The U.S. men fell to Korea, 17-11, in the 2013 WTF World Cup quarterfinal in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Saturday. While the loss eliminated the team from the G4 tag team invitational event, all 10 American men who participated in the three-day tournament-- T.J. Curry, Logan Gerick, James Howe, Jaysen Ishida, Terrence Jennings, Steven Lin, Mark Lopez, Steven Lopez, Bernard Posey and Thomas Rahimi-- each earned 8.64 world ranking points for reaching the quarterfinal round.
The U.S. men's team finished competition with an overall record of 2-2 with wins over Burkina Faso and Gabon, and losses to Russia and Korea.
The U.S. men’s team advanced to the 2013 World Cup quarterfinal and the women’s team was eliminated on Friday after both squads took to the mat twice in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on the competition's second day.
The men’s team advanced to the quarterfinal after posting a 2-1 record over the last two days, which was good enough for second in the B Pool. The team started the day with an 18-10 loss to Russia, then defeated Gabon, 24-12, to end the day.
They will face Korea at 11:15 a.m. local time/ 6:15 a.m. EST Saturday.
The women’s team lost both matches of the day, first falling to the Ivory Coast, 17-14, then losing to Korea, 22-16. The U.S. women’s team fell to 0-3 at the tournament following the two losses and will not advance to the elimination rounds over the weekend.
Team USA split its first two matches of the 2013 World Cup in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Thursday after the men’s team defeated Burkina Faso, 34-4, and the women’s team lost to Spain, 25-12.
Round robin tag team competition continues Friday at 11 a.m. local time/6 a.m. EST. The women’s team will face South Korea and the Ivory Coast, while the men’s team will face Russia and Gabon to close out pool play.
Nineteen men and women will represent the United States at the 2013 WTF World Cup Team Championships Nov. 28-30 in Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire. A G4 tag team invitational event, the World Cup is an opportunity for all athletes who compete at the event to gain up to 40 world ranking points apiece as the final month of 2013 nears.
“This is an exciting opportunity for our athletes,” said USAT CEO Bruce Harris. “As a G4 event, the World Cup offers four times the world ranking points of most international events; that is enormous for any athlete who aspires to reach the ultimate goal of the Olympic Games in 2016. For this to be a tag team event, all of our competitors will depend on each other to medal and continue our country’s push to Rio.”
2013 WTF World Cup U.S. Women’s Team
2013 WTF World Cup U.S. Men’s Team
2013 WTF World Cup U.S. Support Staff
CEO Bruce Harris
Head/Male Coach Patrice Remarck
Female Coach Arlene Limas
Manager Sheila Walker
Athletic Trainer Trish Bare-Grounds
Team Doctor Walter Thomas
First-year National Team Head Coach Patrice Remarck returns to his home country where he will lead the U.S. in its second tag team event in as many months. Team USA took silver at the 2013 SportAccord World Combat Games in St. Petersburg, Russia, in October.
“It is going to be interesting going back to the Ivory Coast, but we are going there to win,” Remarck said. “It is going to be difficult because there is some tough competition, but with the right strategy and the right weight configuration, I believe that we have a good chance.”
World Cup competition for both men and women will be broken down into round robin pool play in the preliminary round, followed by single elimination amongst the top-two out of each pool. In each match, teams are allowed five competitors and one replacement, and may not exceed 432kg for men and 366kg for women.
Points rewarded go to all athletes who see competition action regardless of how much time they fight. The point breakdown is as follows for the top-eight finishers: gold, 40 points; silver, 24 points; bronze (2), 14.4 points; fifth (4), 8.64 points.