World Cup of Freestyle Wrestling: Live Video Stream


This weekend (March 15-16, 2014), Los Angeles hosts the World Cup of Freestyle Wrestling, the most important team wrestling competition in the entire world. Bloody Elbow presents a preview and live video of all the matches starting at 2 pm (EST).

Today, the World Cup of Freestyle Wrestling, the biggest team wrestling event in the world, comes to the Los Angeles Forum. The competition lasts two days, with four sessions. The first session begins at 2 pm (eastern) and video streams for all the matches appear at the bottom of this post.

I wrote a preview for FILA for this event which covers the important members of each team, and introduces the favorites to win-

LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES (March 14)- The Iranian freestyle team looks poised to make wrestling history this weekend. Sporting one of the strongest lineups in the country's storied history, the Iranian side is seeking a record third-straight World Cup title.

The current kings of wrestling team competition arrive in Los Angeles with a wealth of talent at their disposal, with World and Olympic medalists at an incredible six of the eight weights. Spearheading the Iranian effort will be top ranked Hassim RAHIMI at 57kg and Reza YAZDANI at 97kg, both gold medalists at the World Championships last year.

For the Iranians to three-peat they'll likely need to make it past a talented Russia squad which includes 2013 World Champion Bekhan GOYGEREEV at 61kg and 2013 world bronze medalist Nariman ISRAPILOV at 57kg Th Ukraine also brings talent to Los Angeles with 2013 World Champion Ibragim ALDATOV at 86kg and Vasyl FEDORYSHYN at 81kg taking the mat in the hope of propelling their country to victory. Meanwhile the United States hopes its two 2012 Olympic champs Jake VARNER at 97kg and Jordan BURROUGHS at 74kg can lead Team USA to a championship in front of their home crowd.

Russia, the runner-up at the last two World Cups comes into this event as the favorites to face Iran in the gold medal finals, but they must pass stiff tests from proven group of Ukrainians and a surprising Mongolian side, which has enough talent to play the spoiler to the aspirations of the traditional freestyle wrestling powers.

Of particular interest, today at 2 pm Russia wrestles Ukraines in a match of deep international significance.

U.S. Roster

The U.S. Freestyle World Cup Team Roster consists of just about every one of America's top active senior-level wrestlers, including

57 kg/125 lbs. - Angel Escobedo, Columbus, Ohio (New York AC/Ohio RTC)
57 kg/125 lbs. - Andrew Hochstrasser, Boise, Idaho (Titan Mercury WC)
57 kg/125 lbs. - Sam Hazewinkel, Norman, Okla. (Sunkist Kids)
61 kg/134 lbs. - Reece Humphrey, Columbus, Ohio (New York AC/Ohio RTC)
61 kg/134 lbs. - Jimmy Kennedy, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC/Michigan RTC)
65 kg/143 lbs. - Brent Metcalf, Iowa City, Iowa (New York AC/Titan Mercury WC)
65 kg/143 lbs. - Kellen Russell, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC/Michigan RTC)
65 kg/143 lbs. - Jason Chamberlain, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska RTC)
70 kg/154 lbs. - Nick Marable, Columbia, Mo. (Sunkist Kids/MWF)
70 kg/154 lbs. - Moza Fay, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Army WCAP/USOTC)
70 kg/154 lbs. - Jason Welch, Evanston, Ill. (Wrestling Prep/Chicago RTC)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska RTC)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Dan Vallimont, Long Beach, N.Y. (Blue and Gold WC)
86 kg/189 lbs. - Keith Gavin, Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
86 kg/189 lbs. - Clayton Foster, Laramie, Wyo. (Cowboy WC/GRIT Athletics)
86 kg/189 lbs. - Raymond Jordan, Atlanta, Ga. (Sunkist Kids)
86 kg/189 lbs. - Jon Reader, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids/USOTC)
97 kg/213 lbs. - J.D. Bergman, Columbus, Ohio (New York AC/Ohio RTC)
97 kg/213 lbs. - Jake Varner, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)
97 kg/213 lbs. - Dustin Kilgore, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids/USOTC)
97 kg/213 lbs. - Wynn Michalak, Champaign, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC/Illinois RTC)
125 kg/275 lbs. - Tervel Dlagnev, Columbus, Ohio (Sunkist Kids/Ohio RTC)
125 kg/275 lbs. - Tyrell Fortune, Portland, Ore. (Titan Mercury WC)
125 kg/275 lbs. - Zach Rey, Bethlehem, Pa. (Lehigh Valley AC)
125 kg/275 lbs. -Dom Bradley, Columbia, Mo. (Sunkist Kids/MWF)

The schedule for today (March 15, 2014) appears as follows (ALL TIMES ARE PACIFIC)

Session I

11:00 a.m Armenia vs. USA Mat A
11:00 a.m India vs. Turkey Mat B
12:00 p.m. Iran vs. Armenia Mat A
12:00 p.m. USA vs. India Mat B
1:00 p.m. Georgia vs. Japan Mat A
1:00 p.m. Mongolia vs. Russia Mat B
2:00 p.m. Japan vs. Mongolia Mat A
2:00 p.m. Ukraine vs. Russia Mat B

Session II

5:30 p.m. Armenia vs. India Mat A
5:30 p.m. Turkey vs. Iran Mat B
6:30 p.m. Turkey vs. Armenia Mat A
6:30 p.m. Iran vs. USA Mat B
7:30 p.m. Mongolia vs. Georgia Mat A
7:30 p.m. Japan vs. Ukraine Mat B
8:30 p.m. Georgia vs. Ukraine Mat A
8:30 p.m. Russia vs. Japan Mat B

Mat A

Mat B

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