Published April 30th, 2018 by Jonny


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.

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
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
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

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