Azerbaijan lineup announced for Freestyle Wrestling World Cup in Iowa City, Iowa, April 7-8

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | March 22, 2018, 11:05 a.m. (ET)
Three-time World champion Haji Aliyev of Azerbaijan is among the stars on the Azerbaijan World Cup team. Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors.

The wrestling federation of Azerbaijan has provided its lineup for the 2018 Men’s Freestyle Wrestling World Cup at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa April 7-8.

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

Leading the Azerbaijan team is 2012 Olympic champion Sharif Sharifov at 92 kg. Sharifov was also a 2011 World champion, and claimed a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games. He also boasts a 2009 World bronze medal.

Another international star on the Azerbaijan team is three-time World champion Haji Aliyev at 65 kg. Aliev won his World gold medals in 2014, 2015 and 2017. He also added a 2016 Olympic bronze medal. Aliyev was a 2014 European champion.

Another Olympic medalist in the lineup is 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Jabrayil Hasanov at 79 kg. Hasanov was a World bronze medalist in 2010 and 2011, and boasts a 2009 Junior World title.

Heavyweight Jamaladdin Magomedov is a two-time World medalists, winning a World silver medal in 2015 and a World bronze in 2011. He was also a 2016 Olympian.

Other past World medalists on the Azerbaijan team include 2016 World bronze medalist Akhmednabi Gvarzatilov at 61 kg and 2016 World bronze medalist Aslanbek Alborov at 92 kg.

The team has considerable depth. Giorgi Edisherashvili, who is entered at 57 kg, boasts two Senior European titles. Nuramagomed Gadzhiev, a 2015 Junior World champion, will wrestle at 96 kg. An entry at 70 kg, Joshgun Azimov has won three Military World medals. Alexander Gostiev, who competes at 86 kg, has been a European silver medalist twice.

Azerbaijan has drawn into Pool B, against the nations of Russia, Cuba and Kazakhstan. Pool A consists of the United States, Georgia, Japan and Iran.

Ticket opportunities for the World Cup include a Gold all-session package ($225), a Black all-session package ($150), and standard all-session tickets ($75/$50). Tickets are now available on the University of Iowa Athletics website.

Visit worldcupiowacity.com for more information on the event.

Azerbaijan Freestyle World Cup Team Roster
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Giorgi Edisherashvili
61 kg/134 lbs. – Akhmednabi Gvarzatilov
65 kg/143 lbs. – Haji Aliyev
70 kg/154 lbs. – Murtazali Rakhmatulla Muslimov
70 kg/154 lbs. – Joshgun Azimov
74 kg/163 lbs. – Gasjimurad Omarov
79 kg/174 lbs. – Jabrayil Hasanov
86 kg/189 lbs. – Aleksander Gostiev
92kg/203 lbs. – Sharif Sharifov
92kg/203 lbs. – Aslanbek Alborov
97 kg/213 lbs. – Nurmagomed Gadzhiev
125 kg/275 lbs. – Jamaladdin Magomedov

Azerbaijan World Cup bios

57 kg/126 lbs. – Giorgi Edisherashvili
2005, 2012 and 2017 European champion… 2018 International Ukrainian Tournament champion…… Tenth at 2013 World Championships… Third at the 2017 Alany Tournament (Russia)… Second at the 2017 Alrosa Cup (Russia)… Third at the Ali Aliev Tournament (Russia)…2016 Golden Grand Prix champion… Third at the 2016 Yasar Dogu (Turkey)… Third at 2012 and 2013 Golden Grand Prix…Second at 2013 Moscow Lights (Russia)… Stepan Sargsyan Tournament champion (Armenia)… Third place at 2013 Yasar Dogu (Turkey)… Born March, 17 1988… Age: 30

61 kg/134 lbs. – Akhmednabi Gvarzatilov
Third at 2016 World Championships… Two-time World Team member… 2017 and 2018 International Ukrainian Memorial champion… 2013 Junior World champion…2012 Junior European champion … Second at 2013 Junior European Championships… Ninth at 2017 European championships… 2016 Golden Grand Prix champion … Fifth at 2016 Alexander Medved Prizes (Belarus)… Second at 2015 Alrosa Cup (Russia)…Second at Ramzan Kadyrov Cup (Russia)…Fifth in 2015 U23 European Championships…Second at 2014 Moscow Lights (Russia)… Second at 2014 Golden Grand Prix… Third at 2012 and 2014 Ali Aliev Tournament (Russia)…Third at 2014 Yasar Dogu (Turkey)… 2013 Golden Grand Prix champion… Fifth at 2012 Junior World Championship… Ninth at 2010 Cadet European Championships… Born February 23, 1993… Age: 25

