Top wrestlers to face Russians

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 18, 2009 7:21 AM

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A group of top American wrestlers will go toe-to-toe with an elite Russian team during a freestyle dual meet at Cornell College’s Small Multi-Sports Center in Mount Vernon at 7 p.m. today.

The 700 tickets remaining will be sold at the arena. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets prices range from $10 for adults to $5 for students.

Iowa volunteer assistant coach Mike Zadick, Iowa assistant coach Doug Schwab, and former Hawkeye grappler Steve Mocco — all 2008 U.S. Olympians — will be in the lineup.

Schwab and Mocco both won NCAA titles for Iowa, and Zadick earned All-American honors while with the Hawkeyes. Zadick also won a World silver medal for the United States in 2006.

He will compete in 132 pounds weight class, Schwab will wrestle at 145.5 pounds, and Mocco will be in 264.5 pound spot.

Russia is the defending World Team freestyle champions and has been a longtime rival for the U.S. in world wrestling supremacy.

The Russian lineup has yet to be decided, but it is expected to include a number of grapplers who have won medals at the international level.

— by Ryan Young

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