U.S., Iran to stage wrestling exhibition in Los Angeles next month

Nations will join Russia in New York for similar exhibition same week


LOS ANGELES — The United States will face Iran in a wrestling exhibition in Los Angeles next month.

USA Wrestling announced today that the Americans will face Iran on May 19 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, four days after the two nations and Russia compete in New York City.

The exhibitions are part of the sport's efforts to get back onto the Olympic program. The IOC recommended in February that wrestling not be a core sport for the 2020 Games, though officials are fighting to retain that spot.

Iran's wrestlers are making their first trip to the United States in 10 years.