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Iran/Russia World Cup teams
Iran and Russia release new athlete lineups for World Cup of Freestyle Wrestling in Fairfax, Va., Feb. 5-6

For immediate release
January 26, 2000

The wrestling federations for Iran and Russia notified USA Wrestling with updated athlete lineups that will compete at the World Cup of Freestyle Wrestling to be held at the Patriot Center at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Feb. 5-6.

The World Champions on the Iranian squad include 1998 World Champion Ali Reza Dabir at 127.75 pounds and 1998 World Champion Ali Reza Heidari at 213.75 pounds.

Dabir also claimed a World silver medal in 1998. He has won a gold medal at the World Cup the last two years.

Heidari won his 1998 World title at 187.25 pounds. Last year, he moved up to 213.75 pounds, where he won a World silver medal and claimed gold medals at the World Cup and the Asian Championships.

The Iran lineup will feature a number of talented young stars, as well as athletes that had strong performances at the recently completed Takhti Cup international tournament in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 18-21. The United States sent a team to compete at the Takhti Cup.

Dabir and Heidari won gold medals at the Takhti Cup, along with Ali Reza Darvishi at 119 pounds. Darvishi was a Junior World Champion in 1998. Ten of the 11 Iranian wrestlers on the updated lineup were placewinners at the Takhti Cup.

Other young stars on the Iran team are 1998 Goodwill Games champion Baynam Tayebi at 119 pounds, 1999 World Cup silver medalist Mehdi Barrati at 152 pounds and 1999 Asian Champion Ali Reza Rezaei at 286 pounds.

Rounding out the Iran roster are Mashallah Hosseini at 138.75 pounds, Akbar Behtari at 138.75 pounds, Ramazanali Oliaeinejad at 167.5 pounds, Mehdi Sarijlu at 187.25 pounds, and Ali Reza Karegar at 286 pounds.

Iran has competed in the United States in wrestling on a regular basis in recent years. Among the events that Iran has sent teams to compete in the U.S. were the 1995 World Cup, the 1995 World Championships, the 1996 Olympic Games, the 1998 World Cup, the 1998 Goodwill Games, the 1998 Junior World Freestyle Championships and the 1999 World Cup.

Russia is the 1999 World Team champions, and will send a team mixed with veteran international stars and talented young hopefuls. The team includes a number of athletes who starred at the recent Russian National Championships.

Leading the Russian team will be 1997 World Champion Kouramagomed Kouramagomedov at 213.75 pounds. Kouramagomedov was a 1996 World Cup champion and a 1999 European champion.

World place winners on the Russian team include Maxim Molonov at 119 pounds and Miron Dzadzaev at 127.75 pounds. Molonov placed fifth in the 1997 World Championships, and Dzadzaev was sixth in the 1999 World Championships.

The Russian team will includes five athletes who have won Junior World Championships, led by 1998 and 1999 Junior World Champion Artem Achigev at 286 pounds. Other Junior World Champions include Kouramagomedov (1996), Soslan Tomaev at 138.75 pounds (1996), Shamil Aliev at 167.5 pounds (1998) and Vadim Laliev at 187.25 pounds (1999).

Rounding out the Russian lineup are Zelimhkan Gusseinov at 127.75 pounds, Zelimhkan Akhmedov at 138.75 pounds, Zaur Kasibekov at 152 pounds, Ramis Ramazanov at 152 pounds, Sashid Sazhidov at 187.25 pounds and Artur Taimazov at 213.75 pounds.

Along with Iran, the field for the 2000 World Cup includes Russia, Cuba, Ukraine, Turkey, and the host United States. Each of the teams will compete against the other nations in dual meet action. In addition, individual medals will be awarded at each of the eight weight classes.

Four sessions of wrestling will be held. On Saturday, Feb. 5, session times are 12:00 noon and 7:00 p.m. On Sunday, Feb. 6, session times are at 11:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

To order tickets, contact Phone Charge at 800-551-SEAT (outside MD, VA and DC). In Washington, D.C., contact 703-573-SEAT. In Washington DC or Maryland, contact 202-432-SEAT. In Baltimore, call 410-481-SEAT. Those interested in group tickets should call 410-729-0500.

For more information, contact Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling at 719-598-8181.



Fairfax, Va., Feb. 5-6

Updated Iran World Cup lineup

54 kg/119 lbs. - Baynam Tayebi

54 kg/119 lbs. - Ali Reza Darvishi

58 kg/127.75 lbs. - Ali Reza Dabir

63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Mashalla Hosseini

63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Akbar Behtari

69 kg/152 lbs. - Mehdi Baraati

76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Ramazanali Olieainejad

85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Mehdi Sarijlu

97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Ali Reza Heidari

97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Ali Reza Karegar

130 kg/286 lbs. - Ali Reza Rezaei


Updated Russia World Cup lineup

54 kg/119 lbs. - Maxim Molonov

58 kg/127.75 lbs. - Miron Dzadzaev

58 kg/127.75 lbs. - Zelimkhan Gusseinov

63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Soslan Tomaev

63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Zelimkhan Akhmedov

69 kg/152 lbs. - Zaur Kasibekov

69 kg/152 lbs. - Ramis Ramizanov

76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Shamil Aliev

85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Sashid Sazhidov

85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Vadim Laliev

97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Kouramagomed Kouramagomedov

97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Artur Taimazov

130 kg/286 lbs. - Oleg Khorpiakov

130 kg/286 lbs. - Artem Achigev


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