Russia lineup announced for Freestyle Wrestling World Cup in Los Angeles, Calif., June 11-12

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | June 01, 2016, 1:21 p.m. (ET)
The wrestling federation of Russia has provided its lineup for the 2016 Men’s Freestyle Wrestling World Cup at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., June 11-12.

The World Cup is the annual international dual meet championships, and will feature the top eight men’s freestyle wrestling teams in the world.

This Russian team is led by three individual World champions: 2014 World champion Soslan Ramonov at 65 kg/143 lbs., World champion Khetik Tsabolov, who won his World title at 70 kg/154 lbs. but is entered at 74 kg/163 lbs. and 2014 World champion Abdusalam Gadisov at 97 kg/213 lbs.

Gadisov and Ramonov are both two-time World medalists, as Gadisov was second and Ramonov was third at the 2015 World Championships in Las Vegas, Nev. Gadisov was also ninth at the 2012 Olympic Games.

2013 World bronze medalist Magomed Kurbanaliev will compete at 65 kg/143 lbs. Anzor Urishev, who was eighth at the 2012 Olympic Games, will compete at 86 kg/189 lbs.

The Russian athletes on the World Cup roster have a strong background in the age-group levels, with five past Junior World champions on the team, Kurbanaliev, Tsabolov and Gadisov, plus Zaur Makiev who is competing at 74 kg/163 lbs. and Muradin Kushkov, who will wrestle at 125 kg/275 lbs.

Champions at past World University Championships or World University Games include Kurbanaliev, Tsabolov, Kudiamagomedov and Gadisov.

The Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix, held annually in Russia, is considered one of the toughest freestyle events in the world every year. Urishev has won it four times and Gadisov has won it twice. Other past Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix champions include Kurbanaliev, Makiev, Kudiamagomedov, Kushkov and Zaur Sidakov at 70 kg/154 lbs.

Russia placed first at the 2015 World Championships, which were held in Las Vegas, Nev. Russia was fourth at the 2015 World Cup held in Los Angeles.

The eight nations which will compete for the 2016 World Cup are (alphabetically) Azerbaijan, Georgia, India, Iran, Mongolia, Russia, Turkey and the United States. Nations were invited based upon final team standings at the 2015 World Championships.

Russia has drawn into Group A, where it will face Georgia, Turkey and Mongolia.

The 2014 and 2015 Freestyle World Cup were also held in Los Angeles. The United States was second at the 2015 World Cup and third at the 2014 World Cup. The USA team will feature all six 2016 Olympic team members in freestyle wrestling.

Attendees can purchase tickets for the popular international competition through Ticketmaster.

Russia Freestyle World Cup Team Roster

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Gadzhimurad Rashidov
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Viktor Rassadin
61 kg/134 lbs. – Imam Adzhiev
61 kg/134 lbs. – Kezhik Chymba
65 kg/143 lbs. – Magomed Kurbanaliev
65 kg/143 lbs. – Soslan Ramonov
70 kg/154 lbs. – Atsamaz Sanakoev
70 kg/154 lbs. – Zaur Sidakov
74 kg/163 lbs. – Zaur Makiev
74 kg/163 lbs. –Khetik Tcabolov
86 kg/189 lbs. – Shamil Kudiiamagomedov
86 kg/189 lbs. – Anzor Urizhev
97 kg/213 lbs. – Abdusalam Gadisov
97 kg/213 lbs. – Adlan Ibragimov
125 kg/275 lbs. –Muradin Kushkhov
125 kg/275 lbs. – Pavel Krivtsov
Team Leader – Nikolay Gavrilov
Head Coach – Dzambolat Tedeev
Coach – David Musulbes
Coach – Khadzhimurad Magomedov
Coach – Anna Gurieva
Referee – Noravard Arustamian
Medical – Umar Tebiev
Medical - Gvineri Bestaev

