It rained all week, until this afternoon, and the weather was perfect for the Beat the Streets Benefit at Pier 17 in the Seaport District of Lower Manhattan tonight. The United States showed up with an impressive effort, claiming nine of the 11 international matches in front of the amazing New York skyline.
In the Main Event “Super Match,” Olympic champion and four-time World champion Jordan Burroughs of the USA powered back from trailing 4-0 with a strong second period to defeat two-time Frank Chamizo of Italy, 8-5.
Chamizo led 4-0 on a pair of counter takedowns in the first period, but Burroughs finished a leg attack takedown to close it to 4-2 at the break. On a very slippery mat, Chamizo was able to slide Burroughs out of bounds for a stepout and a 5-2 lead.
This is when Burroughs raised it to the next level. He took Chamizo down on a crazy scramble to close it to 5-4. An explosive double leg takedown with 45 seconds left allowed Burroughs to take his first lead at 6-5. A final takedown in the closing seconds made it 8-5.
Burroughs and Chamizo have been trading barbs through social media all year, challenging each other for a bout. The Beat the Streets Benefit provided the wrestling world a chance to see this exciting battle.
In the other Super Match, American star Jordan Oliver won a 3-3 criteria victory over 2012 Olympic champion and 2016 Olympic silver medalist Toghrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan.
Oliver was placed on the shot clock in the first period, and with only five seconds left on the shot clock, he scored a takedown for a 2-0 lead. That takedown proved to be the difference. Asgarov scored on a shot clock violation to make it 2-1, then Oliver got a point on a caution for grabbing fingers to go up 3-1. Asgarov closed out with a shot clock point and a stepout to tie it up, but Oliver’s takedown was the deciding criteria.
The rest of the card featured the USA against Cuba on the men’s side, and the USA against Nigeria on the women’s side. The USA beat Cuba in the men’s matches, 5-1, and beat Nigeria in the women’s matches, 2-1. Ironically, the USA lost the first match in both of these mini-duals.
2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion Helen Maroulis beat two-time World medalist Odunayo Adekuoroye of Nigeria, 4-1 at 57 kg in her first match since suffering a serious concussion this winter. Maroulis trailed after the first period, 1-0, after being put on the shot clock and not scoring. She tied it 1-1 by forcing a stepout. A caution and point was given to Adekuroye for grabbing fingers. Maroulis closed out the win with a re-shot takedown with 30 seconds to go.
The other U.S. woman to win was 2017 U.S. World Team member Tamyra Stock, who won a close, tough battle over two-time Olympian Blessing Oborududu, 2-1 at 68 kg. Stock led 1-0 at the break after Oborududu was put on the shot clock and could not score. Stock was on the shot clock early in the second period, but Oburududu forced a stepout to take a 1-1 lead. Oborududu was put on the shot clock later in the second period and could not score, giving Stock the 2-1 lead and the victory.
The Cuban team gave the USA men a tough scrap in many of the bouts, but the Americans were able to pull out some tough wins.
2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion Kyle Snyder had a tough test before emerging with a 9-8 win over 2013 and 2014 World silver medalist Reineris Salas Perez of Cuba at 97 kg. Snyder trailed 8-3 at the break, which included a big four-point leg attack takedown by Salas which dumped Snyder to his back on the edge. In the second period, Snyder took over the action, chipping at the lead with a takedown, a caution and a stepout to make it an 8-7 lead. Snyder scored his winning takedown with 20 seconds to go, firing up the crowd.
2016 Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 World bronze medalist J’den Cox broke a 1-1 tie with a forced stepout about one minute to go to defeat 2015 Pan American champion Yurieski Torreblanca Queralta, 2-1 at 92 kg. Both athletes received their first point when their opponent could not score on the shot clock.
Two-time World bronze medalist James Green outlasted two-time Pan American champion Franklin Maren Castillo, 2-1. Green fell behind when he was hit with a caution and one point going out of bounds to trail 1-0. Green tied it at 1-1 forcing a step out, but trailed on criteria because of the caution. He won the match when Maren was put on the shot clock late in the second period and could not score.
The other two U.S. wins against Cuba were not so close.
Four-time NCAA champion Kyle Dake scored a dominant victory, stopping 2012 Olympic bronze medalist and three-time World medalist Livan Lopez Azcuy at 79 kg with a 13-1 technical fall. Dake scored a drag to a takedown and gut wrench, then repeated the same drag takedown and gut wrench for a 6-0 lead. Dake led 9-1 in the second period, and finished it off with a big four-point takedown to get the technical fall.
2017 World bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski won his second straight Beat the Streets Benefit bout, beating two-time Pan American Championships silver medalist Yudenny Alapajon Estevez, 9-1 at 125 kg/275 lbs. Down 1-0, Gwiazdowski scored a takedown and ankle lace turn to lead 4-1 at the break. Alpajon was put on the shot clock in the second period and did not score, extending Gwiazdowski’s lead to 5-1. In the second period, Gwiazdowski extended his lead, including a big takedown to close out the win.
