U.S. Men`s Freestyle Olympians travel to Azerbaijan for Freestyle World Cup

Baku, February 14 (AZERTAC). The U.S. men`s freestyle team has travelled to Baku, Azerbaijan, from February 12 for training to the 2013 Freestyle World Cup to be held on Feb. 21-22 in Tehran, Iran, where top nations in the world will compete. The U.S. national will complete Baku training on February 19.

The World Cup is the annual international dual meet championships, and one of the most important wrestling events each year.

Qualified countries for this year`s Freestyle World Cup are Azerbaijan, Russia, Iran, the United States, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Japan, Belarus, Bulgaria and Turkey. These 10 countries, which were the top teams at the 2012 London Olympic Games, will compete in two pools of five nations on Thursday. The pairings for the pools have not yet been announced. On Saturday, the medal matches will be held, to determine the top 10 teams in the world.

The United States is bringing a large group of athletes to Iran, and will select the competitors for the World Cup matches from this group.

Included on the U.S. roster at the Freestyle World Cup will be Olympic gold medalists Jordan Burroughs at 74 kg/163 lbs. and Jake Varner at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. Burroughs was a 2011 World champion and NCAA champion for Nebraska in 2009 and 2001. Varner took third place at the 2011 World Championships, was a two-time NCAA champion in 2009 and 2010 for Iowa State and a 2009 World Team member.

Also on the roster are 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Coleman Scott at 60 kg/132 lbs. and 2009 World bronze medalist Tervel Dlagnev at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. Scott was a 2008 NCAA champion at Oklahoma State and Dlagnev was a 2012 Olympic Team member. Dlagnev also won a gold at the 2008 World University Championships and was a two-time NCAA champion at Nebraska-Kearney.

Other past NCAA champions competing at the World Cup are two-time NCAA champion from Iowa Brent Metcalf at 66 kg/145.5 lbs., 2010 NCAA champion from Missouri Max Askren at 84 kg/185 lbs. and 2011 NCAA champion Zach Rey of Lehigh at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.

2010 World Team members on the roster include Obe Blanc at 55 kg/121 lbs. and J.D. Bergman at 96 kg/211.5 lbs.

The Greco-Roman World Cup is also scheduled for Tehran, Iran, February 19-20.

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