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USA in International Tourney, Feb 22-23

Postby JM » Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:04 pm

Titan Mercury WC travels to Cuba for the Cerro Pelado International, Feb. 22-23

By Jonny Ruggiano, Titan Mercury WC | Feb. 20, 2017, 3:58 p.m. (ET)

Titan Mercury Wrestling Club has traveled to Havana, Cuba for the annual Cerro Pelado International Granma Cup. Fifteen members of TMWC will compete on Wednesday, February 22nd and Thursday, February 23rd. Titan Mercury will provide updates on Twitter @titan_mercury.

Two members of Titan Mercury’s delegation include World Clubs Cup Champions BJ Futrell (65 kg) and Nazar Kulchtskyy (70 kg). Futrell won the Bill Farrell this season and is coming off of a bronze medal finish at the Paris International. Nazar Kulchtskyy ignited Team TMWC in their finals bout against Bimeh Razi with a win at 70 kg at World Clubs Cup. Kulchtskyy is also coming off a bronze medal finish at the Dave Schultz International Memorial.

At 57 kg, two exciting wrestlers will take the mat in Havana. Tyler Graff, who is coming off a gold medal performance at the Dave Schultz will join TMWC at the Cerro Pelado. Also NCAA Champion and Illinois standout, Jesse Delgado will make his international wrestling debut at the Senior level. Other members of TMWC wrestling at 57 kg will be Frank Perrelli and Shelton Mack.

At 61 kg, Titan Mercury boasts two seasoned veterans and one up-and-comer. Both Andrew Hochstrasser and Alan Waters has considerable international and senior level experience. However, Kanan Storr shocked the international wrestling community when he made it to the finals of the Schultz earlier in February.

At 74 kg, past NCAA champion Chris Perry returns to the mat. Perry’s last competition was at the 2016 Olympic Trials. Both Austin Trotman and Timmy McCall will wrestle at 86 kg. Trotman and McCall faced off in the finals of the Bill Farrell International, where Trotman claimed the title. Trotman also claimed gold at the Dave Schultz Memorial.

Other wrestlers to compete for TMWC include Dave Schultz Memorial finalist JT Felix at 97 kg, Nick Dardanes, who was a bronze medalist at the Schultz at 65 kg and talented Bobby Telford at 125 kg.

At Havana, Cuba, Feb. 22-23

Titan Mercury Roster
57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Tyler Graff, New Brunswick, N.J.
57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Frank Perrelli, Charlottesville, Va.
57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Jesse Delgado, Champaign, Ill.
57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Shelton Mack, Charlottesville, Va.
61 kg/134 lbs. - Andrew Hochstrasser, Boise, Idaho
61 kg/134 lbs. - Alan Waters, Columbia, Mo.
61 kg/134 lbs. - Kanen Storr, Mason, Mich.
65 kg/143 lbs. - BJ Futrell, Philadelphia, Pa.
70 kg/154 lbs. - Nazar Kulchtskyy, Madison, Wis.
70 kg/154 lbs. - Nick Dardanes, Minneapolis, Minn.
74 kg/163 lbs. - Chris Perry, Stillwater, Okla.
86 kg/189 lbs. - Austin Trotman, Lincoln, Neb.
86 kg/189 lbs. - Timmy McCall, Raleigh, N.C.
97 kg/213 lbs. - JT Felix, Ann Arbor, Mich.
125 kg/275 lbs. - Bobby Telford, Iowa City, Iowa

Event Schedule (Eastern Standard Time)

Wednesday, Feb. 22
2:00 p.m. – Preliminaries – Men’s Freestyle (57 kg, 65 kg, 74 kg, 97 kg)
6:00 p.m. – Finals - Men’s Freestyle (57 kg, 65 kg, 74 kg, 97 kg)

Thursday, Feb. 23
2:00 p.m. – Preliminaries – Men’s Freestyle (61 kg, 70 kg, 86 kg, 125 kg)
6:00 p.m. – Finals - Men’s Freestyle (61 kg, 70 kg, 86 kg, 125 kg)
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Re: USA in International Tourney, Feb 22-23

Postby JM » Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:13 am

Graff wins gold, Titan Mercury team picks up seven medals at Cerro Pelado Internation
By Jonny Ruggiano, Titan Mercury WC | Feb. 23, 2017, 1:43 a.m. (ET)

HAVANA, Cuba – A delegation of wrestlers from the United States, led by Titan Mercury Wrestling Club, started strong at the Cerro Pelado International in Havana, Cuba. Eight wrestlers competed on day one and the team came home with one champion, two silver medalists and four bronze medals.

