NEW YORK -- It was standing room only in the sixth floor gymnasium of the New York Athletic Club for the men's freestyle finals at the Bill Farrell International, and the crowd standing was quite a large one.
Only featuring the six Olympic weight classes, the brackets were stacked, and the finalists were some of the country's finest wrestlers. With five Olympic Team Trials spots on the line, everyone came ready to battle.
Seth Gross started the finals off in impressive fashion, dominating Nathan Tomasello in an 11-1 technical fall victory. Gross, who wrestles collegiately at 133 pounds and has previously competed internationally at 61 kg, proved the additional weight cut would not be a factor. Throughout the match, Gross executed stellar shot defense, and despite getting to his legs, Tomasello was unable to finish. Gross controlled the hand fighting as well and took a 7-0 lead into the break on the strength of five step outs and a takedown. In the second period, Tomasello managed a step out, but Gross would put the match away with two more takedowns.
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57 kg: Seth Gross tech.fall Nathan Tomasello, 11-1 4:52
65 kg: Jordan Oliver dec Frank Molinaro, 8-6.
74 kg: Isaiah Martinez tech. fall Jason Nolf, 12-0 2:02
86 kg: Alex Dieringer dec Myles Martin, 7-2
97 kg: Kyle Snyder tech. fall Michael Macchiavello, 10-0 2:38
125 kg: Gable Stevenson dec Dominique Bradley, 4-1
57 kg: Nick Suriano dec Nahshon Garrett, 8-1
65 kg: Evan Henderson dec Joseph Mckenna, 14-12
74 kg: Nazar Kulchytskyy dec Mekhi Lewis, 9-3
86 kg: Nathan Jackson dec. Brett Pfarr, 4-4
97 kg: Hayden Zillmer dec Ty Walz, 4-0
125 kg: Amarveer Dhesi dec Nick Nevills, 10-2