Sharifov of Azerbaijan wins Olympic wrestling gold

Sharif Sharifov of Azerbaijan won an Olympic wrestling gold

medal in men’s 84-kilogram freestyle, beating Jaime Yusept Espinal

of Puerto Rico 6-1, 2-0 Saturday.

Sharifov, the defending world champion, beat American Jake

Herbert in a quarterfinal that led to a post-match dispute between

U.S. coach Zeke Jones and officials.

Sharifov bounced back with wins over three-time Asian champion

Ehsan Naser Lashgari in the semifinals and Espinal in the

final.

Espinal delivered just the second silver medal in Puerto Rico’s

Olympic history – and the first medal of any kind by a Puerto Rican

wrestler.

Toghrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan won the 60-kilogram gold earlier

Saturday.