Russia World Cup bios

57 kg/126 lbs – Viktor Rassadin
2014 and 2015 Dmitri Korkin Tournament champion (Russia)… Second in 2015 Olympia Tournament (Greece)… Eighth in 2015 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)… Second in 2014 Miners’ Fame Tournament (Russia)… 2014 Stepan Sargsyan Tournament champion (Armenia)… 2014 Mongolian Open champion… Second in 2014 President Cup of Buryatia Republic (Russia)… Fifth in 2013 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)…Seventh in 2012 Dmitri Korkin Tournament… Eighth in 2015 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)… Born: November 7, 1993… Age: 22

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Gadzhimurad Rashidov
2016 European champion… Third in 2016 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)… Third in 2014 and 2015 Junior World Championships… Fifth in 2015 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)… Third in 2012 Ali Aliev Tournament (Russia)… 2011 and 2012 Cadet World champion… Born: October 30, 1995… Age: 20

61 kg/134 lbs. – Imam Adzhiev
2016 European U23 champion… Second in 2016 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)… Third in 2013 and 2015 Intercontinental Cup (Russia)… 2014 European Junior champion… Fifth in 2012 Intercontinental Cup (Russia)… Born: March 24, 1994… Age: 22

61 kg/134 lbs. – Kezhik Chymba
Fifth in 2016 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)… Born August 5, 1996… Age: 19

65 kg/143 lbs. – Magomed Kurbanaliev
Third in 2013 World Championships… 2014 European champion… 2014 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix champion… Second in 2016 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)… 2015 UWW Golden Grand Prix Finals champion (Azerbaijan).. 2015 World Military Games champion… Third in 2013 and 2015 Ali Aliev Tournament (Russia)… Second in 2015 Medved Prizes (Belarus)… 2014 Moscow Lights champion (Russia)… 2014 Intercontinental Cup champion (Russia)… 2014 Ziolkowski Memorial champion (Poland)… 2013 World University Games champion… 2013 Dave Schultz Memorial International champion…. Fifth in 2013 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)… 2012 Junior World champion… Second in 2011 Ramzan Kadyrov Cup (Russia)… Second in 2010 Dave Schultz Memorial International… Born: August 1, 1992… Age: 23

65 kg/143 lbs. – Soslan Ramonov
2014 World champion… Third in 2015 World Championships… 2015 World Military Games champion… 2016 Medved Prizes champion (Belarus)… Third in 2015 Ziolkowski Memorial (Poland)… 2011 and 2014 Ziolkowski Memorial champion (Poland)… Third in 2014 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)… 2011, 2012 and 2013 Moscow Lights champion (Russia)… 2013 Olympia Tournament champion (Greece)… Third in 2012 and 2013 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)… Second in 2012 Ramzan Kadyrov Cup (Russia)… Fifth in 2011 Medved Prizes (Belarus)… 2007 and 2008 European Cadet champion… Born January 1, 1991… Age: 25

70 kg/154 lbs. – Atsamaz Sanakoev
Third in 2014 and 2016 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)… Third in 2015 Dmitri Korkin International (Russia)… Fifth in 2015 Stepan Sargsyan International (Armenia)… 2014 Dmitry Korkin International champion (Russia)… 2013 Moscow Lights champion… Second in 2013 Stepan Sargsyan International (Armenia)… 2013 Dave Schultz Memorial International champion… Third in 2013 UWW Golden Grand Prix Finals (Azerbaijan)… 2012 European Junior champion… Born: June 8, 1992… Age: 24

70 kg/154 lbs. – Zaur Sidakov
2016 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix champion (Russia)… Fifth in 2016 European Championships… Third in 2015 Junior World Championships… 2015 Olympia Tournament champion (Greece)… Third in 2015 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)… 2014 Copa Brasil champion (Brazil)… Born: March 14, 1996… Age: 20

74 kg/163 lbs. – Khetik Tsabolov
2014 World champion… 2011 Junior World champion… 2015 World Military Games champion… 2016 Medved Prizes champion (Belarus)…2015 Ziolkowski Memorial champion (Poland)… Third in 2015 Yasar Dogu International (Turkey)… 2014 Copa Brasil champion (Brazil)… Second in 2013 Ramzan Kadyrov Cup (Russia)… Fifth in 2013 Ukrainian Memorial International… Seventh in 2013 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)… Second in 2012 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)… Born: November 17, 1991… Age: 24

