NEW YORK -- FITE will showcase the world's best freestyle wrestlers in a once-in-a-lifetime event at an undisclosed location to be streamed live on pay-per-view. The unparalleled matchups include 10 matches featuring the main event, two-time national champ Jordan Oliver wrestling three-time national champ Jason Nolf. Other matches include two wrestlers who finished the year ranked No. 1 in the nation, Pat Lugo and Luke Pletcher, and current world team member Pat Downey versus World Greco team member Joe Rau.
This event will be streamed live on FITE, the global digital platform known for its combat sport expertise. We encourage the wrestling community to get behind these guys as they continue to chase down their dreams of Olympic Gold. With all proceeds going to the athletes, the RTCs, and Chicago Beat the Streets, this won't just be a great night of wrestling but also a great cause.
"I am starved," said Dan Gable, the world and Olympic gold medalist who coached the University of Iowa to 15 NCAA national championships. "I missed a couple of tournaments that I love. I have heard a lot about this event, and I think it could be huge. There is a lot of talk going on, but I think we need to make it a reality and get wrestling. This will be a great start to get us going again."
FITE will provide these athletes a platform to not only support themselves but the Regional Training Centers that have become the lifeblood of USA Wrestling. This is the first of many events that will help the wrestling community build on what is an already strong, loyal foundation.
The event will be live streamed on FITE.TV on June 28 at 6 p.m. CT.
Jordan Oliver (Tarheel WC) vs. Jason Nolf (Nittany Lion WC)
Luke Pletcher (Pitt WC) vs. Pat Lugo (Hawkeye WC)
Pat Downey (New Jersey RTC) vs. Joe Rau (Illinois RTC)
Dylan Palacio vs. Dylan Ness (Minnesota TCS)
Zane Richards (Illinois RTC) vs. Zac Sanders (Minnesota TCS)
Brett Pfarr (Minnesota TCS) vs. Zach Braunagel (Illinois RTC)
Nazar Kulchytskyy (Titan Mercury WC) vs. Danny Braunagel (Illinois RTC)
Nick Dardanes (Illinois RTC) vs. Mitch McKee (MTCS)
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CHAPEL HILL --- Two-time NCAA champion and multiple-time national team member Jordan Oliver will join the Tar Heel Wrestling Club as a resident athlete, the club announced on Friday.
Oliver, a former standout at Oklahoma State, joins the THWC after training with the NYRTC. He has been competing on the national level since wrapping up his career in Stillwater in 2013.
“I’m very excited to be here. This is going to be a chance for me to continue my training and be where I want to be,” Oliver said. “Working with some great wrestling minds in Chapel Hill is exactly what I feel like I need to be ready to accomplish some big goals. It’s time to get to work and get the job done in Carolina Blue.”
Oliver plans to train in Chapel Hill beginning immediately, working with Kenny Monday, Coleman Scott, Tony Ramos, and Bryce Hasseman ahead of the 2020 Olympic cycle.
TALLINN, Estonia — Gabriel Tagg took bronze at the 2019 Junior World Championships after defeating his opponent from Georgia, 15-4 in the bronze medal match on Wednesday morning.
Tagg began his match down 4-0, but used a takedown and turn sequence to work all the way back to a tech fall. His win marks the first THWC athlete to win a Jr. World Bronze.
"It was a great experience to go out there and prove that I have what it takes to win on the national level," Tagg said. "There are a lot of people who doubted me, but I know what I need to do to consistently put myself in a position to win. My coaches prepared me well and I worked for this moment. Bronze is great, but I'm ready for more. This is just the start for me."
TALLINN, Estonia --- Gabriel Tagg is set to wrestle at the 2019 Junior World Championships this week, representing the United States at 61kg.
Tagg earned the World Team spot back in May with his best-of-three series win over fellow THWC standout Jaime Hernandez at the World Team Trials in Raleigh. Tagg pinned NLWC Roman Bravo-Young in the finals of the U.S. Open in April, which earned him the right to sit out until the finals against Hernandez.
Tagg will receive his draw Monday at 7:15 a.m. ESTand will begin wrestling Tuesday at 3:30 a.m. EST in the qualifying rounds. The semifinals will take place at 12:30 p.m. EST, with the finals tabbed for a day later on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. EST.
Tony Ramos will be traveling with Tagg to coach him in the tournament.
Full updates can be found on Twitter @TarHeelWC.
Haley Augello and Becka Leathers will be taking the mat again this Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th in Poland at the Poland Open. Augello will be competing at 53KG and Leathers at 57KG. You can stay up to date with the action by following our twitter feed @TarHeelWC. We will be posting as much as we can throughout the days.