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The United States will enter a talented and experienced team in an attempt to defend its team title at the 2001 World Cup of Freestyle Wrestling, set for May 5-6 in Baltimore, Md. Top international nations Russia, Iran, Turkey and Uzbekistan will participate in this annual world dual meet championship event. Numerous World and Olympic medalists are expected to participate, as well as young stars training for the 2004 Olympic Games. The U.S. team will be led by 2000 Olympic team members Cary Kolat (Morgantown, W.Va/Dave Schultz WC) at 138.75 lbs., Charles Burton (Bloomington, Ind./NYAC) at 187.25 lbs. and Kerry McCoy (Bethlehem, Pa./NYAC) at 286 lbs. Kolat boasts a pair of World medals, a silver in 1997 and a bronze in 1998. Burton and McCoy both finished fifth at the 2000 Olympic Games. Another World Cup team member is Joe Williams (Iowa City, Iowa/Sunkist Kids) at 167.5 lbs., who placed fourth in the 1999 World Championships. Also on the U.S. team are 2000 Olympic Team Trials runners-up Kerry Boumans (Colorado Springs, Colo./Dave Schultz WC) at 127.75 lbs., Chris Bono (Gilbert, Iowa/Sunkist Kids) at 152 lbs. and Dominic Black (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) at 213.75 lbs. Teague Moore (Pittsburgh, Pa./Sunkist Kids) finished third in the 2000 Olympic Team Trials and will compete at 119 pounds. The U.S. team will be led by 2001 World Team coaches Mark Manning and Zeke Jones, along with USA Wrestling National Coaches Kevin Jackson and Mike Duroe. Russia dominated the 2000 Olympic Games in freestyle, led by four individual champions. Russian champions in Sydney were Mourat Umakhanov (138.75 lbs.), Adam Saitiev (187.25 lbs.), Saghid Mourazaliyev (213.75 lbs.) and David Moussoulbes (286 lbs.). Iran was led in Sydney by Olympic gold-medalist Ali Reza Dabier (127.75 lbs.). Turkey is a traditional world power, which won the World Team title in 1994. Uzbekistan is led by 2000 Olympic silver medalist Artur Taymazov (286 lbs.). The dual meet format at the World Cup is entertaining and exciting. Fans have the opportunity to cheer for Team USA, while seeing many of the best international stars from other top nations. The first U.S. dual will be vs. Uzbekistan Saturday, May 5 at 12:00 p.m., then they will face Iran at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday as well. On Sunday, May 6, they will compete against Turkey at 12:00 p.m. and against Russia at 5:00 p.m. For information on the World Cup, contact Alan Gebhart at (410) 666-3400. Team Rosters United States 54 kg/119 lbs. - Teague Moore (Pittsburgh, Pa./Sunkist Kids) 58 kg/127.75 lbs. - Kerry Boumans (Colorado Springs/Dave Schultz WC) 63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Cary Kolat (Morgantown, W.Va/Dave Schultz WC) 69 kg/152 lbs. - Chris Bono (Gilbert, Iowa/Sunkist Kids) 76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Joe Williams (Iowa City, Iowa/Sunkist Kids 85 kg./187.25 lbs.- Charles Burton (Bloomington, Ind./NYAC) 97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Dominic Black (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) 130 kg/286 lbs. - Kerry McCoy (Bethlehem, Pa./NYAC) Iran 54 kg/119 lbs. - Golam Reza Mohammadi 58 kg/127.75 lbs. - Bayman Tayebi, Massoud Mostafa Joukar 63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Ali Reza Dabier 69 kg/152 lbs. - Mehdi Baraati, Mohsen Babaie 76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Mehdi Akbarnejad 85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Ahmad Shekofteh 97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Ali Reza Heidari, M. Hossein Khaleghifar 130 kg/286 lbs. - Yasser Nourzaee, Ebrahim Mehraban Turkey 54 kg/119 lbs. - Melvana Kulac, Vedat Oztemur 58 kg/127.75 lbs. - Tevfik Odabasi, Arif Kama 63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Omer Cubukci, Mehmet Yozgat 69 kg/152 lbs. - Ahmet Gulhan, Selahattin Sahin 76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Gokhan Yavaser, Fahrettin Ozatav 85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Nuri Zengin, Osman Ozgun 97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Vedat Ergin, Kasim Sakiroglu 130 kg/286 lbs. -Aydin Polatci, Tolga Topcu Russia 54 kg/119 lbs. - Alexandre Kontoev 58 kg/127.75 lbs. - Murat Ramazanov 63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Miron Dzadzaev 69 kg/152 lbs. - Iskhak Boziev 76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Inal Dzagourov 85 kg/187.25 lbs. -Khadjimourat Gatsalov, Khadjimourat Magomedov 97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Taimouraz Tiguiev 130 kg/286 lbs. -Nikolai Telegin Uzbekistan 54 kg/119 lbs. - Adkham Achilov, D. Mansurov 58 kg/127.75 lbs. - Damir Zakhartdinovv 63 kg/138.75 lbs. - J. Abdurakhmanov 69 kg/152 lbs. - IT. Buronov 76 kg/167.5 lbs. - K. Khaldarov, A. Gorelik 85 kg/187.25 lbs. -A. Sanakoev 97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Rasul Katinovossov 130 kg/286 lbs. -R. Utegenov
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