Tyler Graff claimed the title at 57 kg. after China’s Liu Mingh forfeited the finals match. Prior to the finals, Graff claimed two solid wins. In his prelim bout, Tyler Graff won against Alvarez from Cuba with a 10-0 tech-fall. In his semifinal, Graff won 7-4 against Juan Pablo Gonzalez.

BJ Futrell and JT Felix also made the finals on the first day of the Granma Cup. In two exciting bouts, both Futrell and Felix fell to their Cuban counterparts.

At 65 kg., BJ Futrell faced off against Franklin Maren of Cuba. In the first minute, Futrell found himself in a 0-2 deficit. Futrell answered back with a four-point double to take the lead, 4-0. The Cuban regained the lead with a minute left, 6-4. In what seemed to be a match ending takedown, Futrell scored a takedown with only thirteen seconds left to lead the match 6-6. However, in the last four seconds Maren scored a push-out to win the finals bout, 7-6.

At 97 kg., JT Felix faced veteran Olympian Reineris Salas Perez of Cuba. The three-time World medalist started off strong against Felix with a 4-0 lead at the break. However, JT Felix came into the second round firing all cylinders. Felix narrowed the deficit 5-7 with only seconds left. At the end of the bout Felix was close to a takedown, but was unable to finish, resulting in Salas’ 7-5 win in the finals.

In the consolation finals, all four wrestlers in the bronze medal bout came out victorious. At 57 kg., Jesse Delgado earned a quick 10-0 tech fall against his Mexican opponent. Nick Dardanes earned bronze at 65 kg., with his 16-6 tech fall against Aucupina of Peru. Chris Perry won his 74 kg. bronze medal with a 12-2 tech against Anguelano of Mexico. Kyven Gadson also claimed bronze at 97 kg. with a 10-0 tech-fall against Sanchez of Mexico.

Frank Perrelli was 1-2 for the day at 57 kg. Perrelli was defeated 4-2 by Delgado in the quarterfinals to drop out of medal contention.

Feb. 22 in Havana, Cuba

Place winners for Wednesday 2/22/17 :
57 kg: Tyler Graff: Champion
57 kg: Jesse Delgado: Bronze
57 kg: Frank Perrelli: DNP
65 kg: BJ Futrell: Silver
65 kg: Nick Dardanes: Bronze
74 kg: Chris Perry: Bronze
97 kg: JT Felix: Silver
97 kg: Kyven Gadson: Bronze

TMWC/ USA roster for Thursday 2/23/17:
61 kg: Andrew Hochstrasser
61 kg: Alan Waters
61 kg: Kanen Storr
61 kg: Shelton Mack
70 kg: Nazar Kulchytskyy
86 kg: Austin Trotman
86 kg: Timmy McCall
125 kg: Bobby Telford
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Re: USA in International Tourney, Feb 22-23

Postby JM » Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:23 pm

Kulchytskyy wins gold on day two of Cerro Pelado

By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | Feb. 24, 2017, 1:04 p.m. (ET)

HAVANA, Cuba – Seven more U.S. wrestlers from the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club claimed medals in day-two action of the Cerro Pelado International in Havana, Cuba. The U.S. was represented by 11 wrestlers on Thursday, who collected one gold, one silver and five bronze medals.

Nazar Kulchytskyy put together the Red, White and Blue’s lone championship performance on the day, taking gold at 70 kg/154 lbs. He opened the tournament with a 10-0 technical fall over Serguei Randon of Cuba, before taking out fellow American Mike DePalma by fall to cruise to the finals. There, he faced Cuba’s Ernesto Sanchez, who he defeated 11-1.

Also earning a spot in the finals was heavyweight Bobby Telford. The former Hawkeye claimed wins over China’s Hai Shang, 5-0, and Cuba’s Juan Carlos Mason, 5-2. Waiting for him in the championship match was Cuban Yudenny Alpajon, the 2016 Cerro Pelado champion. Alpajon edged out Telford, 2-1, sending the American home with a silver.

Andrew Hochstrasser and Kanen Storr earned both bronze medals up for grabs at 61 kg/134 lbs.

Hochstrasser suffered a 10-0 loss to 2014 World bronze medalist Yowlys Bonne of Cuba in the opening bout. He was pulled into the repechage, where he faced Cuba’s Cristian Solenzal, who he beat 5-5.

