USA to face Georgia, Iran and Mongolia in Group B of 2019 Freestyle World Cup in Russia

By United World Wrestling | Feb. 11, 2019, 5:10 p.m. (ET)
Editor's Note: United World Wrestling has announced the pool pairings for the 2019 Freestyle World Cup in Yakutia, Russia, March 16-17.

This year, the World Cup pool pairings came from the results of the 2018 World Championships, where Russia won the title and the United States was second.

The United States is the defending Freestyle World Cup champions, having won the title in Iowa City in 2018. It was the first USA win in 15 years, going back to 2003 in Boise, Idaho. The USA has won the Freestyle World Cup 13 times.

Wrestling Announces Groups for 2019 Freestyle World Cup

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY (February 11) – United World Wrestling has announced the draw for the 2019 Freestyle World Cup Yakutia, Russia. The annual dual-meet event is a highlight of the international wrestling calendar and features the top eight teams from the 2018 World Championships in Budapest.

The UWW executive board determined this week that all World Cup competitions, including the Greco-Roman and Women’s World Cup, should follow the same competition format for placement of teams in their respective pools, or groups. With the new system, the No. 1 team will be paired with the No.4, No.5, and No.8 teams from the world championships.

The No.2 team will in a group with the No.3, No.6, and No.7.

The groups for the 2019 Freestyle World Cup:

Group A - RUS (1), CUB (4), JPN (5), TUR (8)
Group B - USA (2), GEO (3), IRI (6), MGL (7)

In Group A, world champion Russia will look to recapture the World Cup team title after the United States won the 2018 Freestyle World Cup in Iowa City, Iowa. To earn top-billing in 2019 the home side will need to win their group which includes a resurgent Cuban team, Japan, and Turkey.

The United States heads up Group B but faces steep competition from a Georgia squad rife with former world and Olympic champions, including two-time defending heavyweight world champion Geno Petriashvili. A young Iranian team and ever-improving Mongolia squad fill out Group B.

The match-by-match dual schedule and medal rounds have yet to be determined.

The international wrestling calendar picks back up Feb. 23 in Gyor, Hungary, with the Hungarian Grand Prix, the second stop in the Greco-Roman Ranking Series calendar.