Less than a week after the inaugural Flo Premier League event, contestants for the second FLP event, were announced by Flowrestling.org Thursday.
FLP 2 will feature former NCAA champs Keith Gavin vs. Ed Ruth in one match, with anothr NCAA titlewinner, Frank Molinaro, taking on UFC star – and former Michigan State NCAA All-American – Gray Maynard in a second match. Both matches will take place at the Journeymen Northeast Duals in upstate New York on Saturday, November 29.
The first Flo Premier League match, held as part of Flowrestling.org’s Who’s #1 showcase of top-ranked high school wrestlers at Lehigh University, featured former Mountain Hawk wrestler Robert Hamlin scoring a 4-1 win over two-time NCAA champ Chris Perry of Oklahoma State last Saturday night.
Gavin and Ruth, who will be competing at FLP 2 at 190 pounds, both competed at Pennsylvania-based colleges. As a wrestler for the University of Pittsburgh, Gavin was a two-time NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships finalist. After being a runner-up in 2007, Gavin won the 174-pound title at the 2008 NCAAs with a 4-2 win over Michigan’s Steve Luke in the finals. Ruth became Penn State’s first three-time NCAA champ, winning consecutive titles from 2012-14. The two wrestlers are now focused on their freestyle careers. The two faced each other for the first time in a best-of-three series at the 2014 US World Team Trials, with Ruth winning the series to earn the opportunity to wrestle at the 2014 World Championships.
The two wrestlers are respectful of each other, and eager to do battle again, under the unique Flo Premier Rules that are a hybrid of collegiate folkstyle and freestyle, and include wearing fight shorts without shirts, instead of singlets worn in college and freestyleGavin-Ruth, Molinaro-Maynard match-ups announced for Flo Premier League 2.
“I’m very excited to be a part of the FPL and I’m looking forward to wrestling Ed Ruth again,” said Gavin. “Ed is a tough competitor that will present a fun challenge. I expect to have an entertaining match that people will enjoy.”
Ruth responded, “I’m always excited for an opportunity to put myself against elite competition.”
The Molinaro-Maynard bout will be wrestled at 165 pounds. Molinaro was a two-time NCAA finalist for Penn State, winning the 149 title at the 2012 NCAAs. Maynard, a three-time NCAA All-American for Michigan State, has built a successful career competing for Ultimate Fighting Championships, compiling an 11-4 record. Both Frank “the Tank” Molinaro and Gray “the Bully” Maynard are known for their hard-charging, take-no-prisoners combat style.