Agon Wrestling III will be held at Williams Center at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Jan. 26, 2014.
The main event will feature rising mixed martial arts star Ben Askren taking on University of Illinois mat alum Mike Poeta. Askren, a two-time NCAA champ for University of Missouri, will face Poeta, a two-time NCAA finalist for the Fighting Illini in 2008 and 2009. This will be Askren's second Agon event, having dominated Quentin Wright, 2013 NCAA champ for Penn State, at Agon I: The Revolution in Las Vegas in late October.
Agon III will also feature two wrestlers who competed at Sunday’s Agon II event: Max Askren vs. Ben Bennett. At Agon II, Askren defeated Sam Wendland… while Bennett came out on the losing end of his match with Cornell mat champ Cam Simaz. Like his older brother Ben, Max Askren was an NCAA champ at Missouri, while Bennett was a four-time NCAA All-American at Central Michigan.
In a third match, Craig Becker, a 2010 NCAA Division II 149-pound champ for University of Wisconsin-Parkside, will go up against John Mesenbrink, a former wrestler at St. Louis Community College and Drake University who is now a coach at Askren Wrestling Academy.
Completing the card will be a match between assistant college coaches: Luke Smith, an NCAA qualifier at Central Michigan who is now on the staff at Eastern Michigan, will take on former Cornell College of Iowa wrestler Chris Heilman, now an assistant at UW-Whitewater.
Agon Wrestling Championships has put on two events: an inaugural event in Las Vegas in late October, and Sunday's Agon II. At both Agon events, matches were wrestled following unique rules that drew heavily from collegiate folkstyle. One significant difference: the Agon bouts were nine minutes (three equal three-minute periods) instead of seven minutes in college. Another important distinction: Agon participants earn a paycheck for doing what they love.
“Agon” comes from Greek word describing a one-on-one, no-holds-barred contest where human nature was tested to the limits. “Agon” is the root of English words “antagonist” and “agony.”
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