Olympic champions Jordan Burroughs (USA) and Khadjimurat Gatsalov (Russia) highlight a star-studded field in the annual Beat the Streets wrestling dual in New York city.
Over the last few years, this dual has become a one of the premier wrestling events in the United States, and has set the gold standard for making Olympic wrestling look cool. The dual has graced a number famous NYC landmarks, including Grand Central Station and the deck of the USS Intrepid. This year, the dual returns to it's most iconic location: Times Square.
The lineup for the dual appears below. The event will pit an American team of freestyle wrestlers against an assembly of international stand outs. While Burroughs stands apart as the biggest name on the American team, the dual presents a number of additional intriguing matchups.
57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Nahshon Garrett (USA) vs. George Vangelov (Bulgaria)
Cornell University's star collegian Garrett sinks his teeth into his first major international opponent in highly-regarded Bulgarian Vangelov.
61 kg/134 lbs. - Jimmy Kennedy (USA) vs. Aleksandr Bogomoev (Russia)
Kennedy just won the US Open, and has been red hot all year. Now he faces one of Russia's legion of super-tough 61 kg wrestlers in Bogomoev
65 kg/143 lbs. - Logan Stieber (USA) vs. Haislan Garcia (Canada)
This will prove to be 3x NCAA champ and Junior World silver medalist Stieber, one of the USA's top prospects, first big international test up at 65 kg. Garcia is a world-class competitor with important wins on his record.
65 kg/143 lbs. - Jordan Oliver (USA) vs. Boris Novachkov (Bulgaria)
These two actually met a few years ago in a highly controversial match in the NCAA tournament. Though Novachkov is a native Bulgarian, he has spent almost all of his life living in California.
65 kg/143 lbs. - Brent Metcalf (USA) vs. Magomed Kurbanaliev (Russia)
Metcalf has looked incredible lately and here he takes on who might be Russia's very best at this weight.
74 kg/163 lbs. - David Taylor (USA) vs. Yabrail Hasanov (Azerbaijan)
Taylor just won the Hodge trophy, college wrestling's Heisman, for the second time. A few weeks ago he darn near upset in Jordan Burroughs in the finals of the US Open. Here he takes on perpetually tough Azerbaijani, and past world medalist, Hasanov, it what will be a stern test for the young American.
74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs (USA) vs. Atsamaz Sanakoev (Russia)
Sanakoev obliterated Iran's reigning silver medalist at the World Cup last month, and he could prove a tough matchup for America's golden boy, Burroughs.
86 kg/189 lbs. - Ed Ruth (USA) vs. Taymuraz Friev (Spain)
Spain's Friev, formerly of Russia, placed fifth in the world last year. This match should serve to gauge just how far the insanely talented Penn State product Ruth has come as a freestyler.
97 kg/213 lbs. - Kyle Snyder (USA) vs. Khadjimurat Gatsalov (Russia)
Snyder is the reigning Junior world champ, has spent his last year of high school eligibility working out at the Olympic training center, and is one of the USA's most impressive upper-weight prospects to materialize in a very long time. Unfortunately, he is wrestling Gatsalov, the world's reigning heavyweight champion, Olympic champion and quite simply one of the finest wrestlers to ever pull a singlet over his shoulders. It should be interesting.
55 kg/121 lbs. - Helen Maroulis (USA) vs. Marcia Andrades (Venezuela)
Keep an eye on Maroulis, she has all the tools to become American women's wrestling's first major cross over star.
69 kg/152 lbs. - Randi Miller (USA) vs. opponent TBA
Bloody Elbow hopes to stream live video of this event on Wednesday afternoon.
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Beat the Streets is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that uses wrestling as the vehicle through which young people achieve their full physical, cognitive, and social potential and develop into strong and effective individuals and members of the world. We work with middle and high schools in all five boroughs of New York City to provide a safe, positive atmosphere in which disadvantaged and at-risk youth can learn the essential life lessons of personal responsibility, physical fitness, education, and teamwork.