The Pennsylvania Regional Training Center and the Wrestlers in Business Network Philadelphia Chapter are excited to release the complete match list for the January 29th, "Summit 1" card. The main card is composed of Senior-level men's and women's freestyle bouts, while the undercard features both U23 and high school action. The event will stream in its entirety on the PRTC's Rokfin account, which can be purchased for $9.99 a month.
Jake Hunter, the Chair of the Philadelphia WIBN chapter, believes this event is just the beginning of collaboration between the newly relaunched Philadelphia WIBN and the PRTC.
"The Philadelphia Chapter of WIBN is excited to continue our city's tradition of Brotherly Love through a partnership with the PRTC on future events that bring value to the wrestling community," Hunter stated.
PRTC Executive Director Brandon Slay echoed the sentiments and credited the Philadelphia WIBN in helping to compose the elite event.
"This PRTC Rokfin event may be the best card to date. We have some fantastic high school, U23, and Senior-level matchups from all across the nation, as well as an international match between Israel and Canada. Plus, we have three women's freestyle matches. It's been wonderful to partner with WIBN Philly to make Summit 1 a reality. We couldn't have made this event happen without their leadership, and we look forward to Summit 2 and 3 down the road."
The card's main event pits Cadet and two-time Junior World champion Mark Hall against 2019 Alexander Medved International champion Nate Jackson. Hall, an NCAA champion and 3x finalist at Penn State, will be making his PRTC debut at 88 kg against Jackson, a 2020 Senior Nationals runner-up, who competes for the New Jersey RTC.
Currently, five other PRTC resident athletes are scheduled to compete on the main card including, David McFadden, Ethan Lizak, Dan Vallimont, Ben Honis and Mauro Correnti.
McFadden, a 2018 U23 World Team member and 2020 U23 Nationals champion, will take on two-time NCAA champion Vincenzo Joseph of the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club at 79 kg. McFadden was a four-time All-American for Virginia Tech and joined the PRTC in April 2020.
Lizak will compete against the NYC RTC's Shelton Mack at 63kg. Lizak was a 2017 NCAA finalist and three-time All-American at the University of Minnesota. He also competed on the 2013 Junior World Team. Earlier this month, Lizak downed two-time NCAA champion Matt McDonough, 10-0, on a FloWrestling card. Mack, an eighth-place finisher at the 2020 Senior Nationals, is currently an assistant at Columbia University.
Vallimont, one of the original PRTC athletes, will wrestle Branson Ashworth of the Wyoming RTC. Vallimont was a two-time All-American and NCAA finalist for Penn State. He is the 2018 U.S. Open runner-up and has logged numerous placements at international and domestic events over the course of his career. Ashworth was a three-time NCAA qualifier for Wyoming. He is a 2020 Cerro Pelado bronze medalist.
At 97 kg, Honis will square off with Scottie Boykin of the Spartan Combat RTC. Honis, an All-American for Cornell, is the 2019 U.S. Open runner-up. Boykin was a three-time NCAA qualifier at UT-Chattanooga. On the Senior level, he won the 2019 Last Chance World Team Trials Senior Qualifier and placed second at the 2019 Dave Schultz Memorial International.
Correnti will represent the PRTC at 125 kg, taking on the Spartan Combat RTC's Lewis Fernandes. Correnti wrestled collegiately for Rider and was a NCAA qualifier. Fernandes is a freshman at Cornell. Wrestling unattached last season, he compiled a 26-4 record in open competition.
Anthony Artalona, who currently wrestles at the University of Pennsylvania, will also be competing for the PRTC on the main card. Artalona, a two-time Fargo Junior champion and 16U champion in both freestyle and Greco-Roman, will take on Evan Henderson of the Spartan Combat RTC. Henderson, a two-time All-American for North Carolina, has been active on the Senior scene since 2014. He is the 2018 Bill Farrell International champion and a 2020 Senior Nationals runner-up.
The main card features four other matches not including PRTC wrestlers.
71 kg will showcase a women's freestyle battle between Skylar Grote of the Lehigh Valley Wrestling Club and Egyptian Olympian Enas Ahmed. Grote is a two-time Junior Pan Am champion, a 2020 U23 Nationals champion and a 2020 Senior Nationals runner-up. Ahmed placed fifth at the 2016 Olympic Games and is a two-time Senior African Games champion and a 2015 All African Games gold medalist.
Myles Martin and Max Dean will face off at 88 kg in a highly anticipated rematch. Martin, a member of the Ohio RTC, was a four-time All-American and 2016 NCAA champion at Ohio State. Dean, who will represent the Spartan Combat RTC, has earned All-American honors twice in two attempts for Cornell. At the 2019 NCAA Championships, Dean stunned Martin, who was the undefeated No. 1 seed, in the semifinals, 5-4. The pair have not wrestled since. Dean is a 2019 U23 World Team member, while Martin is a 2018 U23 World Team member and recently won the FloWrestling 195-Pound Eight-Man bracket challenge.