74 kg/163 lbs. – Zaur Makiev
Third in 2016 European Championships… 2012 Junior World champion…. 2016 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix champion (Russia)… Fifth in 2015 Ramzan Kadyrov Cup (Russia)… Third in 2014 Ramzan Kadyrov Cup (Russia)… Second in 2014 Dmitry Korkin International (Russia)…. 2012 Dmitri Korkin International champion (Russia)… Third in 2010 Junior European Championships… 2009 European Cadet champion… Born: March 24, 1992… Age:

86 kg/189 lbs. – Shamil Kudiamagomedov
2016 European champion… 2016 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix champion (Russia)… 2015 World Military Games champion… 2015 Ali Aliev Tournament champion (Russia)… Third in 2015 European U23 Championships… 2014 UWW Golden Grand Prix Finals champion (Azerbaijan)… 2014 Ramzan Kadyrov Cup champion (Russia)… 2014 Moscow Lights champion (Russia)… Second in 2014 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)… 2013 Copa Brazil champion… Competed in 2013 World Championships… Second in 2013 World University Games…2012 Ali Aliev Tournament champion… Third in 2013 Junior World Championships… Born: May 9, 1993… Age: 23

86 kg/189 lbs. – Anzor Urishev
Eighth in 2012 Olympic Games… 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix champion… Third in 2009 and 2014 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)… Third in 2014 Ali Aliev Tournament (Russia)… Third in 2014 Copa Brasil (Brazil)… Third in 2012 and 2013 European Championships… 2011 and 2014 Moscow Lights champion (Russia)… 2010 and 2011 European champion… Second in 2010 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)… Second in 2007 Junior World Championships… Born: January 23, 1987… Age: 29

97 kg/213 lbs. – Abdusalam Gadisov
2014 World champion… Second in 2015 World Championships… Fifth in 2009 World Championships… 2008 Junior World champion… 2010, 2012 and 2014 European champion… 2012 and 2014 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix champion (Russia)… Ninth in 2012 Olympics… 2016 Buryatia President Cup champion (Russia)… Fifth in 2016 Medved Prizes (Belarus)… Third in 2015 European Games… 2015 Yasar Dogu International champion (Turkey)… 2013 Sportaccord Combat Games champion… 2013 World University Games champion… 2012 and 2013 Ali Aliev Tournament champion (Russia)… Third in 2013 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)… 2011 Ziolkowski Memorial champion (Poland)… Born: March 26, 1989… Age: 27

97 kg/213 lbs. – Adlan Ibragimov
Thrid in 2016 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)… 2015 D.A. Kunaev International champion (Kazakhstan)… Born February 2, 1989… Age: 27

125 kg/275 lbs. – Muradin Kushkov
2010 Junior World champion… Second in 2012 Junior World Championships… Third in 2011 Junior World Championships… 2015 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix champion (Russia)… 2015 Ramzan Kadyrov Cup champion (Russia)… Fifth in 2015 Ziolkowski Memorial (Poland)… Second in 2015 Ali Aliev Tournament (Russia)… 2014 Moscow Lights champion (Russia)… Second in 2014 Ramzan Kadyrov Cup (Russia)… Second in 2014 Ziolkowski Memorial (Poland)… Third in 2014 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)… Second in 2013 Black Sea Tournament… Third in 2012 Ali Aliev Tournament… Ninth in 2012 FILA Golden Grand Prix Finals (Azerbaijan)… Fifth in 2012 European Junior Championships… Third in 2012 Black Sea Tournament… Competed in 2011 World Championships… Second in 2011 World Cup… Third in 2010 European Junior Championships… Fifth in 2009 Junior World Championships… Seventh in 2009 European Junior Championships… Second in 2008 European Cadet Championships… Born: May 20, 1992… Age: 24

125 kg/275 lbs. – Pavel Krivtsov
Seventh in 2016 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)… Fifth in 2015 Junior World Championships… 2015 Dave Schultz Memorial International champion…. Ninth in 2015 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)… Third in 2014 Bill Farrell International…. Third in 2014 Miner’s Fame Tournament (Russia)… Third in 2012 Dmitry Korkin International (Russia)… Born: June 21, 1995… Age: 20