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Programming Alert: World Cup This Weekend

The 2015 World Cup will be held in The Forum in Los Angeles this weekend which pretty much ensures there will be more Iranian fans there than American. However, if you are stuck in the midwest for the week like myself you can tune in several places to catch some great freestyle action. United World Wrestling will have a stream for the early rounds, and then the Gold Medal Match will be broadcast at 9:00pm Eastern on NBC Sports Network. The Bronze Medal match will be at 7:30pm on Universal Sports, but I don't think I, or 90% of the country, have that channel yet. 

AGON V seemed to prove that despite some of the freestyle rules being a bit confusing, it is a much more entertaining style than folkstyle. Having some of the best wrestlers in the world battle it out in dual format will no doubt provide some great action. 

After a dominating 2014 World Championships, it appears Russia isn't ready to relinquish their claim to best team in the land. They are essentially sending their "C" team over to the World Cup which still means it's one of the best lineups in the world. Hopefully USA's solid lineup can get past this Russian group to get to Iran in the finals. 

April 11-12 (times are Pacific Time Zone)

Pool A                                                                       Pool B

Cuba                                                                          Azerbaijan

Mongolia                                                                 Belarus

Russia                                                                       Iran

United States                                                         Turkey



            SESSION I:       USA vs CUBA                                      MAT A             3:00 PM – 4:15 PM

                                    IRAN vs BELARUS                               MAT B             3:00 PM – 4:15 PM

                                    RUSSIA vs MONGOLIA                       MAT A             4:30 PM – 5:45 PM

                                    AZERBAIJAN vs TURKEY                     MAT B             4:30 PM – 5:45 PM


OPENING CEREMONIES                                                         6:15 PM


            SESSION II:      RUSSIA vs USA                                   MAT A             6:30 PM – 7:45 PM

                                    IRAN vs TURKEY                                 MAT B             6:30 PM – 7:45 PM

                                    MONGOLIA vs CUBA                          MAT A             8:00 PM – 9:15 PM

                                    BELARUS vs AZERBAIJAN                  MAT B             8:00 PM – 9:15 PM



            SESSION III:     USA vs MONGOLIA                           MAT A             11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

                                    TURKEY vs BELARUS                          MAT B             11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

                                    AZERBAIJAN vs IRAN                         MAT A             12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

                                    CUBA vs RUSSIA                                   MAT B             12:30 PM – 1:45 PM


5th Place Match:  3rd Pool A vs 3rd Pool B                             MAT A             2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

7th Place Match:  4th Pool A vs 4th Pool B                             MAT B             2:00 PM – 3:15 PM



3rd Place Match: 2nd Place Pool A vs 2nd Place Pool B                                        4:15 PM – 5:30 PM

1st Place Match: 1st Place Pool A vs 1st Place Pool B                                              5:45 PM – 7:00 PM

Tentative U.S. men’s freestyle team
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Tony Ramos, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Andrew Hochstrasser, Boise, Idaho (Titan Mercury WC)
61 kg/134 lbs. – Coleman Scott, Chapel Hill, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC)
61 kg/134 lbs. – Matt McDonough, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)
65 kg/143 lbs. – Brent Metcalf, Iowa City, Iowa (New York AC/Hawkeye WC)
65 kg/143 lbs. – Aaron Pico, Whittier, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC)
70 kg/154 lbs. – Nick Marable, Morgantown, W.Va. (Sunkist Kids/Mountaineer RTC)
70 kg/154 lbs. – James Green, Willingboro, N.J. (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Moza Fay, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
86 kg/189 lbs. – Ed Ruth, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids)
86 kg/189 lbs. – Clayton Foster, Laramie, Wyo. (GRIT Athletics/Cowboy WC)
97 kg/213 lbs. – Jake Varner, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)
97 kg/213 lbs. – Dustin Kilgore, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
125 kg/275 lbs. – Tervel Dlagnev, Columbus, Ohio (Sunkist Kids/Ohio RTC)
125 kg/275 lbs. – Zach Rey, Bethlehem, Pa. (Lehigh Valley AC)