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11 TMWC Wrestlers Aim to Make the WTT at Last Chance Qualifier

Published May 3rd, 2019 by Jonny

11 TMWC Wrestlers Aim to Make the WTT at Last Chance Qualifier

With a spot at the World Team Trials on the line, eleven Titan Mercury Wrestlers will compete at the Last Chance Qualifier today. So far, TMWC has earned 70 spots at the World Team Trials and 15 at the Final X. The following wrestlers looking to claim a WTT spot are as follows: 

Eddie Klimara: 57 kg

Johnni DiJulius: 61 kg

Shelton Mack: 61 kg

Ben Whitford: 65 kg

Deal Heil: 65 kg

Evan Henderson: 65 kg

Joey McKenna: 65 kg

Joey Lavallee: 74 kg 

Morgan Smith: 92 kg

Scottie Boykin: 92 kg

Ceron Fransisco: 125 kg

Action can be watched at www.flowrestling.org


TMWC US Open preview: Women’s 65, 68, 72, 76kg

Published April 24th, 2019 by Jonny

TMWC US Open preview: Women’s 65, 68, 72, 76kg

Women’s action from the 2019 U.S. Open will begin in one day. TMWC is looking to claim their 6thwomen’s National title. In the upper weights, TMWC will have some heavy hitters, looking to win the title and claim a spot in the Final X. 

65 kg: Forrest Molinari: Molinari comes into the U.S. Open as the top wrestler at 65 kg after defeating former coach and teammate Julie Salata of the NYAC to make the 2018 World team. Forrest was just short of making the podium in Budapest, but has made major strides throughout the season. As a heavily offensive competitor, Molinari has become a crowd favorite. 

68 kg: Jayden Laurent: The Wisconsin native is one of TMWC’s new additions to the roster. As a college Freshman, Laurent won her first WCWA title. However she comes with a long list of international competition. Look for Laurent to make her mark at this year’s U.S. Open. 

72 kg: Alyvia Fiske: The first of two Titan Mercury wrestlers, Alyvia Fiske is coming off of a strong college season where she received All American honors for Simon Fraser. Fiske also won this year’s Dave Schultz memorial. 

72 kg: Victoria Francis: After taking last season off, Francis is looking to claim her spot back as #1 at 72 kg. The veteran has been one of the premier wrestlers in the upper divisions. In 2017 Francis represented team USA at the World Championships in Paris. 

76 kg: Korinahe Bullock: Kori Bullock had her breakthrough performance last year at the World Team Trials where she claimed a berth into the Final X against Adeline Grey. Bullock, an All American for McKendree University will look to make the Final X again. The first stop… the U.S. Open. 

Follow all the action with us @titan_mercury. 

The 2019 U.S. Open begins Thursday, April 25th

Action can be watched LIVE at www.flowrestling.org

For more information and previews go to www.tmwc1.com

TMWC US Open preview: Women’s 57, 59 and 62 kg

Published April 23rd, 2019 by Jonny

TMWC US Open preview: Women’s 57, 59 and 62 kg

Titan Mercury’s womens middleweights are full of young, promising talent. With one registered athlete in 57 and 59 kg, along with two at 62 kg, TMWC will be looking for big things from their group of middleweights.

57: Cameron Guerin: Guerin enters the senior ranks after making her impact at the junior level in years past. Originally from Washington, where she won 4 state titles, Guerin has moved to the Olympic Training Center to be a part of the EAP. Guerin will be the lone 57 kg TMWC wrestler. 

59: Megan Black: Black has wrestled at the senior level for several seasons now, while still competing at the junior and university level. She made the U-23 World team in 2017. The former McKendree All American is looking capitalize off of her past experiences and come away with the U.S. Open title. 

62: Brenda Reyna: One of the latest additions to the TMWC roster, Reyna is a standout wrestler for McKendree. Like Guerin, Brenda is originally from Washington where she excelled at the prep level. This will be Reyna’s first U.S. Open for Titan Mercury. 

62: Brianna Csontos: The final entry at 62 kg is Brianna Csontos. Csontos has continued to progress throughout her wrestling career with TMWC. The Columbia University wrestler is looking to make this year’s World Team Trials and make her mark at 62 kg. 

Follow all the action with us @titan_mercury. 

The 2019 U.S. Open begins Thursday, April 25th

Action can be watched LIVE at www.flowrestling.org

For more information and previews go to www.tmwc1.com

TMWC US Open preview: Women’s 55 kg

Published April 21st, 2019 by Jonny

TMWC US Open preview: Women’s 55 kg

55 kg is perhaps one of the strongest weight classes for TMWC. With four wrestlers competing under the TMWC crest, All 4 have made past World teams, with Becka Leathers claiming a World Bronze medal. Take a look at Titan Mercury’s roster for Women’s Freestyle 55 kgs.         

Alex Hedrick: As one of the youngest stars of USA wrestling, Hedrick was the breakthrough champion at last year’s U.S. Open. Alex capitalized off of her title by claiming a spot at the Final X, where she faced off against 3X World and Olympic Champion, Helen Maroulis. Though Hedrick is one of the young and up and coming wrestlers, she has continued to prove herself as one of the top wrestlers. This past weekend Alex claimed Gold at the 2019 Pan Am Championships.  

Becka Leathers: Becka Leathers looks to claim the U.S. Open title after sitting out last year as a World Bronze medalist in 2017. Now rooted at the Univiversity of North Carolina, Leathers is hungry and focused to come out on top. 

Jacarra Winchester: Winchester is reigning World team member, after defeating fellow TMWC wrestler, Becka Leathers in Final X. After a breakthrough season in 2018, where Winchester was seconds short of medaling, she is looking to claim her spot in Final X again, make the World team and come home with a World medal. Jacarra also competed at the Pan Am Championships this past weekend, where she earned a bronze medal wrestling up a weight class. 

Shawna Isbell-Kemp: The former World team member is coming back to wrestling competition after taking a hiatus back in 2014. Isbell Kemp is also the head wrestling coach at Jamestown University 

Follow all the action with us @titan_mercury. 

The 2019 U.S. Open begins Thursday, April 25th

Action can be watched LIVE at www.flowrestling.org

For more information and previews go to www.tmwc1.com

TMWC US Open preview: Men’s 61 kg

Published April 19th, 2019 by Jonny

TMWC US Open preview: Men’s 61 kg          

Last year’s U.S. Open 61 kg was one of the most exciting competitions of the tournament with Titan Mercury’s Joe Colon defeating Sunkist Kids’ Nahshon Garrett in a back and forth battle that ended with a score of 20 -13. As it stands now, both Colon and Garrett will not be competing at the U.S. Open. However, TMWC has a series of wrestlers that are looking to win the U.S. Open title. 

Ben Whitford: After taking hiatus from competition, Ben Whitford made waves at the Dave Schultz Memorial and the Cerro Pelado this season. Making his senior debut at 61 kg, senior level, Whitford claimed bronze at the Schultz. In Cuba, Whitford raised his stock with a tournament gold. Look for Ben Whitford to make an impression at the U.S. Open.

Cody Brewer: Another dynamic and exciting TMWC wrestler is Cody Brewer. Brewer is coming off a gold medal performance at the Dave Schultz. Brewer splits his duties as a wrestler and coach and recently was named as a member of the coaching staff of Virginia Tech. 

Cory Clark: Ever since Cory Clark entered the senior freestyle rankings, there have been high expectations and Clark has continued to develop throughout the year. Perhaps the former NCAA Champs’ best performance to date was at AWL I, where he defeated multiple U.S. Open Champion, and former teammate, Tony Ramos. This could be the breakout year for Clark. 

Earl Hall: Hall, who trains out of the Cavalier Wrestling Club, is looking to make the World Team Trials this season. As a collegiate wrestler, Hall was a 2X NCAA All American and 4X NCAA qualifier for Iowa State.

Johnni DiJulius: The former Ohio State Buckeye as back to training at the Ohio Regional Training Center, after traveling through several varies training centers over the past few years. DiJulius has been a tournament wild card over the past U.S. Opens, claiming wins against former #1 seed, Jayson Ness and NCAA Champion Cory Clark. 

Nico Megaludis: One of the top contenders for 61 kg is Nico Megaludis. The former NCAA Champion and 4X All American for Penn St is also a current National Team member, after placing 3rdat the World Team Trails last year behind Colon and Garrett. Nico will be looking to claim his first U.S. Open title. 

