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FLASH: Titan Mercury WC places second at Freestyle World Clubs Cup in Iran

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | Nov. 28, 2014, 2:04 p.m. (ET)

Titan Mercury WC star Tony Ramos, who competed at 57 kg, in his corner with Royce Alger and Wayne Boyd at the Freestyle World Clubs Cup in Iran. Photo by Reza Raghimi, United World Wrestling.

JOUYBAR, Iran - The Titan Mercury Wrestling Club, a top club from the United States placed second at the Freestyle World Clubs Cup, a new UWW event held on Thursday and Friday. Fifteen club teams from around the world participated in this inaugural event.

The Titan Mercury WC, which won the B Pool on Thursday, won its semifinal match over the Chinese club Union Wrestling by an 8-0 shutout.

Deron Winn (86 kg) won his bout by pin, and technical falls were registered by Reece Humphrey (65 kg), Adam Hall (70 kg) and Tyrell Fortune (125 kg). Other U.S. winners against China were Tony Ramos (57 kg), Andrew Howe (74 kg) and Wynn Michalak (98 kg). The USA beat China by forfeit at 61 kg.

The championship finals matchup featured the Bimeh Razi Jouybar club from Iran, which is the hometown club team based in Jouybar. The Iranian team featured some members of the Iranian national team, including World champions Hassan Rahimi (57 kg) and Mehdi Taghavi (70 kg), as Russian World champion Bekhan Guygereev (61 kg) and Russian World medalist Magomed Kurbanaliev (65 kg).

Titan Mercury claimed two wins in the dual meet, falling 2-6. At 74 kg, 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials runner-up Andrew Howe defeated 2013 World silver medalist Ezatollah Akbari, 2-1. At heavyweight, 2014 University World champion Tyrell Fortune stopped Seyed Reza Mousavi in a 3-3 criteria decision.

For the two-day event, Titan Mercury WC had a 4-1 record. Going unbeaten in their matches were Andrew Howe, who was 5-0 for the tournament and Tyrell Fortune, who had a 4-0 record for the two days.

More complete results will be posted when available.

Special thanks to Mo Tavakolian and Lorelei Martin-Tavakolian for sending results from Iran, as well as information from UWW and its correspondent Ali Feisaza.

At Joybar, Iran, November 28


57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Hassan Rahimi (IRI- Bimeh) dec. Tony Ramos (USA-TMWC), 9-0
61 kg/134 lbs. - Bekhan Guygereev (RUS - Bimeh) pin Joe Colon (USA-TMWC)
65 kg/143 lbs. - Magomed Kurbanaliev (RUS- Bimeh) dec. Reece Humphrey (USA-TMWC), 4-4
70 kg/154 lbs. – Mehdi Taghavi (IRI - Bimeh) dec. Adam Hall (USA-TMWC), 3-0
74 kg/163 lbs. – Andrew Howe (USA-TMWC) dec. Ezatollah Akbari (IRI - Bimeh), 2-1
80 kg/176 lbs. - Mohammad Javad Ebrahimi (IRI - Bimeh) dec. Deron Winn (USA-TMWC), 10-2
98 kg/213 lbs. - Jamal Mirzaie (IRI - Bimeh) tech. fall Wynn Michalak (USA-TMWC), 12-0
125 lbs./275 lbs. – Tyrell Fortune (USA-TMWC) dec. Seyed Reza Mousavi (IRI - Bimeh), 3-3


57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Tony Ramos (USA-TMWC) dec. Qi Mu De (CHN), 7-2
61 kg/134 lbs. - Joe Colon (USA-TMWC) won by forfeit
65 kg/143 lbs. - Reece Humphrey (USA-TMWC) tech. fall Ai Li Xiatia Yiriken (CHN)
70 kg/154 lbs. – Adam Hall (USA-TMWC) tech. fall Lin Hai Wei (CHN), 10-0
74 kg/163 lbs. – Andrew Howe (USA-TMWC) dec. Zhang Chang Yao (CHN)
80 kg/176 lbs. - Deron Winn (USA-TMWC) pin Lin Xue Yi (CHN)
98 kg/213 lbs. - Wynn Michalak (USA-TMWC) dec. Zhang Xue Yi (CHN), 12-5
125 lbs./275 lbs. – Tyrell Fortune (USA-TMWC) tech. fall Han Hao (CHN), 11-0

Group Standings
Group A: 1- Bimeh Razi Jouybar (IRI) – 2- Kefayati (IRI) 3- Cuba club (CUB) 4- Burundi club (BDI)
Group B: 1- Titan Mercury Club (USA) 2- Gaz Mazandaran (IRI) 3- Azerbaijan Club (AZE) 4- Syria Arabic Army (SYR)
Group C: 1- Shoraye Shahr Karaj (IRI) 2- Mongolia Army Club (MGL) 3- Istanbul Buyuk Shehir (TUR) 4- Bangladesh Dakar club (BGD)
Group D: 1- China Union Wrestling (CHN) 2- Kyrgyzstan Club (KGZ) 3- Afghanistan National Club (AFG)