USA Wrestling has named James Green, Lincoln, Neb. (Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska WTC) to its 2018 U.S. Men’s Freestyle World Cup Team at 70 kg/154 lbs.
Green will be on the USA Wrestling team which will compete at the 2018 Freestyle World Cup at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on the campus of the University of Iowa, April 7-8. The World Cup is the annual international dual meet championship, and will feature the top eight men’s freestyle wrestling teams in the world.
Green, a two-time World medalist, is competing in his third Freestyle World Cup. At the 2016 World Cup in Los Angeles, Calif., Green had a 4-0 record in his dual meets. At the 2017 World Cup in Kermanshah, Iran, Green finished with a 3-1 record in his bouts. He has a 7-1 career mark at the Freestyle World Cup.
He won a silver medal at the 2017 World Championships in Paris, France and a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships in Las Vegas, Nev. Green also captured a silver medal at the 2014 University World Championships. He won the 2017 U.S. Open. Green has won the Grand Prix of Spain three times (2015-17) and added a gold medal at the 2017 Pan American Championships and the 2017 Outstanding Ukrainian Memorial.
In college, Green was a four-time All-American for Nebraska, placing third at the 2014 and 2015 NCAA Championships, and seventh at the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Championships. He was also a 2014 Big Ten champion.
Green won a 2011 New Jersey state title for Willingboro High School.
USA Wrestling will announce one World Cup participant in each of the 10 weight classes each day through March 14. In addition to these 10 athletes, additional athletes will be added to the team roster, with at least two wrestlers in each weight class.
The USA has drawn into Pool A against the nations of Japan, Georgia, and Iran. Pool B consists of teams from Russia, Azerbaijan, Cuba, and Kazakhstan. Iran is the defending World Cup team champions.
This will be the first major international event for the U.S. men’s freestyle program, since the United States won the team title at the 2017 World Wrestling Championships in Paris, France last August. It was the first World Team Title for the USA in men’s freestyle in 22 years and only the third time in history.
Ticket opportunities for the World Cup include a Gold all-session package ($225), a Black all-session package ($150), and standard all-session tickets ($75/$50). Tickets are now available on the University of Iowa Athletics website.
Visit worldcupiowacity.com for more information on the event.
FREESTYLE WORLD CUP
At Iowa City, Iowa, April 7-8
U.S. men’s freestyle lineup (as of March 8)
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Thomas Gilman, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)
61 kg/134 lbs. – Kendric Maple, Lincoln, Neb. (Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska WTC)
65 kg/143 lbs. - Logan Stieber, Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
70 kg/154 lbs. – James Green, Lincoln, Neb. (Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska WTC)
74 kg/163 lbs. –
79 kg/174 lbs. -
86 kg/189 lbs.
92 kg/202.5 lbs. -
97 kg/213 lbs.
125 kg/275 lbs. –
National Freestyle Coaches – Bill Zadick, Kevin Jackson and Joe Russell (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Honorary Coaches – Dan Gable (Iowa City, Iowa), J Robinson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Mike Duroe (Marion, Iowa)