BIG WEEK OF WRESTLING HAS TMWC WRESTLERS TRAVELING AROUND THE GLOBE
By: Jonny Ruggiano
From the aircraft carrier of the USS Midway in San Diego, to the U-23 World Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, to Nice, France, members of TMWC are poised to make a strong impression around the globe.
This weekend’s events started with TMWC wrestlers Gracie Figueroa, Jacarra Winchester and Joe Colon facing off against their Canadian opponents at the inaugural Battle on the Midway hosted on the USS Midway by Fresno State. The newly resurrected program went against the Air Force, dropping the dual 24-12. Prior to the BIG-12 dual, international competition featured three of our TMWC wrestlers. Both Winchester and Colon came away with strong performances and wins. Jacarra Winchester defeated Emily Schaefer, 14-8. Joe Colon continued to dominate the mat with a 10-0 tech over Steven Takahashi. Gracie Figueroa was edged by Hannah Taylor, 6-5.
In Poland, competition for the U-23 World Championships began at the beginning of the week. However our TMWC wrestlers have not yet represented the USA until Thanksgiving Day. In the second day of women’s freestyle competition, TMWC wrestlers, Cody Pfau, Amy Fearnside and Forrest Molinari will wrestle for World titles. In the opening rounds Cody Pfau will compete against 2017 Junior Asian champion Jiang Zhu of China at 48 kg. 2014 World University bronze medalist, Amy Fearnside wrestles Paula Kozlow of Poland at 53 kg. Forrest Molinari has Martina Kuenz of Austria at 69 kg, who placed 5th at this year’s Senior World Championships.
Additional to our TMWC women competing this Thanksgiving, Fellow TMWC member and Junior World Champion, Daton Fix will wrestle for the U-23 World title at 57 kg on Friday, November 25th. Titan Mercury’s Joey McKenna, Isaiah Martinez and Ty Walz will wrestle for World Championships on Saturday, Novemer 25th at 65, 74 and 97 kg, respectively.
Each day, prelims begin at 10 AM in Poland/ 1 AM PST. Medal matches begin at 6 PM in Poland/ 9 AM PST. Follow all the action at: http://www.trackwrestling.com/tw/opentournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&sport=wrestling&TIM=1511469135371&pageName=&ie=false&frameSize=900.
Co- Founder, Wayne Boyd has taken a small contingent of men’s freestyle wrestlers to Nice, Farnce for the annual Henri Deglane Invite. Eddie Klimara, Tyler Graff, Frank Perrelli, Nazar Kulchytskyy, Micah Burak and Timmy McCall all will be competing in Nice. Competition begins Friday, November 24th.
On both Friday, November 24th and Saturday, November 25th, Prelims begin at 2 PM in France/ 11 PM PST. Medal matches begin at 7 PM in France/ 4 AM PST. Friday’s competition includes 65, 86 and 125 kg. matches. Saturday’s weight classes feature 57, 74 and 97 kg. Follow all the action at: https://unitedworldwrestling.org/event/43rd-henri-deglane-challenge?tab=schedule.