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USA vs. Iran: USA needs every fan in attendance at the World Cup!

Aaron Pico - USA Wrestling

By: Pablo Di Maria

LOS ANGELES, CA – Team U.S.A will play host to the 43rd annual Freestyle World Cup, the third consecutive year the U.S. has hosted, at the famous Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood, California. Team U.S.A has participated in this event 37-times and has been crowned team champions 13-times. The last championship earned by team U.S.A was in 2003 when the event was held in Boise, Idaho. That year, team U.S.A won five gold medals when Stephen Abas (55kg), Eric Guerrero (60kg), Chris Bono (66kg), Joe Williams (74kg) and Tim Hartung (96kg) won their respective weight classes. Cael Sanderson (84kg) won silver while Kerry McCoy (125kg) won the bronze medal.

Recently, the United World Wrestling (UWW) committee announced the draws for this year’s World Cup with team U.S.A being in the same pool as Azerbaijan, India and four-time champions Iran. What does this mean for fans of the United States? It means that we need to match the intensity, fervor and fan base the Iranian wrestling team will bring to Los Angeles. From the chanting of “Iran! Iran!” to the great camaraderie displayed by their fans should put us to shame.

Fans from all over California should attempt to make the trip and watch as hometown hero Aaron Pico, wrestling up a weight class, could eventually take on 2015 World Championship runner-up Hassan Yazdani. Pico has traveled overseas many times to compete against the best Iran has to offer. Now they will be on Pico’s turf and we need to support him.

Mark the days on your calendar, June 11-12, to see if Daniel Dennis can defeat his Iranian rival by using his signature move, the gut wrench. Can Coleman Scott use his double leg to obtain the victory? Can Frank Molinaro use his strength to overcome his opponent? Can Jordan Burroughs be his dominating self and put fear into the opposition? Can Jayden Cox outmaneuver his adversary? Can Kyle Snyder become the next star for the Red, White and Blue? Can Tervel Dlagnev showcase his skills and technique? Come out to the LA Forum this June and find out. Team U.S.A. needs you!

Possible line-ups

57KG
Iran USA
Hassan Rahimi Daniel Dennis
2015 World Championships 3rd 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials 1st
2014 World Championships 2nd 2016 Bill Farrell Memorial International 3rd
2013 World Championships 1st 2015 Grand Prix of Spain 1st
2012 Olympic Games Participant 2015 Bill Farrell Memorial International 3rd
Reza Atranagharchi
2016 Alexander Medved Prizes 1st
2015 World Military Games 3rd
2015 Nikola Petrov Tournament 2nd
2015 Takhti Cup 3rd
61KG
Behnam Ehsanpoor Coleman Scott
2016 Asian Championship 2nd 2016 Pan American Championship 1st
2016 Takhti Cup 1st 2012 Olympic Games 3rd
2015 Asian Championship 2nd
2015 Takhti Cup 1st
Mehran Nasirifranchali
2016 International Ukrainian Tournament 1st
2015 World Military Games 2nd
65KG
Sayed Mohammadi Frank Molinaro
2016 Grand Prix of Paris 1st 2016 Olympic Qualification Tournament 2nd
2015 World Championship 3rd 2016 US Olympic Trials 1st
2014 World Championship 2nd 2016 Pan American Championship 1st
2014 Asian Championship 1st 2015 Bill Farrell Memorial International 4th
Meysan Nasiri
2016 Asian Championship 1st
2016 Takhti Cup 1st
2014 World Cup 1st
2014 Takhti Cup 1st
70KG
Muhammad Naderi Aaron Pico
2016 Asian Championship 3rd 2016 US Olympic Trials 2nd
2016 Takhti Cup 1st 2016 Alexander Medved Prizes 3rd
2015 World Military Games 3rd 2015 Bill Farrell Memorial International 3rd
Hassan Yazdani
2016 Alexander Medved Prizes 2nd
2016 Grand Prix of Paris 2nd
2015 World Championship 2nd
2015 World Cup 1st
74KG
Peyman Yarahmadi Jordan Burroughs
2016 International Ukrainian Tournament 1st 2016 Pan American Championship 1st
2016 Takhti Cup 3rd 2016 Yasar Dogu 1st
2015 Asian Championship 1st 2015 World Championships 1st
2015 World Cup 2nd 2012 Olympics 1st
Moustafa Hosseinkhani
2016 Asian Championship 1st
2016 Takhti Cup 1st
2015 Golden Grand Prix 3rd
2014 Asian Games 7th
86KG
Alireza Karimimachiani Jayden Cox
2016 Grand Prix of Paris 1st 2016 Olympic Qualification Tournament 1st
2015 World Championship 3rd 2016 US Olympic Trials 1st
2015 Stepan Sargsyan Tournament 1st
2015 Asian Championship 1st
 Meisam Mostafa Joukar
2016 Takhti Cup 3rd
2015 World Cup 1st
2015 Takhti Cup 1st
2014 Asian Games 1st
97KG
Reza Yazdani Kyle Snyder
2016 Asian Championship 1st 2016 US Olympic Trials 1st
2016 Takhti Cup 1st 2016 Alexander Medved Prizes 3rd
2014 World Championship 1st 2016 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix 1st
2013 World Championship 1st 2015 World Championships 1st
Abbas Tahan
2016 Grand Prix of Paris 3rd
2015 World Championships 5th
2014 Takhti Cup 2nd
2013 Takhti Cup 3rd
125KG
Hadi Parviz Tervel Dlagnev
2016 Asian Championship 1st 2016 US Olympic Trials 1st
2016 Takhti Cup 1st 2016 Olympic Qualification Tournament 1st
2015 World Championship 9th 2016 Grand Prix of Paris 3rd
2015 World Cup 1st 2014 World Championships 3rd
Komeli Ghasemi
2016 Olympic Qualification Tournament 1st
2016 Alexander Medved Prizes 3rd
2016 Grand Prix of Paris 1st
2014 World Championship 2nd

2016 WRESTLING WORLD CUP SCHEDULE

Saturday, June 11

Session I

Round 1 & 2 of Pools

3pm – 7:30pm

Sunday, June 12

Session II

Round 3 of Pools, 5th & 7th Place Matches

11am – 2:30pm

Session III

3rd Place Match followed by 1st Place Match

5pm – 7:30pm

***All times noted as Pacific Time (PT)

To purchase tickets click on the link: https://www.wrestlingmart.com/2016-wrestling-world-cup

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