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Iran beats US in Grand Central exhibition

Thursday - 5/16/2013, 3:58am  ET

Trumpeter Joey Morant plays the U.S. national anthem as the U.S. and Iran teams gather on the mat to start competition in an exhibition wrestling match at Grand Central Terminal, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in New York. "The Rumble on the Rails" exhibition, featuring teams from the United States, Iran and Russia, raises money for charity but is also aimed at drawing attention to the sport's attempt to stay in the Olympics. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

RACHEL COHEN
AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Iran's wrestling team visited the United States for the first time in a decade and found a virtual home meet.

The fans waving Iranian flags and stomping on the temporary bleachers were treated to a show of dominance by the wrestling power Wednesday in the exhibition at Grand Central Terminal. Iran beat the Americans 6-1.

"It's typical Iranian. Wherever we go, they do the same thing," two-time world champion Mehdi Taghavi Kermani said through a translator after winning his match at 145
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