Gopher Wrestling Club Set to Compete at RTC Cup

The RTC Cup is a new senior-level freestyle dual meet format competition that includes teams from many of the best Regional Training Centers from around the country. The event is scheduled to go down on Friday-Saturday, December 4th-5th in Ohio without fans in attendance.

“Adding the team component to senior level wrestling will make for an incredible atmosphere,” said Gopher Wrestling Club Coach Dustin Schlatter. “As one of the largest RTCs we are thrilled to represent the University of Minnesota, the Twin Cities and the state of Minnesota in such a high level competition.”

The Gopher Wrestling Club will be competing against NJRTC/Southeast RTC (New Jersey, Rutgers, Princeton/Virginia Tech), SpartanCombat RTC (New York/Cornell), Ohio RTC (Ohio State), Wolfpack Wrestling Club (North Carolina State), and Cliff Keen Wrestling Club (University of Michigan).

With $200,000 total prize money invested, including $50,000 going to the winning team, every match and every point will be important.

Some of the biggest stars of our sport are slated to compete, including Nick Gwiazdowski, James Green, Adam Coon, Tony Nelson, Gable Steveson, Yianni Diakomihalis, Seth Gross, and Nahshon Garrett, just to name a few. Many of the wrestlers doing battle are current college athletes.

“There will be some phenomenal matchups this weekend, guys we’ve been hoping to wrestle,” said Coach Schlatter. Expect to see some energy and excitement out of the Gopher Wrestling Club.”

Duals will consist of the six Olympic weights and each team is able to include up to two athletes on their roster who are not training at their RTC. Duals will take place over two days – one dual at a time.

“Our guys have been training hard and patiently waiting for opportunities to compete,” said Coach Schlatter.

Fans can watch the RTC Cup streamed live on FloWrestling ($).

Prize Money
1st place – $50,000
2nd place – $25,000
3rd place – $15,000
4th place – $7,500
5th place – $2,500
All teams receive $20,000 to show

The Gopher Wrestling Club lineup looks like this:

57 kg: Zach Sanders/Sean Russell
65 kg: Mitch McKee/Brayton Lee
74 kg: Evan Wick/Elroy Perkin
86 kg: Brett Pfarr/Devin Skatzka
97 kg: Hayden Zillmer
125 kg: Gable Steveson/Tony Nelson

Here are the other club’s lineups:

Cliff Keen Wrestling Club
57 kg: Seth Gross, Dylan Ragusin
65 kg: David Habat, Alec Pantaleo
74 kg: Logan Massa, Malik Amine
86 kg: Myles Amine, Domenic Abounader
97 kg: Timothy Dudley
125 kg: Mason Parris, Adam Coon, Youssif Hemida

Ohio RTC
57 kg: Jack Mueller
65 kg: Anthony Echemendia, Sammy Sasso
74 kg: Carson Kharchla
86 kg: Sammy Brooks
97 kg: Kollin Moore
125 kg: Amar Dhesi

SpartanCombat RTC
57 kg: Vito Arujau
65 kg: Yianni Diakomihalis
74 kg: Jevon Balfour
86 kg: Drew Foster
97 kg: Scottie Boykin
125 kg: Dom Bradley

Wolfpack Wrestling Club
57 kg: Darian Cruz, Jakob Camacho
65 kg: Kevin Jack, Tariq Wilson
74 kg: Tommy Gantt, Hayden Hidlay
86 kg: Trent Hidlay, Nick Reenan
97 kg: Michael Macchiavello, Timmy McCall
125 kg: Nick Gwiazdowski

57 kg: Nahshon Garrett, Pat Glory
65 kg: James Green, Matt Kolodzik
74 kg: Mekhi Lewis
86 kg: Nate Jackson
97 kg: Ty Walz
125 kg: Jordan Wood

Schedule (Central Times)

Day 1
Pool competition

Pool B:
1:00 PM – Ohio RTC vs NJRTC/SERTC
2:00 PM – Ohio RTC vs SpartanCombat RTC
3:00 PM – SpartanCombat RTC vs NJRTC/SERTC

Pool A:
5:00 PM – Cliff Keen Wrestling Club vs Gopher Wrestling Club
6:00 PM – Cliff Keen Wrestling Club vs Wolfpack Wrestling Club
7:00 PM – Wolfpack Wrestling Club vs Gopher Wrestling Club

Day 2
Bracket competition
8 Team bracket, winners of Pool A & B receive byes to the semifinals

12:00 PM – Pool A #2 vs Pool B #3
1:00 PM – Pool A #3 vs Pool B #2

Winners to the semifinals
3:00 PM – Quarterfinal losers wrestle for 5th place

4:00 PM – Pool A #1 vs winner of 1:00 PM Dual
5:00 PM – Pool B #1 vs winner of 12:00 PM Dual

6:00 PM – Semifinal losers wrestle for 3rd place
7:00 PM – Semifinal winners wrestle for 1st place

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