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Molinaro, Stierly, Borshoff, Patacsil among 155 pounders for first Tour ACW

Frank "the Tank" Molinaro, 2012 NCAA Div. I champ for Penn State, is among the 155-pounders at the 2013 NWCA All-Star Classic
Frank "the Tank" Molinaro, 2012 NCAA Div. I champ for Penn State, is among the 155-pounders at the 2013 NWCA All-Star Classic
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Eight wrestlers, including two NCAA champs and four All-Americans, will be vying for the 155-pound title at the inaugural Association of Career Wrestlers event in Pittsburgh Oct. 20, Tour ACW revealed Tuesday.

The two Tour ACW competitors who have been crowned national collegiate champs are Frank Molinaro, who won the 149-pound crown for Penn State at the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, and Jeremy Stierly, 2012 NCAA Div. III champ at 149 for Ithaca College in New York.

In addition to Molinaro and Stierly, the Tour ACW 155-pound bracket features NCAA All-Americans Kyle Borshoff, a two-time placer for American University, and Purdue University alum Jake Patacsil, who earned All-American honors at the 2009 NCAAs.

Others who will be competing at the first-ever Tour ACW event include Trevor Chinn, three-time NCAA qualifier for Lehigh University; former George Mason University wrestler John Delgado; U.S. Army officer and West Point mat alum Kirk Landon; and Danny Sheehan, a graduate of Cleveland State who said of Tour ACW, “It gives me a different avenue of wrestling other than trying to be on the U.S. National Team. 74 KG is a stacked weight class as is, so making that team is very hard to do. ACW allows me to still compete other than local open tournaments."

Four of the Tour ACW 155-pounders are now coaching on the college level. Borshoff is on the coaching staff where he wrestled collegiately; Chinn, a University of North Carolina assistant coach; Molinaro is an assistant wrestling coach at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; and Patacsil, just named last month as a volunteer assistant coach at Duke University.

Tour ACW will have its debut event 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 with the opportunity to compete after they’ve completed their college careers.

“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 155. Wrestlers competing in the 133-pound weight class were announced Monday night. In addition to 133 and 155, Tour ACW weight classes include 170, 205, and 265 pounds.

Winners at the inaugural Tour ACW event will each receive $2,500.

The public is invited to attend the Tour ACW event, but seating is limited. Tickets may be purchased online. For fans unable to get to Pittsburgh, live video streaming coverage will be available.

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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