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

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | March 10, 2014, 11:17 a.m. (ET)
The wrestling federation of Georgia 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 Georgian team will be led by 2013 World bronze medalist Geno Petriashvili at 125 kg/275 lbs. Petriashvili was also a 2013 Junior World champion, and third in the 2012 Junior World Championships.

Georgia will bring four past Junior World medalists to Los Angeles. Included is two-time Junior World medalist Giorgi Sakandelidze at 125 kg/275 lbs. Sakandelidze was second in the 2009 Junior World Championships and third in the 2010 Junior World Championships.

Also competing for Georgia are past Junior World bronze medalists Beka Bujiashvili at 57 kg/125 lbs. and Giorgi Marsagishvili at 74 kg/163 lbs. Bujiashvili won his Junior World bronze in 2013, while Marsagishvili won a 2008 Junior World bronze.

Georgia placed third 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 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

Georgia World Cup team
57 kg/125 lbs. – Beka Bujiashvili
57 kg/125 lbs. – Otari Gogava
61 kg/134 lbs. – Beka Lomtadze
65 kg/143 lbs. – Levan Kelekhsashvili
70 kg/154 lbs. – Giorgi Tsurskiridze
70 kg/154 lbs. – Zurabi Iakobishvili
74 kg/163 lbs. - Giorgi Marsagishvili
86 kg/189 lbs. – Levan Gogritchiani
97 kg/213 lbs. – Nodar Egadze
97 kg/213 lbs. – Eldar Kurtanidze
125 kg/275 lbs. – Geno Petriashvili
125 kg/275 lbs. – Giorgi Sakandelidze
Team Leader – Giorgi Lomidze
Coaches – David Pagosian, Aleksandre Kakhniashvili
Referee – Zaza Jibladze
Officials – Khatuna Mikatsadze, Mukhran Vakhtangadze

Georgia World Cup bios

57 kg/125 lbs. – Beka Bujiashvili

Third in 2013 Junior World Championships… Seventh in 2012 European Junior Championships… Second in 2013 Friedenfields Cup (Latvia)… C ompeted in 2012 Junior World Championships… Seventh in 2009 Cadet European Championships… Born: July 3, 1993… Age: 21

57 kg/125 lbs. – Otari Gogava
Ninth in 2014 Takhti Cup (Iran)… Fifth in 2013 World University Games… Third in 2013 Takhti Cup (Iran)… Fifth in Kartozia and Balavadze International (Georgia)… Born: March 5, 1992… Age: 22

61 kg/134 lbs. – Beka Lomtadze
Fourth in 2012 Moscow Lights (Russia)… Fifth in 2011 FILA Golden Grand Prix Finals (Azerbaijan)… Seventh in Kartozia and Balavadze International (Georgia)… Born: November 23, 1991… Age: 22

65 kg/143 lbs. – Levan Kelekhsashvili
Fifth in 2013 World Championships… Second in 2013 Moscow Lights (Russia)… Second in 2013 Intercontinental Cup (Russia)… Third in 2012 Stepan Sargsyan International (Armenia)… Third in 2008 and 2009 European Cadet Championships… Born: January 5, 1992… Age: 22

70 kg/154 lbs. – Giorgi Tsurskiridze
Fifth in 2011 FILA Golden Grand Prix Finals (Azerbaijan)… Eighth in 2011 Kartozia and Balavadze International (Georgia)… Seventh in 2010 Golden Grand Prix (Georgia)… Born: March 21, 1986… Age: 27

70 kg/154 lbs. – Zurabi Iakobishvili

Eighth in 2012 World Cup… Seventh in 2012 Olympic Qualification Tournament (Bulgaria)… Third in 2011 Junior World Cup… Fifth in 2009 European Cadet Championships… Second in 2008 European Cadet Championships… Born: February 4, 1992… Age: 22

74 kg/163 lbs. - Giorgi Marsagishvili
Third in 2008 Junior World Championships… Seventh in 2012 Dmitri Korkin International (Russia)… Third in 2011 Kartozia and Balavadze International (Georgia)… Third in 2008 Junior European Championships… Third in 2005 European Cadet Championships… Born: December 19, 1988… Age: 25

86 kg/189 lbs. – Levan Gogritchiani
Competed in 2013 World Championships… Fifth in 2013 Freidenfelds Cup (Latvia)… Competed in 2012 Junior World Championships… Seventh in 2011 Kartozia and Balavadze International (Georgia)…Third in 2010 European Cadet Championships… Ninth in 2009 European Cadet Championships… Born: October 14, 1993… Age: 20

97 kg/213 lbs. – Nodar Egadze
Fourth in 2013 World Cup… Born: November 4, 1988… Age: 25

97 kg/213 lbs. – Eldar Kurtanidze
Fifth in 2013 Henri Deglane Challenge (France)… Competed in 2014 Takhti Cup (Iran)… 2011 Beach Cadet World champion…

125 kg/275 lbs. – Geno Petriashvili
Third in 2013 World Championships… 2013 Junior World champion… Third in 2012 Junior World Championships… Second in 2013 Moscow Lights (Russia)… 2013 European Junior champion… Third in 2013 European Championships… Seventh in 2013 Yasar Dogu International (Turkey)… Fourth in 2012 Moscow Lights (Russia)… Fifth in 2012 Dmitry Korkin International… Second in 2011 Cadet World Championships… 2011 Cadet European champion… Third in 2011 European Junior Championships… Fourth in 2010 Youth Olympic Games… Born: April 1, 1994… Age: 19

125 kg/275 lbs. – Giorgi Sakandelidze
Second in 2009 Junior World Championships… Third in 2010 Junior World Championships… Second in 2013 Moscow Lights (Russia)… 2012 and 2013 Intercontinental Cup champion (Russia)… 2013 Stepan Sargsyan International champion (Armenia)… 2013 Golden Grand Prix champion (Italy)… 2012 Dmitri Korkin International champion (Russia)… 2012 FILA Golden Grand Prix Finals champion (Azerbaijan)… 2012 Hari Ram Grand Prix champion (India)… Seventh in 2012 Golden Grand Prix (Iran)… Fifth in 2011 Moscow Lights (Russia)… Second in 2011 Beach World Championships… Fifth in 2011 FILA Golden Grand Prix Finals in freestyle and eighth in Greco-Roman (Azerbaijan)… Third in 2011 2011 Kartozia and Balavadze International (Georgia)… Third in 2011 World Cup… 2010 European Junior champion… Third in 2009 FILA Golden Grand Prix Finals (Azerbaijan)… Second in 2009 European Junior Championships… Born: March 29, 1990… Age: 23
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