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

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | Feb. 26, 2014, 10:10 a.m. (ET)
The wrestling federation of Iran 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 Iran roster is loaded with past Olympic and World medalists. The team will be led by two-time World champion Reza Yazdani at 97 kg/213 lbs. and 2013 World champion Hassan Rahimi at 57 kg/125 lbs.

Yazdani won World titles in both 2011 and 2013, and was also World bronze medalist in 2006 and 2007. Rahimi was also third in the 2011 World Championships and was a 2009 Junior World champion.

Another past World champion on the Iranian roster is Sayed Ahmad Mohammadi Pahnehkolaie, who was a 2006 World champion and a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist. He will compete at 61 kg/134 lbs.

A pair of 2012 Olympic bronze medalists, Ehsan Lashgari at 86 kg/189 lbs. and Komeil Ghasemi at 125 kg/275 lbs., are included on Iran’s roster. Lashgari was also third at the 2013 World Championships.

Other past World medalists on the Iranian roster include 2013 World silver medalist Ezzatollah Akbari Zarinkolaei at 74 kg/163 lbs. and 2013 World bronze medalist Masoud Esmailpoor Jouybari at 61 kg/134 lbs.

Three of f the Iranian athletes are past Junior World champions: Rahimi, Esmailpoor Jouybari and Hamed Talebi Zarinkamar at 97 kg/213 lbs.

Iran placed first at the 2013 World Championships, which were held in Budapest, Hungary. Iran is also the defending World Cup champion, winning the competition on its home mats in Tehran, Iran in February 2013.

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 15, there will be sessions held at 11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, March 16, 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

Iran World Cup roster

57 kg/125 lbs. – Hassan Rahimi
57 kg/125 lbs. –Mehran Rezazadeh
61 kg/134 lbs. - Masoud Esmailpoor Jouybari
61 kg/134 lbs. - Sayed Ahmad Mohammadi Pahnehkolaie
65 kg/143 lbs. – Meysam Nasiri
65 kg/143 lbs. – Ebrahim Nasirafrachali
70 kg/154 lbs. – Mostafa Hosseinkhani
70 kg/154 lbs. – Peyman Yaramadi
74 kg/163 lbs. - Ezzatollah Akbari Zarinkolaei
74 kg/163 lbs. - Reza Afzalipaemami
86 kg/189 lbs. – Ehsan Lashgari
86 kg/189 lbs. – Meisam Mostafajoukar
86 kg/189 lbs. – Ali Reza Karmimachiani
97 kg/213 lbs. – Reza Yazdani
97 kg/213 lbs. – Hamed Talebi Zarinkamar
125 kg/275 lbs. – Komeil Ghasemi
125 kg/275 lbs. – Parviz Hadi Basmanj
Team Leader – Ali Bayat
Coaches – Rasoul Khadem, Gholamreza Mohammadi, Reza Layegh, Amir Tavakolian, Mohsen Kaveh, Hossein Naghibi, Aliakbar Dodangeh
Referee – Mohammed Ebrahim Emami
Doctors – Sadeh Mahboubi, Davood Azadbakht, Ramin Amirsasani
Officials – Ali Reza Rezaie, Ali Reza Heidari, Seyed Manaf Hashemi, Hamidreza Haidarian
Journalist – Yadolla Etesami, Mohammedebrahim Gorji, Gholamali Pirirani, Ali Fezasa

Iran World Cup bios

57 kg/125 lbs. – Hassan Rahimi

2013 World champion… Third in 2011 World Championship… 2009 Junior World champion… Second in 2010 and 2013 World Cup… Eighth in 2012 Olympic Games… 2010 World Military Championships champion… 2012 Asian Championships champion… Tenth in 2009 and 2010 World Championships… 2012 Grand Prix of Spain champion… Fifth in 2012 World Cup… Tenth in 2011 World Cup… Seventh in 2010 Asian Championships… Third in 2009 Asian Championships… 2009 and 2011 Takhti Cup champion… Ninth in 2009 World Cup… Second in 2008 Junior World Championships… First in 2008 Junior Asian Championships champion… Fifth in 2007 Junior World Championships… Born: June 15, 1989… Age: 24

57 kg/125 lbs. – Mehran Rezazadeh
2013 Takhti Cup champion (Iran)… Ninth in 2010 Habibi and Movahed Cup (Iran)…

61 kg/134 lbs. - Masoud Esmailpoor Jouybari
Third in 2013 World Championships… Seventh in 2012 Olympic Games… 2008 Junior World champion… 2013 World Cup champion… 2012 Grand Prix of Spain champion… Fifth in 2012 World Cup… 2012 Olympic Qualification Tournament champion… Second in 2012 Asian Championships… 2010 Asian Championships champion… Third in 2010 Takhti Cup… Third in 2009 Asian Championships… Fifth in 2009 World Cup… 2008 Junior Asian Championships champion… Competed in 2006 Junior World Championships… 2005 Cadet Asian Championships champion… Fourth in 2004 Cadet Asian Championships… Born: August 6, 1988… Age: 25

61 kg/134 lbs. - Sayed Ahmad Mohammadi Pahnehkolaie
2006 World champion… 2008 Olympic bronze medalist… Third in 2005 and 2010 World Championships… Third in 2012 Yasar Dogu International (Turkey)… Fifth in 2012 Golden Grand Prix (Iran)… Second in 2010 Tbilisi Golden Grand Prix (Georgia)… 2010 Takhti Cup champion… Fifth in 2009 World Championships… Third in 2008 Olympic Qualification Tournament (Switzerland)… Third in 2008 Asian Championships… Competed in 2007 World Championships… 2006 Asian Games champion… 2003 Asian Championships champion… Born: April 9, 1980… Age: 33

