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The United States came away from Times Square with an 9-4 victory over Cuba in the Beat the Street event. Tony Ramos and Brent Metcalf had the opportunity to wrestle in Times Square last night and it was a tale of two tapes for the two Hawkeye Wrestling Club members. Tony Ramos would get a rematch from the 2015 Freestyle World Cup against the third ranked Yowlys Bonne Rodriguez at 57kg. In April, Bonne pinned Ramos in the closing seconds but was within striking distance of Bonne the whole match and in last nights match Tony couldn’t get anything going. Bonne went up early 6-0 and continued to score big moves on Ramos to finish the match with a 14-1 tech fall.

This was Bonne’s second time down to 61 kg and he will be one of the biggest wrestlers at this weight class. These are the type of guys Ramos will need to beat to climb the world ranks. He has wrestled some of best talent in the world and continues to improve his freestyle technique. The expectations are very high for Tony Ramos and he expects that out of himself but we must remember where he was just one year ago. No one expected him to win the World Team Trails and just one year later he will be the favorite to represent the United States.

Brent Metcalf took the stage against Cuba’s Franklin Maren Castillo. Metcalf came into this match with Castillo with a 7-2 victory over Castillo at the World Cup and was the clear favorite on paper going into the bout. Metcalf scored on a quick push out but Castillo shot in immediately at the restart to go up 2-1. That is when Metcalf took control hitting his patented left handed high crotch and fans could take a deep breath. From there on out Metcalf would stay in control scoring another takedown and a gut wrench to go up 7-4. Few push outs and Metcalf left Times square with the 8-5 victory. Here is Brent after his match.


Women’s freestyle
69 kg/152 lbs. – Randi Miller (USA) tech. fall Yudari Sanchez Rodriguez (Cuba), 11-0
60 kg/132 lbs. – Yekelin Stornell Elastigue (Cuba) tech. fall Rosemary Flores (USA), 11-0
48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Clarissa Chun (USA) dec. Yusneylis Guzman Lopez (Cuba), 8-2
55 kg/121 lbs. – Helen Maroulis (USA) tech. fall Yamilka del Valle Alvarez (Cuba), 10-0
75 kg/165 lbs. – Andy Bisek (USA) dec. Yurisandi Hernandez Rios (Cuba), 4-1
59 kg/130 lbs. –Maykel Anache Lamout (Cuba) dec. Spenser Mango (USA), 6-4
Men’s freestyle
125 kg/275 lbs. – Tervel Dlagnev (USA) tech. fall Andres Ramos Dinza (Cuba), 10-0
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Yowlys Bonne Rodriguez (Cuba) tech. fall Tony Ramos (USA), 14-1
97 kg/213 lbs. – Kyle Snyder (USA) dec. Javier Cortina Lacerra (Cuba), 4-0
65 kg/143 lbs. – Brent Metcalf (USA) dec. Franklin Maren Castillo (Cuba), 8-5
74 kg/163 lbs. – David Taylor (USA) tech. fall Livan Lopez Azcuy (Cuba), 18-7
86 kg/189 lbs. – Reineris Salas Perez (Cuba) dec. Jake Herbert (USA), 8-4
74 kg/163 lbs. – Jordan Burroughs (USA) pin Luis Esteban Quintana Martinez (Cuba), 4:50
Special Challenge Match
NCAA Div. I champion Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma State) dec. NCAA Div. II champion Joey Davis (Notre Dame College), 9-0