Titan Mercury travels to Havana, Cuba for the Cerro Pelado International Granma Cup
By: Jonny Ruggiano
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 Schultz will join TMWC at the 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 Perelli 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, former 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 Bobby Telford at 125 kg.
Titan Mercury Roster for the Cerro Pelado International Granma Cup
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