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Originally from the Mazandaran region of Iran, Hassan Yazdanicharati (Yazdani) has won cadet, junior and senior-level medals for the Islamic Republic of Iran, and is one of the most popular wrestlers in the country. Yazdani's career accolades include Rio Olympic Champion, Tokyo Olympic Silver medalist, three-time World Champion, and two-time Asian Champion. He is engaged in a fierce rivalry with American David Taylor. Taylor beat Yazdani in the finals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but Yazdani got revenge in the finals of the 2021 Oslo World Championships. He competes at 86 kg.

  1. Team USA Men's Freestyle Updates At The 2022 World Championships

    Team USA Men's Freestyle Updates At The 2022 World Championships

    Sep 18, 2022

    It's all about the team race: USA vs Iran! It's party time in Belgrade, let's go!
  2. The Biggest Men's Freestyle Rivalries We Want Renewed At Worlds

    The Biggest Men's Freestyle Rivalries We Want Renewed At Worlds

    Sep 7, 2022

    One of the best things about the World Championships is that it increases the chances that you'll get to see the renewal of some of the raddest international rivalries in the sport of wrestling. And what's cooler than sports rivalries? Not much if we're being honest.
  3. Worlds Team Race Breakdown: USA vs Iran, Who Has The Advantage?

    Worlds Team Race Breakdown: USA vs Iran, Who Has The Advantage?

    Sep 2, 2022

    Team USA narrowly edged Iran last year for second place at the World Championships, but with Russia not competing at this year’s World Championships, the United States and Iran are slated for an epic battle to claim the title of World champions. Seven of last year’s 10 World Team members return for Team USA and eight of Iran’s return, so who’s got the advantage?
  4. 86kg 2022 World Championships Preview: Taylor vs Yazdani Rivalry - Round 5!

    86kg 2022 World Championships Preview: Taylor vs Yazdani Rivalry - Round 5!

    Aug 18, 2022

    World and Olympic champion David Taylor will represent the United States at 86kg at the world championships and will wrestle on September 15-16 in Belgrade, Serbia. Check out the full preview below to get to know the 86kg field better and find out who the biggest challengers will be to Taylor at Worlds.
  5. World Championships Men's Freestyle Bracket Reactions

    World Championships Men's Freestyle Bracket Reactions

    Oct 1, 2021

    The best part of waking up is seeing fresh brackets from Oslo, in our humble opinion. Day 1 competitors Daton Fix, David Taylor, Kyle Dake & Nick Gwiazdowski have their draws, let's break them down before action gets underway in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
  6. Why You Can't Miss Taylor - Yazdani Round IV

    Why You Can't Miss Taylor - Yazdani Round IV

    Sep 27, 2021

    Yesterday I wrote about why Kyle Snyder vs Abdulrashid Sadulaev is the greatest wrestling rivalry of all time. I stand by that take. Just shy, but with the potential to catch them, is David Taylor and Hassan Yazdani.
  7. 10 Years Worth Of Historic Junior Worlds Matches

    10 Years Worth Of Historic Junior Worlds Matches

    Aug 13, 2021

    The Junior World Championships will be held in Ufa, Russia and will take place from August 16-22. With the benefit of hindsight, we can look back over the past 10 years of Junior Worlds to see how future world/Olympic medalists and champions first made their mark at Junior Worlds. This article will highlight some of the best matches from the past 10 years.
  8. Olympic Games Expectations Vs Reality

    Olympic Games Expectations Vs Reality

    Aug 8, 2021

    What an insane Olympic Games.
  9. Cadet Worlds = NCAA Champs And Olympians

    Cadet Worlds = NCAA Champs And Olympians

    Jul 14, 2021

    The 2021 Cadet World Championships will go down in Budapest, Hungary July 19-25. Team USA has sent a team to Cadet Worlds every year since 2011. In this article, we’ll take a look back at Cadet Worlds since 2011 to see USA’s best performances. We’ll also explore how the best countries fared at Cadet Worlds during this time and highlight this year’s Tokyo Olympians performances.
  10. How Top International Stars Have Fared At The Cadet World Championships

    How Top International Stars Have Fared At The Cadet World Championships

    Jul 10, 2021

    Russia’s Gadzhimurad Rashidov has put on a few pounds — or kilograms — in the last decade years and he’s piled up a stack of international wrestling medals at 61 kilos.
  11. Best Country At 86kg - Can USA Catch Russia?

    Best Country At 86kg - Can USA Catch Russia?

    Jul 3, 2021

    As the Olympic Games approach, we're going through a series of articles looking at what countries are historically the best at each Olympic weight. In this article, we’ll look at 86kg by analyzing the results from the World Championships and Olympic Games since 2000.
  12. 86kg Olympic Preview - David Taylor Vs Hassan Yazdani Round 3

    86kg Olympic Preview - David Taylor Vs Hassan Yazdani Round 3

    Jul 1, 2021

    David Taylor is Team USA’s Olympian at 86kg in a field that includes 1 past world champion and 5 other world medalists. This 86kg Olympic preview will give an overview of Taylor’s senior level career and explore the careers of each of his potential competitors in Tokyo. We'll also break down the competitors into tiers based on medal contenders, dark horses and long shots at the Olympic Games.
  13. Challengers To Team USA On Display At The Continentals

    Challengers To Team USA On Display At The Continentals

    Apr 22, 2021

    Both the Asian and European Championships went down over the past week. In men’s freestyle, 4 world champions and over 20 Olympians competed in the continentals. In case you missed some of the action, here are a few major takeaways and how they might influence Team USA this August in Tokyo.
  14. Why Watch The Asian Championships

    Why Watch The Asian Championships

    Apr 16, 2021

    Men’s Freestyle starts early morning Saturday, April 17th, at the Asian Championships. Qualifying rounds are from 1:30am-4:30am (ET) and medal matches are set to start at 8:00am (ET). The weights will be split into two days, but the schedule will remain the same for each day. Saturday will start with 57, 65, 70, 79 and 97. The remaining weights - 61, 74, 86, 92, and 125 will compete Sunday. While the tournament is happening on the other side of the world, and probably during the time you usually sleep, there are a few reasons you should watch the Asian Championships if you’re a wrestling fan.
  15. The Eight Most Anticipated Matches From This Olympic Quad

    The Eight Most Anticipated Matches From This Olympic Quad

    Jan 5, 2021

    FloWrestling is really kicking off 2021 with a bang. Five-time World/Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs is moving up to take on old rival David Taylor. This won’t just be one of the biggest matches of the year, but one of the biggest matches since the Rio Olympics.