Shelton Mack: Mack is coming off a strong showing at the Dave Schultz Memorial and will look to All American at this year’s U.S. Open. Mack was a 3x NCAA qualifier for Pitt and now trains with at the Cavalier Wrestling Club in Virginia. 

Tyler Graff: Another top prospect is Tyler Graff. The veteran wrestler was a member of the 2017 National Team and came up just short of making the 2018, slotting in behind Colon, Garrett and Megaludis. Graff was a NCAA finalist for Wisconsin and a 4X All American. He is looking to claim his first U.S. Open title. 

Follow all the action with us @titan_mercury. 

The 2019 U.S. Open begins Thursday, April 25th

Action can be watched LIVE at www.flowrestling.org

For more information and previews go to www.tmwc1.com

TMWC US Open preview: Women’s 53 kg

Published April 18th, 2019 by Jonny

TMWC US Open preview: Women’s 53 kg    

Women’s action from the U.S. Open will begin in one week at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas. With the end goal of claiming a spot on the World team through the World Team Trials and Final X, 53 kg will be a long and arduous journey. As a World Silver medalist Sarah Hildebrant of the NYAC sits in the finals, one challenger spot remains. TMWC has three wrestlers who will battle for the final bid into the Final X 53 kg spot: Cody Pfau, Gracie Figueroa and Katherine Shai. 

Cody Pfua comes into the U.S. Open after claiming a spot on the 2018 National Team. She has been a long-time threat in the lightweights on the national stage. Pfau is known to be a tough and gritty competitor with a high pinning percentage. In 2018 Pfau transferred over to the Olympic Training Center and since her development is continued to grow. Wrestling fans can expect great things from Cody Pfau. 

Also at 53 kg is youth phenom Gracie Figueroa. Along with fellow former Selma high school standout wrestler, Alleida Martinez, Gracie Figueroa helped Menlo College win their first WCWA National title this year. Gracie was a 4X CA State Champion and Junior World medalist. In her college freshman campaign, she has already earned her first national title. This will be Gracie’s first U.S. Open at the senior level. 

Katherine Shai is no stranger to the U.S. Open. As a 5x National team member, Shai competed at the highest levels nationally. Formerly known as Katherine Fulp Allen, Shai was also a 2X Olympic Alternate. Katherine Shai is back in competition after taking a several year hiatus. 

Follow all the action with us @titan_mercury. 

The 2019 U.S. Open begins Thursday, April 25th

Action can be watched LIVE at www.flowrestling.org

For more information and previews go to www.tmwc1.com

TMWC US Open preview: Men’s 57 kg

Published April 16th, 2019 by Jonny

TMWC US Open preview: Men’s 57 kg          

With only ten days left until men’s freestyle wrestling returns to Las Vegas, Titan Mercury’s line up for 57 kg is stacked with World medalists, National Champions and All Americans, all fighting to earn a direct bid to the Final X in June. Leading the way are 2018 Final X competitors Thomas Gilman and Daton Fix. However, several familiar names are coming back into national competition, along with new young talents that are poised to make their mark at 57 kg. Below is a look at the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club roster for 57 kg. 

Thomas Gilman: As a member of the 2018 World Team, Thomas Gilman has proven himself to be the leading wrestler at 57 kg. The two-time senior level world team member was instrumental in team USA’s historic World Championship title in 2017, himself earning a silver medal. Training out of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club, Gilman was also a standout wrestler for the University of Iowa. Gilman made his first senior level team right after capping off his college career and running a gauntlet to face off against former teammate Tony Ramos in 2017. Since his ascension to the #1 spot, Gilman has been considered one of the top wrestlers in the World. 

Daton Fix: One of the top contenders is Daton Fix. Last year Fix made it all the way to the Final X after placing second at the U.S. Open and winning the World Team Trials. While Fix is only Freshman in college, he holds a very impressive resume, including multiple world medals and a Junior World title. Fresh off his first NCAA college season, where was runner up, Fix trains at the Cowboy RTC. 

Nathan Tomasello: After being sidelined with an injury for the 2018 season, Nathan Tomasello is back! Tomasello had a strong run in 2017, where he placed 3rdat the World Team Trials behind eventual Champion Thomas Gilman and runner up Tony Ramos. As a standout wrestler for the Ohio State Buckeyes, Nathan was a NCAA Champion 4X All American and 4X Big X Champion. 

Eddie Klimara: Klimara recently moved back to Stillwater to train with Fix and Piccininni at the Cowboy RTC. As a Cowboy, Klimara was a 4x NCAA qualifier and All American. Klimara secured his place in the 2018 World Team Trials last year, placing 7that the U.S. Open. 

Frank Perrelli: Training out of the Lehigh Valley Wrestling Club, Frank Perrelli has a wealth of experience, both nationally and internationally. Perrelli is a 3x U.S. Open place winner. His highest place coming in as runner up. The veteran wrestler has been a contender since 2013 after capping off a great career at Cornell University in 2012, where he was an All American. 

Zane Richards: Training out of the Illinois RTC, Zane Richards is another seasoned veteran on the national stage. An All American for the University of Illinois, Richards looks to make another World Team Trails and a spot in the Final X. 

Jesse Delgado: One of the most exciting returning prospects is that of 2X NCAA Champion Jesse Delgado. Delgado, who trains with Zane Richards at the Illinois RTC, was a top freestyle prospect after college. However, Delgado suffered several setbacks due to injury.  He also transitioned into MMA. In 2017, Delgado made a long-anticipated return to Freestyle with a bronze medal at the Cerro Pelado. Shortly after, Jesse was off the mat again.  Now, Delgado is back and ready to make waves in the 57 kg weight class. 

Jarrod Patterson: Another returning former college All American is Jarrod Patterson. Patterson, who competed for the University of Oklahoma returns to the U.S. Open after taking a hiatus from wrestling competition. He is currently training in Oklahoma and looks to make the World Team Trials. 

Sebastian Rivera: Rivera is coming off a strong NCAA championship, where he placed 3rd. He trains at the Chicago RTC. Rivera is a member of the next generation of tough and capable 57 kg wrestlers looking to make a name for himself at the U.S. Open. 

Vito Arujau: New to the senior level, but not to the freestyle world is Vito Arujau. The standout freshman placed 4that the NCAAs this year. As a freestyle wrestler, Vito has made World teams at Cadet and Junior level, placing 2ndat the 2017 Cadet World Championships.

Nick Piccininni: The final entree for TMWC at 57 kg is Nick Piccininni. This is also Piccininni’s first senior level competition. Wrestling out of the Oklahoma RTC, Piccininni is looking to capitalize off of a 5thplace finish at the NCAAs and transition back into freestyle competition. 

Follow all the action with us @titan_mercury. 

The 2019 U.S. Open begins Thursday, April 25th

Action can be watched LIVE at www.flowrestling.org

For more information and previews go to www.tmwc1.com

TMWC US Open preview: Women’s 50 kg

Published April 15th, 2019 by Jonny

TMWC US Open preview: Women’s 50 kg     

The U.S. Open is 10 short days away and Titan Mercury Wrestling Club is ready to defend their national title. At the senior women’s 50 kg weight class, the women’s team is led by one veteran and two new senior level competitors, both with substantial world level experience. 

Titan Mercury’s Amy Fearnside, Allieda Martinez and Emily Shilson will all compete at 50 kg. 

Amy Fearnside, a 4X All American at Jamestown University, has been a staple TMWC lightweight for several season. She placed fifth at the U23 World Championships in 2018. Earlier this season Fearnside wrestled up a weight class at 53 kg, claiming bronze against fellow TMWC wrestler Cody Pfua. 

Allieda Martinez will be wrestling at her first senior level U.S. Open after helping her college win their first WCWA national title. A freshmen at Menlo college, Martinez won her first WCWA individual title in 2019. Prior to college, Martinez was a two time World medalist, placing 2ndand 3rdat the Cadet/ Junior level. 

Finally, 2X World finalist and World Champion, Emily Shilson will also make her senior level U.S. Open debut. Shilson has had a remarkable career so far and is coming off a bronze medal finish at the Dave Schultz memorial. Shilson also became the first U.S. wrestler to win the Youth Olympic Games this past fall. 

Follow all the action with us @titan_mercury. 

