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Team Lloyd Keaser, Team Simon Roberts finish 2-0 on Day 1 of America's Cup


CONCORD, N.C. -- The inaugural America's Cup, presented by the Sunkist Kids, Titan Mercury WC and the New York AC, opened Wednesday afternoon with pool competition.

The freestyle dual meet event is comprised of six teams named after Black wrestling legends. $60,000 in prize money will be paid out to the top three teams and the top three wrestlers in each weight class.

Team Lloyd Keaser and Team Simon Roberts finished 2-0 in pool competition and will receive byes into the semifinals.

Action resumes Thursday at 1 p.m. ET with quarterfinal matches.

Below are brief recaps of the six dual meets in pool competition on Day 1 of America's Cup.

Pool A

Team Lloyd Keaser df. Team Kenny Monday, 4-2

Frank Perrelli (Monday) opened the dual meet with a dominant 10-0 victory over Guesseppe Rea (Keaser). At 65 kilograms, Evan Henderson (Keaser) came from behind to defeat Josh Saunders (Monday) 9-7. Saunders led 7-1 at one point, but Henderson battled back to secure the win and tie the meet at 1-1. Team Kenny Monday took the lead when Quincy Monday (Monday) earned a 13-3 technical superiority over Chad Walsh (Keaser) at 74 kilograms. Chris Foca (Keaser) turned in a very impressive performance at 86 kilograms, earning a 10-0 technical superiority over Ryan Epps (Monday). Foca built a 6-0 lead at the break before ending the match with a four-pointer in the final period. Foca's win evened the dual at 2-2. The Wolfpack RTC upperweight duo of Mike Macchiavello (Keaser) and Nick Gwiazdowski (Keaser) sealed the victory for Team Lloyd Keaser as the two claimed victories at 97 kilograms and 125 kilograms respectively. Macchiavello blanked Austin Schafer 5-0, while the two-time world medalist Gwiazdowski won by technical superiority over Shawn Streck.

Results:
57: Frank Perrelli (Team Kenny Monday) VSU Guesseppe Rea Villarroel (Team Lloyd Keaser), 10-0 3:58
65: Evan Henderson (Team Lloyd Keaser) VPO1 Josh Saunders (Team Kenny Monday), 9-7
74: Quincy Monday (Team Kenny Monday) VSU1 Chad Walsh (Team Lloyd Keaser), 13-3 5:20
86: Christopher Foca (Team Lloyd Keaser) VSU Ryan Epps (Team Kenny Monday), 10-0 3:14
97: Michael Macchiavello (Team Lloyd Keaser) VPO Austin Schafer (Team Kenny Monday), 5-0
125: Nick Gwiazdowski (Team Lloyd Keaser) VSU Shawn Streck (Team Kenny Monday), 10-0 3:50

Team Lee Kemp df. Team Kenny Monday, 3-3 (Criteria)

For the second straight dual, Perrelli (Monday) opened with a 10-0 technical superiority at 57 kilograms. This time Perrelli's victory came over Zach Sanders (Kemp). After building a 6-0 lead, the former Cornell standout ended the match with a pair of gut wrenches. Yianni Diakomihalis (Monday) put Team Kenny Monday up 2-0 after getting an 11-0 technical superiority over 2017 junior world silver medalist Mitch McKee. At 74 kilograms, Quincy Monday (Monday) held on to defeat Jasmit Phulka (Team Lee Kemp) 9-6. Monday built a sizable lead, but Phulka came back and nearly scored a late takedown, which would have given him the victory. NCAA finalist Max Dean (Kemp) cruised to a first-period 10-0 technical superiority over Epps (Monday) at 86 kilograms. Hayden Zillmer (Kemp) followed up Dean's win by also getting a technical superiority at 97 kilograms. He beat Schafer 13-2 to cut the dual deficit to 3-2 heading into the final match. With the match on the line, Tanner Hall (Kemp) shut out Streck 6-0, scoring a late four-point takedown. The victory was enough to give Team Lee Kemp the victory on criteria (match points).

Results:
57: Frank Perrelli (Team Kenny Monday) VSU Zach Sanders (Team Lee Kemp), 10-0 2:09
65: Yianni Diakomihalis (Team Kenny Monday) VSU Mitch McKee (Team Lee Kemp), 11-0 4:33
74: Quincy Monday (Team Kenny Monday) VPO1 Jasmit Phulka (Team Lee Kemp), 9-6
86: Max Dean (Team Lee Kemp) VSU Ryan Epps (Team Kenny Monday), 10-0 2:25
97: Hayden Zillmer (Team Lee Kemp) VSU1 Austin Schafer (Team Kenny Monday), 13-2 3:59
125: Tanner Hall (Team Lee Kemp) VPO Shawn Streck (Team Kenny Monday), 6-0

Team Lloyd Keaser df. Team Lee Kemp, 3-2 (Criteria)

At 57 kilograms, Sanders (Kemp) overcame a 4-0 deficit to beat Rea (Keaser) 6-4, giving Team Lee Kemp a 1-0 lead. Henderson put Team Lloyd Keaser on the board with a victory by earning a fall over McKee. McKee nearly had a fall of his own after locking up a cradle, but Henderson reversed McKee and secured the fall. At 74 kilograms, Walsh (Keaser) gave Team Lloyd Keaser its second straight fall when he decked Phulka (Kemp) after building a 7-0 lead. Zillmer came up with a much-needed win for Team Lee Kemp at 97 kilograms, beating Macchiavello 3-1. With the score 1-1 late, Zillmer was placed on the activity clock and scored a takedown, which proved to be the difference. With the dual score tied at 2-2, Gwiazdowski delivered a victory for Team Lloyd Keaser by earning a technical superiority (11-1) over Hall (Kemp) at 125 kilograms.