65 kg/143 lbs. – Haji Aliyev
2016 Olympic bronze medalist… 2014, 2015 and 2017 World champion… Four-time World Team member… 2014 European champion… Third at 2016 European Championships… Second at 2018 International Ukrainian Tournament… 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games champion… 2014 and 2016 Grand Prix of Germany champion… Fifth at 2016 Yasar Dogu (Turkey)… 2012, 2014 and 2015 Golden Grand Prix champion… Third at 2015 European Games… Third at 2015 Grand Prix of Paris (France)… 2014 Dan Kolov – Nikola Petrov Tournament champion (Bulgari)… Second at 2013 Golden Grand Prix… Third at 2013 World University Games… Eighth at 2013 European Championships… Third at 2013 Yasar Dogu (Turkey)… Third at 2012 Grand Prix of Germany… Third at 2012 International Ukrainian Tournament… Second at 2011 Ramzan Kadyrov Cup (Russia)… Second at 2011 Junior European Championships… Eighth at 2011 Dan Kolov – Nikola Petrov Tournament (Bulgaria)… Eighth at 2010 European Championships… Second at 2008 Cadet European Championships… Born March 21, 1991… Age: 27

70 kg/154 lbs. – Murtazali Rakhmatulla Muslimov
Second at 2018 International Ukrainian Tournament… Second at 2017 Alrosa Cup (Russia)… Second at 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games…

70 kg/154 lbs. – Joshgun Azimov
Third at 2017 World Military Championships… Second at 2016 World Military Championships… Second at 2015 World Military Games… Third at 2018 Takhti Cup… Fifth at 2017 Vladimir Semenov Tournament (Russia)… Tenth at 2017 International Cup (Russia)… Third at 2017 G. Kartozia & V. Balavadze Price (Georgia)… Third at 2016 Golden Grand Prix… 2015 Ali Aliev Tournament champion (Russia)… Seventh at 2014 Takhti Cup (Iran)… Ninth at 2014 Golden Grand Prix… Third at 2012 Golden Grand Prix…

74 kg/163 lbs. – Gasjimurad Omarov
2017 U23 European champion… Second at 2016 U23 European Championship… Third at 2013 Junior World Championship… Second at the 2013 Junior European Championships… Fifth at 2018 International Ukrainian Tournament… Tenth at 2017 U23 World Championships… Tenth at 2017 International Ukrainian Tournament… Ninth at 2016 Golden Grand Prix… Ninth at 2016 Ali Aliev Tournament (Russia) … Second at 2015 Golden Grand Prix… Second at 2015 Alrosa Cup (Russia)…Eighth at 2016 International Cup (Russia)... Third at 2014 Golden Grand Prix… Fifth at 2014 Junior European Championships… Third at 2012 Golden Grand Prix… Third at 2011 Cadet European Championships… Born August, 9th 1994… Age 23

79 kg/174 lbs. – Jabrayil Hasanov
Two-time Olympian…2016 Olympic bronze medalist… Third at 2010 and 2011 World Championships… Six-time World Team member… 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Golden Grand Prix champion… 2011 European champion… Second at 2011, 2014 and 2016 European Championships… 2009 Junior World champion… Third at 2007 Junior World Championships…2007 Cadet European champion…Second at 2008 Junior World Championships… Third at 2008 European Championships… Third at 2006 Junior European Championship… Second at 2018 International Ukrainian Tournament… Seventh at 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games … Third at 2015 European Games… Seventh at 2015 Alexander Medved Prizes (Belarus)… Third at 2014 Ramzan Kadyrov Cup (Russia)… 2014 Grand Prix of Germany champion… Third at 2014 Dan Kolov – Nikola Petrov Tournament (Bulgaria)… Third at 2013 Golden Grand Prix… Second at 2013 Intercontinental Cup (Russia)… Third at 2013 Waclaw Ziolkowski Memorial (Poland)… Second at 2013 World University Games … Born February 24, 1990… Age: 28

