USA Wrestling Matchups now finaliz...

Matchups now finalized for second edition of Chicago Cup

By Craig Sesker | Feb. 01, 2008, 11:42 a.m. (ET)

The matchups in each weight class are now finalized for the second edition of the Chicago Cup.

The 2007 World champion U.S. Greco-Roman Team is scheduled to face a loaded team from Bulgaria that includes three individual World champions. The U.S. women's freestyle squad will battle a strong team from Poland while NCAA champion Jake Herbert of Northwestern will wrestle in a men's freestyle match.

Tickets remain on sale for the Chicago Cup, set for Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. The inaugural event was a huge success with 7,000 fans packing Northwestern's Welsh-Ryan Arena in 2007.

Tickets for the Chicago Cup are $10 for adults and $5 for students and youth under 18 years of age. Tickets can be purchased by calling the hotline at 800-511-1552 or online by Clicking here

The star-studded Bulgarian team is led by Greco-Roman legend Armen Nazarian, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time World champion. He competes at 60 kg/132 lbs. The Bulgarian team also features past World champions Yavor Yanakiev and Nikolay Gergov.

The U.S. Greco-Roman team is led by World champion Dremiel Byers along with World bronze medalists Lindsey Durlacher, Harry Lester and Justin Ruiz. Durlacher and past World Team member T.C. Dantzler both grew up in the Chicago metro area.

Yanakiev will face Dantzler, who placed fifth in the World in 2006. Gergov will face Lester at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. Lester and Gergov both won bronze medals at the 2007 World Championships.

Bulgaria's Venelin Venkov, who placed fifth in the World in 2006, is scheduled to meet Durlacher at 55 kg/121 lbs. Byers is slated to face Bulgaria's Ivan Ivanov at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. Byers beat Ivanov 1-1, 3-0, 3-0 in the second round of the 2007 World Championships.

Herbert - a 2007 NCAA champion and 2008 Olympic hopeful - will compete in an exhibition match in men's freestyle. Herbert is taking an Olympic redshirt this season and is ranked third in the U.S. in freestyle at 84 kg/185 lbs. He is scheduled to face Mihail Ganev of Bulgaria.

The U.S. women's lineup for the Chicago Cup will feature past World silver medalist Stephanie Murata and 2007 World Team member Marcie Van Dusen.

Van Dusen is coming off a huge win at the World Cup where she knocked off five-time World champion and Olympic gold medalist Saori Yoshida of Japan. Van Dusen handed Yoshida her first loss since 2001 and snapped Yoshida's 119-match winning streak.

2006 World Team member Mary Kelly, who wrestled in the 2007 World Cup, also is scheduled to compete in the Chicago Cup. Kelly is an Illinois native.

The women's team from Poland also includes a number of wrestlers with strong credentials. Monika Rogien is a two-time World bronze medalist at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. and Iwona Sadowska is a past World bronze medalist at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. The Poland team also includes World fifth-place finisher Anna Zwirydowska at 55 kg/121 lbs. and World University bronze medalist Agnieszka Wieszczek at 72 kg/158.5 lbs.

World Sport Chicago and USA Wrestling are joining forces to put this event on for the second straight year.

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55 kg/121 lbs. - Lindsey Durlacher, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC) vs. Venelin Venkov (Bulgaria)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Joe Betterman, Chicago, Ill. (USOEC/New York AC) vs. Armen Nazarian (Bulgaria)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Harry Lester, Marquette, Mich. (Gator WC) vs. Nikolay Gergov (Bulgaria)
74 kg/163 lbs. - T.C. Dantzler, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC) vs. Yavor Yanakiev (Bulgaria)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Justin Ruiz, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC) vs. Georgi Zlatanski (Bulgaria)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Dremiel Byers, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army) vs. Ivan Ivanov (Bulgaria)
There will be no match at 84 kg/185 lbs. because of an injury to the wrestler from Bulgaria


48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Stephanie Murata, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids) vs. Iwona Sadowska (Poland)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Marcie Van Dusen, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids) vs. Anna Zwirydowska (Poland)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Randi Miller, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Gator WC) vs. Monika Rogien (Poland)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Stephany Lee, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids) vs. Agnieszka Wieszczek (Poland)
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Mary Kelly, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC) vs. Iwona Sadowska (Poland)


84 kg/185 lbs. - Jake Herbert (Wexford, Pa./New York AC) vs. Mihail Ganev (Bulgaria)