For the second year straight, the organization Beat The Streets has put together an event that will see world class freestyle wrestlers compete against each other outdoors in the Duffy Square section of Times Square within New York City.
The wrestling matches will be streamed live from 6pm ET on the NBC site, Universal Sports. That Grapple In The Big Apple stream can be accessed by clicking on this link: http://universalsports.com/video/usa-wrestling-beat-the-streets/
As TheMat.com subtly points out, this is a very good roster for the United States, but not an all-star roster for the Russians.
In the dual meet, 2012 U.S. Olympians scheduled to compete in Times Square include 2011 World champion Jordan Burroughs at 74 kg/163 lbs., 2009 World bronze medalist Tervel Dlagnev at 120 kg/264.5 lbs., plus their Olympic teammates Sam Hazewinkel at 55 kg/121 lbs. and Jared Frayer at 66 kg/145.5 lbs.
The Russian team will feature two past Junior World champions headline the Russian roster, Andrey Valiev at 84 kg/185 lbs. and Shamil Akhmedov at 96 kg/211.5 lbs.
In the 60 kg/132 lbs. wrestle-off, Reece Humphrey (Columbus, Ohio/New York AC) and Coleman Scott (Stillwater, Okla./Gator WC) will compete in a preliminary bout, with the winner facing Shawn Bunch (Columbus, Ohio/Gator WC) in a best-of-three series for the Olympic Team berth.
The Russians have just finished their National Team Trials and are currently deciding their 2012 London Olympic roster, so holding back the very best is a good idea for them. However, this should still be a very solid evening of wrestling and hopefully, the weather stays in the somewhat cloudy, 70 degree range without sliding into the thunderstorms meteorologists are cautioning us about.
Join us in the comments for discussion and general wrestling talk. The news of Steve Mocco making the MMA jump and the hopes of seeing Burroughs in the cage should sustain us a while yet.