08/07/2012 03:16 EDT | Updated 10/07/2012 05:12 EDT

Rezaei of Iran wins Olympic gold medal in men's 96-kilogram Greco-Roman wrestling

LONDON - Ghasem Gholamreza Rezaei of Iran won the Olympic gold medal in 96-kilogram Greco-Roman wrestling Tuesday.

Rezaei beat Rustam Totrov of Russia 2-0, 1-0 to become Iran's third Greco-Roman champion in as many days.

He's by far the most unlikely gold-medal winner of the trio.

Rezaei was just 16th at the Beijing Games in 2008, but a number of upsets helped clear the way for Rezaei and Totrov to meet in the finals.

Rezaei joins Hamid Soryan and Omid Noroozi as Iranian Olympic champions.