Iran know rivals at Freestyle World Cup

February 14, 2018

Iran freestyle team discovered their opponents at the upcoming Men’s Freestyle World Cup in the United States in Iowa City, Iowa.

Iran have been drawn with the U.S., Japan and Georgia in Group A in the dual-meet based event.

The United States freestyle team, who won their first team gold in 22 years at the 2017 Wrestling World Championships, will lead a loaded Group A into the 2018 World Cup in Iowa City, Iowa.

Group B consists of Russia, Kazakhstan, Cuba and Azerbaijan, unitedworldwrestling.org wrote.

 Team USA has hosted the event four of the last five years, but hasn’t won since 2003.  Iran, who hosted the event in 2017, is the defending champion and has won six straight World Cups.

The United States will bring all their top wrestlers to Iowa City including Olympic champion and two-time defending world champion Kyle SNYDER (97kg), five-time world title hold Jordan BURROUGHS (74kg) and recent Ivan Yarygin winner David TAYLOR (86kg).

Despite the draw, Iran Wrestling Federation announced it will not send the team to the competition.

The former Soviet Union has the most World Cup team titles with 15 team, followed by the United States with 13 and Iran with 8.

Russia has won five titles since 1998 and six overall. Azerbaijan captured titles in 2004 and 2009, while Cuba took gold in 2005 in Uzbekistan.

The Freestyle World Cup will be hosted April 7-8 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.

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