65 kg/143 lbs. – Meysam Nasiri
2014 Takhti Cup champion (Iran)… Ninth in 2013 Takhti Cup (Iran)… Third in 2012 Hari Ram Grand Prix (India)… 2012 Golden Grand Prix champion (Iran)… Third in 2012 Yasar Dogu International (Turkey)… 2010 Habibi and Movahed Cup champion (Iran)… Third in 2010 Takhti Cup…

65 kg/143 lbs. – Ebrahim Nasirafrachali
Second in 2011 Junior World Championships… 2010 Habibi and Movahed Cup champion (Iran)… Second in 2008 Asian Cadet Championships… Born: August 5, 1991… Age: 22

70 kg/154 lbs. – Mostafa Hosseinkhani
2014 Takhti Cup champion (Iran)… 2012 Hari Ram Grand Prix champion (India)… 2012 Golden Grand Prix champion (Iran)… Eighth in 2011 Olympic Test Event (England)… Ninth in 2010 and 2011 Asian Championships… Second in 2011 World Cup… 2008 and 2009 Asian Junior champion… 2006 Asian Cadet champion…

70 kg/154 lbs. – Peyman Yaramadi
Third in 2014 Yasar Dogu International (Turkey)… Second in 2014 Takhti Cup (Iran)… Third in 2013 Junior World Championships… Third in 2013 Asian Junior Championships… Seventh in 2013 Takhti Cup (Iran)… Third in 2011 Cadet World Championships… 2011 Asian Cadet champion… Born: June 4, 1994… Age: 19

74 kg/163 lbs. - Ezzatollah Akbari Zarinkolaei
Second in 2013 World Championships… Third in 2014 Takhti Cup (Iran)… Competed in 2013 World Cup… Age: August 20, 1992… Age: 21

74 kg/163 lbs. - Reza Afzalipaemami
2014 Takhti Cup champion (Iran)… Eighth in 2013 World University Games… Third in 2013 Takhti Cup (Iran)… 2012 University World Championships champion… 10th in Ziolkowski Memorial International (Poland)… Fifth in 2010 Junior World Championships… 2010 Asian Junior champion… 2007 Asian Cadet champion… Born: January 7, 1990… Age: 24

86 kg/189 lbs. – Ehsan Lashgari
Third in 2013 World Championships… Third in 2012 Olympic Games… 2009, 2010 and 2012 Asian Championships champion… 2010 and Takhti Cup champion… Fifth in 2013 World Cup… 2012 Grand Prix of Spain champion… Seventh in 2012 World Cup… 2012 Olympic Qualification Tournament champion… Competed in 2010 World Championships… Fourth in 2010 World Cup… Second in 2009 Takhti Cup… Eighth in 2008 Golden Grand Prix… Born August 30, 1985… Age: 28

86 kg/189 lbs. – Meisam Mostafajoukar
2013 and 2014 Takhti Cup champion (Iran)… 2012 University World Championships champion… Third in 2012 Golden Grand Prix (Iran)… Third in 2012 Yasar Dogu International (Turkey)… Fifth in 2011 Takhti Cup… Seventh in 2010 Habibi and Movahed Cup (Iran)… Third in 2009 Takhti Cup (Iran)… Second in 2007 and 2008 Asian Championships…

86 kg/189 lbs. – Ali Reza Karmimachiani
Third in 2014 Yasar Dogu International (Turkey)… 2013 Dmitry Korkin International champion (Russia)… 2013 Asian Junior champion… Third in 2013 Takhti Cup… Second in 2011 Cadet World Championships… 2010 and 2011 Asian Cadet champion… Born March 21, 1994… Age: 19

97 kg/213 lbs. – Reza Yazdani
2011 and 2013 World champion… Third in 2006 and 2007 World Championships… Fifth in 2012 Olympic Games… 2012 Grand Prix of Spain champion… Third in 2012 World Cup… 2006 and 2010 Asian Games champion… 2010 Asian Championships champion… 2010 Takhti Cup champion (Iran)… Second in 2009 and 2010 World Cup… Competed in 2008 Olympic Games… 2006 and 2008 FILA Golden Grand Prix Finals champion (Azerbaijan)… Third in 2006 and 2007 World Cup… Third in 2004 Asian Junior Championships… Born: August 25, 1984… Age: 29

97 kg/213 lbs. – Hamed Talebi Zarinkamar
2014 Takhti Cup champion (Iran)… 2011 Junior World champion… 2011 Asian Championships champion… Eighth in 2008 World Cup… 2008 Asian Championships champion… Born: September 24, 1991… Age: 22

125 kg/275 lbs. – Komeil Ghasemi
Third in 2012 Olympic Games… Tenth in 2013 World Championships… Second in 2014 Yasar Dogu International (Iran)… Third in 2014 Takhti Cup (Iran)… Fourth in 2013 World Cup… First in 2012 Grand Prix of Spain… Fourth in 2012 World Cup… Second in 2012 Golden Grand Prix… Second in 2011 Asian Championships… Second in 2011 Takhti Cup… Ninth in 2010 Takhti Cup… Second in 2009 Takhti Cup… Third in 2008 Junior World Championships… 2008 Junior Asian Championships champion… Third in 2007 Junior World Championships… Born: February 27, 1988… Age:26

125 kg/275 lbs. – Parviz Hadi Basmanj
2014 Takhti Cup champion… Third in 2013 World University Games… Ninth in 2013 FILA Golden Grand Prix Finals (Azerbaijan)… 2013 Asian champion… Second in 2012 University World Championships… 2012 Olympic Qualification Tournament champion (China)… Third in 2012 Olympic Qualification Tournament (Kazakhstan)… Third in 2010 Takhti Cup…
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