The first day of compeition didn’t go as fans would like at the Yarygin Grand Prix as Matt McDonough lost a tough 15-14 against Nodar Arabidze and Tony Ramos lost 10-0 TF to Ismail Musukayev both of Russia at 57 KG.

Ramos recieved a second chance however when Musukayev made the finals by defeating Erdenbat 11-1 TF in the semifinals. Erdenbat may be another familiar name to Ramos fans as he was the first round matchup for the former Hawkeye at the 2014 World Tournamnet.

Ramos lost his second bout of the day 8-4:

Brent Metcalf’s 65 KG draw announced on Twitter:

Last year Metcalf was 1-1, losing to an opponent he had beaten in the prior year’s quarterfinal. In that tournament two years ago, Metcalf took silver which at the time made him the first American to reach the Yarygin finals since Steve Mocco did it in 2009.

Also this tidbit from T.R. Foley of Intermat:

This was in response to this Friday mailbag, where Foley answered a question about Iowa wrestlers not having fun, even when they win.

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle

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