Two NCAA Division I wrestling champs -- Frank Molinaro and Cam Simaz -- were among the winners at the Association of Career Wrestlers test event in Pittsburgh Sunday, winning the 155 and 205-pound titles.
Other winners at the first-ever Tour ACW event at the Hyatt Regency at Greater Pittsburgh International included Nick Marable at 170, and Daniel Dennis at 135. Dom Bradley was the only entrant in the 265-pound bracket, and was declared the winner.
Each Tour ACW winner was presented with a check for $2,500 and a gold medal.
Unlike traditional amateur wrestling events that have a set time limit (seven minutes in college, for instance), Tour ACW's scoring system awards the match to the wrestler who scores ten points first.
In the 135-pound finals, Dennis, a two-time NCAA All-American at the University of Iowa, earned a 11-3 major decision victory over Jarrod Garnett in just two minutes and six seconds.
At 155, Molinaro, who won the 149-pound crown for Penn State at the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, got a 10-1 major decision over Kyle Borshoff, a two-time All-American at American University, at 8:18.
The 170-pound title match was a marathon of endurance that lasted 16:42, Marable, a 2008 All-American for the University of Missouri, defeated Jay Borschel, 174-pound champ at the 2010 NCAAs for the University of Iowa, 12-7.
In the 205 finals, Simaz, 2012 NCAA Division I champ at 197, beat Deron Winn, a two-time NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) champ at St. Louis Community College-Meramec, 10-5 at 5:23.
Tour ACW employed rules that brought together elements of collegiate folkstyle and freestyle, all with an eye to enhancing action and maximizing scoring. The contestants weren't restricted to traditional singlets; though that was the preferred uniform, a number of competitors wore trunks, stripped to the waist, including Dennis and Simaz.
Want to see more Tour ACW? Check out the Tour ACW page at Amateur Wrestling News with match-by-results, along with video of the finals. And, to learn more about the competitors, check out the individual weight-by-weight previews at College Wrestling Examiner.
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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