TMWC US Open preview: Men’s 57 kg
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.
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The 2019 U.S. Open begins Thursday, April 25th
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