By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
The Russian Wrestling Federation has announced the lineup of freestyle wrestlers who will travel to the United States to compete in a USA vs. Russia dual meet at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. on Friday, Nov. 19.
The Russian team will feature a number of talented young stars with considerable international experience.
Leading the Russian team is 2010 European silver medalist Magomedmurad Gadzhiev at 66 kg/145.5 lbs., who also won the 2010 Ivan Yarygin Memorial Grand Prix, one of the world’s most respected tournaments.
Another top Russian star is Alexander Gostiev at 74 kg/163 lbs., who won a gold medal at the 2010 FILA Golden Grand Prix finals and was second at the 2010 Ivan Yarygin Memorial Grand Prix. Gostiev has twice been a runner-up in the Russian Nationals.
Competing at 84 kg/185 lbs. is Koloy Kortoev, a 2009 Junior World champion and two-time European Junior champion. Gadzhi Abdulaev, a 2010 Junior World champion, is listed as a reserve at 60 kg/132 lbs.
Kirill Gotovtsev will compete at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. He has placed third in the Ivan Yarygin Memorial Grand Prix the last two years.
Rounding out the Russian delegation are young stars Rasul Murtazaliev at 60 kg/132 lbs., and Marat Ibragimov at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. plus four athletes at 55 kg/121 lbs.: Ilyas Bekbulatov, Nikolay Sleptsov, Rasul Mashezov and Petr Sivtcev.
The United States will have a very strong team in this dual meet. All seven of the team members have represented the United States at a previous World Championships event.
The team features 2009 World silver medalist Jake Herbert (Evanston, Ill./New York AC) at 84 kg/185 lbs. and 2009 World bronze medalist Tervel Dlagnev (Columbus, Ohio/Sunkist Kids) at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. Herbert was also a member of the 2010 U.S. World Team.
Other 2010 U.S. World Team members in the dual meet are Obe Blanc (Stillwater, Okla./Gator WC) at 55 kg/121 lbs., Brent Metcalf (Iowa City, Iowa/New York AC) at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. and J.D. Bergman (Columbus, Ohio/New York AC) at 96 kg/211.5 lbs.
Other 2009 U.S. World team members on the U.S. team are Shawn Bunch (Columbus, Ohio/Gator WC) at 60 kg/132 lbs. and Trent Paulson (Ames, Iowa/Sunkist Kids) at 74 kg/163 lbs.
Blanc was recently added to the U.S. lineup when Angel Escobedo, who was announced as the 55 kg competitor, was injured and could not participate.
The event is presented by the New York Athletic Club and the Friends of Long Island Wrestling.
Tickets will cost $20 and will be available in advance or at the door. Those who wish to pre-purchase tickets can do so at the following link: For tickets click here.
Doors open for those who pre-purchase tickets at 6:00 p.m. Doors open for general admission tickets sold at the door at 6:30 p.m. There will be a pre-match kickoff at 7:30 p.m. followed by the USA vs. Russia match at 8:00 p.m.
For more information on the Nov. 19 USA vs. Russia dual meet, contact Noel Thompson at click here to email
The Russians will also compete in the New York Athletic Club Freestyle International in New York City, N.Y. on Sunday, Nov. 21. The Russians will then compete in another USA vs. Russia dual meet in Troy, N.Y., on Saturday, Nov. 27.
For additional information on the dual meet or to receive media accreditation for the event, contact Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling on his cell phone at 719-659-9637.
USA vs. RUSSIA DUAL MEET
At Hempstead, N.Y., Nov. 19
Russian freestyle team lineup
55 kg/121 lbs. – Ilyas Bekbulatov
55 kg/121 lbs. – Nikolay Sleptsov
55 kg/121 lbs. – Rasul Mashezov
55 kg/121 lbs. – Petr Sivtcev
60 kg/132 lbs. – Rasul Murtazaliev
60 kg/132 lbs. – Gadzhi Abdulaev
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Magomedmurad Gadzhiev
74 kg/163 lbs. –Alexander Gostiev
84 kg/185 lbs. – Koloy Kortoev
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Marat Ibragimov
120 kg/264.5 lbs. –Kirill Gotovtsev
U.S. freestyle team lineup
55 kg/121 lbs. – Obe Blanc, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator WC)
60 kg/132 lbs. – Shawn Bunch, Columbus, Ohio (Gator WC)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Brent Metcalf, Iowa City, Iowa (New York AC)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Trent Paulson, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids)
84 kg/185 lbs. – Jake Herbert, Evanston, Ill. (New York AC)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – J.D. Bergman, Columbus, Ohio (New York AC)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Tervel Dlagnev, Columbus, Ohio (Sunkist Kids)