The first women’s match went to two-time African silver medalist Adeniyi Aminat of Nigeria, who jumped to a 4-0 lead, then hit a nice hip toss to pin U23 World Team member Megan Black of the USA in 1:50 at 59 kg.
.Cuba won its first men’s freestyle match, as 2017 U23 World champion Reineri Andreeu Ortega stopped Josh Rodriguez of the USA, 5-2. Rodriguez led 1-0 early, but Andreeu scored two slick takedowns and forced a stepout on his way to the win.
In the High school Super Match featuring two of the best wrestlers in the nation, Patrick Glory of Delbarton H.S. (N.J.) opened up his offense for a 16-3 technical fall over Gavin Teasdale of Jefferson Morgan H.S. (Pa.). Glory got off to a strong start, scoring first and winning different situations. Glory hit a it four point check lock to make it 12-3 at the break. Early in the second, a one last big Glory chest lock ended it with the technical fall. Glory, headed for Princeton, avenged a recent loss to Penn State signee Teasdale in the Pittsburgh Classic.
By winning the last four matches, Harry Truman High School in the Bronx defeated Edward R. Murrow High School of Brooklyn in the finals of the PSAL Girls Freestyle City Dual Meet Championships, 34-26.
BEAT THE STREETS BENEFIT
At Pier 17, Seaport District, New York, NY., May 17
High School SuperMatch at 57 kg – Patrick Glory (Delbarton HS, NJ) tech. fall Gavin Teasdale (Jefferson Morgan HS, PA), 16-3
Women’s 59 kg – Adeniyi Aminat (Nigeria) pin Megan Black (USA), 1:50
Women’s 68 kg – Tamyra Stock (USA) dec. Blessing Oborududu (Nigeria), 2-1
Men’s 57 kg – Reineri Andreu Ortega (Cuba) dec. Josh Rodriguez (USA), 5-2
Men’s 70 kg – James Green (USA) dec. Franklin Meren Castillo (Cuba), 2-1
Men’s 79 kg – Kyle Dake (USA) tech. fall Livan Lopez Azcuy (Cuba), 13-1
Men’s 92 kg – J’den Cox (USA) dec. Yurieski Torreblanca Queralta (Cuba), 2-1
Men’s 97 kg – Kyle Snyder (USA) dec. Reineris Salas Perez (Cuba), 9-8
Men’s 125 kg – Nick Gwiazdowski (USA) dec. Yudenny Alapajon Estevez (Cuba), 9-1
Women’s 57 kg – Helen Maroulis (USA) dec. Odunayo Adekuoroye (Nigeria), 4-1
Super Match Men’s 70 kg – Jordan Oliver (USA) dec. Togrul Asgarov (Azerbaijan) , 3-3
Super Match Men’s 74 Jordan Burroughs (USA) dec. Frank Chamizo (Italy), 8-5
55 –Max Malitzky(Newtown, CT) dec. Eric Bocanegra (BTSNY), 10-4
65 –Jake Maddox (Newtown, CT) dec. Antonio Arguello (Newtown, CT), 8-7
95 –Lebron Rendles (BTS Baltimore) dec. Michael Adams (BTSNY), 12-11
60 – Gaby Conte (NJ) dec. Sara Jacobs (BTSNY), 9-4
76 – Cameron Mayfield (BTSNY) tech. fall Luca Manfredi (Newtown, CT), 15-4
115 – Nathaly Pichardo (BTSNY) pin Nayanna Carvalho (BTS Providence), 1st period
125 – Zaire Crawford (BTS Philadelphia) dec. Mitchell Barcus (BTSNY), 10-7
95 – Nyah Colon (BTSNY) pin Crystal Saucedo (BTS Chicago)
115 – Isaias Torres (BTSNY) tech. fall Joshua Butler (BTS Chicago), 11-1
130 – Alessandra Elliott (BTSNY) pin Giselle Martinez (BTS Providence)
130 – Carlos Guzman (BTSNY) tech. fall David Manjarrez (BTS Chicago), 10-0
120 –Zimir Rice (BTS Philadelphia) tech. fall Terry Adams (BTSNY), 10-0
165 – Demitreus Henry (BTSNY) tech. fall Ayomide Onajide (BTS Providence), 11-0
170 – Terrance Parks (BTSNY) dec, Angel Garcia (BTS Philadelphia), 14-7
230 – Jayson Gomez (BTSNY) tech. fall Pablo Tellez (BTS Chicago), 11-0
PSAL Girls Freestyle Wrestling City Dual Meet Championships Bout
Harry Truman HS (Bronx) 34, Edward R. Murrow HS (Brooklyn) 26