The 2019 U.S. Open begins Thursday, April 25th

and can be watched LIVE at www.flowrestling.org

For more information and previews go to www.tmwc1.com

Titan Mercury Wrestling Club to Send a Large Contingent of Grapplers to the Cerro Pelado/Granma Tournament

Published February 20th, 2019 by Jonny

Titan Mercury Wrestling Club to Send a Large Contingent of Grapplers to the Cerro Pelado/Granma Tournament

LA HAVANA, CUBA. – Thirteen grapplers from the always competitive Titan Mercury Wrestling Club are set to take part of the 52nd annual Cerro Pelado/ Granma Cup in Havana, Cuba. The Freestyle portion of the tournament is scheduled to take place starting Thursday 20th and conclude on Friday 21st with finals and award ceremonies of all weight classes.

Leading the way at 57 kg/125.6 for TMWC is Frank Perelli, a member of the Cornell University Class of 2012, Perelli he was a two-time Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) champion and became an All-American as a senior by placing 4th at 125. Internationally, Perelli was fourth at the Bill Farrell Memorial International, second at the Canada Cup, and most recently, was fifth at the Waclaw Ziolkowski Memorial in Warsaw, Poland.

Cory Clark will be one of two athletes competing at 61 kg/134.4 for TMWC. Clark was a successful grappler for the Hawkeyes where he managed to garner All-American honors all four years of competition and capped of his collegiate career in 2017 by winning an individual NCAA Championship. In 2018, he was second at the Grand Prix of Spain and third at the Waclaw Ziolkowski Memorial. Earlier this month he was second at the Henri Deglane Challenge in Nice, France.

The second 61kg/134.4. wrestler for TMWC is Ben Whitford. Whitford was a four-time state champion claiming his first two state titles in Illinois before moving to Michigan where he spent the last two years of his prep career ranked #1 in the country by most wrestling sites. His previous trip to Fargo he won both styles and the spring after his senior year he won a FILA Junior Freestyle National Title. He is having a great year as in January he placed third at the Dave Schultz Memorial International tournament.

Two wrestlers will represent TMWC at 65 kg/143.3. These wrestlers are Evan Henderson and Dean Heil. Henderson competed in the collegiate level for North Carolina where he twice reached the podium placing 6th and 4th. Henderson has placed in prestigious events including the Bill Farrell International, Dave Schulz Memorial International, US Open and World Team Trials.

A former Oklahoma State standout, Heil is a two-time National Champion and three-time All-American at 141 pounds. The Brunswick, Ohio native, captured back-to-back NCAA titles in 2016 and 2017, as well as three consecutive All-America campaigns from 2015-17. He finished his decorated career with 116 wins, ranking 22nd all-time in OSU program history.

At 70 kg/154.3, TMWC will enter three standout athletes in Brandon Sorensen, Joey Lavallee, and Anthony Collica.

Just like Clark as mentioned earlier, Sorensen was also a University of Iowa wrestler. As a high school wrestler for Denver-Tripoli High, he tied the record for most career wins in Iowa high school history. As a Hawkeye, Sorensen concluded his career as Iowa’s 20th four-time All-American, placing fifth at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships as a senior. In the international stage, Sorensen was third in 2018 at the Waclaw Ziolkowski Memorial and started the year strong as he has placed second at the Dave Schultz Memorial International and third at the Henri Deglane Challenge.

A University of Missouri wrestler, Joey Lavallee, was a beast of the mats. As a high school wrestler, he was untouched throughout his scholastic career as he won four consecutive Nevada state titles for Reno High. In 2011, he made noise nationally as he won the FILA Cadet National Freestyle title at 63 kilos. He then went on to compete for Team USA for the Cadet World title, where he took fifth. As a Tiger, he was a four-time NCAA Division I National Qualifier and an All-American as a junior. He concluded his collegiate career with a 104-26 career. He recently placed third at the Dave Schultz Memorial International competing at 74 kg/163.1.

The last wrestler at 70 kg/154.3 is former Oklahoma State standout Anthony Collica. Collica was a four-time NCAA Qualifier and All-American as a junior. Collica became the eighth Cowboy in school history to claim four Big 12 titles and compiled an overall career record of 107-33.

Wrestling at 74 kg/163.1 is former North Carolina State wrestler Tommy Gantt. Gantt went 35-10 as a junior in 2014 for the Wolfpack and was one win away from All-American honors. He redshirted in 2015, and the benefits paid off as he won his first ACC Championship and earned All-American honors at 157 pounds at the 2016 NCAA Championships. Gant has won titles at the Bill Farrell Memorial International and the Henri Deglane Challenge competing in the senior level.

Two athletes competing at 86 kg/189.5 for TMWC are Pat Downey and Kenny Courts. Downey was a three-time Maryland state champion and claimed a Fargo Junior Freestyle title at the conclusion of his senior campaign. A year after graduating high school, Downey won the FILA Junior Nationals to become a Junior World Team member where he took a silver medal at the Junior World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand, the best finish of any American. In 2015, he went on to compete for Iowa Central where he won a Junior College National Championship at 197 and finishing undefeated on the year (43-0). During the 2015-16 college season, Downey transferred to Iowa State where he finished third at the Big 12 and fifth at the NCAA Championships for the Cyclones. In the international stage, Downey was third in 2017 at the Dave Schultz Memorial International and recently won the tournament during January.

The native from Central Dauphin, Pennsylvania, was an All-American for Ohio State and has recently started competing after a two-year hiatus. He started strong in 2018 by placing second at the Bill Farrell Memorial International at 92 kg/202.8. He dropped down to 86 kg/189.5 and placed second at the Dave Schultz Memorial International losing to Downey in the finals.

Two-time NCAA Division I qualifier for the University of Wisconsin, Timmy McCall will be the man competing for TMWC at 92 kg/202.8. He has been competing in the senior level since 2016 and made the best of his performance by placing second at the Bill Farrell Memorial International. Since then, McCall has garnered medals at the Dave Schultz Memorial International and the Henri Deglane Challenge.

Wrestling at 97 kg/213.8 is three-time NCAA Division I National Qualifier for the University of Northern Iowa, Blaize Cabell. Cabell is a two-time Dave Schultz Memorial International runner-up and had his best performance in 2017 when he took out 2014 World champion and 2015 World silver medalist Abdulsalem Gadisov of Russia in the semifinal round.

Figueroa, Martinez, Laurent, and Glaude Are National Champions; Titan Mercury Wrestling Club wrestlers Earn 10 All American Honors

Published February 12th, 2019 by Jonny

Figueroa, Martinez, Laurent, and Glaude Are National Champions; Titan Mercury Wrestling Club wrestlers Earn 10 All American Honors

By: Pablo Di Maria 


ATLANTA, GA. – The Titan Mercury Wrestling Club had a successful weekend at the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) tournament as a total of 10 of their athletes were triumphant in garnering All-American honors for their respective colleges. 

Four of its members claimed individual titles. Starting at 109 where freshman Alleida Martinez (Menlo College) downed McKayla Campbell of Campbellsville University via a fall in 3:59 while leading 11-0 at the time. Her Menlo College teammate Gracie Figueroa followed that up with a dominating 7-0 decision over Felicity Taylor of McKendree University, to help Menlo College clinch the team title for the first time with 199.5 points over runners-up Simon Frasier University.

Freshman Jayden Laurent (Lakeland University) made history for her school by becoming the first-ever national champion in women's wrestling. Laurent, racked up a 12-1 tech fall victory over Felicity Bryant (Emmanuel College) to conclude her freshman season undefeated with a 27-0 record.

Redshirt junior Alexandria Glaude (McKendree University) became a two-time All-American for the Bearcats as she captured her first-ever WCWA National Championship by a 6-2 decision win over Menlo's Iman Kazem in the 155-pound weight class.

Freshman Angelina Gomez (Emmanuel College) also advance to the finals of the WCWA tournament at 101 but felt 4-2 to Asia Ray (Wayland Baptist University). As the No. 6 seed, Gomez was triumphant in knocking out the No. 3 and No. 2 seeds to advance to the finals. After giving up the initial takedown in the first period, Gomez turned things around by getting a takedown of her own in the second period after a fail headlock attempt by Ray. Nevertheless, Ray replied with a takedown of her own to seal the match and win a national title.

For a second consecutive year, sophomore Alex Hendricks (Simon Frasier) advance to the finals of the national tournament and met up with teammate Dominique Parrish for the 123-pound national title. Just like last year when their bout went the full six minutes, this year was the same. After being down 7-0, Hendricks exposed Parrish back for, but her comeback came a bit too late as time ran out in the period.

