FloWrestling: 2020 RTC Cup Presented by Titan Mercury Wrestling Club

All Alive For First Prize - RTC Cup Day 1 Recap And Day 2 Preview

All Alive For First Prize - RTC Cup Day 1 Recap And Day 2 Preview

Day 1 of the RTC Cup was a blast. Every team still eligible for the $50K first prize, though. Prepare for day 2 with takeaways from day 1.

Dec 5, 2020 by Andrew Spey
All Alive For First Prize - RTC Cup Day 1 Recap And Day 2 Preview

Pool play was a blast, as two groups of three teams wrestled a round-robin to decide who got byes to the semis in today's bracket. The action was cutthroat and ferocious, however, everyone is still eligible for the grand prize of $50,000.

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Here's what the bracket looks like, with four teams needing to win three matches to secure the $50K bag and the two pool winners being just two duals away from ultimate glory. 

Cliff Keen (Michigan) and Spartan Combat (Cornell) won their pools and sit in the semifinals. The Wolfpack WC & Ohio RTC will battle it out for the opportunity to wrestle Cliff Keen in the semis while the Gopher WC will face off against the combined forced of NJRTC & SERTC with a date with Spartan Combat for the victor. 

The only things that has been decided is that Spartan Combat and the CKWC have guaranteed themselves fourth place and at least a $7,500 reward. Every other result is still on the table!

Here's the breakdown for how much money is on the line in each dual on Day 2:

Click here to check out some of the match ups we're hoping to see today. To best prepare for this rad day of wrestling, here are some takeaways from day 1 to keep in mind. 


Green Gets Down To 65 Kilos, Loses To Yianni On Criteria

It was plus three kilos, so technically 68, but still, Green was down to weight and looked fresh. Green himself speculated that his Olympic Trials future could lay at 65 and not 74.

Also his match with Yianni ripped.

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Gable Defeats Gwiz In Olympic Trials Preview

Credit to Gwiz for taking on the terrifying young Mason Parris one hour before wrestling Gable Steveson, his 2019 Final X opponent and chief rival for the 125kg Olympic team spot. 

Both of Gwiz's matches were awesome and you should watch them now if you haven't. 

Gwiz v Parris & Gwiz v Gable

The final match of day 1was a perfect main event as Gable finally bested the two-time world medalist. 


Kharchla Makes A Statement Over NCAA Champ Mekhi 

Most people know Carson Kharchla was good. Not as many knew he was good enough to defeat the 2019 NCAA 165-pound champ and UWW Junior World gold medalist Mekhi Lewis. The Buckeyes have themselves a talented middleweight for the next four, (or five!) years.

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Drew Foster Only Wrestles Nailbiters

Came from behind to beat Nate Jackson in the final seconds, then lost to Sammy Brooks after building a sizable lead. His matches are quickly becoming must-see TV.


Dom Bradley The Spartan Combat MVP

Clinched both duals with final bout victories to ensure his team was getting at least $7,500. No scorers tables were harmed in the process. 


Kollin Moore Was Double Parked

Wrestled for one minute and 26 seconds in two 10-0 tech falls. Straight buzz saw. 


Vito Arujau Is A Scoring Machine

It's a pretty good day for a wrestler to beat both Jake Mueller and Nahshon Garrett. It's a great day for a fan to watch Vito do that and score double-digit points in both matches.

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Have We Reached Peak Pantaleo?

The Michigan All-American blitzed Brayton Lee 10-0 and then soundly beat Kevin Jack. Picked up one hellacious shiner along the way.


Massa Won’t Be Denied

Beat Wick solidly 5-2 then came back from down 8-0 to beat Hayden Hidlay with 2 four-pointers. The two-time Senior Nationals champ Massa is undefeated domestically since (checks notes) a really long time. 

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Trent Hidlay Can’t Stop Smashing Things

Can't wait to see what he destroys next, because I am here for it!