By Gary Abbott
The international wrestling federation FILA has announced the draw for the pool competition at the 2014 Freestyle World Cup, set for the Forum, presented by Chase, in Inglewood, Calif., March 15-16.
The World Cup is the annual international dual meet championships, and will feature the top 10 men’s freestyle wrestling teams in the world.
The random draw was conducted at the FILA Bureau meeting held in Rome, Italy on Friday, February 28. The top two teams from the 2013 Freestyle World Cup, Iran and Russia, were automatically placed in different pools.
Pool A will feature returning World Cup champion Iran, host United States, India, Armenia and Turkey.
The teams in Pool A had the following placements at the 2013 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary: Iran (1st), United States (5th), India (6th), Armenia (9th, tie) and Turkey (9th, tie).
Pool B will feature returning World Cup runner-up Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Mongolia and Japan.
The teams in Pool B had the following placements at the 2013 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary: Russia (2nd), Georgia (3rd), Ukraine (4th), Mongolia (7th, tie) and Japan (14th).
The World Cup field is split into two pools of five nations, with each team competing against the other four teams in its pool. The winning teams of each pool will compete for first place; second place in each pool will compete for third place; third place in each pool will compete for fifth place; fourth place in each pool will compete for seventh place and fifth place in each pool will compete for ninth place.
Based upon the draw, the local organizing committee for the Freestyle World Cup has finalized the pool pairings for each session at the 2014 Freestyle World Cup.
There are two competition sessions each day of the Freestyle World Cup
On Saturday, March 15, Session I runs from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Highlights of this session include the first two matches for host Team USA in Pool A, who will face Armenia and India. Returning champion Iran has its first match against Armenia. In Pool B, last year’s runner-up Russia has its first two bouts, going against Mongolia and Ukraine. Worldwide interest will be on the match between Russia and Ukraine at 2:00 p.m., with these nations in the news at this time.
Session II on Saturday begins with the Opening Ceremony at 5:00 p.m. Competition begins at 5:30 p.m. and is scheduled to run through 9:30 p.m. Pool A competition comes first, and returning champion Iran has two matches. The two bouts at 6:30 p.m. will receive international attention due to international rivalries as host USA battles Iran, as well as the Turkey vs. Armenia match. In Pool B, Team Georgia will have two tough tests, facing Mongolia and Ukraine.
Sunday, March 16 starts with Session III, scheduled from 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The pool competition will be concluded in the first two hours of the session with two matches in each pool. The top three teams in last year’s World Cup, Iran, Russia and the United States, all have matches early in this session. Also scheduled for Session III are the fifth-place, seventh-place and ninth-place finals bouts.
Session IV will conclude the competition, with the third-place match at 5:00 p.m. and the first-place Championship Match at 6:00 p.m. Awards ceremonies will follow the first-place match.
The discounted All-Session tickets for the two-day event will be available for a limited time, and at three price levels:
· General Admission (Sections 201-211 and 225-236) for $50 face value
· Preferred Seating (in the 100 levels) for $130 face value
· VIP (100 levels center mat) for $270 face value.
All Ticketmaster purchases are subject to a convenience fee.
For more information on the Freestyle World Cup, visit www.wrestlingworldcup.com
FREESTYLE WORLD CUP
at the Forum, presented by Chase, Inglewood, Calif., March 15-16
Saturday, March 15
11:00 a.m. – USA vs. Armenia; India vs. Turkey
12:00 noon – USA vs. India; Iran vs. Armenia
1:00 p.m. – Georgia vs. Japan, Mongolia vs. Russia
2:00 p.m. – Japan vs. Mongolia; Ukraine vs. Russia
5:00 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies
5:30 p.m. – Iran vs. Turkey; Armenia vs. India
6:30 p.m. – USA vs. Iran; Turkey vs. Armenia
7:30 p.m. – Mongolia vs. Georgia; Japan vs. Ukraine
8:30 p.m. – Georgia vs. Ukraine; Russia vs. Japan
Sunday, March 16
11:00 a.m. – Iran vs. India, USA vs. Turkey
12:00 noon – Russia vs. Georgia; Ukraine vs. Mongolia
1:30 p.m. – Seventh-place match and Ninth-place match
2:30 p.m. – Fifth-place match
5:00 p.m. – Third-place match
6:00 p.m. – First-place match and Award Ceremonies
ABOUT USA WRESTLING
USA Wrestling is the National Governing Body for the Sport of Wrestling in the United States and, as such, is its representative to the United States Olympic Committee and the International Wrestling Federation FILA. Simply, USA Wrestling is the central organization that coordinates amateur wrestling programs in the nation and works to create interest and participation in these programs. Its president is James Ravannack, and its Executive Director is Rich Bender.
FILA, the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles, is the global governing body of the sport of wrestling. It works to promote the sport and facilitate the activities of its 177 national federations from around the world. It is based in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland.