NLWC Resident Athlete David Taylor went undefeated at 86 kg/189 lbs. in helping the USA Team to a World Cup Championship this past weekend. This was the first United States World Cup title since 2003. The U.S. defeated India, Japan, Georgia, and Azerbaijan to win the championship.
David won by technical fall over all four opponents that he faced including 10-0 over Pawan Kumar (India), 12-2 over Masao Matsusaka (Japan), 11-1 over David Khutsishvili (Georgia), and 12-2 over Aleksander Gostiev (Azerbaijan).
Congratulations to David and Team USA!
Next up for the NLWC wrestlers will be the U.S. Open National Championship at the end of April.
Resident Athlete Franklin Gomez had a nice tournament and finished with a bronze at the Bill Farrell Memorial International Tournament held at the New York Athletic Club this past weekend. Franklin started the tournament with an 11-0 win over J. Peralta (unnattached) followed by a 9-0 win over T. Parks (NYAC). In the semifinals, Franklin was upset 7-11 by T. Gantt of (TMWC) before he wrestled back to earn the bronze with an 8-0 win over L. Van Anrooy (CKWC) and a 10-0 win over N. Taffur (Columbia).
Matt Brown (representing the U.S. Army WCAP) had a very successful weekend at MCB Camp Lejeune, N.C. Matt won a gold medal at 79 kg/174.1 lbs., leading the U.S. Army team to its 17th straight U.S. Armed Forces freestyle title. As a member of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, Matt continues to train at the NLWC's Olympic Regional Training Center. Congratulations Matt!
Several NLWC Resident Athletes also had fine performances at the Outstanding Ukrainian Memorial Tournament in Kiev, Ukraine. Franklin Gomez placed second at 74 kg/163 lbs. with his only loss being to former World Champion and Olympic Medalist Frank Chamizo of Italy. Riley Lefever also wrestled very well, placing third in a tough 92 kg/202 lbs. weight class. Riley dropped a close decision to fellow American J'den Cox but defeated #10 in the world Pavlo Olejnyk (Video Below). Josh Rodriguez, competing at 57 kg/125 lbs., had several good wins and placed fifth. Nico Megaludis competing at 61 kg/134 lbs. dropped his first match and didn't get a chance to wrestle back after his opponent failed to make the finals.
Ben Provisor, competing at 87 kg in the Thor Masters Tournament in Nykobing Falster, Denmark finished in eighth place in a top Greco-Roman tournament.
Congratulations all of the NLWC Resident Athletes on their fine performances!
Riley Lefever Defeats #10 in the world Pavlo Olejnyk
Josh Rodriguez opening round match
Franklin Gomez semi finals battle
NLWC Resident Athlete David Taylor (86 kg/189 lbs.) captured gold earlier today at the Yarygin Grand Prix in Krasnoyarsk, Russia! David became only the 12th U.S. men's freestyle wrestler to ever win a Yarygin title. This accomplishment is especially noteworthy since the Yarygin is considered the toughest open tournament in the world!
David won his first match by 4-4 criteria over two-time Pan American champion Yurieski Torreblanca Queralta of Cuba. In the quarterfinals, David defeated 2016 Olympic silver medalist Selim Yasar of Turkey 4-1. He pinned Artur Naifanov of Russia in 2:27 in the semifinal round. And to finish the day, David won by fall in 2:00 over Fatih Erdin of Turkey in the gold medal match.
Brown wins Silver and Lefever Bronze at Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament
U.S. Army WCAP athlete Matt Brown (79 kg/174.2 lbs.) had a strong performance defeating Y. Lee or Korea, 10-0, and 2016 Junior World Bronze Medalist Nikita Suchkov of Russia, 7-5, before dropping a decision to American Jon Reader in the finals.
NLWC Resident Athlete Riley Lefever (92 kg/202.8 lbs.) also had a fine tournament, defeating Vic Avery of TMWC, 12-2, dropping a decision to Nick Heflin of Titan Mercury Wrestling Club, 2-1, and finishing with two more technical fall wins over J. Manu (16-6) and Nikko Reyes, 12-1, to earn the Bronze.
Resident Athlete Josh Rodriguez (61 kg/134.5 lbs.) dropped his first match Chris Darnanes, had a nice win over Shelton Mack, and then dropped his final match to D. Deshazer to fall short of placing.
Josh Rodriguez (57 kg/125.5 lbs.) and Riley Lefever (97 kg/213 lbs.) had strong performances, both finishing 3rd earlier today at the U23 World Team Trials. Josh had a bye and a technical fall before dropping an 8-3 decision in the semifinals. He then scored two more technical falls to wrestle back for the bronze. Riley started the day with a win by technical fall, lost a 5-0 decision in the semifinals, and then had two more victories by technical fall to get 3rd.
Current Penn State wrestler Mark Hall who competed under the NLWC banner when he won the U.S. Junior National Championships and the U.S. Junior World Team Trials won his second consecutive Junior World Championship today.
NLWC Resident Athlete David Taylor and Zain Retherford (representing the NLWC at this event) both won last evening in Times Square at the New York City "Beat the Streets" event. David won by first period fall, and Zain won a by decision, 8-2. Both David and Zain have been dominant in 2017. David was undefeated at the World Cup where he defeated three Olympic Medalists and recently won the U.S. Open. He's currently ranked 6th in the World at 189 lbs. Zain won his second NCAA title in March, and earned the Hodge Trophy.
David Taylor wins U.S. Open National Freestyle Championship/Earns Outstanding Wrestler Award and Mark Hall wins Junior Freestyle National Championship/Earns Outstanding Wrestler Award
NLWC Resident Athlete David Taylor dominated the 86 kg/189 lbs. weight class on his way to a National Title and Outstanding Wrestler award. David defeated Richard Perry in the finals with a 10-0 technical fall. He won by technical fall or pin over each of his 5 opponents. With his victories this weekend, David has now won 16 consecutive matches at the Senior level.
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