Iowa State freshman Storr, the 2017 Dave Schultz Memorial silver medalist, dominated teammate and Golden Grand Prix bronze medalist Alan Waters in the third-place bout, 9-2.

After falling to Kulchytskyy, DePalma came back to claim bronze at 70 kg, winning by injury default.

At 86 kg/189 lbs., Vic Avery recorded a solid pair of wins over Xiad Sun of China, 12-0, and Lazaro Hernandez of Cuba, 10-5, before getting handed an 8-1 loss by Cuba’s Yuriesky Torreblanca. Avery faced American Timmy McCall in the bronze-medal bout, where he walked away with a 12-7 win.

Wrapping up the bronze medals for the U.S. was Dom Bradley at 125 kg/275 lbs. Bradley opened competition with a 10-0 tech against Jesse Ruiz of Mexico. He dropped his next bout to eventual champion Alpajon in a tight 4-0 battle. He stormed back for a bronze medal, taking a 10-0 won over China’s Dezheng Jiang.

Feb. 22-23 at Havana, Cuba

Final Results
61 kg/134 lbs.
Gold – Yowlys Bonne (Cuba)
Silver – Dabian Quintana (Cuba)
Bronze – Andrew Hochstrasser (United States)
Bronze – Kanen Storr (United States)

70 kg/154 lbs.
Gold – Nazar Kulchytskyy (United States)
Silver – Enresto Sanchez (Cuba)
Bronze – Mike DePalma (United States)

86 kg/189 lbs.
Gold – Yuriesky Torreblanca (Cuba)
Silver – Luis Mario Miranda (Cuba)
Bronze – Vic Avery (United States)
Bronze – Pool Ambrocio (Peru)

125 kg/275 lbs.
Gold – Yudenny Alpajon (Cuba)
Silver – Bobby Telford (United States)
Bronze – Dom Bradley (United States)
Bronze – Juan Carlos Mason (Cuba)

Titan Mercury Men’s Freestyle Results
61 kg/134 lbs. – Shelton Mack, Charlottesville, Va.
LOSS Cristian Solenzal (Cuba), 8-0

61 kg/134 lbs. – Andrew Hochstrasser, Boise, Idaho, Bronze
LOSS Yowlys Bonne (Cuba), 10-0
WIN Cristian Solenzal (Cuba), 5-5

61 kg/134 lbs. – Alan Waters, Columbia, Mo., 5th
WIN Rodelkis Manual (Cuba), 7-2
LOSS Dabian Quintana (Cuba), 11-0
LOSS Kanen Storr (United States), 9-2

61 kg/134 lbs. – Kanen Storr, Mason, Mich., Bronze
LOSS Dabian Quintana (Cuba), 10-0
WIN Alan Waters (United States), 9-2

70 kg/154 lbs. – Nazar Kulchytskyy, Madison, Wis., Gold
WIN Serguei Rondon (Cuba), 10-0
WIN Mike DePalma (United States), Fall
WIN Enresto Sanchez (Cuba), 11-1

70 kg/154 lbs. – Mike DePalma, Jeannette, Pa., Bronze
LOSS Enresto Sanchez (Cuba), 9-1
LOSS Nazar Kulchytskyy (United States), Fall
WIN Serguei Rondon (Cuba), Injury Default

86 kg/189 lbs. – Austin Trotman, Lincoln, Neb., 5th
WIN Samuel Scherrer (Switzerland), 7-3
LOSS Luis Mario Mirando (Cuba), 7-3
LOSS Pool Ambrocio (Peru), 2-2

86 kg/189 lbs. – Timmy McCall, Raleigh, N.C., 5th
LOSS Yuriesky Torreblanca (Cuba), 7-4
LOSS Vic Avery (United States), 12-7

86 kg/189 lbs. – Vic Avery, Edinboro, Pa., Bronze
WIN Xiad Sun (China), 12-0
WIN Lazaro Hernandez (Cuba), 10-5
LOSS Yuriesky Torreblanca (Cuba), 8-1
WIN Timmy McCall (United States), 12-7

125 kg/275 lbs. – Bobby Telford, Iowa City, Iowa, Silver
WIN Hai Shang (China), 5-0
WIN Juan Carlos Mason (Cuba), 5-2
LOSS Yudenny Alpajon (Cuba), 2-1

125 kg/275 lbs. – Dom Bradley, Ames, Iowa, Bronze
WIN Jesse Ruiz (Mexico), 10-0
LOSS Yudenny Alpajon (Cuba), 4-0
WIN Dezheng Jiang (China), 10-0
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