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Cyclone coach Angel Escobedo will compete this Saturday in Russia Photo Courtesy : Tony Rotundo /

The United States has sent a men’s freestyle team to compete this weekend at the Intercontinential Cup in Russia, October 17-18. The team features three past former World Team members and two wrestlers with ties to the state of Iowa.

One of those wrestlers is 125 kg competitor Bobby Telford, who will be making his first Senior level appearance at the Cup. Telford announced on IA Wrestle that he would be pursuing his Olympic career with the Hawkeye Wrestling Club after finishing up his career as a three-time All-American under Tom Brands at Iowa.

Telford will compete on Sunday of the Cup along with Chase Pami (70 kg), Kyle Dake (86 kg), and 2015 World Team competitor Zach Rey (125 kg).

USA has also sent current Cyclone assistant coach Angel Escobedo who will be competing at 57 kg on Saturday, the 17th. Escobedo finished third at the 2015 World Team trials earning his way back on to the U.S. National Team after missing the team in 2014. Escobedo will be joined in competition this Saturday with Brandon Precin (57 kg), Jimmy Kennedy (65 kg), Aaron Pico (65 kg), Dustin Kilgore (97 kg), and Wynn Michalak (97 kg).

At Khasavjurt, Russia, Oct. 17-18
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Angel Escobedo, Ames, Iowa (New York AC)
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Brandon Precin, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC/Cliff Keen WC)
65 kg/143 lbs. – Jimmy Kennedy, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC/Cliff Keen WC)
65 kg/143 lbs. – Aaron Pico, Whittier, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC)
70 kg/154 lbs. – Chase Pami, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
86 kg/189 lbs. – Kyle Dake, Ithaca, N.Y. (Titan Mercury WC/Finger Lakes WC)
97 kg/213 lbs. – Dustin Kilgore, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
97 kg/213 lbs. – Wynn Michalak, Champaign, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC)
125 kg/275 lbs. – Zach Rey, Bethlehem, Pa. (Lehigh Valley WC)
125 kg/275 lbs. – Bobby Telford, Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye WC)
National Freestyle Coach – Bruce Burnett, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Coach – Jeff Buxton, Easton, Pa.
Coach – Valentin Kalika, Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Team Leader – Paul Kieblesz, New York, N.Y.
Medical – Dr. Jeremy Frank, Parkland, Fla.

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle

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