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World Clubs Cup in Iran

Postby JM » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:14 am

Titan Mercury WC draws clubs from Canada, India and Bulgaria in Pool A at Freestyle World Clubs Cup in Iran

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Dec. 06, 2017, 4:40 p.m. (ET)

The defending World champion Titan Mercury WC of the United States will battle club teams from Canada, India and Bulgaria in its pool competition on Thursday at the Freestyle World Clubs Cup in Tehran, Iran.

This is the World Championships event for men’s freestyle wrestling clubs from around the world. There are 13 club teams in the tournament, representing 11 different countries. The USA is in a Pool A, which is a pool of four teams, while the other three pools include three teams.

The Titan Mercury WC is loaded, with four past World medalists and many of the top stars in American freestyle today. The team features 2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion Kyle Snyder (97 kg), 2017 World silver medalist Thomas Gilman (57 kg) and 2017 World bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski (125), plus Franklin Gomez of Puerto Rico, a 2011 World silver medalist.

Titan Mercury WC opens at 10:00 a.m. in Tehran against the Montreal (Canada) club. Three past Canadian Senior World Team members are on the team, Steven Takahashi (57 kg), Jordan Steen (92 kg) and 2016 Olympian Korey Jarvis (125 kg).

The second Titan Mercury WC dual meet will be at 11:15 a.m. against a club from India. This team has extensive experience, led by 2013 World silver medalist Amit Kumar (57 kg), 2017 Junior World bronze medalist Ver Dev Gulia (74 kg) and 2011 Commonwealth champion Pawan Kumar (86 kg) In the second session of the day, Titan Mercury WC closes out its pool competition against NSA Akademik (Bulgaria) at 3:00 p.m. The Bulgarian club has a number of young athletes, but nobody with major Senior-level achievements.

During the evening session, there will be four cross-over dual meets, featuring the second place teams in all of the pools and the third-place teams from the pools. If Titan Mercury wins its pool, its next match would be on Friday, instead of during the Thursday night crossover bouts.

Last year, Titan Mercury WC defeated Bimeh Razi of Iran in the championship finals of the Freestyle World Clubs Cup. In 2014 and 2015, Bimeh Razi beat Titan Mercury WC in the championship finals dual meets. Bimeh Razi is in Pool C, meaning the teams would not meet until the championship match if they win their earlier duals.

Titan Mercury reports that there will be live streams will be @iranwrestling. Titan Mercury will keep fans updated all night long via Instagram and Twitter @titan_mercury! TMWC will also be doing contests and giveaways all night long! Tehran is 8 ½ hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time zone, meaning Titan Mercury’s first match will start at 1:30 a.m. U.S. Eastern time (10:00 a.m. in Tehran).


Titan Mercury (USA)
57kg- Thomas GILMAN (USA), 2017 World silver medalist
61kg- Alan WATERS (USA)
65kg- Franklin GOMEZ (PUR), 2011 World silver medalist
65kg - B.J. FUTRELL (USA)
74kg- Isaiah MARTINEZ (USA), 5th in 2017 U23 Worlds
79kg- Kyle DAKE (USA), 4x NCAA champion
86kg- David TAYLOR (USA), 2x NCAA champion
92kg- Nick HEFLIN (USA)
97kg- Kyle SNYDER (USA), 2016 Olympic champion, 2x World champion
125kg- Nick GWIAZDOWSKI (USA), 2017 World bronze medalist

India Club
57kg- Amit KUMAR (IND), 2013 World silver medalist
61kg- Ravinder (IND)
65kg- Sonu (IND)
70kg- Vinod KUMAR (IND), 2nd 2016 Asian Championships
74kg- Ver Dev GULIA (IND) , 3rd in 2017 Junior Worlds
79kg- Jitender (IND)
86kg- Pawan Kumar (IND), 2011 Commonwealth champion
92kg- Somveer (IND)
97kg- Viky (IND)
125kg- Pushpender Singh (IND)

Montreal (Canada)
57kg- Trevor BANKS (CAN), 3rd in 2016 Commonwealth Championships
61kg- Steven TAKAHASHI (CAN), 2x Canada World Team, 3rd 2016 University Worlds
65kg- Vicent DE MARINIS (CAN), 3rd 2016 Pan Am Championships
70kg- TBD
74kg- Ahmed SHAMIYA (CAN), 2nd in 2016 Pan Am Championships
79kg- Guseyn RUSLANZADA (CAN),
86kg- Alexander MOORE (CAN)
92kg- Jordan STEEN (CAN), 2017 Canada World Team
97kg- Frederick CHOQUETTE (CAN)
125kg- Korey JARVIS (CAN), 2016 Olympian, 4x Canada World Team

