There were winners all around in New York on Wednesday night as the wrestling world focused on Times Square. USA Wrestling and Beat The Streets Wrestling, Inc., a youth development organization that believes wrestling is the superlative tool for nurturing boys and girls into capable young men and women, teamed to raise a record of $1.6 million for the organization.
The day began with “Team USA vs. World All-Stars,” matches featuring top wrestlers from the U.S. and around the world, held in Times Square, followed by the annual Beat the Streets Awards Gala at Best Buy Theater.
Team USA won a convincing eight of 11 matches in an event broadcast nationwide on NBC Sports Network. American winners included Jimmy Kennedy at 61 kg, Jordan Oliver at 65 kg, Brent Metcalf at 65 kg, Helen Maroulis at 55 kg (women), David Taylor at 74 kg, Ed Ruth at 86 kg, Randi Miller at 69 kg (women) and Jordan Burroughs capping the night with a pin at 74 kg.
“This was a historic night, with great energy and enthusiasm in the center of the world, Times Square,” said Mike Novogratz, Beat The Streets Chairman. “But more importantly, that enthusiasm for the sport was reflected in the record amount the wrestling community raised, which will help Beat the Streets in its critical work of benefiting disadvantaged and at-risk youth through this great sport.”
A series of seven matches featuring youth wrestlers from Beat The Streets were held prior to the Team USA vs. World All-Stars competition. Four girls and 10 boys had the opportunity to showcase their skills and give the enthusiastic crowd a sample of the result of their own hard work and that of Beat the Streets.
Beat The Streets Team USA Vs The World Dual
United States 8, World All-Stars 3
57 kg/125.5 lbs. –George Vangelov (Bulgaria) dec. Nahshon Garrett (USA), 5-4
61 kg/134 lbs. – Jimmy Kennedy (USA) vs. Aleksandr Bogomoev (Russia), 2-1
65 kg/143 lbs. – Jordan Oliver (USA) dec. Boris Novachkov (Bulgaria), 4-1
65 kg/143 lbs. –Haislan Garcia (Canada) dec. Logan Stieber (USA), 6-2
65 kg/143 lbs. – Brent Metcalf (USA) vs. Magomed Kurbanaliev (Russia), 11-8
55 kg/121 lbs. – Helen Maroulis (USA) pin Marcia Andrades (Venezuela), 5: 53
74 kg/163 lbs. – David Taylor (USA) dec Yabrail Hasanov (Azerbaijan), 6-0
86 kg/189 lbs. – Ed Ruth (USA) tech. fall Taymuraz Friev (Spain), 10-0
97 kg/213 lbs. –. Khadjimurat Gatsalov (Russia) dec. Kyle Snyder (USA), 6-3
69 kg/152 lbs. – Randi Miller (USA) dec. Alina Makhinya (Ukraine), 11-5
74 kg/163 lbs. – Jordan Burroughs (USA) pin Atsamaz Sanakoev (Russia), 5:58
Beat The Streets Youth Matches
100 lbs. girls – Amy Farusho (NJ) dec. Ronnie Green (NYC), 9-2
130 lbs. girls – Samantha Oye-Gonzalez (NYC) dec. Nazareth Saavedra (NJ), 14-6
145 lbs. boys – Anthony Giraldo (NJ) dec. Said Yokub Kakhramonov (NYC), 8-2
170 lbs. boys – Dillon Artiglieri (NJ) tech fall Adis Radoncic (NYC), 15-0
195 lbs. boys – Christian Gallucci (NJ) tech. fall Vincent Feola (NYC), 12-0
195 lbs. boys – Jordan Fox (NJ) tech. fall Miguel Perez (NYC), 12-0
220 lbs. boys – Anthony Cassar (NJ) dec. Nathaniel Rose (NY), 8-6