Sophomore Brenda Reyna (McKendree University) became an All-American for the first time as she advanced to the WCWA national finalist as the No. 2 seed at 130. Reyna pinned three of her four opponents to make the finals before falling via a 12-2 technical fall to Abby Nette (Emmanuel College) in the championship bout.

Sophomore Nina Pham (Wayland Baptist University) entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed and with high hopes of becoming a national champion and an All-American once again. However, her dreams were shattered when she was upset in the quarterfinal round by eventual runner-up Angelina Gomez (Emmanuel College) 8-5. Pham rebounded back by winning three consecutive matches. Including a 10-0 technical fall over Hiba Salem of Menlo College.

Alyvia Fiske (Simon Frasier) was edged out in the semis, as she lost a 9-7 decision to Iman Kazem Atherton (Menlo College). She then rebounded for a bronze medal with a 10-4 win over Hannah Gladden of Emmanuel College to conclude her sophomore season as an All-American.

The last All-American for the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club was Korinahe Bullock (McKendree University). As the No. 7 seed, Bullock got a massive boost of confidence as she upset No.2 seed Stephanie Pantoja (Life University) 7-0 to advance to the semifinal round. After losing in the semifinal round to the eventual champion Dymond Guilford (Missouri Baptist University), Bullock settled for sixth place to become an All-American.

FIVE TITAN MERCURY WRESTLERS CLAIM BRONZE AT THE 2018 POLAND OPEN

Published September 9th, 2018 by Jonny

FIVE TITAN MERCURY WRESTLERS CLAIM BRONZE AT THE 2018 POLAND OPEN

The Poland Open in Warsaw featured most of team USA’s 2018 women’s World team. With four of the ten wrestlers on team USA being TMWC members, this was a great chance to see our women in action before they compete for World titles in Budapest this October.

At 65 kg., Forrest Molinari claimed bronze with at pin against 2016 Olympian Adela Hanzlickova from the Czech republic with 42 seconds left in the match.

At 68 kg., Tamyra Mensah Stock claimed bronze after a win over a well known opponent, Alla Belinska of the Ukraine. Stock faced off against Belinska in her opening match of the 2017 World Championships. This weekend Stock was victorious again with a 5-0 win over the Ukrainian.

At 55 kg., Jacarra Winchester took 5th place after advancing through repechage. Winchester lost to 6x World and Olympic medalist Sofia Mattsson of Sweden in the bronze medal bout, 10-0.

At 62 kg., Mallory Velte dropped her opening bout to U23 World Silver and European Champion Ilona Prokopevniuk of the Ukraine, 8-2. Velte was not pulled back into repechage.

The playing field on the men’s side was completely different. USA did not send the World team members, instead this tournament was highlighted with many young up and coming wrestlers, along with several veteran national team members. Also, on the men’s side, the Russian national team had used this tournament as a wrestle off for two of their weight classes, which created additional hype for this UWW ranking event.

At 61 kg., Cory Clark’s placed 3rd whenMagomedrasul Idrisov of Russia forfeited in the bronze bout. Russians Magomedrasul Idrisov and World Silver medalist Gadzhimurad Rashidov both wrestled at 61 kg., with a spot on the 2018 World team on the line. When they met up in the semifinals, it was Rashidov that came up with the win and the inevitable spot on the Russian World team. However, Clark’s road to the bronze bout was full of great challenges and experiences. In his opening bout, Cory Clark came up with a solid win against 2X World medalist, Vladimirov Dubov of Bulgaria. To advance to the quarters where he faced off against Russia’s Gadzhimurad Rashidov. As Clark was pulled into repechage, he won his bout against veteran Yo Nakata of Japan to advance to the bronze medal bout.

Joe Colon also claimed bronze after dropping his first bout against U23 World finalist, Kuat Amirtayev of Kazakhstan, 13-5. In his bronze bout. Colon earned a solid 11-0 tech fall over Pingping Zhou of China.

At 70 kg., Brandon Sorensen’s claimed bronze with a 3-2 decision over Norbert Lukacs of Hungary. Sorensen made it to the semifinals where he came up against Kazakhstan’s veteran Amandyk Bakeyev. In the semifinals, the Kazak started off with a solid lead over Sorensen, however Sorensen surged with a series of pushouts to almost take the win. In the end, Sorensen would claim bronze.

At 57 kg., Frank Perrelli took 5th place after dropping his bout to young up and comer, Georgios Pilidis of Greece, 12-6.

At 65 kg., Jaydin Eierman earned a fall against 2016 World Silver medalist, Beka Lomtadze of Georgia at only the 1:04 mark in the match. Eierman ended up with another exciting match against former World team member George Burcur of Romania. This time Eierman dropped the high scoring bout, 21-10.

Dean Heil also did not place after dropping his first bout to 2016 World bronze medalistAkhmed Chakaev of Russia, 10-0. Heil was pulled into repechage, however he lost a close bout to Krzysztof Bienkowski of Poland, Dec 4-3.

At 86 kg., Patrick Downey lost a close quarterfinals match, 6-4, to 2018 Mediterranean Games silver medalist, Akhmed Aibuev of France. Downey hit a takedown with just seconds left in the bout where it looked like he was the winner. After review, Aibuev was awarded the match and Downey was not pulled into repechage.

Kenny Courts’s also dropped his quarterfinal against former World team member Piotr Ianulov of Moldova, 10-0.

TMWC performances:

65 kg. – Forrest Molinari: bronze

68 kg. – Tamyra Mensah:  bronze

55 kg. – Jacarra Winchester: 5th place

62 kg. – Mallory Velte: DNP

61 kg. – Cory Clark: bronze

61 kg. – Joe Colon: bronze

70 kg. – Brandon Sorensen: bronze

57 kg. – Frank Perrelli: 5th place

65 kg. – Jaydin Eierman: DNP

65 kg. – Dean Heil: DNP

86 kg. – Patrick Downey: DNP

86 kg. – Kenny Courts: DNP

AWL I: THE BEGINNING, MOVES TO NOVEMBER 30THIN CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA

Published August 9th, 2018 by Jonny

AWL I: The Beginning, moves to November 30thin Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The American Wrestling Leaguehas postponed its August 18 show, AWL I The Beginning, “The Greatest Wrestling Show on Earth!”, to November 30, 2018. AWL will remain at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. All tickets sold for the August 18, 2018 event will be honored on November 30 or money will be refunded to those who cannot attend on November 30, 2018.

Along with the American Wrestling League launching its inaugural event, many of the greatest Iowa wrestlers will be recognized along with the state of Iowa’s great fans and supporters of our sport of wrestling over the last 50 years.

In addition to recognizing Iowa for all its contributions to wrestling, USA Wrestling and the U.S. Wrestling Foundation will present the Big Checks from the Living the Dream Medal Fund to USA’s medalists from the World Championships.

Kyle Snyder, David Taylor, Kyle Dake, Logan Stieber, Frank Molinaro, Isaiah Martinez, Alex Dieringer, along with Iowa standout wrestlers, Cory Clark, Brandon Sorensen, Sammy Brooks, Joe Colon, and many more, are slotted for the action-packed event at the U.S. Cellular Center on November 30TH.

The AWL will bring publicity to our sport of wrestling and increase the income for wrestlers who work so hard while they build their lives. Every match has a $10,000.00 prize, $2,500.00 for each wrestler to compete, with the winner earning a $5,000.00 prize bonus. These competitions will occur all over the United States and our intention is to eventually lead to a four to ten team league that competes for money and annual championship during a planned season.

The American Wrestling League is extremely thankful to all its partners and sponsors who have committed to supporting AWL I The Beginning. The AWL’s partners and sponsors include: USA Wrestling, The United States Wrestling Foundation, NWCA, Resilite, ScrapLife, Pure and Clean Sports, TrackWrestling, Takedown Radio, The Hawkeye Wrestling Club, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club and BTSLA.

It is time to elevate the great sport of Wrestling to a much anticipated professional level and shine a light on the best American wrestlers in the world. Our millions of dedicated fans have been waiting for this moment. Join us in Iowa and watch history being made.

Please follow us in Twitter, Instagram and Like us on Facebook.