NSA-Akademik (Bulgaria)
57kg- TBD
61kg- Strahil PARALOV (BUL)
65kg- Boycho BOYCHEV (BUL)
70kg- Miroslav HRISTOV (BUL)
74kg- Persiyan MIHOV (BUL)
79kg- Hasan MOLLA (BUL)
86kg- Petar SAVAKOV
92kg- Georgi DIMITROV (BUL)
97kg- Dimitar KARAIVANOV
125kg- Mert EMIN
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Re: World Clubs Cup in Iran

Postby JM » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:09 pm

Titan Mercury beats from Canada, India and Bulgaria to win Pool A at Freestyle World Clubs Cup in Iran

By USA Wrestling, Titan Mercury WC, and Iranian Student News Agency | Dec. 07, 2017, 9:38 a.m. (ET)

The Titan Mercury WC of the United States dominated Pool A of the Freestyle World Clubs Cup on Thursday morning, winning all three of its matches and advancing to the semifinals. Victories were over Montreal (CAN), 9-1, the India Club (IND), 8-2 and NSA Akademik (BUL), 10-0.

Titan Mercury wrestlers were unbeaten in pool competition, Thomas Gilman (57 kg), B.J. Futrell (65 kg), Nazar Kulchytskyy (74 kg), Kyle Dake (79 kg), David Taylor (86 kg), Nick Heflin (92 kg), Kyle Snyder (97 kg) and Nick Gwiazdowski (125 kg).

Titan Mercury has drawn a Mongolia club Khimari in the semifinals, which starts at 10:00 a.m. local time on Friday, which is 1:30 a.m. U.S. Eastern time.

Titan Mercury will keep fans updated all night long via Instagram and Twitter @titan_mercury, including a live stream on Instagram. TMWC will also be doing contests and giveaways all night long!

Titan Mercury is the defending World Clubs Cup champion. The team which it beat in the 2016 finals, and also won the 2014 and 2015 World title, Bimeh Razi (Iran) was upset in Pool D by another Iranian club, Setaragan Sari.

At Tehran, Iran


Third round: Titan Mercury (USA) 10 – NSA Akademik (BUL) 0
57kg- Thomas GILMAN (Titan) by forfeit
61kg- Alan WATERS (Titan) TF Strahil PARAVLOV (NSA), 10-0
65kg- B.J. FUTRELL (Titan) pin Boycho BOYCHEV
70kg- Franklin GOMEZ (Titan) TF Miroslav Hristov (NSA), 14-4
74kg- Nazar KULCHYTSKYY (Titan) df. Persiyan Mihov (NSA), 9-2
79kg- Kyle DAKE (Titan) TF Hasan Molla (NSA), 10-0
86kg- David TAYLOR (Titan) pin Petar Savakov (NSA)
92kg- Nickolas HEFLIN (Titan) TF Georgi Dimitrov (NSA), 10-0
97kg- Kyle SNYDER (Titan) TF Dimitar Karaivanov (NSA), 10-0
125kg- Nick GWIAZDOWSKI (Titan) TF Mert Emin (NSA), 10-0

Second round: Titan Mercury (USA) 8 - India Club (IND) 2
57kg- Thomas GILMAN (Titan) df. Amit KUMAR (IND), 6-3
61kg- Ravinder (IND) TF. Alan WATERS (Titan),12-2
65kg- B.J. FUTRELL (Titan) df. Sonu (IND), 9-8
70kg- Vinod KUMAR (IND) df. Franklin GOMEZ (Titan), 6-5
74kg- Nazar KULCHYTSKYY TF. (Titan) Ver Dev GULIA (IND), 10-0
79kg- Kyle DAKE (Titan) TF. Jitender (IND), 10-0
86kg- David TAYLOR (Titan) TF. Pawan Kumar (IND), 10-0
92kg- Nickolas HEFLIN (Titan) Pinned Viky (IND)
97kg- Kyle SNYDER (Titan) TF. Somveer (IND), 10-0
125kg- Nick GWIAZDOWSKI (Titan) TF. Pushpender Singh (IND), 10-0

