A native of Iran who was a two-time Olympic Greco-Roman athlete for Iran, Ahad Javansalehi brings international experience as an athlete and coach, along with a background in coaching here in the United States.
Javansalehi served as an official U.S. Greco-Roman World Team Coach in 2014, helping lead the U.S. team which placed 12th and included World bronze medalist Andy Bisek. Ahad came to Ithaca after serving as a USA Wrestling Greco-Roman national team assistant coach at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Javansalehi was a member of the 2013 U.S. Greco-Roman World Team staff. He was a coach for the 2014 Greco-Roman World Cup team which competed in Tehran, Iran, and also coached at the 2014 Granma Cup in Cuba. He also has been among the staff coaches at the U.S. Greco-Roman World Team Training Camps for the last three years.
He has been an active coach on the local levels in both Salt Lake City, Utah and in Portland, Ore. During his years in Oregon, he has been an assistant coach at Douglas High School, Forest Grove High School, Hillsboro High School and Liberty High School, as well as at Pacific University. Javansalehi also helped coach with the Cobra USA club in the late 1990s.
He was a successful international Greco-Roman wrestler in Iran before moving to the United States. He competed in the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games, and won four Asian Championships or Asian Games medals, including a gold medal at the 1992 Asian Championships. He also was a four-time college national Greco-Roman champion for Tabriz University in Iran, where he started the program and was an athlete and coach.
Ahad started wrestling Greco-Roman as a teenager, the first Greco-Roman wrestler in the city of Ardebil, where he trained under his brother Yasoub, Iran’s 1992 and 1996 Olympic Greco-Roman coach. At the age of 17, Javansalehi was both the Iranian Junior and Senior champion in his weight class. Under his brother’s coaching skill, the city of Ardebil quickly became the top Greco-Roman city in Iran, dominating the national championships for over a decade.