Southeast RTC/New Jersey RTC Places Second in Inaugural RTC Cup

Cincinnati, Ohio – In the Inaugural RTC Cup presented by Titan Mercury Wrestling Club and FloWrestling, the combined squad of the Southeast Regional Training Center and New Jersey Regional Training Center wrestled to a second place finish on Saturday night (Dec. 5) at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

The finals saw Pool A #1 seed, Cliff Keen WC, vs Pool B #3 seed, SERTC/NJRTC. SERTC/NJRTC Nahshon Garrett (57Kg) got the dual started against Seth Gross in a high-scoring match with a 10-2 victory. Ty Walz (97Kg) was the only other victor representing the combined squad with a 5-1 win over Tim Dudley, avenging a 8-8 criteria loss at the recent Senior Nationals in October.

Day-one saw SERTC/NJRTC going 0-2 in pool play, dropping duals to Ohio RTC and Spartan Combat RTC to finish the three seed going into bracket rounds on day-two. Day-two saw different results as SERTC/NJRTC proceeded to topple Gopher WC on criteria as matches were split three-to-three. In the semifinal matchup against Spartan Combat RTC, revenge was served as SERTC/NJRTC took the win four to two to advance to the finals to meet Cliff Keen WC.

Nahshon Garrett (SERTC), competing for the first time since 2018 after an injury kept him out of the World Championships, finished his weekend going 2-3. His win over Gross included a lightning-quick 24 second technical superiority win over Gopher WC veteran, Zach Sanders in the Quarterfinals. He dropped hard-fought matches to Jack Mueller (Ohio RTC) and two matches to Spartan Combat RTC’s Vito Arujau.

James Green (SERTC) finished his weekend going 2-2, notching technical superiority wins over Gopher WC’s Brayton Lee and Ohio RTC’s Anthony Echimendia. His two losses were by criteria to two-time NCAA Champion Yianni Diakomihalis.

Mekhi Lewis made his return to the mat for the first time since 2019 Senior Nationals and went 2-3, both technical superiority wins over Canadian World Team Member, Jovan Belfour representing Spartan Combat RTC. Lewis dropped matches to Ohio RTC Carson Khachala and NCAA All-Americans Logan Massa (Cliff Keen WC) and Evan Wick (Gopher WC).

Ty Walz finished his weekend going 3-2, picking up previously mentioned win over Dudley and securing two wins over Jacob Cardenas (Spartan RTC). He fell short against Kollin Moore (Ohio RTC) in pool play and Hayden Zillmer (Gopher RTC) in the quarterfinals.

The RTC Cup finish was the latest in a string of successes that saw nine placers at the recent U23 and Junior Nationals and a second place team finish in the Junior Division in November.

Share With Your Friends