First round : Titan Mercury (USA) 9 – Montreal (CAN) 1
57kg- Thomas GILMAN (Titan) df. Steven TAKAHASHI (Montreal), 13-6
61kg- Ghara MANIVA (Montreal) df. Alan WATERS (Titan), 7-6
65kg- B.J. FUTRELL (Titan) df. Hashem MOKHTARI (Montreal), 7-2
70kg- Franklin GOMEZ (Titan) winner – No wrestler (Montreal)
74kg- Nazar KULCHYTSKYY (Titan) TF. Guseyn RUSLANZADA (Montreal), 10-0
79kg- Kyle DAKE (Titan) TF. Ahmed SHAMIYA (Montreal), 11-0
86kg- David TAYLOR (Titan) TF. Alexander MOORE (Montreal), 14-4
92kg- Nickolas HEFLIN (Titan) TF. Jordan STEEN (Montreal), 10-0
97kg- Kyle SNYDER (Titan) df. Masoud KHAJE SALEHANI (Montreal), 9-2
125kg- Nick GWIAZDOWSKI (Titan) TF. Korey JARIVS (Montreal), 10-0
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Re: World Clubs Cup in Iran

Postby JM » Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:56 pm

FLASH: In a final determined in the last bout, Titan Mercury WC takes second at Freestyle World Clubs Cup in Iran 
By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Dec. 08, 2017, 12:02 p.m. (ET)

TEHRAN, Iran – It all went down to heavyweight. You couldn’t draw up a more exciting conclusion for the 2017 Freestyle World Clubs Cup.

Easy Pipe Kasham, a club from Iran with some tough international athletes in the lineup, led defending World Clubs Cup champion Titan Mercury WC of the USA, five matches to four, going into the last match at 125 kg. Because of some bonus points wins, if Titan Mercury won the heavyweight bout, it would claim the tiebreaker.

Easy Pipe was represented by 2017 World champion Geno Petriashvilli of Georgia at heavyweight, while Titan Mercury sent out 2017 World bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski. The sold-out arena was whipped into a frenzy.

In a back-and-forth match in which both athletes had a lead, Petriashvili scored a clutch takedown and gut wrench turn in the second period, then held off a furious Gwiazdowski attack as time ran out, for the 6-5 win, giving Easy Pipe a 6-4 victory and the team title. Gwiazdowski scored two takedowns and got another point on a shot clock violation, pushing the World champion hard and almost pulling off the big win.

It was the fourth straight year that the Titan Mercury WC had reached the finals of the Freestyle World Clubs Cup, after also taking second in both 2014 and 2015 and winning in 2016. American fans were able to watch the final on live Instagram streams by Titan Mercury as well as the Iranian Wrestling Federation.

It started out very well for Easy Pipe, which rolled to a 4-0 lead in the light weights.

Reza Atrari of Easy Pipe edged 2017 World silver medalist Thomas Gilman of Titan Mercury in the opening bout at 57 kg, 6-4. Gilman had defeated Atari at the 2017 World Championships on his run to the finals.

Next up, Easy Pipe’s Vladimir Khinchegashvili, a 2016 Olympic champion and 2015 World champion for Georgia, led 3-0 over Alan Waters at the break, but opened it up in the second period for a convincing 7-0 victory.

Easy Pipe extended the lead to 3-0 at 65 kg, when Farsad Amouzadeh Khalili defeated B.J. Futrell in a 6-3 match.

Titan Mercury dropped a close battle at 70 kg, where 2011 World silver medalist Franklin Gomez of Puerto Rico was defeated by Mohammad Naderi in a 2-2 criteria. Gomez scored a first period takedown and Naderi answered with a takedown in the second period, winning by scoring the last point. Naderi was third in the 2015 World Military Championships, and is a two-time Beach World champion. Gomez was an NCAA champion for Michigan State and trains in the USA.

Titan Mercury turned it around at 74 kg, with some last minute heroics, with Titan Mercury’s Nazar Kulchytskyy coming from behind to defeat Hossein Elyasi, 5-4. Kulchytskyy trailed most of the match, but scored a clutch four-point takedown on the edge in the closing seconds for the big win. Elyasi was a silver medalist in the 2017 Asian Indoor Games.

All tournament long, Titan Mercury dominated in the heavier weight classes, and wrestled with confidence as its heavy hammers took the mat in the championship dual.

Kyle Dake, the four-time NCAA champion who has been a national team member many times, turned up his high-power offense at 79 kg, scoring takedowns and turns for a 12-0 technical fall over Reza Afzali, a 2012 and 2016 World University champion.

David Taylor, who won two NCAA titles and has been a multiple National Team member, kept up the pressure, opening up a close match at 86 kg for a big 3-1 win over Alireza Karimi.

Easy Pipe scored a clutch win at 92 kg, as Hossein Shabazi edged Nick Heflin in a 4-2 decision. Heflin was very aggressive in the second period but was held off by Shahbazi once he got the lead.

