Agon Wrestling Championships, the professional wrestling venture which had announced a match-up featuring Aaron Pico vs. Brent Metcalf for Agon V, has revealed at least two additional matches, a new date – April 3 — and a new site – US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, according to messages posted on the Agon Twitter account Wednesday, Feb. 25.
@AgonWC tweeted a photo of a poster promoting the Agon V event, featuring an image of both Pico and Metcalf facing each other bare-chested, with an American flag behind them, with the headline “Pico vs. Metcalf” above them. (See photo above.) Under the two wrestlers is a logo for Agon V, and a headline, “Iowa Against The World” with text beneath, saying “Cedar Rapids, Iowa” and “Friday, April 3, 2015.” At the bottom of the poster it identifies the venue as US Cellular Center, the downtown arena in Iowa’s second-largest city, and site of a number of NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships. In January, Agon had announced its Agon V event would take place at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on the campus of the University of Iowa in Iowa City, about a half-hour south of Cedar Rapids, on April 4… revealing a change of date, and change of location since that earlier announcement.
Also on Wednesday, mixed martial arts competitor Pat Miletich posted this message on Agon’s Twitter account, revealing another match-up: “…@AgonWC @AaronPicoUSA @BHMetcalf @HenryCejudo @T_Ram133 Really excited for this event.” @HenryCejudo is the 2008 Olympic gold-medal-winning freestyle wrestler of the same name who is now competing in MMA; @T_Ram133 is Tony Ramos, 2014 NCAA Division I 133-pound wrestling champ for the Iowa Hawkeyes who are slated to face each other in a wrestling match at Agon V. This match is now listed at the bottom of the Agon V as a “co-main event.” Ramos’ participation was confirmed in a message at his Twitter account which included a link to the poster at his Team Ramos website.
If that weren’t enough, Deron Winn, a national junior college wrestling champ, posted this message on his @Action_Winn Twitter account Wednesday afternoon: “Well finalizing contracts but I’ll be wrestling Phil Keddy in the AGON 4 card on April 3rd In Cedar Rapids, Iowa! @AgonWC I’m excited! (Like Metcalf and Ramos, Keddy wrestled for the Hawkeyes, where he was a three-time NCAA All-American.) Later, Winn posted a tweet to correct which event: “Ok I guess it’s AGON 5 lol my bad but this card this is the one I’ll be wrestling on. It’s gonna be bananas!”
There may well be more to come. Back in January, in response to a query from College Wrestling Examiner seeking information on the Agon V event, Agon’s Mike DiSabato wrote, “…Working on co-main event and entire 8-bout card. You can expect the card to have an Iowa home match feel with lots of former Hawkeyes on card.”
Prior to announcing an Agon Wrestling V event in April, 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. Agon had an inaugural event in Las Vegas in late October 2014, December’s Agon II in Flint, Mich., and Agon III in Whitewater, Wis. in January. At all four 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.”