American Wrestling League has released the list of eligible contestants for Saturday night's inaugural draft.
By: Andy Hamilton of Track Wrestling
UPDATE: The American Wrestling League on Saturday announced some changes to its draft list. James Green and Zain Retherford have been added to the list and Thomas Gilman has been removed from consideration for tonight's draft.
Here's Friday's story:
The American Wrestling League has released the list of eligible contestants for Saturday night’s inaugural AWL Draft.
Captains Kyle Dake and David Taylor will have a 67-wrestler pool to select from as they form their teams for the league’s inaugural event, which will be held November 30 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Saturday night's draft will be streamed live for free on Trackwrestling at 7 p.m. ET from the Airliner in Iowa City.
The two newly minted World champions will have an opportunity to build their squads from a list of draft-eligibles that includes World silver medalist Thomas Gilman, U23 World champion Richie Lewis, U23 bronze medalist Ty Walz and 11 Division I NCAA champions: Darian Cruz, Cory Clark, Nico Megaludis, Tony Ramos, Dean Heil, Jordan Oliver, Frank Molinaro, Isaiah Martinez, Alex Dieringer, Mike Macchiavello and Kyven Gadson. Greco-Roman Olympians Ben Provisor and Robby Smith and Greco Junior World champion Kamal Bey are also on the list.
Dake and Taylor will each select 20 wrestlers — one starter and one alternate at all 10 international weight classes — to compete in the league's first dual, dubbed AWL I: The Beginning. Tickets are on sale AmericanWrestling.org. The inaugural event will also be streamed live on Trackwrestling.
“This is the beginning of the brand new American Wrestling League in the United States of America," AWL executive director Jonny Ruggiano said. "The wrestlers are excited. We are ecstatic to see the level and the amount of participation and interest people have in the draft. Those who are competing and those who are coaching are very motivated to see this happen and see the next step of freestyle wrestling in the United States and we are excited to bring the greatest show on earth to the fans. We know it’s going to be the fans who are going to make this dream a reality.”
Here’s the full list of wrestlers who are eligible for the draft:
57 kilograms Darian Cruz
61 kilograms Cory Clark
65 kilogramsNick Dardanes
70 kilogramsAnthony Collica
74 kilograms Nick Becker
79 kilograms Josh Asper
Kyle Dake (captain)
86 kilogramsSam Brooks
David Taylor (captain)
92 kilograms Mike Macchiavello
97 kilograms Micah Burak
125 kilograms Dom Bradley