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Feb 24 Turkey team lineup set for Freestyle World Cup in Los Angeles, Calif., March 15-16

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | Feb. 24, 2014, 11:43 a.m. (ET)
The wrestling federation of Turkey 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 Turkish team is young and talented and will be led by 2103 Junior World champion Selahattin Kilicsallayan at 70 kg/154 lbs.

Mustafa Kaya, who was third in the 2012 World University Championships and also third in the 2012 Junior World Championships, will compete at 65 kg/143 lbs.

Another young star is 2011 Junior World bronze medalist Hamza Ozkaradeniz at 120 kg/275 lbs. Others to watch are Ahmet Bilici at 86 kg/189 lbs., who won the 2013 Italian Golden Grand Prix, and Ibrahim Bolukbasi, who was the 2010 Mediterranean champion.

Turkey placed ninth 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

Turkey World Cup team

57 kg/125 lbs. – Nebi Uzun
61 kg/134 lbs. – Recep Topal
65 kg/143 lbs. – Mustafa Kaya
70 kg/154 lbs. – Selahattin Kilicsallayan
74 kg/163 lbs. - Murat Erturk
86 kg/189 lbs. – Fatih Erdin
86 kg/189 lbs. – Ahmet Bilici
97 kg/213 lbs. – Ibrahim Bolukbasi
120 kg/275 lbs. – Hamza Ozkaradeniz
Team Leader – Hamza Yerlikaya
Coach – Adem Bereket
Referee – Halil Ibrahim Cicioglu
Masseur – Tamer Kisacik
Officials – Mustafa Bahadir

Turkey World Cup biographies

57 kg/125 lbs. – Nebi Uzun

Seventh in 2013 Junior World Championships… Second in 2013 Junior European Championships… Competed in 2012 European Junior Championships… Seventh in 2012 Yasar Dogu International (Turkey)… Third in 2010 European Cadet Championships… Third in 2010 European Junior Championships… Born: May 2, 1993… Age: 20

61 kg/134 lbs. – Recep Topal
Fourth in 2013 Moscow Lights (Russia)… Eighth in 2013 Yasar Dogu International (Turkey)… 10th in 2012 Dmitri Korkin International (Russia)… Competed in 2011 Junior World Championships… Second in 2009 European Cadet Championships… Born: October 29, 1992… Age: 21

65 kg/143 lbs. – Mustafa Kaya
Third in 2013 and 2014 Yasar Dogu International (Turkey)… Fifth in 2013 FILA Golden Grand Prix Finals (Azerbaijan)… Eighth in 2013 Ziolkowski Memorial (Poland)… Competed in 2013 World University Games… 2013 Mediterranean Games champion… Third in 2013 Ali Aliev Tournament (Russia)… Third in 2013 Dan Kolov International (Bulgaria)… Third in 2012 World University Championships… Third in 2012 Junior World Championships… 2012 European Junior champion… 2010 Yasar Dogu champion (Turkey)… Fourth in 2011 Moscow Lights (Russia)… Fifth in 2011 Junior World Championships… Third in 2011 European Junior Championships… Third in 2011 Junior World Cup… Ninth in 2010 Junior World Championships… 2010 Mediterranean Championships champion… Third in 2009 European Cadet Championships… Born: June 6, 1992… Age: 21

70 kg/154 lbs. – Selahattin Kilicsallayan
Fourth in 2013 Moscow Lights (Russia)… 2013 Junior World champion… 2013 Junior European champion… 10th in 2013 Yasar Dogu International (Turkey)… Competed in 2012 Junior World Championships… Born: October 18, 1993… Age: 20

74 kg/163 lbs. - Murat Erturk
No information available… Born: May 9, 1994… Age: 19…

86 kg/189 lbs. – Ahmet Bilici
Third in 2013 Grand Prix of Spain… 2013 Golden Grand Prix champion (Italy)… Competed in 2012 World Cup… Fourth in 2011 Moscow Lights (Russia)… Second in 2011 Dmitry Korkin International (Russia)… Third in 2011 Grand Prix of Spain… Fourth in 2004 European Cadet Championships… Born: September 12, 1987… Age: 26

97 kg/213 lbs. – Ibrahim Bolukbasi
Third in 2014 Yasar Dogu International (Turkey)… Second in 2010 European Junior Championships… 2010 Mediterannean Championships champion… Born: December 1, 1990… Age: 23

120 kg/275 lbs. – Hamza Ozkaradeniz
Ninth in 2012 Junior World Championships… Third in 2012 European Junior Championships… Third in 2011 Junior World Championships… Second in 2011 Junior World Cup… Second in 2009 European Cadet Championships… Born: May 24, 1992… Age: 21

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