The Global Wrestling Championships, a first-of-its-kind elite wrestling event, is set to debut on November 22 live from Ithaca, NY, the promoters announced today. The unique format will feature a host of Olympic and Collegiate wrestling stars pared together with a chance to win $10,000 per match. The event will be streamed live and is available for fans of wrestling around the world for a nominal $6.95 fee in advance and $14.95 day of show. The Global Wrestling Championships will feature a best-of-five series with three minute bouts and freestyle rules.
“We’re trying to create an audience for the sport that hasn’t been there up to this point,” Global Wrestling Championships producer Wayne Boyd said. “When you put money in the mix, a prize and you put a belt that has some prestige, you get a wider audience base.”
NCAA Champion and three time All-American Tony “T-Ram” Ramos is slated to wrestle four time All-American and 2012 Olympian Sam “The Hammer” Hazewinkel for the flyweight title, Four-time NCAA champion Kyle “Dynamite” Dake is scheduled to take on Andrew “Stud”Howe, NCAA champion and twice runner up from The University of Oklahoma for the welterweight crown and World University Gold Medalist and All-American Tyrell “The Destroyer” Fortune is set to tangle with 2012 Olympian and two-time NCAA Champion Tervel “The Force” Dlagnev for the heavyweight belt.
The Global Wrestling Championships is backed by the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club, a group that lists 43 wrestlers on its senior freestyle roster, including former Iowa stars Ramos, Matt McDonough, Phil Keddy, Montell Marion, as well as Deron Winn and Jarod Trice of the Cyclone Wrestling Club.
Boyd, a 1969 NCAA champion for Temple, is using the event as a launching point for a new competition with 11 club teams competing in a dual league that could fund nearly 90 wrestlers with Olympic aspirations. The league could begin in 2015, a year in advance of the Olympic Games in 2016 in Rio.
Those wishing to purchase can visit http://www.gfl.tv/event/Fight/Wrestling/Global-Wrestling-Championship/2663 for more details
Photo: Tervel Dlagnev (credit: Tony Rotundo)
Titan Mercury Wrestling Club was founded in 2012 by former champion wrestlers Andrew F. Barth and Wayne E. Boyd. The club supports athletes in men’s and women’s freestyle as well as supporting wrestling on the local level in California. The roster contains 100+ wrestlers and 20+ coaches. Their mission is to assist the 2016 Olympic Wrestling Teams to earn 18 medals in Rio. TMWC serves to better the wrestling skills and mindset of kids, high school, college, senior-level and international wrestlers by implementing support in all areas of development. To learn more visit: http://tmwc1.com/