Additional matches -- including Trent Paulson vs. Nick Marable -- have been announced for the first Victory Wrestling Challenge for Omaha next month, event sponsor Victory Fighting Championship announced Tuesday.
In the latest announcement, a total of ten of the dozen matches slated for the Victory Wrestling Challenge -- a freestyle and Greco-Roman event -- were revealed.
Starting the evening will be a 145-pound bout featuring Raufeon Stots, two-time NCAA Division II champion for University of Nebraska-Kearney, taking on Montell Marion, a three-time Division I All-American for the Univeristy of Iowa. A second match at 145 has Laramie Shaffer, a Division II All-American at Augustana College (S.D.) Tyler Bell, who wrestled for York College in Nebraska.
There will also be two matches at 163 pounds. Trent Paulson, 2007 NCAA champ for Iowa State, faces Nick Marable, a two-time All-American for the University of Missouri won recently won the Tour ACW test event in Pittsburgh. In a second bout, Ridge Kiley, a three-year NCAA qualifier for University of Nebraska, takes on Eli Dominguez, a two-time Division II All-American at Nebraska-Omaha.
In addition, there will be two 185-pound bouts. Travis Paulson, Trent's twin brother, will grapple with Max Askren, a University of Missouri alum who won the 184-pound crown at the 2010 NCAAs. Also at 185, former Nebraska-Omaha two-time NCAA Div. II All-American George Ivanov will face Russian native Gennady Kolesnikov.
At 211 pounds, Ty Copsey, a four-time Division II All-American for Augustana College, takes on Deron Winn, Junior College national champion at St. Louis-Meremac. In addition, Evan Brown, a past NCAA Division III champion at Dubuque, will face off with Josh Ihnen, a University of Nebraska All-American.
At 264 pounds, 2010 U.S. World Team member and four-time Division II heavyweight champion Les Sigman will square off against Central Michigan alum Jarod Trice, a three-time Division I All-American.
In Greco-Roman, 2012 Olympian Justin “Harry” Lester will wrestle Nebraska-Omaha All-American Esai Dominguez at 163 pounds.
The Victory Fighting Championships' Oct. 29 announcement stated, "The event will bring together Victory FC's first-class promotion of events and grassroots wrestling clubs to provide not only an entertaining night of wrestling in both international styles, but also give back to wrestling by pledging a portion of each ticket sold to USA Wrestling, the National Governing Body for wrestling in the United States."
145 pounds – Raufeon Stots vs. Montell Marion
145 pounds – Laramie Shaffer vs. Tyler Bell
163 pounds – Trent Paulson vs. Nick Marable
163 pounds – Ridge Kiley vs. Eli Dominguez
185 pounds – Travis Paulson vs. Max Askren
185 pounds – Gennady Kolesnikov vs. George Ivanov
211 pounds – Ty Copsey vs. Deron Winn
211 pounds – Evan Brown vs. Josh Ihnen
264 pounds – Les Sigman vs. Jarod Trice
163 pounds – Justin “Harry” Lester vs. Esai Dominguez
In the early October statement announcing the Omaha wrestling event, Victory Fighting Championship founder Ryan Stoddard promises that the inaugural Victory Wrestling Challenge will have all the excitement of a top-notch MMA event.
“Fans in the Midwest have come to know Victory events as one thing – Bright Lights, Big Fights – and the Victory Wrestling Challenge will be no different,” according to Stoddard. “High-level wrestling with top-notch production and promotion will give this great sport and its amazing athletes every bit of recognition it deserves.”
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