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|Talented field ready for RealProWrestling North Regional in Mount Vernon, Iowa|
By Kent Sesker Real Pro Wrestling
Several former collegiate national champions and All-American wrestlers will be looking to make their mark at the RealProWrestling North Regional tournament on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., with a rules clinic beginning at 9 followed by the quarterfinals at 10.
The first of four RPW regionals was held on Oct. 28 in San Jose, Calif. The East Regional will be in Philadelphia on Nov. 11 and South Regional in Tulsa on Nov. 18. All 28 regional champions will advance to the Super Challenge on Jan. 7 in San Jose for the right to represent one of the eight teams for the dual meet portion of Season 2, slated to begin in late March.
Go to www.realprowrestling.com to see results and photos of the San Jose event.
NCAA runner-up Luke Eustice (Iowa) will be one of the top contenders at 121 lbs. Grant Nakamura (Iowa State), Randy Ruiz (Stanford) and Desmond Radunz (Minnesota State Moorehead) are also competing. Spenser Mango withdrew due to a knee injury.
NCAA champion Nate Gallick (Iowa State) was previously seen as the man to beat at 132. However, Gallick also suffered a knee injury at the Sunkist Open and will not be wrestling. James Rollins won a national title at NAIA Dana College in Nebraska and is ready to prove himself on a new stage. Paul Collum (Iowa Central, Missouri Valley) was both a NJCAA and NAIA national champion and could end up winning this weight class. Eddie Gutnik (Wisconsin) and Adam Keisetter (Nebraska-Kearney) are in the mix as well.
The 145 class features past NCAA runner-ups Dylan Long (UNI) and Joe Johnston (Iowa). Long competed collegiately at 141 and Johnston wrestled at 157. Johnston is now serving as an assistant coach at host school Cornell College and Long is on Cael Sanderson's staff at Iowa State. This weight includes Greco-Roman star Mark Rial (UNI), three-time NAIA Champ Michael Rio (Lindenwood), Danny Song (Merchant Marine Academy) and Jason Robbins (Arizona State).
Tyrone Woodley (Missouri) headlines a deep class at 163. Reggie Wright (Oklahoma State), Kevin Stanley (Central Missouri), Cole Williams (Dubuque), Shamar Bailey (Marantha Bible College), Mike Kelly (Harper College), Brandon Hatchett (Junior National Champ), Jeff Paulson (Minnesota State Moorehead) and Tade Kemnitz (UW Lacrosse) will all be battling for the title. NCAA runner-up Ryan Churella (Michigan) is nursing an injury and will now be competing in Philadelphia.
Jacob Volkmann (Minnesota) and two-time NCAA Division II champ Tom Meester (Augustana) are among the favorites at 185. Zac Dominguez (Nebraska-Lincoln), Jesse Robbins (3-time Junior National Champ), Dominic Desando (Indiana) and Octavius Bellamy (Chicago State) will also be in the hunt.
All-Americans Sean Stender (UNI) and Ben Wissel (Purdue) may wrestle for the title at 211. Israel Silva (TN Chattanooga) and Malcom Haven (Wyoming) look to prove otherwise.
The 264 class shapes up with Greg Wagner (Michigan), Jason Klohs (Minnesota), NAIA champ Roger Miller (Lindenwood) and Mount Vernon native Scott Pospisil. Wagner was an NCAA All-American last season and is difficult to score on.
Olympic Champions Dan Gable and Tom Brands headline the afternoon Fan Fest which will include a technique clinic.
Support the world's oldest and greatest sport by attending this exciting event!
Date: Saturday: Nov. 4
Location: Cornell College. Indoor Arena. 600 First Street, West. Mt.
Vernon, IA 52314
8:30 a.m. - Doors open
9 a.m. - RPW Rules Clinic
10 a.m. - Quarter-Final Round
11 a.m. - Semi-Final Round
1 p.m. - Cornell College wrestle-offs
2:30 p.m. - RPW Fan Fest clinic
5 p.m. - Championship Finals
6:30 p.m. - Awards Ceremony
8 p.m. - After Party - 3rd Base, Cedar Rapids