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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. 

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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

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