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World Cup Wrestling competing in Los Angeles in final event before 2016 Olympics

The star-studded Men’s Freestyle Wrestling World Cup 2016 can be viewed live in Los Angeles on June 11-12.  The event will be held at The Forum in Inglewood. The World Cup will be the last wrestling event prior to the 2016 Summer Olympics. “It’s exciting to welcome the World Cup back to the Los Angeles area,” said Andy…
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Cece Jane

April 18, 2016

The star-studded Men’s Freestyle Wrestling World Cup 2016 can be viewed live in Los Angeles on June 11-12.  The event will be held at The Forum in Inglewood. The World Cup will be the last wrestling event prior to the 2016 Summer Olympics.

“It’s exciting to welcome the World Cup back to the Los Angeles area,” said Andy Barth, Chairman, 2016 Men’s Freestyle Wrestling World Cup Organizing Committee. “We’re thrilled to host the world’s best in front of The Forum’s fans for a true, Olympic send-off.”

The Men’s Freestyle Wrestling World Cup, founded in 1973,  is one of the sport’s most important annual international competitions, pitting the world’s top eight men’s freestyle wrestling teams against one another. This year, the World Cup will be the final meet before this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The U.S. is not only hosting the event, but is also one of the eight teams competing in the World Cup this year.

“Hosting the Freestyle World Cup again gives us a perfect opportunity to showcase the talented athletes of Team USA,” said Rich Bender, executive director, USA Wrestling. “This is a unique chance for fans to see our sport on this impressive stage.”

The American team will be competing against: Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Iran, Mongolia, Russia and Turkey. Iran took home the team championship at the 2015 Men’s Freestyle Wrestling World Cup, while the U.S. finished second and Azerbaijan placed third.

Numerous World and Olympic champions from the past are expected to be on the eight team rosters at this year’s World Cup. The American team is expected to feature members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, which will be determined at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City, Iowa on April 9-10.

General admission for both the Saturday and Sunday sessions is just $60 total or $35 for individual days. Preferred seating options are also available.

FREESTYLE 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)

For more information, visit: www.wrestlingworldcup.com 

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