Fan favorites Chandler Rogers of the Arkansas RTC and Ben Darmstadt of the Spartan Combat RTC will square off at 205 pounds. Rogers was a two-time All-American for Oklahoma State. Post-collegiately, he has competed primarily in Greco-Roman, but he is also a 2019 Pan Am champion in freestyle. Darmstadt is a two-time All-American for Cornell, who is still NCAA eligible.
In the sole international bout of the night, Israel's Mitch Finesilver will wrestle Canada's Jasmit Phulka. Finesilver, who trains with the NYC RTC, was a 2019 All-American for Duke, placing fourth at the NCAA Tournament. Internationally, he is a 2017 Maccabi Games champion and a 2021 Henri Deglane third-place finisher. Phulka is a two-time Canadian Senior World Team member currently training with the Cyclone RTC. He is a 2019 Canada Cup champion and a 2019 Pan Am Championships bronze medalist.
The must-watch match of the undercard features Ivy League rivals Michael Colaiocco of the PRTC vs. Angelo Rini of the NYC RTC. As a freshman last season, Colaiocco put together a 23-7 record at 125 pounds for Penn and was named a NWCA Second-Team All-American. Rini, who competes for Columbia, was also a freshman last season, logging a 25-10 record at 133 pounds. Colaiocco is a 2020 U23 Nationals runner-up, while Rini is a 2020 UWW Junior Nationals runner-up.
Summit 1 Full Card
Senior-level Main Card - 8pm EST
125 kg: Mauro Correnti (PRTC) vs. Lewis Fernandes (Spartan Combat RTC)
97 kg: Ben Honis (PRTC) vs. Scottie Boykin (Spartan Combat RTC)
76 kg: Mitch Finesilver (Israel) vs. Jasmit Phulka (Canada)
79 kg: Dan Vallimont (PRTC) vs. Branson Ashworth (Wyoming RTC)
63 kg: Ethan Lizak (PRTC) vs. Shelton Mack (NYC RTC)
150 lbs: Anthony Artalona (PRTC) vs. Evan Henderson (Spartan Combat RTC)
205 lbs: Chandler Rogers (Arkansas RTC) vs. Ben Darmstadt (Spartan Combat RTC)
71 kg: Skylar Grote (LVWC) vs. Enas Ahmed (Egypt)
88 kg: Myles Martin (Ohio RTC) vs. Max Dean (Spartan Combat RTC)
79 kg: David McFadden (PRTC) vs. Vincenzo Joseph (NLWC)
88 kg: Mark Hall (PRTC) vs. Nate Jackson (NJRTC)
U23 Undercard - 6pm EST
125kg: Ben Goldin (PRTC) vs Kaleb Snodgrass (Mat Town RTC)
86 kg: Max Hale (PRTC) vs. Brian Bonino (NYCRTC)
86 kg: Neil Antrassian (PRTC) vs. Michael Baker (NYCRTC)
72 kg: Doug Zapf (PRTC) vs. Connor Kievman (NYCRTC)
62 kg: Carmen Ferrante (PRTC) vs. Dom LaJoie (Spartan Combat RTC)
60 kg: Ryan Miller (PRTC) vs. Joe Manchio (NYCRTC)
191 lbs: Caira Jaynes (PA) vs. Erin Murray (PA)
125 kg Ben Goldin (PRTC) vs. Dan Conley (NYCRTC)
62 kg: Michael Colaiocco (PRTC) vs. Angelo Rini (NYCRTC)
High School Undercard - 4pm EST
141 lbs: Jayden Gonzales (NJ) vs Branden Palcko (NJ)
126 lbs: PJ Duke (NY) vs. Daniel Zepeda (CA)
147 lbs: Sam McMonagle (PA) vs. Henry Porter (CA)
285 lbs: Ryan Catka (PA) vs. Mike Misita (NJ)
126 lbs: Dom Findora (PA) vs. Evan Mougolian (NJ)
134 lbs: Nate Lucier (PA) vs. D'Amani Almodovar (NJ)
162 lbs: Hunter Gandy (NJ) vs. Victor Jacinto (CA)
142 lbs: Ty Whalen (NJ) vs. Kelly Dunnigan (NJ)
117 lbs: Ava Bayless (PA) vs. Chloe Ayres (NJ)
145 lbs: Levi Haines (PA) vs. Alex Almeyda (NJ)
ABOUT THE PENNSYLVANIA REGIONAL TRAINING CENTER
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