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Cliff Keen WC, NJRTC/SERTC to meet in RTC Cup finals

Mason Parris came from behind late to avenge a loss to Nick Gwiazdowski (Photo/Sam Janicki, SJanickiPhoto.com)

CINCINNATI -- The Cliff Keen WC and the NJRTC/SERTC advanced to the finals of the RTC Cup.

The teams will meet at 8 p.m. ET. The dual will be streamed on FloWrestling.

In the first semifinal, junior world champion Mason Parris came from behind late to defeat two-time world medalist Nick Gwiazdowski 10-7 in the final match to help propel the Cliff Keen WC to a victory over the Wolfpack RTC. Parris' victory avenged a loss from Friday when he fell by technical superiority to Gwiazdowski.

Trailing 7-6 with under 30 seconds left, Parris fired off a shot and scored a takedown before transitioning to a lace, which he used to turn Gwiazdowski and claim the victory. Also getting victories for the Cliff Keen WC were Seth Gross (57 kilograms) and Alec Pantaleo (65 kilograms). Tommy Gantt (74 kilograms), Trent Hidlay (86 kilograms) and Michael Macchiavello (97 kilograms) earned victories for the Wolfpack RTC.

In the second semifinal, the NJRTC/SERTC, who went 0-2 on Friday, came back to defeat the Spartan Combat RTC 4-2 in the semifinals, avenging a loss from Friday.

The Spartan Combat RTC picked up key victories from Vito Arujau (57 kilograms) and Yianni Diakomihalis (65 kilograms) to start the dual meet. Arujau used a four-point throw late in the match to come from behind and beat Nahshon Garrett for the second straight day. Diakomihalis edged James Green 4-4 on criteria, which marked his second straight win over Green at the RTC Cup.

Ty Walz earned a key victory for the NJRTC/SERTC (Photo/Sam Janicki, SJanickiPhoto.com)

After falling behind 2-0, the NJRTC/SERTC stormed back to win the final four matches. Mekhi Lewis (74 kilograms) and Nate Jackson (86 kilograms) earned technical superiorities. Ty Walz then shut out Jacob Cardenas 7-0, which clinched the dual meet victory for the NJRTC/SERTC. Jordan Wood of the NJRTC/SERTC received a forfeit at 125 kilograms.

The Spartan Combat RTC will meet the Wolfpack RTC for third place, which will be followed up by the championship match at 8 p.m. ET between the Cliff Keen WC and the NJRTC/SERTC.

Cliff Keen WC df. Wolfpack RTC, 3-3 (Criteria)
57: Seth Gross (Cliff Keen WC) tech. Jakob Camacho (Wolfpack RTC), 14-4
65: Alec Pantaleo (Cliff Keen WC) tech. Kevin Jack (Wolfpack RTC), 10-0
74: Tommy Gantt (Wolfpack RTC) dec. Logan Massa (Cliff Keen WC), 7-3
86: Trent Hidlay (Wolfpack RTC) dec. Myles Amine (Cliff Keen WC), 4-3
97: Michael Macchiavello (Wolfpack RTC) dec. Domenic Abounader (Cliff Keen WC), 7-2
125: Mason Parris (Cliff Keen WC) dec. Nick Gwiazdowski (Wolfpack RTC), 10-7

NJRTC/SERTC df. Spartan Combat RTC, 4-2
57: Vito Arujau (Spartan Combat RTC) dec. Nahshon Garrett (NJRTC/SERTC), 7-5
65: Yianni Diakomihalis (Spartan Combat RTC) dec. James Green (NJRTC/SERTC), 4-4
74: Mekhi Lewis (NJRTC/SERTC) tech. Jevon Balfour (Spartan Combat RTC), 19-6
86: Nate Jackson (NJRTC/SERTC) tech. Drew Foster (Spartan Combat RTC), 11-0
97: Ty Walz (NJRTC/SERTC) dec. Jacob Cardenas (Spartan Combat RTC), 7-0
125: Jordan Wood (NJRTC/SERTC) by forfeit

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