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Team Simon Roberts defeats Team Lloyd Keaser to win America's Cup

CONCORD, N.C. -- Team Simon Roberts came through to win the inaugural America's Cup, a six-team freestyle dual meet event held Wednesday and Thursday in Concord, N.C.

Team Simon Roberts capped off a 4-0 weekend with a 4-2 victory in the finals over Team Lloyd Keaser.

Daniel DeShazer (57 kilograms), Pat Lugo (65 kilograms), Evan Wick (74 kilograms) and Mark Hall (86 kilograms) helped Team Simon Roberts get out to a 4-0 lead, which sealed the victory.

DeShazer opened with a 10-0 technical superiority over Guesseppe Rea. After building a 6-0 lead, DeShazer used a trapped-arm gut wrench late in the first period to turn Rea twice and close out the match.

Lugo received a forfeit at 65 kilograms. (Lugo fell to Yianni Diakomihalis in an exhibition match.)

At 74 kilograms, Wick won a hard-fought battle (8-6) over Chad Walsh to put Team Simon Roberts up 3-0.

Hall put the dual meet out of reach by edging Chris Foca 4-3 at 86 kilograms.

Team Lloyd Keaser would get wins in the final two matches from Wolfpack WC members Michael Macchiavello and Nick Gwiazdowski. Macchiavello defeated Ben Honis 7-1, while Gwiazdowski won by fall over Garrett Ryan after going up 8-0.

Team Carl Adams claimed third place with a criteria victory over Team Bobby Douglas.

Championship: Team Simon Roberts df. Team Lloyd Keaser, 4-2
57: Daniel Deshazer (Team Simon Roberts) VSU Guesseppe Rea (Team Lloyd Keaser), 10-0 2:50
65: Pat Lugo (Team Simon Roberts) by VFO
74: Evan Wick (Team Simon Roberts) VPO1 Chad Walsh (Team Lloyd Keaser), 8-6
86: Mark Hall (Team Simon Roberts) VPO1 Chris Foca (Team Lloyd Keaser), 4-3
97: Michael Macchiavello (Team Lloyd Keaser) VPO1 Ben Honis (Team Simon Roberts), 7-1
125: Nick Gwiazdowski (Team Lloyd Keaser) VFA Garrett Ryan (Team Simon Roberts), 3:44

Third place: Team Carl Adams df. Team Bobby Douglas, 2-2 (criteria)
57: No contest
65: Nahshon Garrett (Team Bobby Douglas) VSU Ethan Lizak (Team Carl Adams), 11-0 4:25
74: Julian Ramirez (Team Carl Adams) VSU Elroy Perkin (Team Bobby Douglas), 10-0 0:37
86: Brett Pfarr (Team Bobby Douglas) VPO Josh Shields (Team Carl Adams), 7-0
97: J'den Cox (Team Carl Adams) VSU Scottie Boykin (Team Bobby Douglas), 11-0 2:26
125: No contest

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