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China women’s team announced for Men’s and Women’s Freestyle World Cup in Coralville, Iowa, December 10-11

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Feng Zhou (China) celebrates a victory.x
Feng Zhou (China) celebrates a big win. Photo by Sachiko Hotaka, United World Wrestling

The lineup for China, which will compete in women’s freestyle at the Men’s and Women’s Freestyle World Cup, has been released.

The Men’s and Women’s Freestyle World Cup will be held at Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa, Dec. 10-11. It is the first time that men’s freestyle and women’s freestyle will be held together side-by-side at the World Cup.

The World Cup is the annual international dual meet championships, conducted by United World Wrestling. The top five teams in men’s freestyle and the top five teams in women’s freestyle from the 2022 Senior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia in September have confirmed their participation. There is also an All World Team in each discipline, featuring the top available athlete from the World Championships in each weight class that were not from a nation which qualified for the World Cup.

The China women’s freestyle World Cup team will feature many Senior World and age-group World medalists.

There are five past Senior World medalists, led by 2020 Olympic silver medalist Qianyu Pang (55 kg), who also won World bronze medals in 2018 and 2019. A two-time World medalist is Feng Zhou (68 kg), who was a World silver medalist in 2015 and a World bronze medalist in 2018. Zhou was also a 2012 U20 World champion.

The other Senior World medalists on the roster are 2022 World silver medalist Jia Long (65 kg), 2022 World bronze medalist Xiaojuan Luo (62 kg) and 2017 World bronze medalist Yue Han (68 kg). Long was a 2020 Olympian, while Han won a 2016 U20 World silver medal.

Additional age-group World medalists are Zhang Qi (59 kg), who won silver medals at the 2017 U23 Worlds and the 2018 U20 Worlds, plus Jiang Zhu (50 kg), a 2017 U23 World bronze medalist. In addition, 2019 World Military Games Juan Wang (76 kg) will also wrestle.

China, which placed third at the 2022 World Championships in women’s freestyle, will be joined in the World Cup by World champion Japan, second place United States, fourth place Mongolia and fifth place Ukraine, in addition to the All World Team.

The rosters of the World Cup teams for the other nations will be announced over the next week by USA Wrestling.

Ticket packages for the 2022 Men’s and Women’s Freestyle World Cup are currently on sale. The seating capacity for Xtream Arena for the World Cup will be approximately 5,300. Ticket packages include a Gold package for $275, Silver package for $200 and All-Session tickets for $90.

A special Presentation of Teams and Team USA Meet & Greet will also be held on Friday, December 9 at 6:45 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Men’s and Women’s Freestyle World Cup tickets

China Women’s Freestyle World Cup team

50 kg – Meng Fan

50 kg - Jiang Zhu

53 kg – Li Deng - new

55 kg – Qianyu Pang

57 kg – Yongxin Feng

59 kg – Zhang Qi

62 kg – Xinyuan Sun

62 kg – Xiaojuan Luo

65 kg – Jia Long

68 kg – Feng Zhou

68 kg – Yue Han

72 kg – Qiandegenchagan

76 kg – Juan Wang