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Armenia team lineup announced for Freestyle World Cup in Los Angeles, Calif., March 15-16

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | Feb. 17, 2014, 2:24 p.m. (ET)
The wrestling federation of Armenia has provided its lineup for the 2014 Freestyle Wrestling World Cup which will be held at the Forum, presented by Chase, March 15-16 in Inglewood, Calif.

The World Cup is the annual international dual meet championships, and will feature the top 10 men’s freestyle wrestling teams in the world.

The Armenian team will be led by Artur Arakelyan, who will compete at 65 kg/143 lbs. Arakelyan was fifth in the 2013 World Championships, and placed in the top 10 at two other World meets, placing seventh in 2009 and 10th in 2010.

The Armenian team has a number of young athletes who have been successful at the age-group World levels, including three past Junior World medalists. Artak Hovhannisyan (57 kg/125 lbs.) won a bronze medal at the 2013 Junior World Championships. Two of the World Cup team members were 2012 Junior World bronze medalists, Valodya Frangulyan (61 kg/134 lbs.) and Davit Apoyan (70 kg/154 lbs.)

Also competing for Armenia is Viktor Kazishvili (97 kg/213 lbs.), who won a bronze medal at the 2013 World Military Championships.

The 10 nations which will compete for the World Cup are (alphabetically): Armenia, Georgia, India, Iran, Japan, Mongolia, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States. Nations were invited based upon final team standings at the 2013 World Championships.

Tickets are now available via Ticketmaster, through http://www.ticketmaster.com/, www.fabulousforum.com, and The Forum Box Office. The phone number for Ticketmaster is 800-745-3000.

The discounted All-Session tickets for the two-day event will be available for a limited time, and at three price levels:
• General Admission (Sections 201-211 and 225-236) for $50 face value
• Preferred Seating (in the 100 levels) for $130 face value
• VIP (100 levels center mat) for $270 face value.

All Ticketmaster purchases are subject to a convenience fee.

There will be two sessions of wrestling action each day of the Freestyle World Cup. On Saturday, March 14, there will be sessions held at 11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, March 15, the first session is at 11:00 a.m., with the First Place and Third Place Championship Duals set for 5:00 p.m.

For more information on the Freestyle World Cup, visit www.wrestlingworldcup.com

Tentative Armenia Freestyle World Cup Team

57 kg/125 lbs. – Artak Hovhannisyan
61 kg/134 lbs. – Valodya Frangulyan
65 kg/143 lbs. – Artur Arakelyan
65 kg/143 lbs. – Artur Baghdasaryan
70 kg/154 lbs. – Davit Apoyan
74 kg/163 lbs. - Valruzhan Kajoyan
86 kg/189 lbs. – Vahe Tamrazyan
97 kg/213 lbs. - Viktor Kazishvili
120 kg/275 lbs. – Andranik Galstyan
Team Leader – Bazmaser Arakelyan
Coach – Hovsep Hovsepyan
Referee – Ashot Khachatryan
Doctor – Habetnak Kurghinyan

Armenia Athlete Biographies

57 kg/125 lbs. – Artak Hovhannisyan

Third in 2013 Junior World Championships… Competed in 2014 Takhti Cup (Iran)… Third in 2013 European Junior Championships… Fifth in 2012 Stepan Sargsyan Tournament (Armenia)… Fifth in 2012 Junior World Championships… Second in 2012 European Junior Championships… Tenth in 2011 European Junior Championships… Third in 2010 Youth Olympic Games… 2009 European Cadet champion… Born October 1, 1993… Age: 20

61 kg/134 lbs. – Valodya Frangulyan
Fifth in 2014 Takhti Cup (Iran)… Fifth in 2013 Moscow Lights (Russia)… Competed in 2013 World University Games… Third in 2013 Black Sea Tournament (Ukraine)… Third in 2012 Junior World Championships… Third in 2012 European Junior Championships… Competed in 2010 and 2011 Junior World Championships… Fifth in 2010 European Junior Championships… Third in 2009 European Cadet Championships… Born: October 20, 1992… Age: 21

65 kg/143 lbs. – Artur Arakelyan
Fifth in 2013 World Championships… Third in 2012 Stepan Sargsyan Tournament (Armenia)… Fifth in 2012 Olympic Qualification Tournament (Finland)… Ninth in 2012 European Championships… Tenth in 2010 World Championships… Seventh in 2010 Takhti Cup (Iran)… Seventh in 2009 World Championships… Eighth in 2009 European Championships… Fifth in 2007 Junior World Championships… Competed in 2005 and 2006 Junior World Championships… Third in 2005 European Junior Championships… Second in 2004 European Cadet Championships… Fifth in 2003 European Cadet Championships… Born: February 1, 1987… Age: 26

65 kg/143 lbs. – Artur Baghdasaryan
Third in 2012 Stepan Sargsyan Tournament (Armenia)… Competed in 2014 Takhti Cup (Iran)… Competed in 2012 Olympic Qualification Tournament (China)… Competed in Kartozia and Balvodze Prizes (Georgia)… Born June 16, 1985… Age: 27

70 kg/154 lbs. – Davit Apoyan
Fifth in 2013 Stepan Sargsyan Tournament (Armenia)… 2012 Stepan Sargsyan Tournament champion (Armenia)… Third in 2012 Junior World Championships… Second in 2012 European Junior Championships… Fifth in 2009 European Cadet Championships… Born: March 29, 1992… Age: 21

74 kg/163 lbs. - Valruzhan Kajoyan
Tenth in 2013 Ali Aliev Tournament (Russia)… Competed in 2014 Takhti Cup (Iran)… Born: December 26, 1991… Age: 22

86 kg/189 lbs. – Vahe Tamrazyan
Fifth in 2013 Moscow Lights (Russia)… Competed in 2014 Takhti Cup (Iran)… Fifth in 2012 Junior World Championships… Seventh in 2012 European Junior Championships… Second in 2011 European Junior Championships… Ninth in 2010 European Junior Championships… Fifth in 2009 European Cadet Championships… Competed in 2008 European Cadet Championships… Born July 4, 1992… Age: 21

97 kg/213 lbs. - Viktor Kazishvili
Fifth in 2013 Moscow Lights (Russia)… Third in 2013 World Military Championships… 2013 Francophone Games champion (France)… Third in 2013 European Junior Championships… Competed in 2012 Junior World Championships… Eighth in 2012 European Junior Championships… Born: October 10, 1994… Age: 19

120 kg/275 lbs. – Andranik Galstyan
Fifth in 2013 Moscow Lights (Russia)… Third in 2013 Francophone Games (France)… Competed in 2012 and 2013 European Championships… Seventh in 2013 International Ukrainian Memorial… Third in 2012 Stepan Sargsyan Tournament (Armenia)… Competed in 2009 and 2010 European Junior Championships… Born: April 10, 1990… Age: 23

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