IMAM KHOMEINI AIRPORT, Iran — When the United States wrestling team arrived at 3 a.m. on Saturday

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IMAM KHOMEINI AIRPORT, Iran — When the United States wrestling team arrived at 3 a.m. on Saturday
at an airport hotel outside Iran’s capital, Tehran, staff members ordered out for pizza.
“This was the best tournament I have ever participated in, even better than the Olympics in Rio.”
Later on Saturday, during a sightseeing trip, the wrestling team took to the landmark
Milad Tower in Tehran, and excited Iranians took pictures of the team.
“I have never been affected by terror, but here in Iran, I have never felt any ill will toward me — the opposite actually.”
Iranian fans cheered the American wrestlers during matches against competitors from Azerbaijan, Russia and Georgia.
After President Trump announced that Iran would be included in a travel ban, the country decided it would reciprocate by barring the team.
The wrestlers had just flown in from the western Iranian city of Kermanshah, where the
team lost the Freestyle Wrestling World Cup to Iran, in a series of thrilling matches.
Jordan Burroughs, an Olympic champion, said he has more fans in Iran’s capital “than from any other city.”
For a time, it had seemed the American wrestlers would be forced to stay home.

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