Session pairings and webcast set for Greco-Roman World Cup in Iran, May 15-16

By USA Wrestling | May 14, 2014, 5:12 p.m. (ET)
FILA, the international wrestling federation, has announced the pairings by session for the 2014 Greco-Roman World Cup, set for Tehran, Iran, May 15-16.

The United States is in Group A, along with Russia, Hungary, Kazakhstan and Turkey. Group A competition will be held on Thursday.

The USA opens with Turkey, who was No. 7 in the World in 2013, in round one. Next up will be Hungary, No. 3 in the world, in round two. Team USA has a bye in round three. In round four, the USA faces World Team champion Russia. Team USA closes out Group A competition on Thursday with No. 6 Kazakhstan in round five.

Pool B will also compete on Thursday, featuring No. 2 Korea, No. 4 Armenia, No. 5 Azerbaijan, No. 8 Iran and No. 10 Finland.

FILA has also announced that the Greco-Roman World Cup will have a live webstream which fans around the world can enjoy.

Click here for Greco-Roman World Cup live stream

Please note that Tehran time is 8 ½ hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone.

The medal matches will be held on Friday, with the pairings set by the placement of each team within its pool.

Click here for a Greco-Roman World Cup preview by FILA

The U.S. team features four of the 2014 Greco-Roman Open national champions : RaVaughn Perkins (Omaha, Neb./ReadyRP National) at 66 kg/145.5 lbs., Andrew Bisek (Colorado Springs, Colo./Minnesota Storm) at 75 kg/ 165 lbs., Jordan Holm (Minneapolis, Minn (Minnesota Storm) at 85 kg/187 lbs. and Robby Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo./NYAC) at 130 kg/286 lbs.

Rounding out the U.S. team is Ryan Mango (Palo Alto, Calif./Cardinal Wrestling Club) at 59 kg/130 lbs., Patrick Smith (Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm) at 71 kg/156 lbs., Geordan Speiller (Oviedo, Fla/Florida Jets) at 80 kg/176 lbs. and Daren Burns (Boone, N.C./AppState RTC) at 98 kg/216 lbs.

At Tehran, Iran, May 15-16

Group A session pairings on Thursday

Round I - Russia v. Hungary, USA v. Turkey
Round II - Kazakhstan v. Russia, Hungary v. USA
Round III - Turkey v. Russia, Kazazkhstan v. Hungary
Round IV - USA v. Russia, Turkey v. Kazakhstan
Round V - Hungary v. Turkey, USA v. Kazakhstan

Group B session pairings on Thursday
Round I - Korea v. Armenia, Iran v. Azerbaijan
Round II - Finland v. Korea, Armenia v. Azerbaijan
Round III - Iran v. Korea, Finland v. Armenia
Round IV - Azerbaijan v. Korea, Iran v. Finland
Round V - Armenia v. Iran, Azerbaijan v. Finland

Greco-Roman World Cup Schedule
(local time in Tehran)

Thursday, May 15
10:00 a.m. – Session I (Pool Rounds 1-2)
4:00 p.m. – Opening Ceremony
4:45 p.m. – Session II (Pool Rounds 3-5)

Friday, May 16
10:00 a.m. – Fifth, Seventh and Ninth Place Matches
6:00 p.m. – First and Third Place Matches, followed by Awards Ceremony

Preliminary U.S. roster
59 kg/130 lbs. - Ryan Mango, Palo Alto, Calif. (Cardinal Wrestling Club)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – RaVaughn Perkins, Omaha, Neb. (ReadyRP National)
71 kg/156 lbs. - Patrick Smith (Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
75 kg/ 165 lbs.– Andrew Bisek, Chaska, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
80 kg/176 lbs. - Geordan Speiller, Oviedo, Fla (Florida Jets)
85 kg/187 lbs.- Jordan Holm, Minneapolis, Minn (Minnesota Storm)
98 kg/216 lbs. - Daren Burns, Boone, N.C. (AppState RTC)
130 kg/286 lbs. – Robby Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo. (NYAC)
Team Leader: Christina Kiki Kelley, Minneapolis, Minn.
Coaches: Steve Fraser, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Momir Petkovic, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Ahad Javansalehi, Hillsborough, Ore.; James Johnson, Phoenix, Ariz.