U.S.-Russia Freestyle Teams To Clash Wednesday

Nov. 17, 2009

A team of top U.S. wrestlers will compete in a freestyle dual meet against a team from Russia in Mount Vernon, IA, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Cornell College’s Small Multi-Sports Center. The 700 remaining tickets will be sold prior to the event at the Small Multi-Sports Center. Doors are set to open and tickets sales will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. The local organizing committee is the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.

2008 U.S. Olympians Mike Zadick (Solon, Iowa/Gator WC), Doug Schwab (Coralville, Iowa/Gator WC) and Steve Mocco (Coralville, Iowa/New York AC) will be in the U.S. lineup. Schwab and Mocco both won NCAA Div. I titles for Iowa, while Zadick was an all-American for the Hawkeyes. Zadick won a World silver medal for the United States in 2006. Zadick will compete at 60 kg/132 lbs., Schwab will wrestle at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. and Mocco will compete at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.

Two of the other U.S. team members train full-time in Iowa City. Paul Donahoe, a past NCAA champion for Nebraska, will compete at 55 kg/121 lbs. and Lloyd Rogers, who starred at Tennessee-Chattanooga, will wrestle at 74 kg/163 lbs. Also in the lineup is Bryce Hasseman (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) at 84 kg/185 lbs. Hasseman climbed to the No. 2 position on Freestyle Team USA’s chart last season while training in Iowa City under Coach Terry Brands. Competing at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. will be Kyle Cerminara (Edinboro, Pa./New York AC), who was the 2009 U.S. Nationals runner-up at this weight class. Cerminara was an NCAA All-American for the Univ. of Buffalo.

Russia is the defending World Team champions in freestyle wrestling, and has been a long-time U.S. rival for international supremacy. The squad is also expected to compete in dual meets in Illinois and New York, as well as wrestle in the New York AC International Open in New York City on Nov. 22.

The Russian team features numerous athletes who have won international medals on the World or Continental levels. Included are some of the top young stars in the Russian program. Russia is currently the reigning World Champion team in freestyle wrestling. Leading the effort is Nariman Israpilov at 55 kg/121 lbs., a 2009 European champion and the 2008 Junior World champion. Two of the team members have won silver medals at the Russian National Freestyle Championships, Arsen Mairov at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. and Anzor Urishev at 84 kg/185 lbs. Mairov was a Russian National silver medalist in 2009, while Urishev won his Russian National silver medal in 2008. Urishev was also a Junior World silver medalist at 2008.Bronze medalists at the Russian Freestyle Nationals on the tour include Vladimir Vilmov at 60 kg/132 lbs., Magomed Magomedov at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. and Valeri Bedoev at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. Bedoev won two Russian National bronze medals competing up at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. Vilmov won a gold medal at the Dave Schultz Memorial International in Colorado Springs, CO, in 2009.

Match-Ups for U.S.-Russia Dual 55 kg/121 lbs. – Paul Donahoe (US) vs. Nariman Israpilov (R)
60 kg/132 lbs. – Mike Zadick (US) vs. Vladimir Vilmov (R)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Doug Schwab (US) vs. Arsen Mairov (R)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Lloyd Rogers (US) vs. Rashid Kurbanov (R)
84 kg/185 lbs. – Bryce Hasseman (US) vs. Anzor Urishev (R)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Kyle Cerminara (US) vs. Magomed Magomedov (R) or Valeriy Bedoev (R)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Steve Mocco (US) vs. Alan Tsarikaev (R)