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Freestyle World Cup to air on Universal Sports Network and NBCSN on Sunday, April 12

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | April 09, 2015, 7:37 p.m. (ET)

The Freestyle Wrestling World Cup championship matches will be broadcast nationwide on Universal Sports Network and NBCSN on Sunday, April 12. Same day coverage from the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on Universal Sports Network followed by live coverage on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET.

The Freestyle World Cup features the top eight men’s freestyle wrestling teams in the world. World and Olympic medalists expected to compete include American stars Jordan Burroughs, a 2012 Olympic champion and two-time World champion, and Jake Varner, a 2012 Olympic champion. World powers Iran and Russia are included in the field, along with Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cuba, Mongolia and Turkey.

Universal Sports Network’s coverage of the bronze-medal dual meet will air at 7:30 p.m. ET. The teams in the bronze-medal dual meet will not be determined until Sunday morning. Calling the action for the Universal Sports Network bronze-medal broadcast are play-by-play announcer Jason Knapp and Olympic champion Brandon Slay providing color commentary.

This is the second straight year that Universal Sports Network has provided coverage from the Freestyle Wrestling World Cup.

The gold-medal dual meet will then follow live on NBCSN, starting at 9:00 p.m. ET. The teams in the gold-medal dual meet will not be determined until Sunday morning. The broadcast team for the NBCSN’s gold medal match coverage are veteran play-by-play announcer Jason Knapp with color commentary from Olympic champion Rulon Gardner.

This is the first of five major USA Wrestling events which will be broadcast during the 2015 season in a historic agreement with NBC Sports Group and Universal Sports Network. NBCSN and Universal Sports Network will combine to present nine USA Wrestling telecasts from five events, including five live telecasts, and more than 12 hours of total coverage, the most live content in a single season in USA Wrestling history.

NBCSN and Universal Sports Network Broadcast Schedule
All Times Eastern –Subject to Change

Date/Coverage/Network/Time (ET)
Sunday, April 12 - Freestyle World Cup bronze medal, Universal Sports at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 12 - Freestyle World Cup gold medal, NBCSN at 9 p.m.

In addition, UniversalSports.com will stream of Universal Sports’ broadcast coverage of the bronze-medal match. Universal Sports Network is available on Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Cox Communications, Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber, satellite providers DIRECTV and DISH and numerous regional cable and IPTV operators in markets across the country. (Click HERE for the USN channel finder.)

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide streaming coverage alongside NBCSN’s USA Wrestling telecast of the gold-medal match.

About NBC Sports
When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of a unique array of sports assets, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN (NBC Sports Network), Golf Channel, 10 NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBC Sports Digital. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, Churchill Downs, Premier League, Tour de France, French Open, Formula One, IndyCar and many more.

About Universal Sports Network
Universal Sports Network, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, LP, is the premier multi-platform media destination for Olympic-related sports programming in the United States. Offering more than 1,200 hours of original programming each year, Universal Sports has exclusive rights to world and national championship events in a wide array of sports, including swimming, track and field, gymnastics, cycling, skiing, figure skating and rugby. Whether on television, online, or on the go with mobile and tablet applications, Universal Sports offers a four-screen experience to fans of global sports every day of the year. For more information, please visit UniversalSports.com.

About USA Wrestling
USA Wrestling is the National Governing Body for the Sport of Wrestling in the United States and, as such, is its representative to the United States Olympic Committee and the International Wrestling Federation FILA. Simply, USA Wrestling is the central organization that coordinates amateur wrestling programs in the nation and works to create interest and participation in these programs. Its president is James Ravannack, and its Executive Director is Rich Bender.