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

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | Feb. 20, 2014, 12:38 p.m. (ET)
The wrestling federation of India 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 India team will be led by 2103 World bronze medalist Amit Kumar at 57 kg/125 lbs., who was 10th at the 2012 Olympic Games. Kumar was second at the recent Dave Schultz Memorial International in the United States.

Winning a gold medal at the Dave Schultz Memorial this year was Parveen Rama at 74 kg/163 lbs. A 2013 Commonwealth champion, Rama was a Junior World bronze medalist in 2011.

Two other 2013 Commonwealth champion, who also wrestled at the 2013 World Championships, are on India’s team, Pawan Kumar at 86 kg/189 lbs. and Saywart Kadian at 97 kg/213 lbs.

India placed sixth at the 2013 World Championships, which were held in Budapest, Hungary.

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

India
57 kg/125 lbs. – Amit Kumar
61 kg/134 lbs. – Bajrang
65 kg/143 lbs. – Rajneesh
70 kg/154 lbs. – Amit Kumar Dhankhar
74 kg/163 lbs. - Parveen Rana
86 kg/189 lbs. – Pawan Kumar
97 kg/213 lbs. – Saywart Kadian
125 kg/275 lbs. – Krishan Kumar
Team Leader – Kuldeep Singh Rana
Coaches – Vinod Kumar, Anil Kumar, Anil Mann
Referee – Satya Dev Malik
Doctor - Dr. Vijay
Masseur: Rahul Sharma
Official - Deva Nand

India bios

57 kg/125 lbs. - Amit Kumar

2013 World silver medalist… Second in 2014 Dave Schultz Memorial International… 2013 Asian Championships champion… Tenth at 2012 Olympic Games… 2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament champion… Third in 2012 Asian Championships… 2012 Dave Schultz Memorial International champion… 2011 Junior World Team member… 2011 Asian Junior champion… Born: December 15, 1993… Age: 20

61 kg/134 lbs. – Bajrang
Fifth in 2014 Dave Schultz Memorial International… Third in 2013 Asian Championships… Second in 2013 Dave Schultz Memorial International… Eighth in 2012 Junior World Championships… Eighth in 2012 Beach Junior World Championships…Second in 2012 Asian Junior Championships… 2010 and 2011 Asian Cadet champion… Born: February 12, 1994… Age: 20

65 kg/143 lbs. – Rajneesh
2012 Copa Brazil champion.. 2012 Hari Ram Grand Prix champion (India)… 2011 Commonwealth Championships champion… 10th in 2011 Asian Championships…

70 kg/154 lbs. – Amit Kumar Dhankhar
2013 Commonwealth Championships champion… Competed in 2007 Junior World Championships… Second in 2006 Asian Cadet Championships… Born: March 10, 1989… Age: 24

74 kg/163 lbs. - Parveen Rana
2014 Dave Schultz Memorial International champion… 2013 Commonwealth Championships champion… 2013 Hari Ram Grand Prix champion (India)… Third in 2012 Asian Championships… Third in 2012 Dave Schultz Memorial International… Seventh in 2012 Beach World Championships… Third in 2011 Junior World Championships… 2011 Asian Championships team member… Seventh in 2010 Asian Cadet Championships… Fifth in 2010 Junior World Championships… 2008 Asian Cadet champion… Born: November 12, 1992… Age: 21

86 kg/189 lbs. – Pawan Kumar
2011 and 2013 Commonwealth Championships champion… Competed in 2011 and 2013 World Championships… Seventh in 2013 Asian Junior Championships… Competed in 2012 Junior World Championships… Third in 2012 Hari Ram Grand Prix (India)… 10th in 2012 Olympic Qualification Tournament (Kazakhstan)… Eighth in 2012 Asian Championships… Third in 2011 Asian Championships… Born: October 16, 1993… Age: 20

97 kg/213 lbs. – Saywart Kadian
2013 Commonwealth Championships champion… Competed in 2013 World Championships… Third in 2013 Junior World Championships… Competed in 2012 Junior World Championships… Third in 2010 Youth Olympic Games… Born: November 8, 1993… Age: 20

125 kg/275 lbs. – Krishan Kumar
Second in 2011 Asian Junior Championships…
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