What can a wrestler do once he’s finished college… but wants to stay active, and make some money doing it?
Now there’s an option beyond the Olympics, mixed martial arts or pro wrestling called Tour ACW – Association of Career Wrestlers – that promises to pay winners $2,500 each. Wrestler registration for the first-ever Tour ACW event – to be held this fall in Pittsburgh – starts Thursday, Aug. 1, according to an InterMat article posted online Monday, July 29.
“We’re attempting to start a new style of wrestling, with new rules that bring together elements of folkstyle and freestyle,” Teague Moore, American University head coach who’s one of the founders of Tour ACW, told InterMat. “The idea is to create a more fan-friendly, action-packed event.”
“Unlike college wrestling, there won’t be a match time limit, and there won’t be a set number of periods,” continued Moore, who was 118-pound champ for Oklahoma State at the 1998 NCAAs. “There are two ways for a wrestler to win: by pinning his opponent, or by being the first to score ten points.”
“We’ve opened up opportunities for scoring, incorporating effective scoring techniques from freestyle and folkstyle.” (The official Tour ACW website features the tagline “Addicted to scoring.”)
Most of Tour ACW’s scoring will be instantly familiar to college wrestlers and their fans… with some notable differences, including a one-point push out (pushing your opponent out of the wrestling area)… taking your opponent from his feet to back exposure is good for three points… while a nearfall can garner two or three points to the controlling wrestler’s score, depending on how the predicament lasts.
Moore is an innovator and ceaseless promoter of amateur wrestling. Last year, he hosted the 2012 NWCA All-Star Classic at American University, which was a tremendous success by any measure, being the first All-Stars to sell out in advance in more than a decade.
The inaugural Tour ACW event will take place Sunday, Oct. 20 at the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency hotel at the Pittsburgh International Airport. Registration for wrestlers opens Aug. 1, with openings for 16 competitors in each of five weight classes: 135, 155, 170, 205, and 265 pounds. (“We hope to grow to offer more opportunities in the future,” Moore told InterMat.)
For those who have no intention of stepping onto the mat – but would like to witness the first Tour ACW event – a limited number of tickets are available for purchase online at the official Tour ACW website as part of what the organization is calling a “Social Membership” with additional perks beyond a seat at the Pittsburgh event.
Want to know more? Check out the official Tour ACW website… InterMat’s interview with Teague Moore about his new Tour ACW venture… and an audio interview with Teague Moore, conducted by BadgerStateWrestling.com.
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