LOS ANGELES -- The group pairings for the 2016 Men's Freestyle World Cup in Los Angeles, Calif. were released by United World Wrestling on Tuesday. The 2016 Men's Freestyle Wrestling World Cup will be held at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., June 11-12.
The United States is slated to face Iran, Azerbaijan and India in Group B competition.
Iran was second in the 2015 World Championships and is the defending World Cup champion. The United States was seventh at the 2015 World Championships and second in the 2015 World Cup. Azerbaijan was fifth at the 2015 World Championships and third at the 2015 World Cup. India was 10th at the 2015 World Championships.
Russia headlines a tough Group A pool that also includes Georgia, Turkey and Mongolia.
Russia was the champion at the 2015 World Championships and was fourth at the 2015 World Cup. Georgia was third at the 2015 World Championships. Mongolia was fourth at the 2015 World Championships and fifth at the 2015 World Cup. Turkey was sixth at the 2015 World Championships and eighth at the 2015 World Cup.
At the conclusion of group competition countries will cross bracket and compete in one additional dual to determine final placements.
The top eight teams from last year's World Championships in Las Vegas, Nev. qualified for this year's World Cup. India was invited after Bulgaria, which was eighth at the 2015 World Championships, could not attend.
The full U.S. lineup for the World Cup will be announced shortly, as will lineups for the other seven teams coming to compete. Los Angeles star Aaron Pico has confirmed that he will be one of the American athletes competing in the World Cup.
This is the last chance for fans to see these world-class athletes in action one more time before the Summer Olympics. Attendees can purchase tickets for the popular international competition through Ticketmaster.
The local organizing committee benefits from the talent and membership of Beat the Streets Los Angeles, California USA Wrestling, the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club and other premiere Los Angeles-based sports organizations.
2015 Men's Freestyle World Cup Draws
2015 Men's Freestyle World Cup Results
2. United States
2015 World Championships Results
1. Russia -- 61 pts
2. Iran -- 48 pts
3. Georgia -- 44 pts
4. Mongolia -- 41 pts
5. Azerbaijan -- 39 pts
6. Turkey -- 33 pts
7. United States -- 29 pts
8. Bulgaria -- 23 pts
9. Ukraine -- 20 pts
10. India -- 14 pts