Agon Wrestling Championships has announced additional participants with University of Iowa wrestling connections for its Agon V event in April as tickets for the professional amateur wrestling event to be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa are available for purchase starting Saturday, Feb. 28, according to a press statement issued Friday.
True to its billing as “Iowa Against The World”, the Agon V event has added two former Hawkeye wrestlers – Matt McDonough and Derek St. John – to its roster of Iowa mat alums previously announced. St. John will take on familiar foe Jason Welch of Northwestern in a rematch of their 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships 157-pound finals, while two-time NCAA titlewinner McDonough will face an opponent yet to be announced. In addition, K.J. Pilcher, wrestling writer for the “Cedar Rapids Gazette” reported Friday that Justin Mejia, a California high school sophomore who has made a verbal commitment to wrestle for the Hawkeyes, will go up against national champion Austin Gomez, of Glenbard North High School in Illinois.
These newly-announced participants are in addition to the card revealed earlier, including two-time NCAA champ for Iowa, Brent Metcalf vs. 18-year-old freestyle phenom Aaron Pico, and 2014 NCAA titlewinner Tony Ramos vs. Henry Cejudo, 2008 Olympic gold medalist and mixed martial arts competitor in co-main event matches, along with Hawkeye All-American Phil Keddy going up against national junior college champ Deron Winn.
Tickets for Agon V, which will take place Friday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. Central at US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, are available for $16-$115 each. They may be purchased now at the US Cellular Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, and at Ticketmaster.com.
Prior to announcing April’s Agon V, the pro wrestling venture’s most recent event was Agon Wrestling IV: Venom in the Valley at Lemoore High School in California in March 2014. The organization’s inaugural event was held in Las Vegas in late October 2013. At all four previous Agon events, matches were wrestled following unique rules that drew heavily from collegiate folkstyle. Two significant differences between Agon and college: first, the Agon bouts were nine minutes (three equal three-minute periods) instead of seven minutes in college… and, in Agon, the wrestlers earn a paycheck. “Agon” comes from Greek word describing a one-on-one, no-holds-barred contest where human nature was tested to the limits. “Agon” is the root of English words “antagonist” and “agony.”