World Championship in Poland: He was heading to certain victory against his Russian opponent.

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