The finals of the World Club Cup Championship in the Ukraine was an action and drama filled dual meet that had more twists and turns than a Hollywood thriller. Titan Mercury won four matches to three to become the 2016 World Club Cup Champions.
Similarly to the World Cup match between Iran and USA, Bimeh Razi threw out Parvis Hadi, the 6'6" Iranian, to seal the win. Hadi would face Nick Gwiazdowski who was looking to do what Jake Varner didn't. Hadi took a 2-0 lead and looked to stymie Gwiz at every turn. Gwiz would pick up a pushout point but still was trailing when he hit a beautiful low single to win the match 3-2, giving Titan Mercury the championship.
Alex Dieringer had his own come from behind effort. He got caught in the middle of his own setup when the Iranian was able to finish a shot for four. After a passivity point and probably 4 minutes of non-stop attacks, Dieringer finally was able to go behind after a shot for a takedown and a gut wrench to win. Dieringer was 4-0 on the weekend continuing the momentum off of winning the NYAC and a solid showing at the World Cup.
There was more craziness in the finals. The 61 kg match featured some shoving and Euro style soccer flopping that ultimately ended in a double-disqualification.
Other drama was when Olympic Champion Kyle Snyder could not get to his attacks eventually giving up a pushout point to lose 3-1 (after a failed challenge). If Snyder would have won like many expected over his opponent, the dual would have been wrapped up there.
Congrats to all the guys, Coach/Vocalist Royce Alger, and Titan Mercury Wrestling Club on the big win! It was an absolute blast to watch.
WORLD FREESTYLE WRESTLING CLUBS CUP
Nov. 30 – Dec. 1 at Kharkiv, Ukraine
Titan Mercury (USA) 4 – Bimeh Razi (IRI) 3
57 kg/121 lbs. – Hassan Rahimi (BR) dec. Nico Megaludis (TWMW), 5-2
61 kg/134 lbs. – Vladimir Khinchegashvili (TMWC) vs. Masoud Esmaeilpoor, Double DQ
65 kg/143 lbs. – Ilias Bekbulatov (BR) tech. fall BJ Futrell (TMWC), 11-0
70 kg/154 lbs. – Nazar Kulchytskyy (TMWC) dec. Atsamaz Sanakoev (BR), 6-2
74 kg/163 lbs. – Alex Dieringer (TMWC) dec. Afzalipaemami Reza (BR), 6-4
86 kg/189 lbs. – David Taylor (TMWC) dec. Alireza Karimimachiani (BR), 12-6
97 kg/213 lbs. – Abbas Tahan (BR) dec. Kyle Snyder (TMWC), 3-1
125 kg/275 lbs. – Nick Gwiazdowski (TMWC) dec. Parviz Hadi (BR), 3-2