Tony Ramos won an NCAA title at 133 pounds (Photo/John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com)
When you think about the sport of wrestling and the never-say-die attitude, you think of Iowa's three-time All-American and NCAA champion Tony Ramos. His incredible work ethic, his signature stare down, and his perseverance through very tough times have made him a fan favorite, not only in Iowa, but throughout the United States. With grit and determination Ramos will continue to compete and try and win World and Olympic title, starting with this year's World Team trials at 57 kilos. And, he will have some additional support, from X-Cel Worldwide.
X-Cel Worldwide has made a commitment to work with wrestlers and support them with their business affairs off the mat and has quickly become a company that can produce for their athletes. Last year X-Cel signed one of the biggest wrestling names in the United States, four-time NCAA champion and Hodge Trophy winner Kyle Dake. Dake, a history maker who won four NCAA titles in four separate weight classes and being named, Sports Illustrated's Male Athlete of the Year, was a big signing for X-Cel. This week X-Cel made another significant move by signing Ramos to its roster, who now joins Dake, U.S. and World champion Adeline Gray, and five-time U.S. Open champion and World silver medalist Helen Maroulis.
"We are thrilled to have Tony Ramos join the X-Cel team and we believe that it's about quality, not quantity. We feel Tony has huge market appeal to the wrestling fans, but more importantly he appeals to the sports fan in general," said Nick Garone. "Having Kyle, Adeline, Helen and now Tony on the same team balances us out and we are excited about having all of them together under one company to help them with their business affairs off the mat," added Garone.
"I know Nick can help me and make sure that I can concentrate on training while he handles all of my off-the-mat business. I'm extremely excited to be together with a legend like Kyle Dake and Helen and Adeline, who are right in the mix for World and Olympic gold," said Ramos. "Our team is strong and I want to be with all of them in Rio in 2016, while Nick handles all of our marketing and endorsements," added Ramos.