Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs will lead the U.S. against the world's top teams in the 2015 Freestyle Wrestling World Cup at the Forum this weekend.
Three-time defending champion Iran and current world champion Russia figure to be the favorites, with the Americans, who have finished third for three consecutive years in this international dual meet, hoping to score an upset.
"Our team looks really good," Burroughs said. "It's do or die for us this time."
The U.S. will face Russia, Cuba and Mongolia in pool play Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Iran will compete in the other pool with Turkey, Belarus and Azerbaijan.
“Wrestling is an important part of our culture and it is our national sport," Iran Coach Alireza Rezaie. "We love competing here and it’s a great chance for our wrestlers to gain more experience."
The winner from each pool will meet for the title.
Competition begins Saturday at 3 p.m. with the championship matches starting Sunday at 4:15 p.m.