Payvand.com - Nine American wrestlers will take part in the Takhti Cup competition, scheduled for March 12-13, according to state Iranian media and USA Wrestling -- the national governing body for Olympics wrestling in the United States.
"In Iran, wrestling and soccer
are the two major sports," said Gary Abbott, director of communications for USA
Wrestling in Colorado Springs, Colorado. "They know their wrestling as well as
anyone in the world. They treat our athletes like kings."
The U.S. freestyle wrestling team participated in the 2007 Takhti Cup, held January 18-19, 2006 in Bandar Abbas, Iran. Team members received appreciation gifts at the end of the games.
"To be the best you have to wrestle best," said sports official Van Stokes, who led the group of 14 American wrestlers, coaches and staff members to the competition. "But this was also a truly memorable event and a great example of people-to-people diplomacy
Writing about the experience, Stokes said that upon their arrival in Bandar Abbas, the team was given a bouquet of flowers, and each wrestler was handed a single rose by young children dressed in traditional attire.
"The tone of great hospitality was set at a level that never diminished during the entire visit," Stokes wrote. "Every request was honored and every need was met in a gracious manner."
The following American wrestlers will be participating at the Takhti competitions:
TEHRAN, IRAN, MARCH 12-13
60 kg/132 lbs. - Shawn Bunch, Columbus, Ohio (Gator WC)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Nate Gallick, Chattanooga, Tenn. (Sunkist Kids)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Mike Zadick, Solon, Iowa (Gator WC)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Coleman Scott, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator WC)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Trent Paulson, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids)
74 kg/163 lbs. - Keith Gavin, Pittsburgh, Pa. (New York AC)
84 kg/185 lbs. - Andy Hrovat, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Daniel Cormier, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator WC)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Steve Mocco, Iowa City, Iowa (New York AC)
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