Team USA is sending 23 athletes to Russia to compete at the famous Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix later this month. Among that group is six wrestlers with ties to the state of Iowa including former Yarygin medalist Bobby Telford. Four of the athletes are current members of the University of Iowa based club, the Hawkeye Wrestling Club with Tony Ramos being a former member of the club. Iowa true freshman Jacob Warner is also scheduled to attend the event. The event begins January 26th and runs through the 28th.
After placing fifth in 2016, Telford who is making just his second appearance at the tournament. Competing at 125 kg, Telford will be battling alongside former World Team members Zach Rey and Nick Gwiazdowski.
U.S. Men’s Freestyle Roster (w/ Iowa ties)
61 kg/134 lbs. – Tony Ramos, Chapel Hill, N.C. (Sunkist Kids/Tar Heel WC)
61 kg/134 lbs. – Cory Clark, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)
92 kg/202 lbs. – Jacob Warner, Washington, Ill. (Hawkeye WC)
97 kg/213 lbs. – Nathan Burak, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)
125 kg/275 lbs. – Bobby Telford, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)
Coach – Bill Zadick, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Coach – Joe Russell, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Coach – Jeff Buxton, Easton, Pa.
Coach – Mark Perry, Iowa City, Iowa
Coach – Richard Tado, Lake in the Hills, Illinois