AWL 61 kg preview - by Ross Bartachek

Cory Clark (Team Taylor) vs Tony Ramos (Team Dake)


One of the biggest matches being talked about heading into AWL is the meeting at 61 kg between Cory Clark (Team Taylor) and Tony Ramos (Team Dake). Both wrestlers were developed under the tutelage of Tom and Terry Brands at the University of Iowa. Both wrestlers were NCAA champions for the Hawkeyes at 133 pounds. Both wrestlers used to live under the same roof.


These two come into this meeting with a lot history of being teammates and have spent countless hours training together.


Throughout his freestyle career Ramos has been as steady as they come, with five U.S. National Teams under his belt at 57 kg, and a strong track record of competing in his once adopted state of Iowa. Ramos is a battle tested veteran that will be facing the younger Clark, who kicked off his freestyle career last summer.


Clark’s domestic career got off to a bumpy start as he failed to qualify for the U.S. World Team Trials, but he has since gotten on track, earning medals at the Spanish Grand Prix (silver) and the Poland Open (bronze).


All-in-all this should be a fantastic match up between two opponents that knows his opponents tendencies, strengths, and weaknesses. The last T-Ram was on the mat in the U.S. Cellular Center he knocked off former Olympic champion Henry Cejudo in dramatic fashion so we will see if he has fireworks in store for his return.

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