86 kg/189 lbs. – Aleksander Gostiev
Fifth at 2017 World Championships… Second at 2017 European Championship… Fifth at 2018 International Ukrainian Tournament… Fifth at 2017 Alany Tournament (Russia)… Second at 2017 Alrosa Cup (Russia)… 2017 Vladimir Semenov Tournament champion (Russia)… Fifth at 2017 International Cup (Russia)… Second at 2017 Ali Aliev Tournament (Russia)… 2017 G. Kartozia & V. Balavadze Price champion (Georgia)… Fifth at the 2013 and 2016 Golden Grand Prix… Second at the 2016 European Championships… 2013, 2015 and 2016 Yasar Dogu champion (Turkey)… 2015 Golden Grand Prix champion… Eighth at 2015 Ali Aliev Tournament (Russia)… Second at 2014 Moscow Lights (Russia)… Second at 2014 International Cup (Russia)… Third at 2011, 2012 and 2014 Golden Grand Prix… 2013 Waclaw Ziolkowski Memorial champion (Poland)… Fifth at 2013 World University Games… Fifth at 2012 Grand Prix of Germany… Third at 2012 European Championships… 2012 International Ukrainian Tournament champion… Second at 2011 Moscow Lights (Russia)… 2012 Golden Grand Prix champion… Born January 24, 1987… Age: 31

92kg/203 lbs. – Sharif Sharifov
2012 Olympic gold medalist… 2016 Olympic bronze medalist… 2011 World champion… Third at 2009 World Championships… Second at 2010 European Championships…2018 International Ukrainian Tournament champion… Second at 2017 Alrosa Cup (Russia)… Third at 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games… Second at 2015 Alexander Medved Prizes (Belarus)… 2015 Grand Prix of Paris champion (France)… Second at 2014 Ali Aliev Tournament (Russia)… 2014 Dan Kolov- Nikola Petrov Tournament (Bulgaria)… Third at 2013 Grand Prix of Spain… Second at 2012 Yasar Dogu (Turkey)… 2011 FILA Test Tournament champion… 2011 Golden Grand Prix champion… 2011 Ali Aliev Tournament champion (Russia)… Third at 2011 European Championships… Third at 2008, 2009 and 2010 Golden Grand Prix… Born November 11, 1988… Age: 29

92kg/203 lbs. – Aslanbek Alborov
Third at 2017 World Championship… 2011 Junior World Cup champion… 2011 Junior European champion… Second at 2009 and 2010 Junior World championship… Third at 2011 Junior World Championship… 2017 Intercontinental Cup… 2017 Ali Aliev Tournament champion (Russia)… Sixth at 2017 European Championship… 2017 Yasar Dogu champion… Third at 2016 Golden Grand Prix… Seventh at 2014 and 2016 Ali Aliev Tournament (Russia)… Third at 2015 Golden Grand Prix… Second at 2015 Alrosa Cup (Russia)… Fifth at 2015 Intercontinental Cup (Russia)… Fifth at 2014 and 2015 Ramzan Kadyrov Cup (Russia)… Second at 2014 Moscow Lights (Russia)… 2014 Miners’ Fame Tournament champion (Russia)… Second at 2013 Dmitri Korkin Tournament (Russia)… Tenth at 2012 International Ukrainian Tournament… Third at 2011 Dan Kolov – Nikola Petrov Tournament (Bulgaria)… Second at 2008 European Championship… Born March 4, 1991… Age: 27

97 kg/213 lbs. – Nurmagomed Gadzhiev
2016 U23 European champion… 2015 Junior World champion… 2014 Junior European champion… Third at 2013 Cadet World Championships… 2013 Cadet European champion… 2018 International Ukrainian Tournament champion… 2017 Islamic Solidarity champion… Third at 2017 World Cup… 2016 Grand Prix of Germany champion… 2016 Alexander Medved Prizes champion (Belarus)… Second at 2015 Golden Grand Prix… Fifth at 2015 European Games… Second at 2015 U23 European Championships… Fifth at 2014 Junior World Championships… Born January 9, 1996… Age: 22

125 kg/275 lbs. – Jamaladdin Magomedov
Second at 2015 World Championships… Third at 2011 World Championships… 2016 Olympian… Two-time World Team member… Third at 2013 European Championships… Second at 2009 Junior World Championships… 2009 Junior European champion… Third at 2007 Junior European Championships… Second at 2017 Alrosa Cup (Russia)… 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games champion… Second at 2017 European Championships… Third at 2017 World Cup… 2016 Grand Prix of Germany champion… Ninth at 2016 European Championships… Third at 2016 Yasar Dogu (Turkey)… Third at 2015 European Games… Third at 2015 World Cup… Second at 2015 Grand Prix of Paris (France)… Seventh at 2014 European Championships… 2014 Dan Kolov- Nikola Petrov Tournament champion (Bulgaria)… Third at 2013 Golden Grand Prix… Eighth at 2013 World Championships… 2013 Waclaw Ziolkowski Memorial champion (Poland)… Seventh at 2013 World University Games… Third at 2013 Yasar Dogu (Turkey)… Third at 2011 Golden Grand Prix… Second at 2008 and 2010 Golden Grand Prix… Born March 14, 1989… Age: 29