Six wrestlers, including 2010 NCAA champ Jay Borschel and All-Americans Bekzod Aburakhmanov, Matt Kocher and Nick Marable, have been named as contestants in the 170-pound bracket at the first-ever Association of Career Wrestlers event in Pittsburgh Oct. 20, Tour ACW announced Wednesday.
Borschel, a two-time NCAA All-American for the University of Iowa, won the 174-pound title at the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. Aburakhmanov, a two-time NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) championships finalist for Colby Community College in Kansas later earned NCAA All-American hours after transferring to Clarion University. Kocher became an All-American at the 2007 NCAAs for the University of Pittsburgh, while Marable was a 2008 All-American for the University of Missouri.
Other wrestlers who will be competing at 170 at the Tour ACW event later this month include Hadley Julius Harrison, a fourth-grade teacher and high school wrestling in Virginia, and Kyle Kiss, a former wrestler at the University of North Carolina.
In addition to prep coach Harrison, other Tour ACW 170-pounders who are now coaching include Borschel, who is a volunteer assistant for the Northwestern Wildcats; Kocher, head assistant coach for the Pitt Panthers; and Marable, who just today was promoted from strength and conditioning coach to volunteer assistant for the Missouri Tigers.
Tour ACW, intended to provide wrestlers with the opportunity to compete after they’ve completed their college careers, will have its debut event Sunday, Oct. 20 in the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Greater Pittsburgh International Airport.
“We’re attempting to start a new style of wrestling, with new rules that bring together elements of folkstyle and freestyle,” Teague Moore, American University head coach who’s one of the founders of Tour ACW, said in an interview with InterMat. “The idea is to create a more fan-friendly, action-packed event.”
“Unlike college wrestling, there won’t be a match time limit, and there won’t be a set number of periods,” continued Moore, who was 118-pound champ for Oklahoma State at the 1998 NCAAs. “There are two ways for a wrestler to win: by pinning his opponent, or by being the first to score ten points.”
There will be competition in five weight classes, including 170. Wrestlers competing at 133 and 155 pounds were announced earlier this week. Lineups for the other Tour ACW weight classes -- 205, and 265 pounds – will be revealed in the coming days.
Winners at the inaugural Tour ACW will leave Pittsburgh with the honor of being first-ever champs… along with prize of $2,500 for titlewinners in each weight class.
Want to know more? To learn more about Tour ACW, visit their official website homepage… and check out the InterMat feature on this new competitive option for wrestlers who have concluded their college wrestling careers.
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