Results:
57: Zach Sanders (Team Lee Kemp) VPO1 Guesseppe Rea (Team Lloyd Keaser), 6-4
65: Evan Henderson (Team Lloyd Keaser) VFA Mitch McKee (Team Lee Kemp), 2:05
74: Chad Walsh (Team Lloyd Keaser) VFA Jasmit Phulka (Team Lee Kemp), 5:43
86: No match
97: Hayden Zillmer (Team Lee Kemp) VPO1 Michael Macchiavello (Team Lloyd Keaser), 3-1
125: Nick Gwiazdowski (Team Lloyd Keaser) VSU1 Tanner Hall (Team Lee Kemp), 11-1 4:40

Pool B

Team Simon Roberts df. Team Bobby Douglas, 4-2

Junior world silver medalist Vito Arujau (Douglas) opened the dual meet with a 10-0 technical superiority over Daniel DeShazer (Roberts) at 57 kilograms. Simon Roberts would claim victories in the next four matches to lock up the dual. At 65 kilograms, Pat Lugo (Simon Roberts) hung on to beat Nahshon Garrett (Douglas) 10-7. At 74 kilograms, Ronnie Balfour (Roberts) topped Elroy Perkin (Douglas) 8-4. Mark Hall (Roberts) gave Team Simon Roberts a 3-1 lead when he defeated Brett Pfarr (Douglas) at 86 kilograms. Ben Honis (Simon Roberts) clinched the dual for Simon Roberts with a 14-3 technical superiority over Scott Boykin (Bobby Douglas). Dom Bradley (Bobby Douglas) defeated Garrett Ryan (Team Simon Roberts) in the final match of the dual meet.

Results:
57: Vito Arujau (Team Bobby Douglas) VSU Daniel DeShazer (Team Simon Roberts), 10-0 3:40
65: Pat Lugo (Team Simon Roberts) VPO1 Nahshon Garrett (Team Bobby Douglas), 10-7
74: Jevon Balfour (Team Simon Roberts) VPO1 Elroy Perkin (Team Bobby Douglas), 8-4
86: Mark Hall (Team Simon Roberts) VPO1 Brett Pfarr (Team Bobby Douglas), 6-2
97: Ben Honis (Team Simon Roberts) VSU1 Scottie Boykin (Team Bobby Douglas), 14-3 5:01
125: Dom Bradley (Team Bobby Douglas) VPO1 Garrett Ryan (Team Simon Roberts), 3-1

Team Bobby Douglas df. Team Carl Adams, 4-2

Arujau (Douglas) kicked off the dual with a 10-0 technical superiority over Sean Russell (Adams) at 57 kilograms. Arujau went up 6-0 before locking up a lace and turning Russell four times to finish the match. Garrett (Douglas) followed up with a 7-5 win over Ethan Lizak (Adams) at 65 kilograms to give Team Bobby Douglas a 2-0 lead. Julian Ramirez (Adams) looked strong at 74 kilograms, beating Perkin 13-1 to give Team Carl Adams its first win. At 86 kilograms, Pfarr (Douglas) came from behind late to edge Muhammed McBryde (Adams), 6-5. Pfarr trailed 5-2 late before getting a takedown and turn in the final 10 seconds to steal the victory. J'den Cox (Adams) received a forfeit at 97 kilograms, making the score 3-2 Team Bobby Douglas heading into the final match. Bradley beat Tony Nelson 3-1 to clinch the dual meet victory for Team Bobby Douglas.

Results:
57: Vito Arujau (Team Bobby Douglas) VSU Sean Russell (Team Carl Adams), 10-0 3:19
65: Nahshon Garrett (Team Bobby Douglas) VPO1 Ethan Lizak (Team Carl Adams), 13-4
74: Julian Ramirez (Team Carl Adams) VSU1 Elroy Perkin (Team Bobby Douglas), 13-3 2:23
86: Brett Pfarr (Team Bobby Douglas) VPO1 Muhamed McBryde (Team Carl Adams), 6-5
97: J'den Cox (Team Carl Adams) by forfeit
125: Dom Bradley (Team Bobby Douglas) VPO1 Tony Nelson (Team Carl Adams), 2-1

Team Simon Roberts df. Team Carl Adams, 3-2

The match at 57 kilograms was ruled a no contest as Russell and DeShazer are Gopher Wrestling Club teammates and opted not to wrestle. At 65 kilograms, Lugo rolled to a 10-0 technical superiority over Lizak to put Team Simon Roberts up 1-0. At 74 kilograms, Evan Wick (Simon Roberts) added to Team Simon Roberts' lead by earning an 8-2 win over Josh Shields (Carl Adams). Hall turned in another strong performance with a 10-0 technical superiority over McBryde. Hall scored a takedown off a single leg before locking up a trapped-arm gut wrench, which he used to turn McBryde four times to end the match in the first period. Hall's victory clinched the dual meet victory for Team Simon Roberts. The two-time world champion Cox cruised to a 10-0 technical superiority over Honis at 97 kilograms. Nelson (Carl Adams) shut out Ryan (Simon Roberts) 6-0 I the final match of the dual.

Results:
57: No contest
65: Pat Lugo (Team Simon Roberts) VFA Ethan Lizak (Team Carl Adams), 8-0 2:22
74: Evan Wick (Team Simon Roberts) VPO1 Josh Shields (Team Carl Adams), 8-2
86: Mark Hall (Team Simon Roberts) VSU Muhamed McBryde (Team Carl Adams), 10-0
97: J'den Cox (Team Carl Adams) VSU Ben Honis (Team Simon Roberts), 10-0
125: Tony Nelson (Team Carl Adams) VPO Garrett Ryan (Team Simon Roberts), 6-0

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