American Wrestling League -74 kg preview- by Ross Bartachek

Richie Lewis (Team Dake) vs Tommy Gantt (Team Taylor)

As we reach the midway point in our previews we bring you a matchup that features a pair of wrestlers that are new to the Senior circuit, Richie Lewis of Team Dake and Tommy Gantt of Team Taylor.

Believe it or not, Lewis actually has some ties to the state of Iowa when he spent some time competing for JUCO program Iowa Central Community College. There he competed alongside the likes of fellow AWL draftee Pat Downey as the Tritons won the 2017 NJCAA national title. Lewis went on to have a stronger career at Rutgers University and broke out Internationally last fall when he won the U23 World title at 70 kg.

After wrapping up his career as an All-American for NC State Gantt stayed on in Raleigh and joined the Wolfpack RTC. Last March he won his first International medal when he won gold at the Bill Farrell Memorial International at 74 kg. The finished automatically qualified him for USA Wrestling’s World Team Trials. Gantt ultimately finished fourth on the U.S. ladder.

These two are contrast of styles, as Lewis brings a brawling, grind you down mentality while Gantt is definitely more explosive. During his gold medal run at Bill Farrell he scored 11 straight points after trailing 7-0 to Cuban international wrestler Franklin Gomez, followed by a 11-0 torching of Dan Vallimont in the finals of that event.

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