RALEIGH, N.C. – The Wolfpack Regional Training Center is proud to announce its partnership with Titan Mercury Wrestling Club, the newly crowned 2016 World Clubs Cup Champion.
“We are very excited to partner with the best club in the world,” said NC State head coach Pat Popolizio, 2016 FloWrestling National Coach of the Year. “This is a perfect storm coming together as our goal is to produce NCAA, World and Olympic champions.
“Andy Barth and Wayne Boyd have done a great job at providing athletes with an avenue to pursue their highest goals within the sport of wrestling. I am excited for our Wolfpack Regional Training Center (RTC), and the opportunities this partnership will provide for our future athletes.”
Former two-time Wolfpack national champion Nick Gwiazdowski was the final piece of the puzzle, as all post-graduate current members of the Wolfpack Regional Training Center will now compete under the Titan Mercury banner. Currently, all five of the senior-level athletes are ranked amongst the nation’s top-8 in their respective weight classes.
“On behalf of TMWC and Andy Barth, we are equally as excited about this partnership with the Wolfpack Wrestling Club and grateful for Nick Gwiazdowski’s outstanding performance to help bring home the World Club Cups Championship to the United States. The future is bright!” said Titan Mercury director and Co-founder Wayne Boyd.
Last Wednesday, Gwiazdowski served as anchor for Titan Mercury, which sought its first World Clubs Cup title against two-time defending champions, Bimeh Razi of Iran. With the team score tied at 3-3 going into the final bout, Gwiazdowski scored a second-period takedown to secure TMWC’s victory and title of world’s best wrestling club.
“This is a big step forward in building our club,” said NC State associate head coach and head RTC coach Frank Beasley. “Several of our senior-level athletes have wrestled for TMWC for several years. We are excited to partner solely with Titan Mercury as they have established themselves as the premier club in the world. Our athletes and coaches are excited for the opportunity.”
The Wolfpack RTC has grown significantly since its inception, and is currently seeking to add an additional member within the upcoming year. The Wolfpack RTC currently boasts a very impressive roster:
• Nick Gwiazdowski – 2016 University World Team member, 2X NCAA Champion and 4X All-American. Gwiazdowski finished his career as NC State’s first 2X NCAA Champion and is ranked second on the national ladder at heavyweight.
• Adam Hall – An accomplished veteran on the circuit, Hall is ranked 5th nationally and recently finished 4th at the 70kg World Team Trials and is a 2016 University World Team member.
• Quinton Godley – Ranked 8th at 74kg, the NC State alum is a University National runner-up and 2X US Open All-American.
• Timmy McCall – Runner-up at the 2016 Bill Farrell International and ranked 5th in the country. McCall, graduated from the University of Wisconsin and competes at 86kg.
• Thomas Gantt – A 2X University National All-American, 2016 NCAA All-American and graduate of NC State. Gantt is ranked 8th nationally and competes at 70kg.
“I’ve had the privilege of representing Titan Mercury as an athlete and the desire to maintain a high standard of excellence mirrors the goals of the Wolfpack Regional Training Center,” said former World Team member and current NC State/RTC assistant coach Obe Blanc. “I am very excited for our athletes as they continue their pursuit of excellence with the support of TMWC.”
“I have been blessed with representing Titan Mercury as an athlete for the past four years,” said TMWC member and current NC State assistant coach Adam Hall. “Andy Barth strives to build the club’s brand and create opportunities for aspiring Senior athletes, both of which the Wolfpack Regional Training Center has been accomplishing the past two years. His philanthropy allows our program to establish itself among the nation’s best.”
This article can be initially found at http://www.flowrestling.org/article/49150-wolfpack-wrestling-club-partners-with-titan-mercury