Dom Bradley, University of Missouri All-American heavyweight, is a singular wrestler in a number of ways… including his participation in the inaugural Association of Career Wrestlers event in Pittsburgh Oct. 20.
Tour ACW revealed Friday night that Bradley -- a two-time NCAA Division I All-American, 2011 Big 12 heavyweight champ, and 2013 MAC (Mid-American Conference) champ at 285 -- was the only wrestler to enter the 265-pound weight class at the first-ever event.
"We are fully committed to honoring our commitment to our Competing Members and will be paying out $12,500, divided equally, to each undefeated Competing Member at the conclusion of the Test Event in Pittsburgh," according to a statement at the official Tour ACW website.
The statement continues, "The Association of Career Wrestlers is committed to offering the opportunity to compete to anyone who wants to take to the mat and we are very pleased with the unique mix of individuals in the field who accepted the challenge."
The four other weight classes at the Tour ACW debut – 133, 155, 170 and 205 pounds -- each have six to eight wrestlers, including a number of college champs and All-Americans, who were announced earlier this week.
The inaugural Tour ACW event will take place Sunday, Oct. 20 in the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Greater Pittsburgh International Airport.
The idea behind Tour ACW is to provide wrestlers an opportunity to continue to compete after college in the sport they love, rather than switch to a career in mixed martial arts or professional wrestling, and have the opportunity to earn money doing it.
“We’re attempting to start a new style of wrestling, with new rules that bring together elements of folkstyle and freestyle,” Moore said in an interview with InterMat about Tour ACW. “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.”
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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