Bryce Meredith and Seth Gross face off before meeting at WRTC Underground 1 (Photo/Wisconsin RTC)
The Wisconsin RTC hosted its inaugural WRTC Underground event at an undisclosed location in Wisconsin on Tuesday. The event, which was streamed on Rokfin, was comprised of big names and local flavor. NCAA champion Seth Gross topped two-time NCAA finalist Bryce Meredith 10-7 in the main event of an eight-match card that took less than an hour to complete.
Below is a breakdown of the eight WRTC Underground 1 matches.
Drew Scharenbrock tech. Kevin Meicher, 10-0
Scharenbrock cruised to a 10-0 technical superiority over Meicher in a battle of Badger teammates. The Wisconsin sophomore Scharenbrock scored a takedown to go up 2-0. He built his lead to 6-0 after a four-point exposure. He added two more takedowns to finish the match late in the first period.
Jared Krattiger tech. Eddie Smith, 11-0
Krattiger, a starter for Wisconsin last season, was dominant in earning an 11-0 technical superiority over two-time Division III All-American Eddie Smith. The Badger sophomore scored three first-period takedowns to take a 6-0 lead into the break. He extended his lead to 7-0 off a step out. He then added two more takedowns off counters to close out the victory.
Alexis Gomez pinned Ginamarie Santiago-Ayala, 1:23
Indian Hills Community College wrestler Santiago-Ayala looked strong in the early going, pushing Gomez out of bounds for a step out. Santiago attempted a lateral drop, but Gomez, who competes for Grand View, countered and scored the fall midway through the first period.
Joe Zargo tech. Hunter Lewis, 10-0
Zargo needed less than a minute to score a 10-0 technical superiority on Hunter Lewis. After scoring a takedown, Zargo used a lace to turn Lewis four times and end the match in just 55 seconds.
Danny Chaid tech. Peter Christensen, 14-4
Chaid, who trains at the California RTC, overcame a slow start to earn a 14-4 technical superiority over Christensen. The early part of the match belonged to Christensen as he scored a takedown and exposure to build a 4-0 lead. Chaid then stormed back, scoring 14 unanswered points -- 10 in the first period and four in the second period -- to close out the match.
Ben Provisor tech. Fritz Schierl, 8-0
In the lone Greco-Roman match on the card, the two-time Olympian Provisor rolled to an 8-0 technical superiority over Schierl in a battle of former Stevens Point (Wis.) wrestlers. Provisor scored used four step outs in the opening period to build a 4-0 lead. He extended that lead to 5-0 off a caution before turning Schierl with a gut wrench to go up 7-0. Provisor then scored his fifth step out to close out the match.
Sarah Hildebrandt tech. Alyssa Lampe, 12-1
The co-main event was a battle of world medalists in women's wrestling. Hildebrandt, a 2018 world silver medalist, looked strong in claiming a 12-1 technical superiority over the two-time world bronze medalist Lampe. Hildebrandt used a crotch lift to go up 2-0. Lampe came back with a step out to cut the deficit to one. But it was all Hildebrandt the rest of the way. She scored a takedown and then showcased her strong par terre skills, scoring twice off a lace before ending the match with an exposure.
Seth Gross dec. Bryce Meredith, 10-7
The main event between rivals Gross and Meredith lived up to the hype. Gross, an Olympic hopeful at 57 kilograms, came out on top 10-7 over the two-time NCAA finalist Meredith in action-filled match. Gross scored a takedown off a double leg early in the match. He then extended his lead to 4-0 after coming out on top of a scramble. Meredith came back with a takedown to cut the deficit to 4-2. A 2-2 exchange made the score 6-4 in favor of Gross at the break. In the second period, Meredith scored off a step out to get within a point. Gross came back with a takedown to go up 8-5. Meredith, though, responded with takedown to once again cut the deficit to one point. Gross came back with a takedown of his own and held on for the victory. Gross and Meredith are now 2-2 against each other.