IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa senior Felicity Taylor has been selected for the United States roster for the 2022 Freestyle World Cup. The 2022 World Cup will take place at Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa, from December 10-11.
“It’s huge,” said head coach Clarissa Chun. “Being from Iowa, Felicity’s family and friends will come out and support her in her new backyard. Her aspiration is to win on the world stage, so any opportunity she gets to represent Team USA and get her hands on international athletes is a step forward in her development. It also serves to solidify her ability to believe and know that she belongs on the world stage.”
“It’s awesome to be a part of this team at Iowa and then also be a part of the world team,” said Taylor. “Being able to represent both and doing it right here in Iowa is even better. It is big for this town, this city, and this program to show where we are. I am excited to be able to represent Iowa and the U.S.”
The Spillville, Iowa, native has represented the United States winning both the U.S. Open and U23 National Tournaments.
Taylor was a member of the U23 World Team, where she placed fifth at the World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain. She has also represented the United States at the UWW Junior Pan American Championships in Brazil in 2019 and Senior U23 National Championships in Hungary in 2020.
The World Cup is the annual international dual meet championships. The top nations from the 2022 Senior World Championships have been invited to participate. This will be the first time in history that the men’s freestyle World Cup and the women’s freestyle World Cup events will be held side-by-side.
In men’s freestyle, the teams competing are the United States, Iran, Japan, Mongolia and Georgia. In women’s freestyle, the teams competing are the United States, Japan, China, Mongolia and Ukraine. There will also be an All-World Team assembled for each tournament, bringing the number of teams to six for each gender.
Tickets are available at worldcupiowacity.com.
Taylor will compete unattached in 2022-23. Iowa announced in September 2021 it would become the first Division I Power Five school to add women’s wrestling. The Hawkeyes begin competing in 2023-24.