By Paul D. Bowker | April 06, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Kyle Snyder (red) competes against Khetag Goziumov of Azerbaijan (blue) in the men's freestyle 97 kg. gold-medal match at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 at Carioca Arena 2 on Aug. 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


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Olympic gold medalists Jordan Burroughs and Kyle Snyder are among 20 U.S. men’s freestyle wrestlers who will compete in this week’s World Cup in Iowa City, Iowa.

The World Cup is an annual competition, featuring a team format over two days in 10 weight classes.

The U.S. faces India to open the tournament Saturday morning at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on the University of Iowa campus. The U.S. also faces Japan on Saturday afternoon, and Georgia on Sunday morning. The medal round is Sunday afternoon.

Other nations in the tournament are Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Cuba and Azerbaijan.

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Burroughs, a 2012 Olympic champion and four-time world champion, will compete in the 74 kg. weight class. Snyder, a gold medalist at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and two-time world champ, will compete in the 97 kg. class.

“I’m excited. I’m undefeated in this building,” said Burroughs, who secured nominations for the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Teams with Olympic Trials victories in Iowa City. “Just being here, the energy is real.”

The U.S. team features wrestlers who have won three Olympic medals and 13 world championship medals.

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday, NBC Sports Network 

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.