Visit our Website for more details www.AmericanWrestling.org

Tickets go on sale August 20that http://uscellularcenter.com

PPV Live Streaming will be provided at www.trackwrestling.com

TMWC MEN’S FREESTYLE ARE CROWNED U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONS FOR THE 5TH YEAR IN A ROW

Published April 30th, 2018 by Jonny

TMWC MEN’S FREESTYLE ARE CROWNED U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONS FOR THE 5TH YEAR IN A ROW

By: Todd Conner

Titan Mercury Wrestling Club won their fifth straight team title at the 2018 Men’s Freestyle U.S. Open. TMWC crowned five U.S. Open champions and outscored second place Sunkist Kids
147-54 for the team title. Joe Colon won the match of the night in the 61 kg/134 lbs. finals with an exciting 20-13 win over Nahshon Garrett. With more matches like this, wrestling would be a star attraction on TV.

Colon was named as the Outstanding Wrestler of the U.S. Open. Colon will now go directly to Final X in a best of three format in Bethlehem, PA on June 23. Jason Chamberlin wrestled a great tournament that ended with a 4-1 decision over Hayden Hidlay to win the title at 70 kg/154 lbs. Hidley will automatically be qualified for the best of three finals of the World Team Trials Tournament in Rochester, MN on May 20. The winner of the WTT will face defending World Silver medalist James Green at Final X on June 9 in Lincoln, NE. Isaiah Martinez made it look way too easy in winning a U.S. Open title at 74 kg/163 lbs. with a 10-0 tech fall over Dan Vallimont. IMar was on fire all weekend and was very impressive and dominating. IMar will now automatically be qualified for the best of three finals of the World Team Trials Tournament in Rochester, MN on May 20. The winner of that matchup will face defending World champion Jordan Burroughs in Final X on June 9 in Lincoln, NE. It was an all-TMWC finals at 79 kg/174 lbs. and what a great match it was. Kyle Dake edged Alex Dieringer in a thrilling 5-5 criteria match that came down to a review to end the match. I definitely expect to see Dieringer win the WTT in Rochester and face Dake in the Final X in State College, PA on June 16. J’Den Cox defeated Hayden Zillmer 2-0 to win the U.S. Open title at 92 kg/202 lbs. Cox is so hard to score on and will only get better at this new weight class. Cox has now qualified for the Final X best of three tournament in Bethlehem, PA on June 23. The quality and depth of TMWC was on full display at the U.S. Open as a team title was won by a huge margin. Factor in that Kyle Snyder, Thomas Gilman, and Nick Gwiazdowski were automatically qualified for Final X and not competing at the Open for TMWC makes this performance even more impressive. To win a tournament of this magnitude five years in a row is very impressive. Now it is time to turn our attention to the World Team Trials Tournament in Rochester, MN on May 19-20. TMWC will be well represented and there will no doubt be some very exciting wrestling for fans to watch.

MARINE CORPS U.S. OPEN
At Las Vegas, NV April 28

Men’s freestyle results
57 kg/125.5 lbs.
1st – Tony Ramos, Chapel Hill, N.C. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Daton Fix, Sand Springs, Okla. (Titan
Mercury WC), 2-2
3rd – Zach Sanders, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm) dec. Frank Perrelli, Charlottesville, Va.
(TMWC), 4-3
5th – David Terao, Washington, D.C. (DCAC) tech. fall Brent Fleetwood, Smyrna, Del. (Bison WC),
10-0 3:15
7th – Edward Klimara, Joliet, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC) tech. fall Skyler Petry, Minneapolis, Minn.
(Minnesota Storm), 10-0 0:19
61 kg/134 lbs.
1st – Joe Colon, Fresno, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Nahshon Garrett, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist
Kids), 20-13
3rd – Nico Megaludis, Murrysville, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC) tech. fall Tyler Graff, Blacksburg, Va.
(TMWC), 10-0 5:34
5th – Brandon Wright, Indianapolis, Ind. (New York AC/Indiana WC) inj. dft. Seth Gross, Rosemount,
Minn. (Sunkist Kids)
7th – Darrius Little, Bethlehem, Pa. (New York AC/LVWC) dec. Jens Lantz, Ellsworth, Wis.
(University of Wisconsin), 5-4
65 kg/143 lbs.
1st – Joseph McKenna, Towaco, N.J. (OSC-unattached) dec. Jaydin Eierman, Columbia, Mo.
(Missouri Wrestling RTC), 7-3
3rd – Logan Stieber, Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC) tech. fall Nicholas Dardanes, Iowa City,
Iowa (Titan Mercury WC), 13-2 4:07
5th – Jayson Ness, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm) tech. fall Evan Henderson, Chapel Hill,
N.C. (Titan Mercury WC), 10-0 1:44
7th – John Simmons, Williamston, Mich. (New York AC/MWC) tech. fall Robbie Mathers, Phoenix,
Ariz. (Sunkist Kids), 10-0 1:02
70 kg/154 lbs.
1st – Jason Chamberlain, Fresno, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Hayden Hidlay, Lewistown, Pa.
(Wolfpack WC), 4-1
3rd – Alec Pantaleo, Canton, Mich. (Michigan RTC) dec. Dylan Ness, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota
Storm), 8-2
5th – Ryan Deakin. Broomfield, Colo. (Northwestern) inj. dft. Frank Molinaro, Blacksburg, Va. (Titan
Mercury WC)
7th – Griffin Parriott, Webster, Minn. (Boilermaker RTC) VPO1 Josh Reyes, Corvallis, Ore. (Orange
Crush WC), 2-1
74 kg/163 lbs.

1st – Isaiah Martinez, Leemore, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC) tech. fall Dan Vallimont, Philadelphia, Pa.
(New York AC/Penn RTC), 10-0
3rd – Jake Sueflohn, Watertown, Wis. (Boilermaker RTC) tech. fall Quinton Godley, Raleigh, N.C.
(Wolfpack WC), 11-0
5th – Evan Wick, San Gabriel, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC/ Univ. of Wisconsin) tech. fall Carson
Brolsma, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), 10-0, 1:59
7th -Taleb Rahmani, Marysville, Ohio (Pittsburgh WC) tech. fall Nicholas Bonomo, Downers Grove,
Ill. (Warhawk WC), 13-2 3:23
79 kg/174 lbs.
1st – Kyle Dake, Ithaca, N.Y. (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Alex Dieringer, Stillwater, Okla. (Titan Mercury
WC), 5-5
3rd – Joshua Asper, Annapolis, Md. (Navy-Marine Corps RTC) dec. Michael Evans, Lillington, N.C.
(Buies Creek RTC), 6-1
5th – Nathan Jackson, Princeton, N.J. (NJRTC) tech. fall Ben Harvey West Point, N.Y. (Army West
Point), 10-0 4:30
7th – Stacey Davis, Raleigh, N.C. (Wolfpack WC) tech. fall Michael Thelen, Aurora, Colo. (Western
Colorado WC), 11-0 1:18
86 kg/189 lbs.
1st – David Taylor, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC) dec. Richard Perry, Philadelphia, Pa. (New
York AC/Penn RTC), 8-0
3rd – Nick Reenan, Dallas, Texas (Wolfpack WC) tech. fall Timothy Dudley Columbia, S.C. (Sunkist
Kids), 10-0, 1:45
5th – Austin Coburn, Moseley, Va. (Predator) inj. dft. Ryan McWatters, Hesperia, Calif. (Unattached)
7th – Pat Downey, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC) tech. fall Brandon Supernaw, Colorado
Springs, Colo. (Western Colorado WC), 10-0 0:26
92 kg/202.5 lbs.
1st – J’den Cox, Columbia, Mo. (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Hayden Zillmer, Minneapolis, Minn.
(Minnesota Storm), 2-0
3rd – Enock Francois. Ithaca, N.Y. (New York AC/FLWC) pin Deron Winn, Ames, Iowa (Titan
Mercury WC), 1:32
5th – Nikko Reyes, Fresno, Calif. (Valley RTC) inj. dft. Timmy McCall, Raleigh, N.C. (Titan Mercury
WC)
7th – Cody Walters, Lattimore, N.C. (Bulldog Elite WC) tech. fall Jeremiah Imonode, West Point, N.Y.
(Army West Point), 10-0 2:05
97 kg/213 lbs.
1st – Austin Schafer, Ithaca, N.Y. (New York AC/FLWC) dec. Ty Walz, Blacksburg, Va. (Titan
Mercury WC), 14-7
3rd – Kyven Gadson, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids) dec. Nathan Burak, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury
WC), 3-2
5th – Ben Honis, Jamesville, N.Y (Cornell University) dec. Ross Larson, Des Moines, Iowa (Viking
WC), 13-11

