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Brent Metcalf, Kellen Russell, Max Askren, Cam Simaz winners at Agon II

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Christmas came early for former college mat champs Brent Metcalf, Kellen Russell, Max Askren and Cam Simaz at Agon Wrestling II: Home Front in Flint, Mich. Sunday.

In the main event, Metcalf, a two-time NCAA champ for University of Iowa, got a 19-0 shutout win over Iowa State titlewinner Chris Bono. The former Hawkeye, who won his national titles in 2008 and 2010, scored a series of takedowns throughout the three-period match.

After the match, Metcalf said, "I think we fought hard and I put on a good show. I think I needed to open up my offense earlier so next time I need to get it going so I can get to 40 points instead of 19.”

After the match, Agon Wrestling’s Twitter account @AgonWC posted this message: “@brentmetcalf says he wants to open up offense earlier and next time score will be 40-0!”

By contrast, Bono, now head wrestling coach at South Dakota State, Tweeted the following after his loss: “Did not go as planned, wrestled a great wrestler, thanks to @Benaskren @CageFighterMike @AgonWC for the opportunity. Always great to compete.”

In the first match at Agon II, University of Missouri titlewinner Max Askren outscored Sam Wendland, 21-10. The former Mizzou Tiger put 13 unanswered points on the board in the first period.

Next, Kellen Russell, two-time NCAA champ for University of Michigan, held former Michigan State mat star Andy Simmons scoreless, getting a 9-0 victory. The former Wolverine got four takedowns and an end-of-the-match pushout.

In a battle of two four-time NCAA All-Americans, Cam Simaz – 2012 NCAA champ for Cornell University – defeated Central Michigan mat alum Ben Bennett, 16-4. The former Big Red wrestler scored first, getting a takedown towards the end of the first period, and never looked back.

True to its Flint location, Agon II had a distinctive Michigan flavor; Metcalf, Simaz, Bennett, and Simmons are originally from Michigan; Simmons wrestled at Michigan State, while Russell competed at University of Michigan.

Sunday's Agon event came just two months after the inaugural event in Las Vegas. At Agon Wrestling I: The Revolution, 2010 Iowa mat champ Jay Borschel defeated Aaron Simpson, former All-American for Arizona State… Jordan Oliver, a two-time NCAA champ from Oklahoma State, shut out former Ohio State All-American Lance Palmer… Stephen Abas, a three-time NCAA champ for Fresno State a decade ago, edged four-time Michigan State All-American Nick Simmons… and, in the main event, Ben Askren dominated two-time Penn State champ Quentin Wright.

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.

Agon has more events planned for 2014, including Ithaca, N.Y. (in January), Columbus, Ohio (February), Clovis, Calif. (March), Indiana, Pa. (April), and again in Las Vegas next July.

“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.”

Want to know more about Agon Wrestling Championships? Readers may follow Agon on Twitter... Facebook... and visit their official website.

Bono: Been there before? In 2005, Chris Bono participated in Real Pro Wrestling, a paid form of amateur wrestling featuring former college wrestlers, shown on cable TV. The venture lasted only one season. For photos and info, visit the unofficial Real Pro Wrestling Fans Yahoo group.

About the photo: Brent Metcalf (left) towers over a very buff-looking, 39-year-old Chris Bono after the Agon Wrestling II weigh-ins.

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