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.
50 kg Whitney Conder (Army (WCAP)) VPO1 Amy Fearnside Colorado Springs, CO
53 kg Sarah Hildebrandt Colorado Springs, CO (NYAC) VSU Cody Pfau Brush, CO (TMWC),
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
65 kg Forrest Molinari Benicia, CA (TMWC) VPO1 Alexis Porter Ballston Lake, NY (NYAC),
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
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
62 kg Francesca Giorgio (Unattached) VFA Brianna Csontos Amissville, VA (TMWC), 7-2
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
1. Isaiah Martinez (Titan Mercury WC)
2. Dan Vallimont (New York AC)
3. Quinton Godley (Wolfpack WC)
4. Evan Wick (Titan Mercury WC)
1. Kyle Dake (Titan Mercury WC)
2. Alex Dieringer (Titan Mercury WC)
3. Michael Evans (Buies Creek RTC)
4. Josh Asper (Navy-Marine Corps)
1. David Taylor (Nittany Lions WC)
2. Richard Perry (New York AC)
3. Pat Downey (Titan Mercury WC)
4. Tim Dudley (Sunkist Kids)
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)
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)
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
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
1. Victoria Anthony (Sunkist Kids)
2. Whitney Conder (U.S. Army WCAP)
3. Amy Fearnside (Titan Mercury WC)
4. Erin Golston (New York AC)
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)
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/