Billy Baldwin named Honorary Chair of 2014 Freestyle World Cup in Los Angeles, Calif., March 15-16

March 03, 2014, 5:25 p.m. (ET)
Photo of Billy Baldwin, third from left, along with celebrities Tom Arnold, Randy Couture and Stephen Neal at the 2013 United 4 Wrestling event in Los Angeles, Calif. Baldwin will serve as Honorary Chair for the 2014 Freestyle World Cup, also held in Los Angeles, March 15-16.

2012 Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion Jordan Burroughs to compete on USA Team with Numerous Olympic and Gold Medalists from Around the World

LOS ANGELES, March 3, 2014-- Actor/writer/producer Billy Baldwin has been named honorary chair of the 2014 Freestyle World Cup in Wrestling. The 2-day event will be held on March 15 and 16 at the Forum in LA. 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist and two-time World Champion Jordan Burroughs will be wrestling for the USA team. Other countries taking part are Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Japan, Mongolia, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Ukraine.

The 2014 Freestyle World Cup is an annual international dual meet championship and brings together the 10 men’s freestyle wrestling national teams in the world. All the wrestlers are considered to be hopefuls for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Baldwin grew up wrestling in Massapequa, N.Y., and was a member of the Binghamton University wrestling team. He has been a champion for wrestling most his life and he was an instrumental part of the Committee for the Preservation of Olympic Wrestling (CPOW), which worked to preserve wrestling on the program of the Olympic Games.

“Wrestling is a sport with rich tradition and history,” said Baldwin. “It’s a sport that has athletes competing in hundreds of countries on every continent. In addition, it’s a sport that thrives in underprivileged and poor communities around the globe.”

In February 2013, the IOC Executive Board recommended that men’s and women’s wrestling be removed as a core Olympic sport after the 2016 Olympics. Baldwin was a leader in the campaign to save Olympic wrestling. The IOC decided to retain the sport in the Olympics after 8 months in exile. Adds Baldwin, “the best and greatest sport known to man has completed its triumphant return.”

Baldwin helped rally numerous celebrities and public figures to step up for wrestling, and help support the sport during the Olympic quest.

2012 Gold Medalist Jordan Burroughs is an American World and Olympic Champion in freestyle wrestling. In 2012 he defeated Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi of Iran to become an Olympic Champion at 74 kilos. He also won World Championships gold medals in 2011 and 2013.

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Article by Robin Mesger.