How would assemble a team of top amateur wrestlers for the first-ever wrestling venture later this month? With a wrestler draft, shown live for the world to see.
This Saturday, Nov. 3, the brand-new American Wrestling League (AWL) will conduct a wrestler draft, streamed live for free viewing on Trackwrestling.com, as well as AWL's official website and Facebook page starting at 7 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Central.
Wrestlers will be selected in ten weight classes for men and two for women by AWL team captains Kyle Dake (four-time NCAA Division I champion for Cornell University) and David Taylor (twice NCAA titlewinner for Penn State). Both won gold medals in freestyle competition at the 2018 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary last month.
As of Thursday evening, American Wrestling League has announced over 50 top amateur wrestlers as being available for this Saturday's draft. Among the athletes named at the AWL website: Jordan Oliver, Thomas Gilman, Daniel Dennis, Robby Smith, Tony Ramos, Nahshon Garrett, Frank Molinaro, Isaiah Martinez, Kamal Bey, Bryce Meredith, and Brandon Sorensen, to name a few.
The draft will determine contestants at American Wrestling League's premiere event, AWL I THE BEGINNING, at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Saturday, Nov. 30. To catch the action in person, tickets may be purchased online. Fans can also watch the action live from just about any device by visiting the official AWL website.
Here's how the organization describes itself at its official website: "The AWL is an American freestyle wrestling organization serving the United States.
It plans to be the largest freestyle wrestling promotion in the nation and features top-ranked wrestlers from all styles, competing in freestyle wrestling.
The AWL will produce events nationwide that will boast a fan-friendly experience, full dream wrestling match ups, nonstop action and an experience that can only be described as, 'The Greatest Wrestling Show on Earth!"'
Here's how AWL founder Wayne Boyd described his new venture in WIN (Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine) in an article in the Sept. 28, 2018 issue: "Without a doubt in my mind, the real professionals of wrestling, the ones who define the sport and understand the science of wrestling with a commitment to training excellence are the World and Olympic wrestlers ... The AWL, American Wrestling League, is here today to claim back the title of 'Professional Wrestler.'"
The same issue of WIN featured a full-page ad for AWL's first event later this month in Cedar Rapids, with the following copy points: "America's professional freestyle wrestling league" ... World and National team members wrestling ... Iowa's wrestling legends honored ... USWF (U.S. Wrestling Federation) presents world medalists bonuses... fan-fest full of exhibitors and entertainment ... and $100,000 in prize money.