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Athletes are the First Victims of Iran's Retaliation

TEHRAN, Iran -- U.S. wrestlers have been banned from participation in the Freestyle World Cup, as reported by Iran's official news agency. The ban is the first official response in previously threatened retaliation to President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel Visas for Iranian citizens.

"Eventually the visit by the U.S. freestyle wrestling team was opposed," said Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi, referring to a special committee review of the event.

The Freestyle World Cup is to take place Feb. 16-17 in the Iranian western city of Kermanshah. Wikipedia states, "Wrestling World Cup is an international wrestling competition among teams representing member nations of the United World Wrestling (UWW) the sport's global governing body. The championships have been conducted every year since the 1973 tournament. The World Cup began as a dual-meet competition for the top teams on each continent, but now features the top teams in the rankings of the previous year's world championships."  The first Freestyle World Cup took place in Toledo, Ohio, where it has been held a total of 17 times. It has been held a total 29 times in the United States. Iran has held the event five times.

The following athletes are currently wrestling for the USA Wrestling Freestyle Men's Team: Cody Brewer (61 kg), Kyle Snyder (97 kg), Nick Gwiazdowski (125 kg).

The following athletes are currently wrestling for the USA Wrestling Freestyle Women's Team: Victoria Anthony (48 kg), Sarah Hildebrandt (55 kg), Alli Ragan (60 kg), Tamyra Mensah (69 kg).

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