7th – Braden Atwood, Highland Falls, N.Y. (Sunkist Kids) inj. dft. Blaize Cabell Fresno, Calif. (Valley
RTC)
125 kg/275 lbs.
1st – Adam Coon, Fowlerville, Mich. (NYAC/MWC) dec. Jake Varner, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion
WC), 3-1
3rd – Dom Bradley, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Gable Steveson, Minneapolis, Minn.
(Minnesota Storm), 2-2
5th – Anthony Nelson, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm) dec. Tanner Hall, Meridian, Idaho
(Arizona State), 6-4
7th – Michael Kosoy, Raleigh, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC) tech. fall Shawn Streck, Merrillville, Ind.
(Boilermaker RTC), 10-0 0:59
Outstanding Wrestler – Joe Colon (Titan Mercury WC), 61 kg
Div. I champion – Titan Mercury WC, 147
Div. I runner-up – Sunkist Kids, 54
Div. II champion – New York AC, 34
RTC Cup champion – New York RTC
RTC Cup runner-up – Nittany Lion WC

TMWC’S WOMEN’S FREESTYLE WINS 5TH STRAIGHT U.S. OPEN TITLE

Published April 30th, 2018 by Jonny

TMWC’S WOMEN’S FREESTYLE WINS 5TH STRAIGHT U.S. OPEN TITLE

By: Todd Conner

Powered by three champions, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club won their fifth straight Women’s
U.S. Open team title. TMWC edged the New York Athletic Club for the team title by a score of
91-84.
Champions for TMWC included Jacarra Winchester who defeated Dominique Parrish, 5-3 for
the title at 55 kg. Alex Hendrick capped off a great tournament by scoring the fall in 2:41 to win
the 57 kg title. Tamara Stock made it look easy with a 10-0 technical fall over Randyll Beltz to
win the title at 68 kg. TMWC also had second place finishes out of Mallory Velte at 62 kg and
Forrest Molinari at 65 kg.
TMWC had eleven wrestlers place in the top 5. Those eleven wrestlers have now qualified for
the Senior World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in Rochester, MN on May 18-20. The
winner of the Challenge Tournament will qualify for the Final X best 2 of 3 format. The winner of
the Final X will be a member of Team USA for the 2018 Women’s World Freestyle
Championships in Budapest, Hungary on October 20-28.
TMWC U.S. Open Results:
50 kg: Amy Fearnside – 4th
53 kg: Cody Pfau – 3rd
55 kg: Jacarra Winchester – Champion
57 kg: Alex Hendrick – Champion
57 kg: Megan Black – 5th
62 kg: Mallory Velte – 2nd
62 kg: Amanda Hendey – 4th
65 kg: Forrest Molinari – 2nd
68 kg: Tamyra Stock – Champion
68 kg: Alexandria Glaude – 3rd
72 kg: Alyvia Fiske – 4th

U.S. Open Finals Results
55 kg/121 lbs.
1st – Jacarra Winchester, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Dominique Parrish,
Scotts Valley, Calif. (Sunkist Kids), 5-3
57 kg/125.5 lbs.
1st – Alex Hedrick (Titan Mercury WC) pin Michaela Beck, New York, N.Y. (New York AC), 2:41
62 kg/136.5 lbs.
1st – Kayla Miracle, Campbellsville, Ky. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Mallory Velte, Sacramento, Calif.
(Titan Mercury WC), 3-0
65 kg/143 lbs.

1st – Julia Salata, Bristol, Tenn. (New York AC) dec. Forrest Molinari, Colorado Springs, Colo.
(Titan Mercury WC), 5-0
68 kg/149.5 lbs.
1st – Tamyra Stock, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC) tech. fall Randyll Beltz,
Colorado Springs, Colo. (Army WCAP), 10-0

TMWC advances 5 to the finals at the U.S.Open

Published April 27th, 2018 by Jonny

TMWC advances 5 to the finals at the U.S.Open

By: Todd Conner

Titan Mercury Wrestling Club pushed five wrestlers into the finals of the 2018 Women’s U.S.
Open. Jacarra Winchester (55 kg), Alexandra Hedrick (57 kg), Mallory Velte (62 kg), Forrest
Molinari (65 kg), and Tamyra Stock (68 kg) will now compete in the finals of the U.S. Open
tomorrow night at 7 PM PST. When your team has a finalist in half of the weight classes, you
are having a great tournament.
The TMWC wrestlers that dropped their semifinal match are guaranteed to place at the U.S.
Open. TMWC will have ten wrestlers placing in the top six at the U.S. Open. Now it is the
number of U.S. Open champions that will really define the team’s performance at the Open.
Consolation Semifinals begin at 9 AM on Saturday.
Semifinal results
50 kg Whitney Conder (Army (WCAP)) VPO1 Amy Fearnside Colorado Springs, CO
(TMWC), 6-5
53 kg Sarah Hildebrandt Colorado Springs, CO (NYAC) VSU Cody Pfau Brush, CO (TMWC),
11-0 2:49
55 kg Jacarra Winchester Marshall, MO (TMWC) VSU Tayler Resuriz Lebanon, IL
(McKendree Bearcat Wrestling Club), 10-0 2:40
57 kg Alexandra Hedrick Fair Oaks, CA (TMWC) VPO1 Brieana Delgado Edmond, OK (Aries
Wrestling Club), 4-2
62 kg Mallory Velte Sacramento, CA (TMWC) VPO1 Amanda Hendey San Gabriel, CA
(TMWC), 6-1
65 kg Forrest Molinari Benicia, CA (TMWC) VPO1 Alexis Porter Ballston Lake, NY (NYAC),
8-1
68 kg Tamyra Stock Colorado Springs, CO (TMWC) VSU Jasmine Bailey Lebanon, IL
(McKendree Bearcat Wrestling Club), 10-0 2:54
72 kg Rachel Watters Ankeny, IA (NYAC/OKC) VSU Alyvia Fiske Napa, CA (TMWC), 11-0
2:48
Consolations
50 kg Alesha Zappitella Conneaut, OH (Scorpion Fighting System) VSU Natalie Reyna
Hesperia, CA (TMWC), 11-0 2:42

57 kg Megan Black Batavia, IA (TMWC) VPO1 Koral Sugiyama Pocatello, ID (Campbellsville
University), 10-6
62 kg Francesca Giorgio (Unattached) VFA Brianna Csontos Amissville, VA (TMWC), 7-2
1:46

MEN’S SEEDS ARE SET FOR THE 2018 U.S. OPEN

Published April 26th, 2018 by Jonny

Men’s Seeds are Set for the 2018 U.S. Open

By: Todd Conner

USA Wrestling has released the seeds for the 2018 Men’s Freestyle U.S. Open. Titan Mercury Wrestling Club is the four-time defending U.S. Open Team Champions and the list below makes the chances of making it five in a row looking pretty good.

TMWC has six wrestlers seeded number one in Joe Colon (61 kg), 2016 World champion Logan Stieber (65 kg), 2016 Olympian Frank Molinaro (70 kg), 2X NCAA National champion Isaiah Martinez (74 kg), 4X NCAA National champion Kyle Dake (79 kg), and 2016 Olympic and 2017 World Silver medalist J’Den Cox (92 kg).

TMWC has several of their star wrestlers that have automatically qualified for Super X that are not competing at the U.S. Open: 2X World Champion and Olympic Gold medalist Kyle Snyder (97 kg), 2017 World Silver medalist Thomas Gilman (57 kg), and 2017 World Bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski (125 kg).

Without Snyder, Gilman, and Gwiazdowski, it will be a true test of the depth, talent, and dominance of TMWC in their quest to win five straight U.S. Open team titles. The quest to capture team title number five begins at 9 AM PST tomorrow.


