Curby Cup USA vs. Iran Greco-Roman dual meet cancelled in Chicago, June 27

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | June 18, 2015, 1:44 p.m. (ET)
The 2015 Jacob Curby Cup at the Jones Convocation Center at Chicago State University on Saturday, June 27 has been cancelled.

The event included a dual meet between the United States and 2014 World Team Champions Iran in Greco-Roman wrestling. The Curby Cup is held in honor of the late Jacob Curby, a Greco-Roman Team USA member who unexpectedly passed away at the age of 25 in January 2010.

The decision to cancel the event was made by the hosts of the event, the Jacob Curby Foundation, and USA Wrestling, because of challenges in getting visas for the Iranian team.

The Iranian Wrestling Federation followed all of the proper procedures in order to attend the event. The visa problems were beyond the control of either USA Wrestling or the Iranian Wrestling Federation.

“I have to announce the very disappointing news that the Jacob Curby Cup, scheduled for June 27, has been cancelled. This decision was made because of the inability to obtain visas for the Iranian delegation within the time frame of our event. No blame, no acrimony, just sadness and disappointment,” said Dave Curby, founder of the Curby Cup and Jacob Curby’s father.

The U.S. Greco-Roman team will still attend a training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Site at Northern Michigan University, which had been previously scheduled.

The preliminary NMU – USOTS vs. Illinois All-Stars dual meet which was included in the program will also be cancelled.

The Illinois freestyle women’s wrestling event and the Beat the Streets-Chicago and Beat the Streets-Indianapolis youth matches will be held, at a different location in Chicago to be announced.