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      The Beautiful, Badass World Freestyle Wrestling Championship The Beautiful, Badass World Freestyle Wrestling Championship
      Emiliano Granados
      April 27, 2015

      The Beautiful, Badass World Freestyle Wrestling Championship

      On April 11 and 12 some of the best wrestlers in the world gathered in Los Angeles for one of the sport's most prestigious tournaments: The Men's Freestyle World Cup. The competing countries were Russia, Cuba, the United States, Mongolia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Turkey, and the winners, Iran.

      Thousands of fans were in attendance, including a vocal subset from the large local Iranian community in Los Angeles. When Iran was competing, the Fabulous Forum transformed into a soccer stadium. These photos capture the basic human language of wrestling, the years of training on display at the tournament, and the emotional stakes of a hard, physical sport being played at the highest levels.

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