MEN’S FREESTYLE U.S. OPEN SEEDS

57 kg
1. Tony Ramos (Sunkist Kids)
2. Daton Fix (Titan Mercury WC)
3. Frank Perrelli (Titan Mercury WC)
4. Zach Sanders (Minnesota Storm)
5. Darian Cruz (New York AC/Lehigh Valley WC)
6. Tim Lambert (Sunkist Kids)
7. Daniel DeShazer (Minnesota Storm)
8. Zane Richards (Titan Mercury WC)
9. Josh Rodriguez (Nittany Lion WC)
10. Eddie Klimara (Titan Mercury WC)
11. David Terao (DCAC)

61 kg
1. Joe Colon (Titan Mercury WC)
2. Jon Morrison (New York AC)
3. Nahshon Garrett (Sunkist Kids)
4. Brandon Wright (New York AC)
5. Cody Brewer (Titan Mercury WC)
6. Tyler Graff (Titan Mercury WC)
7. Seth Gross (Sunkist Kids)
8. Nico Megaludis (Titan Mercury WC)
9. Cory Clark (Titan Mercury WC)
10. Chris Dardanes (Titan Mercury WC)
11. Alan Waters (Titan Mercury WC)
12. Darrius Little (New York AC)

65 kg
1. Logan Stieber (Titan Mercury WC)
2. Joey McKenna (Titan Mercury WC)
3. Evan Henderson (Titan Mercury WC)
4. Josh Kindig (Sunkist Kids)
5. John Simmons (New York AC)
6. Nick Dardanes (Titan Mercury WC)
7. Anthony Abidin (New York AC)
8. Joey Lazor (Panther WC)
9. Jaydin Eierman (Missouri Wrestling RTC)
10. Jayson Ness (Minnesota Storm)
11. Robbie Matthers (Sunkist Kids)

70 kg
1. Frank Molinaro (Titan Mercury WC)
2. Chase Pami (Sunkist Kids)
3. Alec Pantaleo
4. Jason Chamberlain (Titan Mercury WC)
5. Hunter Stieber (Titan Mercury WC)
6. Dylan Ness (Minnesota Storm)
7. Hayden Hidlay (Wolfpack WC)
8. Ryan Deakin (Northwestern)
9. Matthew Kolodzik (Princeton WC)

74 kg
1. Isaiah Martinez (Titan Mercury WC)
2. Dan Vallimont (New York AC)
3. Quinton Godley (Wolfpack WC)
4. Evan Wick (Titan Mercury WC)

79 kg
1. Kyle Dake (Titan Mercury WC)
2. Alex Dieringer (Titan Mercury WC)
3. Michael Evans (Buies Creek RTC)
4. Josh Asper (Navy-Marine Corps)

86 kg
1. David Taylor (Nittany Lions WC)
2. Richard Perry (New York AC)
3. Pat Downey (Titan Mercury WC)
4. Tim Dudley (Sunkist Kids)

92 kg
1. J’den Cox (Titan Mercury WC)
2. Hayden Zillmer (Minnesota Storm)
3. Enock Francois (New York AC)
4. Deron Winn (Titan Mercury WC)
5. Kenny Courts (Titan Mercury WC)
6. Josh Manu (Navy-Marines Corp)
7. Nikko Reyes (Valley RTC)

97 kg
1. Kyven Gadson (Sunkist Kids)
2. Ty Walz (Titan Mercury WC)
3. Nathan Burak (Titan Mercury WC)
4. Austin Schafer (New York AC)
5. Blaize Cabell (Valley RTC)

125 kg
1. Dom Bradley (Sunkist Kids)
2. Zach Rey (New York AC)
3. Jake Varner (Nittany Lion WC)
4. Adam Coon (New York AC)
5. Gable Steveson (Minnesota Storm)
6. Tony Nelson (Minnesota Storm)
7. Tanner Hall (Arizona State)
8. Michael Kosoy (Titan Mercury WC)
9. Johnathan Gingrich (New York AC)

2018 U.S. OPEN WOMEN’S SEEDS ARE POSTED

Published April 26th, 2018 by Jonny

2018 U.S. Open Women’s seeds

By: Todd Conner

The seeds for the 2018 Women’s U.S. Open were released. Titan Mercury Wrestling Club has eleven wrestlers seeded in the top four at their weight. TMWC is led by number one seeds Jacarra Winchester (55 kg/121 lbs.), Megan Black (57 kg/125.5 lbs.), Mallory Velte (62 kg/136.5 lbs.), Forrest Molinari (65 kg/143 lbs.), and Tamyra Stock (68 kg/149.75 lbs.). That is five of the ten weights at the U.S. Open with a TMWC wrestler seeded #1. That is very impressive. Amy Fearnside is seeded fourth at 50 kg, Cody Pfau is third at 53 kg, Dominique Parrish is second at 55 kg, Alexandra Hedrick is third at 57 kg, Amanda Hendey is fourth at 62 kg and Alyvia Fiske is third at 72 kg. Action for the Women’s U.S. Open begins at 9 AM PST today with the finals on Friday at 7 PM PST. Good luck to the TMWC wrestlers.

Women’s freestyle seeds for the U.S. Open 

50 kg
1. Victoria Anthony (Sunkist Kids)
2. Whitney Conder (U.S. Army WCAP)
3. Amy Fearnside (Titan Mercury WC)
4. Erin Golston (New York AC)

53 kg
1. Haley Augello (New York AC)
2. Sarah Hildebrandt (New York AC)
3. Cody Pfau (Titan Mercury WC)
4. Dajan Treder (unattached)
5. Gabriellle Weyhrich (McKendree Bearcat WC)
6. Ronna Heaton (Sunkist Kids)

55 kg/121 lbs.
1. Jacarra Winchester (Titan Mercury WC)
2. Dominique Parrish (Titan Mercury WC)
3. Cameron Guerin (Team Takedown)
4. Tayler Resuriz (McKendree Bearcat WC)

57 kg/125.5 lbs.
1. Megan Black (Titan Mercury WC)
2. Breanna Delgado (Aires WC)
3. Alexandra Hedrick (Titan Mercury WC)
4. Koral Sugiyama (Campbellsville)
5. Michaela Beck (New York AC)

59 kg/130 lbs.
1. Kelsey Campbell (Sunkist Kids)
2. Lauren Louive (New York AC)
3. Abigail Nette (Lions WC/Emmanuel)
4. Allison Petix (King University)
5. Brenda Reyna (McKendree Bearcat WC)

62 kg/136.5 lbs.
1. Mallory Velte (Titan Mercury WC)
2. Kayla Miracle (Sunkist Kids)
3. Jenna Burkert (U.S. Army WCAP)
4. Amanda Hendey (Titan Mercury WC)

65 kg/143 lbs.
1. Forrest Molinari (Titan Mercury WC)
2. Julia Salata (New York AC)
3. Jaydin Laurent (Musky WC)
4. Alexis Porter (New York AC)
5. Kayla Marano (Lions WC/Emmanuel)
6. Katerina Lobsinger (U.S. Army WCAP)68 kg/149.75
1. Tamyra Stock (Titan Mercury WC)
2. Alexandria Glaude (McKendree Bearcat WC)
3. Randyll Beltz (U.S. Army WCAP)
4. Jasmine Bailey (McKendree Bearcat WC)

72 kg/158.75 lbs.
1. Erin Clodgo (Sunkist Kids)
2. Rachel Watters (New York AC)
3. Alyvia Fiske (Titan Mercury WC)
4. Evonne Evien (unattached)
5. Hannah Gladden (Lions WC/Emmanuel)
6. Anastasia Lobsinger (U.S. Army WCAP)

76 kg/167 lbs.
1. Adeline Gray (New York AC)
2. Korianahe Bullock (McKendree Bearcat WC)
3. Leilani Camargo-Naone (MWC Wrestling Academy)
4. Janelle Fuamatu (McKendree Bearcat WC)
5. Mariah Harris (Campbellsville)

TOP TEN TITAN MERCURY STORIES FROM 2017

Published December 31st, 2017 by Baschteam

By: Jonny Ruggiano

2017 was a year that showed extensive growth from the young roster of Titan Mercury as well as vast potential for the TMWC squad and the sport of wrestling as a whole. As a team, Titan Mercury boasted 10 World medalists, at all levels. Along with multiple individual accolades, team members also contributed in USA winning two World team titles and making the finals in two World Cup events. With many of our wrestling stars in their early 20’s, the future looks bright. 2017 also witnessed to announcement of the 2028 Olympics to be held in Los Angeles. After Titan Mercury contributed to USA Wrestling hosting three Olympic caliber World Cup events in 2014, 2015 and 2016, the merits of work seemed to have assisted in L.A.’s bid for the Olympic Games; something that many of our wrestlers and future generations can look forward to.

