Ed Ruth held off Keith Gavin, while Gray Maynard defeated Dennis Bermudez in the second Flo Premier League professional wrestling event held at the Journeymen/Asics Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y. Saturday afternoon.
In the first match at 165 pounds – a high-scoring battle of UFC stars who were once NCAA Division I wrestlers — Gray “the Bully” Maynard defeated Dennis “the Menace” Bermudez, 18-9, according to the Flo Premier League’s Facebook page. Maynard, an NCAA All-American for Michigan State, ran up the score in the first period, 12-1. However, Bermudez, who wrestled at Pennsylvania’s Bloomsburg University, attempted to close the gap in the second, putting three points on the board to the former Spartan’s two, making the score 14-4 at the end of six minutes. In the third and final period, Bermudez scored an additional five points… but couldn’t catch up to Maynard, who added four more to his score. At the end of his match, Maynard said, “”Toughest sport in the world.”
In the second – a match-up of former collegians from Pennsylvania-based schools who are familiar foes in freestyle – Ed Ruth beat Keith Gavin, 10-7, at 190 pounds, event sponsor Flowrestling.org reported on its Twitter account. Ruth, Penn State’s first three-time NCAA champ, scored first with a takedown, then added a second to make the score 4-0 in the first period. In the second, the two wrestlers traded takedowns, with Ruth scoring first, then a takedown from Gavin, the former NCAA titlewinner from University of Pittsburgh, answered by Ruth again for a score of 8-2 at the end of the middle period. In the third, Gavin made it close by scoring a takedown, then a turnout with just 90 seconds left, making it 8-6… then the Pitt mat alum got a push-out to come within one point of Ruth. However, Ruth got an end-of-match takedown to make the final score 10-7.
Flo Premier League 2 was the second professional wrestling event put on by amateur wrestling website Flowrestling.org. At the first FPL event in October at Lehigh University, two-time NCAA finalist Robert Hamlin defeated Chris Perry, two-time NCAA champ for Oklahoma State, 4-1, in a 190-pound bout in what had been Hamlin’s home gym. Today’s matches – along with the Hamlin-Perry match last month – were conducted under what Flowrestling.org refers to as “Tirapelle Rules”, a hybrid of freestyle and folkstyle rules, with matches consisting of three, three-minute periods. One notable difference: in the first FPL event, Hamlin and Perry wrestled in fight trunks without shirts… while all four wrestlers at FPL 2 wore shirts with their shorts.
Flo Premier League has announced a total of five events for the 2014-15 season. Just yesterday, Flowrestling.org revealed matches for FPL 3, to be held in Chicago the weekend before Christmas. The third Flo Premier League event will feature two co-main events: University of Iowa’s Brent Metcalf vs. Michigan State alum Franklin Gomez… and Iowa State grad Jon Reader vs. Jake Herbert, two-time NCAA champ for Northwestern, along with three additional match-ups.