The Georgia Men’s Freestyle Team has signed up for the Men’s and Women’s Freestyle World Cup in Coralville, Iowa, December 10-11

Zurabi Iakobishvili of Georgia celebrates a win.
2017 World Champion Zurabi Iakobishvili of Georgia celebrates a win. Photo by Bayrem Ben Mrad, United World Wrestling

The lineups for Georgiawhich will compete in men’s and 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 takes place December 10-11 at the Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa. It is the first time that the men’s freestyle and the women’s freestyle will be held side by side at a World Cup.

The World Cup is the annual international dual meet championship run by United World Wrestling. The top five men’s freestyle teams and the top five women’s freestyle teams from the 2022 World Senior Championships in Belgrade, Serbia in September have confirmed their participation. Also, in each discipline there is an All-World Team with the best available athletes from the World Championships in each weight class who are not from a World Championship-qualified nation.

The Georgia World Cup team consists of five senior world medalists and three others who were age group world medalists.

The team is led by the three-time world champion and two-time Olympic champion Geno Petriashvili at 125kg. Petriashvili won senior world titles in 2017, 2018 and 2019. He was a 2020 Olympic silver medalist and a 2016 Olympic bronze medalist. Add in a 2021 World Championship silver medal and three World Championship bronze medals (2013, 2015, 2022) and you have one of the best wrestlers in the world today. He also boasts World Championship titles at the U23 and U20 levels.

World Champion 2017 Zurabi Iakobishvili will compete at 70 kg. Iakobishvili also won three World Championships bronze medals (2018, 2021 and 2022). He finished tenth at the 2016 Olympics.

Other senior world medalists on the Georgia team include the 2016 World Championship silver medalist Beka Lomtadze (65 kg) and two bronze medalists of the 2022 World Championships, Miriani Maisuradze (92 kg) and Givi Matcharashvili (97kg). Maisuradze was 2016 U17 World Champion and 2022 U23 World Bronze Medalist. Matcharashvili won an U23 world title in 2018 and an U17 world title in 2014, as well as two other world medals in age groups.

Among the age group world medalists in the Georgia squad is the 2022 U23 World Champion Vladimir Gamkrelidze (79 kg), plus U23 World Bronze Medalist 2019 Giorgi Sulava (74 kg) and U20 World Bronze Medalist 2015 Tarzan Maisuradze (86 kg).

Georgia, which placed fifth in men’s freestyle at the 2022 World Championships, is joined alongside the All World Team in the World Cup by the United States in first place, Iran in second place, Japan in third place and Mongolia in third place fourth place supported.

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

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

There will also be a special presentation by the teams and the Team USA Meet & Greet on Friday, December 9 at 6:45 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Entry tickets to the Men’s and Women’s Freestyle World Cup

Georgia Men’s Freestyle World Cup Team
57 kg – Beka Bujiashvili
61 kg – Teimuraz Vanishvili
65 kg – Beka Lomadze
70 kg – Zurabi Iakobishvili
74kg – Giorgi Sulava
79 kg – Vladimeri Gamkrelidze
86 kg – Tarzan Maisuradze
92 kg – Miriani Maisuradze
97 kg – Givi Matcharashvili
125 kg – Geno Petriashvili

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