Match-ups for Agon Wrestling IV: Venom in the Valley have been announced by Agon Wrestling Championships on its Twitter account Thursday.
The @AgonWC Twitter account retweeted a message from @CFAthletic, which showed a photo of the promotional poster for the event, slated for Lemoore High School in Lemoore, Calif. on Saturday, March 15.
True to the two most recent Agon events, a number of the contestants listed on the poster have ties to the host state.
Three-time NCAA champ for Fresno State a decade ago, will take on Shawn Bunch, a two-time NCAA All-American for Edinboro University who is now competing in mixed martial arts. Abas, a 2004 Olympic silver medalist, has wrestled at Agon before, winning the inaugural Agon I in Las Vegas in October by edging Michigan State All-American Nick Simmons, 2-1.
In the second match, University of Missouri NCAA qualifier Todd Schavrein – a native of Poway, Calif. -- will go up against Cody Bollinger, a high school wrestler in Sultana, Calif. who later competed at Cerritos College before entering MMA competition.
In the third bout of Agon IV, Chris Honeycutt, 2011 NCAA finalist for Edinboro who, now in MMA, has a perfect 4-0 record and UPC middleweight title. The former Fighting Scot will wrestle Ryan Halsey, a Pac-10 champ and three-time NCAA qualifier for Cal Poly, who is now an assistant coach at Cal State Bakersfield.
Rounding out the card will be Ben Kjar, an NCAA All-American at Utah Valley University vs. Gabe Flores, a three-time NCAA qualifier for the University of Illinois who graduated from prep powerhouse Clovis High School in California.
This is the first Agon Wrestling Championships event not feature either Ben Askren or his younger brother Max.
Agon Wrestling Championships has put on three events: an inaugural event in Las Vegas in late October, December's Agon II in Flint, Mich., and Agon III in Whitewater, Wis. in January. At all three 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.”
Agon is one of at least three new ventures that offer prize money to post-collegiate wrestlers competing in amateur-style wrestling events. Tour ACW (Association of Career Wrestlers) had a test event in Pittsburgh in August, while Victory Wrestling Challenge – a product of Victory Fighting Championships, an Omaha-based MMA promotion – put on its inaugural event in its hometown in November. Each venture has its own rules and distinctive format; however, all provide wrestlers with an income alternative to entering MMA, professional wrestling or football.
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