Sammy Brooks of the HWC will compete for Team USA in the World Cup in Yakutsk, Russia on March 16-17. Brooks will be competing at 86 kg/189 lbs. in his first World Cup.

Former Iowa NCAA national champion Bill Zadick will serve as the head coach for Team USA.

Team USA is the defending World Cup champion after capturing our first team title since 2003 in Iowa City last April. Competition begins at 2 AM CST on Saturday.

From USA Wrestling:

The annual dual-meet event is a highlight of the international wrestling calendar and features the top eight teams from the 2018 World Championships in Budapest.

Under new provisions for the World Cup, the pools have been split automatically based upon the team placement at the previous World Championships.

The USA, which was second in the 2018 Worlds, draws into Group B, which includes third-place Georgia, sixth-place Iran and seventh-place Mongolia.

Group A will include World Team champion Russia, fourth-place Cuba, fifth-place Japan and eighth-place Turkey.

Yakutsk is 15 hours ahead of the U.S. Central time zone. The event will be streamed live in the United States by Trackwrestling. There will also be a television show produced from the event by NBC. Specific broadcast times will be announced when available.


At Yakutsk, Russia, March 16-17

Saturday, Mach 16  

Session I – 2 AM CST

Session II – 7:30 AM

Sunday, March 17

5th and 6th Place – 4:30 AM

3rd and 4th Place – 6:15 AM

1st and 2nd Place – 8 AM

*****All times listed are CST

Group A





Group B





U.S. roster

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Zach Sanders, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Zane Richards, Champaign, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC/Illinois RTC)

61 kg/134 lbs. – Nico Megaludis, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Titan Mercury WC/Pittsburgh WC)

65 kg/143 lbs. – Zain Retherford, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)

70 kg/154 lbs. – Jason Chamberlain, Fresno, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC/Valley RTC)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Isaiah Martinez, Champaign, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC/Illinois RTC)

79 kg/174 lbs. – Tommy Gantt, Raleigh, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC)

86 kg/189 lbs. – Sammy Brooks, Iowa City, Iowa (New York AC/Hawkeye WC)

92 kg/202 lbs. – Hayden Zillmer, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)

97 kg/213 lbs. – Kyven Gadson, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids/Cyclone RTC)

125 kg/275 lbs. – Tony Nelson, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)

National Freestyle Coach Bill Zadick, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Assistant National Freestyle Coach Joe Russell, Colorado Springs, Colo.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!