In what is shaping up to be a “Super” evening of wrestling action, American standout Jordan Oliver, a three-time World Team Trials runner-up, will compete against two-time Olympic Medalist Togrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan in one of two Super Matches scheduled on May 17 in the annual Beat the Streets Benefit at Pier 17/Seaport District in lower Manhattan. The match is part of a festive evening that also features Team USA men and women followed by a Super Match between 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Jordan Burroughs and Italian Frank Chamizo.
Oliver, an Oklahoma State graduate, has twice competed in Beat the Streets action, including a matchup with Chamizo last year. The 2017 Dave Schultz Memorial International champion placed second in the U.S. World Team Trials in 2014, 2015 and 2016, highlighting a career which has also included NCAA Championships in 2011 and 2013, his sophomore and senior years at OSU. The Easton, Pa., native, who will turn 28 by the BTS event date, was also a three-time Pennsylvania High School state champion.
Asgarov was the Olympic gold medalist at 60kg in 2012 and followed up with a silver medal at 65 kg in the 2016 Games. In addition, he was the 2011 World Champion and won gold at the 2012 European Championships and 2015 European Games. The 25-year-old is competing in his first Beat the Streets event.
The super matches follow the Team USA women, whose roster includes Helen Maroulis, Alli Ragan and Tamyra Mensah-Stock, vs. Nigeria, and a lineup of Team USA men (TBD) vs. an opponent to be announced soon.