Tony Ramos and Ben Provisor go On The Mat
By: Andy Hamilton and Kyle Klingman
Two-time men's freestyle World Team member Tony Ramos shares his thoughts leading into next weekend's World Team Trials Challenge Tournament and two-time Greco-Roman Olympian Ben Provisor explains how he wound up doubling up in Greco-Roman and freestyle last weekend at the Pan American Championships.
"On the Mat" is a presentation of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum and is hosted by the Director of the Dan Gable Museum, Kyle Klingman, and Trackwrestling Content Manager Andy Hamilton.
This past Saturday Tony Ramos completed step one of a three step process (Final X) to qualify for the US world team by winning the US Open at 57kg in Las Vegas, NV. Ramos started the day with a tech fall over Assad followed by a 2-1 decision of Rodriguez. In his semi-final bout Ramos fell behind early but scored 8 straight to win by an 8-4 decision over Sanders. In the finals Ramos would defeat up and comer, Daton Fix, 2-2 on criteria by scoring a 2pt exposure in the second period. This is Ramos’ 3rd US Open title at 57kg.
This victory puts Ramos in the best of 3 series in the WTT Challenge Tournamt that will take place in Rochester, MN on May 19th and 20th.
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Tonight we start our trek back to the homelands! I am not looking forward to another two days of travel, but I can't wait to get back home to see my wife and kids. The past few days there has not been much to report back so I figured I would do all of it in just this one post. On Friday morning we got up around 6:00am to get our things together to get ready to head over to weigh ins. When we got there the building was as cold as it was outside. Weigh ins went smooth and then it was back to sitting around for 2 and half hours before starting our warm ups. Molinaro and I warmed up together since we both had a pretty good wait times before our first match. I started the day with a fall over Mongolia. I felt very good with my motion and scores. Next up I would get a crack at the returning Silver medalist, Rashidov. I got into a hole early before making an adjustment on catching his hard under hook. I dropped that match 11-0 but learned a lot for next time. Rashidov made the finals bringing me back into the tournament. I had a forfeit to put me in the bronze medal match against Bogomoev of Russia. I lost that match 4-0 on a caution, step out, and takedown. One big take away from this event is that I need to start faster earlier. Most important thing to work on going forward from here is getting past the leg on my singles and not shooting to it. These adjustments are going to help get me to the next level. I finished out the day in 5th place and earning 17pts for rankings towards the 2018 World Championships. I did not win this weekend but the experience is leading me into the right direction of being the World Champion at 61kg in Budapest.
Then next two days were pretty relaxing and were spent watching the rest of team USA compete. We brought home 3 Champions. We had two 2 mens and 1 women win gold! We spent some quality time bonding as a team over meals and down time. There isn't much to do around here and not many people to talk to other than one another. We all are ready to get back to the great USA and preparing for whats next!
As always I want to thank all my great supporters who stick by my side! Thank you Tar Heel Wrestling Club, Sunkist Kids, Scrap Life, Milwaukee Tools, Max Effort Muscle, and Lactigo you guys make this easier on me day in and day out! Thank you to all the Team Ramos fans who stay up watch through the long nights. I have some gear that will be going up on the website over the next few days so keep your eyes out! Also head over to srapelife.com and support the brands that support the athletes and pick up some UA Wrestling gear today! Next up for me will be Cuba on February 21st!
Sunday morning I headed out with my wife and 2 kids to be dropped of at Fetzer for a workout before jumping on our first plane to Krasnoyarsk, Russia. After changing a flat tire we got heading out of our neighborhood we were back on the road. My wife and kids dropped me off and we said our goodbyes for the week. That’s where I meet up with Coach Scott. He got the sauna cranked up while I went for a light jog on the treadmill. There is nothing better than getting a good sweat in before jumping on a plane for a few days. After the sauna warmed up we grabbed some hot tea and got a good sweat in, showered up, and then hopped in an Uber to the RDU airport.
At the airport I meet up with Kindig and Gwizdowski where we took our first flight to Newark. In Newark we meet up with most of the crew and jumped on our first long flight to Geneva, Switzerland. It was a good 7hr flight which gave me plenty of time to finish season 7 of Game of Thrones. I am a big Jon Snow fan! We had one more flight from Geneva to Moscow where I got some rest this time. When we landed in Moscow we got a hotel for the night.
The next morning we got up around 4:30 and went down to the continental breakfast that cost 600 rubles. Someone needs to tell Russians what a continental breakfast is. We left the hotel for the airport about 7:15am and jumped on our last 4hr flight to Krasnoyarsk. By the time we landed in Krasnoyarsk it was 7:30pm on Tuesday. Before hitting the sack we rented out the sauna to sweat out the long travel. I am two days from competition and everything is going smooth. I will be back with more updates for you all!