Los Angeles' United 4 Wrestling to build off of The Rumble on the Rails to save wrestling
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(SFC) Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena will host “United 4 Wrestling” with the United States and Iran national wrestling teams in a dual meet 19 May, hoping to build on the successful “The Rumble on the Rails” in New York’s Grand Central Terminal 15 May to help wrestling get back on the Olympic Programme.
Past Olympic and World Championship medallists will appear on both powerhouse rosters for the seven-bout match, as Team USA has won the most Olympic medals of any country and Iran won three at the London 2012 Summer Games.
Sponsored by the Semnani Family Foundation, an international humanitarian organisation from Salt Lake City, “United 4 Wrestling” will be presented in conjunction with California USA Wrestling and Beat the Streets – Los Angeles. Iranian-American philanthropist founded the Semnani Family Foundation. The event will be preceded by a celebrity red carpet, native Persian musical entertainment and exhibition matches with youth wresters from California.
2012 Olympic medallists Jordan Burroughs, 74 kg/163 lbs., and Coleman Scott, 60 kg/132 lbs., will lead Team USA. Burroughs won his 53rd consecutive match at “The Rumble on the Rails” Wednesday and will hope for his 54th in Los Angeles. Scott won the World Cup, U.S. Olympic Team Trials and a Special Wrestle-off for the U.S. Olympic Team in the 2012 season alone.
Tervel Dlagnev, 120 kg/ 264.5 lbs., and Sam Hazewinkel, 55 kg/121 lbs., are also on the Team USA roster. Dlagnev won silver at the 2009 Worlds and placed fifth at the 2012 Olympics and the 2011 World Championships. Hazewinkel had a successful career in Greco-Roman before switching to freestyle in 2009. Jordan Oliver, 66 kg/145.5 lbs., Chris Pendelton, 96 kg/211.5 lbs., and Jon Reader, 84 kg/185 lbs., round out the lineup.
Mehdi Taghavi Kermani, two-time World champion, two-time Junior World champion, and two-time Olympian at 66 kg/145.5 lbs., leads the Iran national team in Los Angeles. 2012 bronze medallists Ehsan Lashgari, 84 kg/185 lbs., and Komeil Ghasemi, 120 kg/264.5 lbs., will also face Team USA. Iran will also be represented by Hassan Rahimi, 55 kg/121 lbs., 2012 Olympian Masoud Esmailpour Jouybari, 60 kg/132 lbs, three-time World Cup medallist Hassan Tahmasebi, 74 kg/163 lbs., and Hamed Tatari, 96 kg/211.5 lbs.
Ghasemi and Dlagnev will rematch their 2012 Olympic bronze-medal match in Los Angeles, with Dlagnev seeking revenge for the loss. Hazewinkel vs. Rahimi and Scott vs. Esmailpour are also matchups of 2012 Olympians.
USA Wrestling’s Keep Olympic Wrestling campaign will hope for a successful event with the 2020 Vision: Wrestling, Keep the Dream Alive campaign supported by actor Billy Baldwin. Tickets for “United 4 Wrestling” can be purchased at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena box office and Ticketmaster outlets.
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