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Four to Final X!


That's how many Spartan Combat RTC athletes will be competing for spots on the United States World Team in early June.

With Kyle Dake accepting his position in Final X a few weeks ago, several others from the RTC set out to join him over the weekend in Coralville, Iowa.

Vito Arujau (57 kg), Yianni Diakomihalis (65), and Nick Gwiazdowski (125) did just that, dominating the opposition to punch their tickets to Final X. In fact, the trio went 7-0 and outscored their foes by a combined 70-0 in the Hawkeye State.

Arujau started with a 7-0 victory over Zane Richards and followed with a pair of technical falls - 10-0 and 13-0 - against Jakob Camacho on his path to Final X Stillwater on June 3 against reigning World champion Thomas Gilman at 57 kg.

Diakomihalis spent very little time on the mat while posting matching 10-0 techs over Luke Pletcher and Ian Parker. He showcased strong par terre that he hopes to utilize when he faces Evan Henderson in Final X on June 8 in New York City.

Joining him in the Big Apple will be Gwiazdowski, who rolled with 10-0 wins against Christian Lance and Tony Cassioppi. He'll match up with Hayden Zillmer at 125 kg at Final X.

Kyle Dake will also take the mat in the event in Manhattan. The three-time World champ and Olympic medalist will clash with Jason Nolf at 74 kg.

Every Spartan wrestler got his hand raised this weekend. Andrew Morgan (86 kg Freestyle) collected three victories, including two technical falls. Greg Diakomihalis (57 kg Freestyle) earned a pair of wins, including a dramatic pin over Gabriel Townsell, avenging a loss at the US Open.

Joshua Saunders (65 kg Freestyle) had a late score to defeat Carter Young on criteria, Phillip Moomey (60 kg Greco Roman) launched a second period comeback to defeat Mitchell Brown, 14-11, and Jessy Williams (67 kg Greco Roman) notched an 8-0 technical fall against Morgan Flaharty.

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