Titan Mercury’s biggest star, 2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion Kyle Snyder, competed like a true champion, scoring an 11-0 technical fall over Vladislav Baitsaev of Russia, a Russian National runner-up and past Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix champion. Snyder’s assault was relentless, scoring takedowns until he broke Baitsaev in the second period.

Snyder’s victory put Titan Mercury in a position to tie the dual at heavyweight, and win the tiebreaker based upon classification points.

In the semifinals on Friday, Titan Mercury powered its way to a 9-1 win over Khimori (Mongolia), winning the last seven matches. Leading the way were pins by Alan Waters (61 kg) and David Taylor (86 kg), and technical falls from Kyle Dake (79 kg), Nick Heflin (92 kg), Kyle Snyder (97 kg) and Nick Gwiazdowski (125 kg).

Titan Mercury WC finished the event with a 4-1 record. Over the five dual meets, four Titan Mercury WC athletes went undefeated for the tournament: Kulchytskyy, Dake, Taylor and Snyder.

At Tehran, Iran, December 8, 2017


Easy Pipe Kasham (Iran) 6, Titan Mercury (USA) 4
57kg- Reza Atari (Easy Pipe) df. Thomas Gilman (USA), 6-4
61kg- Vladimir Khinchegashvili (Easy Pipe) df. Alan Waters (USA), 7-0
65kg- Farzad Amouzadeh Khalili (Easy Pipe) df. B.J. Futrell (USA), 6-3
70kg- Mohammad Naderi (Easy Pipe) df. Franklin Gomez (USA), 2-2
74 kg Nazar Kulchytskyy (USA) df. Hossein Elyasi (Easy Pipe), 5-4
79kg- Kyle Dake (USA) TF Reza Afzali (Easy Pipe), 12-0
86kg- David Taylor (USA) df. Alireza Karimi (Easy Pipe), 3-1
92kg- Hossein Shabazi (Easy Pipe) df. Nick Heflin (USA), 4-2
97kg- Kyle Snyder (USA) TF Vladislav Baitsaev (Easy Pipe), 11-0
125kg- Geno Petriashvilli (Easy Pipe) df. Nick Gwiazdowski (USA), 6-5


Titan Mercury (USA) 9, Khimori (Mongolia) 1
57kg- Thomas GILMAN (Titan) df. TSEVEENSUREN Tsogbakrakh (MGL), 5-2
61kg- Alan WATERS (Titan) pin BATCHULUUN Basaniam (MGL)
65kg- TUMUR OCHIR Tulga (MGL) TF B.J. FUTRELL (Titan), 12-2
70kg- Franklin GOMEZ (Titan) df. LUTBAYAR Batbayar, 5-3
74 kg - Nazar KULCHYTSKYY (Titan) df. BOLDKHUU Batsukh (MGL), 10-2
79kg- Kyle DAKE (Titan) TF GANBOLD Turbold (MGL), 10-0
86kg- David TAYLOR (Titan) pin GANBATAAR Gankhuyag (MGL)
92kg- Nick HEFLIN (Titan) TF TUMURBAT Mungushagai (MGL), 10-0
97kg- Kyle SNYDER (Titan) TF BATSUKH Zorintbaatar (MGL), 12-2
125kg- Nick GWIAZDOWSKI (Titan) TF MUNKHTUR Lkhagvegerel (MGL), 10-0

Easy Pipe (IRI) 6, Setaregan Sari (IRI) 4
57 kg: Reza Atari (Easy Pipe) df. Nader Hajaghania (Setaregan), 11-4
61 kg: Vladimir Khinchegashvili (Easy Pipe) df. Mohamad Ramezanpour (Setaregan), 8-0
65 kg: Haji Aliev (Setaregan) dec. Mehran Nasiri (Easy Pipe), 4-3
70 kg: Magomed Kurbanaliev (Setaregan) TF Mohammad Naderi (Easy Pipe), 12-1
74 kg: Hosein Elyasi (Easy Pipe) pin Magomed Rasul Gazimagomedov (Setaregan)
79 kg: Omid Hasantabar (Setaregan) df. Reza Afzali (Easy Pipe), 4-3
86 kg: Alireza Karimi (Easy Pipe) df. Esmaeil Mahmoudi (Setaregan), 5-0
92 kg: Hossein Shahbazi (Easy Pipe) df. Abazar Eslami (Setaregan), 4-3
97 kg: Vladislav Baitsaev (Easy Pipe) df. Esmaeil Nejatian (Setaregan), 8-0
125 kg: Jaber Sadeghzadeh (Setaregan) df. Geno Petriashvilli (Easy Pipe), 0-0

Setaregan Sari (IRI), 9, Khimori (MGL) 1

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