Here is a look at the most memorable moments from 2017…

#1 Snyder wins “Match of the Century” as USA wins first team title in 22 years

Kyle Snyder’s World Championships held everything on the line for Team USA as well as personal glory. Dubbed “The Match of the Century,” Olympic Champion, Kyle Snyder faced off against previously undefeated Olympic Champion Abdulrashid Sadulaev, for both the team title and the 97 kg. individual championship. With 20 seconds remaining, Snyder was able to defeat Sadulaev with a final takedown to help Team USA win its first World Championships since 1995. Read the complete article here: http://tmwc1.com/2017/08/update-snyder-beats-sadulaev-burroughs-also-wins-gold-green-takes-silver-and-usa-is-world-team-champions/

#2 TMWC takes 2nd at the World Clubs Cup

The Titan Mercury Wrestling Club reached the World Clubs Cup Championships for an unprecedented 4th time in four consecutive years. After claiming the title in 2016, the TMWC roster faced a tough Iranian team in Easy Pipe that was padded with several international stars including World & Olympic Champion Vladimir Khinchegashvili and Geno Petriashvilli of Georgia, along with Russian star Vladislov Baitraev. With both World Champion Logan Stieber and 2x Olympic and World Bronze medalist J’Den Cox sidelined with injuries, TMWC’s squad had to persevere through last minute roster changes. In the finals, the team surged with a late comeback with Nazar Kulchytskyy, again igniting the rally. The team title came down to the heavyweight match up where World Champion Geno Petriashvilli scored late against Nick Gwiazdowski and fended off an onslaught off attacks to hand Iran’s Easy Pipe its first World title. Read the complete article here: http://tmwc1.com/2017/12/titan-mercury-wc-takes-second-at-freestyle-world-clubs-cup-in-iran/

#3 Thomas Gilman rises to World finalist after running through the last chance qualifier

In what was most likely the most unusual path to the 2017 Paris World Championships, Thomas Gilman ran the gauntlet through one of the toughest fields boasted at the 2017 World Team Trials. However, his journey began earlier in freestyle season. While faced with injuries at the end of his senior campaign for the Iowa Hawkeyes, Gilman’s camp decided to rest and hold off from competing at the U.S. Open. This decision left Gilman with one opportunity to make the World Team Trials: The last Chance Qualifier. Gilman won the qualifier, after trailing 0-6 against Daniel Deshazer, by an final score of 7-6.

Unseeded at the World Team Trials, Gilman’s first test would be against 2017 NCAA Darian Cruz. Gilman ran through Cruz and a gauntlet that consisted of #1 seed Tyler Graff, Nico Megaludis, and Nathan Thomasello. Nevertheless, Gilman’s focus was on a greater prize, taking on and defeating former Iowa teammate and former TMWC wrestler, 2X World team member Tony Ramos of the Sunkist kids. In the finals, Gilman’s relentless attacked earned his two straight wins against Ramos and a ticket to Paris. Gilman’s aggressive style continued to pay off as he earned a berth into the World finals in his first trip to a Senior World Championships.

#4 J’Den Cox earns back to back bronze medals along with fellow TMWC wrestlers Nick Gwiazdowski and Becka Leathers

J’Den Cox made his presence known on the international stage in 2016, where claimed bronze at the Rio Olympics. However it was his bronze medal in 2017, along with fellow teammate Nick Gwiazdowski’s that contributed to the team title for USA. Cox and Gwiazdowski’s bronze were two of a total of six medals from team USA: Champions: Kyle Synder (TMWC), Jordan Burroughs (SKWC), Runner Up: Thomas Gilman (TMWC), James Green ( then TMWC/ now SKWC), Bronze: J’Den Cox (TMWC) and Nick Gwiazdowski (TMWC).

On the Women’s side TMWC’s  Becka Leathers also claimed bronze at the Paris World Championships. This was also Leather’s first Senior World Championships.

Other TMWC wrestlers competing at the 2017 Senior World Championships included 2016 World Champion Logan Stieber, Mallory Velte, Tamyra Mensah-Stock and Victoria Francis-Weiss .

#5 Daton Fix and Kollin Moore help team USA win their first Junior World Title since 1984

Things kicked off for team USA’s World title campaigns at the Junior World Championships. Two members of Titan Mercury were invaluable members of that team. World Champion Daton Fix set the tone of the Junior Worlds by winning his first title with a combined score of 53-1 against his opponents at 55 kg. Moore also contributed to the team title with a bronze performance at 96 kg., defeating Germany’s Ilja Matuhin 11-0.

At the cadet level, TMWC’s Emily Shilson also claimed a silver medal at the World Championships. TMWC’s Gracie Figueroa and Alex Glaude also competed at Junior World Championships.

#6 Ty Walz and Joey McKenna earn bronze at the U-23 World Championships. TMWC’s Amy Fearnside and Isaiah Martinez earns 5th at the U-23 World Championships.  

The U-23 Championships saw several of the World best stars compete, not only stars at the University level, but several of the senior level’s best, including World Champion Geno Petriashvilli among others. Team USA’s sent many of our brightest and best at the college level including TMWC members, Daton Fix, Joey McKenna, Isaiah Martinez, Ty Walz, Cody Pfau and Amy Fearnside.

At the conclusion of the U-23 World Championships both McKenna and Walz had earned bronze medals, Fearnside and Martinez were one match short of medaling and both took 5th place.

#7 TMWC Fearnside, Winchester, Velte, Mensah-Stock, and Francis-Weiss all help in Team USA’s 2017 Women’s World Cup 4th place finish Stieber, Molinaro, Green, Taylor, Snyder and Gwiazdowski part of Team USA 2017 Men’s World Cup Runner Up finish.

Team USA earned silver at both the men’s and Women’s World Cups. The men’s team faced off against familiar opponents, Iran. After a potential travel ban that threatened the chances of team USA even competing, international wrestling efforts, primarily on the part of the U.S. and Iran, assisted in USA’s ability to compete in the annual event. Reigning champions, Iran claimed title once again with a 5-3 win over USA. However, the most notable win came at the hands of David Taylor, as he pinned reigning Olympic and World Champion Hassan Yazdani Chariti in front of a fervent group of Iranian wrestling fans in Tehran.

On the women’s side, Team USA made the consolation finals of the 2017 World Cup in Cheboskary, Russia after edging Russia 17-16 in the pool rounds as well as defeating Sweden. The women’s team was defeated by Mongolia in the bronze bout, 20-16.

#8 Kyle Snyder wins Team USA Man of the Year

Wrestling was well represented at this year’s 2017 Team USA Awards, held at UCLA. The annual awards presentation honors the nation’s top Olympians in all styles. Wrestling had three nominees in their prospective catagories: Coach of the Year: Bill Zadick, Female Athlete of the Year: Helen Maroulis, Male Athlete of the Year: Kyle Snyder. Both team USA’s coach Zadick and TMWC’s Kyle Synder won their respective awards. Read the complete article by USA Wrestling here: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2017/November/29/Snyder-Male-Olympic-Athlete-of-Year-and-Zadick-Olympic-Coach-of-the-Year-for-USOC

#9 TMWC wins the 2017 U.S. Open

The 2017 U.S. Open served as the Women’s World Team Trials. TMWC members Becka Leathers, Mallory Velte, Tamyra Mensah-Stock and Victoria Francis-Weiss all punched their tickets to the Paris World Championships in Las Vegas at the U.S. Open.

Winning the U.S. Open men’s division was Kendrick Maple, James Green, David Taylor and Nick Gwiazdowski. 33 TMWC members went on to qualify for the 2017 Men’s World Team Trials. Read the complete article here: http://tmwc1.com/2017/04/tmwc-wins-the-2017-us-open-with-four-world-team-members-and-four-national-champions/

#10 Snyder and Mensah- Stock win the 2017 Ivan Yarygin

3x Olympic and World Champion, Kyle Snyder continued to face all challengers as he traveled to Krasnoyarsk, Russia to compete is what has been labeled as, “The Toughest Tournament in the World,” the Ivan Yarygin. Synder claimed his first title by defeating Russia’s Rasul Magomedov in the Finals.

Tamyra Mensah became only the 6th U.S. women ever to win the prestigious tournament when she defeated Nasanburmaa Ochirbat of Mongolia in the finals. You can read the complete article here: http://tmwc1.com/2017/01/tmwc-wrestlers-mensah-and-snyder-claim-titles-at-the-toughest-tournament-in-the-world/

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