TMWC wrestlers Mensah and Snyder claim titles at the “Toughest Tournament in the World”

By: Jonny Ruggiano

It had been ten years since an American had wrestled in Krasnoyarsk, Russia and came home with gold. For team USA, two Titan Mercury wrestlers were able to end the drought. Olympic Champion Kyle Snyder (97 kg.) and Tamyra Mensah (69 kg.), both won the Ivan Yarygin Golden Grand Prix this past weekend. For USA women it had been ten years since Kelsey Campbell had won the title and for the men, eleven years ago Steve Mocco claimed the coveted prize. The Yarygin is saturated with Russians looking make their mark on the national scene as well as the world’s finest wrestlers aiming to add a title to their resume.

For Tamyra Mensah, the gold medal was her first internationally. Mensah has made serious waves throughout the international scene, however she often came up short earning silver or bronze. In Krasnoyarsk, wrestling fans saw a more aggressive, controlling and dominant Tamyra Mensah than ever before. During her first bout Mensah defeated Elis Manolova of Azerbaijan in a slower paced match, with the score of 3-1. Things picked up for Tamyra in the quarterfinals against Tsetsegbayar Byambadorj, as she steamrolled through the Mongolian, 10-0. In the semifinals Mensah edged Russian Khanum Velieva, 9-8 to advance to the finals. Mensah’s greatest challenge came in the finals as she face three time World bronze medalist Nasanburmaa Ochirbat of Mongolia. Starting off the bout Ochirbat scored the initial takedown, however after a big four point takedown by Tamyra, the momentum shifted and it was all Mensah. In the finals Tamyra Mensah defeated Nasanburmaa Ochirbat, 8-4.

Kyle Snyder went back to Krasnoyarsk, Russia looking for redemption. As the youngest U.S. wrestler to win Olympic Gold and the only wrestler to ever win a BIG10, NCAA, World and Olympic title in a single year, Snyder had already accomplished what most only dream of. One tournament title remained to be claimed: The Ivan Yarygin. In 2016 Snyder was upset by 2013 World bronze medalist Anzor Boltukeav of Russia.  This time the title belonged to Snyder.

In the prelims Synder combined an impressive run of three tech falls against opponents, Chaganxhana of China, Munkhzhargal Belgutei of Mongolia, and Hossein Ramezanianjelodar of Iran. In the finals Snyder continued his domination by pinning Rasul Magomedov of Russia.

Other TMWC wrestlers that competed at the Ivan Yarygin were Cody Brewer and Nick Gwiazdowski.

On the other side of the globe, several wrestlers from Titan Mercury claimed titles at the 4th Annual Paris Tourney. At 57 kg., Nico Megalus continued his impressive run of international wins by claiming the title against Givi Davidovi of Italy, 3-2. Kyle Dake returned to the mat and won the championship, besting fellow TMWC wrestler Alex Dierninger, 10-0. At 86 kg., David Taylor defeated fellow American, Richard Perry by a score of 8-5.

Other Titan Mercury wrestlers claiming medals at the Paris tourney included runner ups Alex Dieringer and Nathan Burak. BJ Futrell and Jason Welch earned bronze.

Ivan Yarygin Individual Results

61 Kg: Cody Brewer: DNP

97 kg: Kyle Snyder: CHAMPION

125 kg: Nick Gwiazdowski: DNP

69 kg: Tamyra Mensah: CHAMPION

Paris Tourney Individual Results

57 kg: Nico Megaludis: CHAMPION

65 kg: BJ Futrell: BRONZE

65 kg: Nick Dardanes: DNP

70 kg: Jason Welch: BRONZE

74 Kg: Kyle Dake: CHAMPION

74 kg: Alex Dieringer: Runner Up

86 kg: David Taylor: CHAMPION

97 kg: Nathan Burak: Runner Up

125 kg: Bobby Telford: DNP

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