Jordan Burroughs, Helen Maroulis first two Team USA Stars announced for May 7 bouts in Times SquareRemaining Americans Vs. World All-Stars, Youth Wrestlers From Beat The Streets To Be Announced Shortly
NEW YORK, April 25, 2014 – It's a star-studded start as Beat the Streets and USA Wrestling today announced the first two American stars for the highly-anticipated Team USA vs. The World All-Stars international wrestling competition at New York's Times Square, May 7. Jordan Burroughs and Helen Maroulis, two decorated and popular standouts, will compete at the event, which will feature top U.S. competitors against a World All-Star team featuring select wrestlers from across the world. The purpose of this event is to elevate the profile of the great sport of wrestling and to raise funds to support the operation of over 140 youth development wrestling programs in New York City, serving nearly 3,000 student-athletes.
Burroughs is considered by many the best pound-for-pound wrestler in the world. He ran off a 69-match win streak to start his Senior career before losing his first match, the longest streak in U.S. history. His current Senior-level record is 81-1. Burroughs has won the last three World Cup titles, as well as the 2011 Pan American Games. He was a two-time NCAA champion and a Dan Hodge Trophy winner as the nation’s top college wrestler for the Univ. of Nebraska. He won a New Jersey state title for Winslow Township High School.
In addition to her World silver medal, Maroulis has competed at four Senior World Championships. She was a 2011 Pan American Games champion and has won five U.S. Open national titles. Maroulis also boasts three Junior World medals during her career. She won four WCWA women’s college national titles, and is a native of Rockville, Md.
Matches involving the other Team USA members, as well as exhibitions involving the young Beat the Streets athletes prior to the international competition will be announced as they are set. The Beat the Streets children will take to the mat at 4 p.m., followed by Team USA vs. the World at 5:30 (match order TBD). The evening concludes with the Beat the Streets Award Gala at 7:30 p.m. at Best Buy Theater (1515 Broadway).
The USA vs. the World dual requires a ticket for reserved seating in Times Square, but is an outdoor event. Pedestrians and non-ticket holders are encouraged to watch. Admission tickets may be bought in advance at www.btsny.org or 212.245.6570. A ticket is required for the Gala. More details are available at http://www.btsny.org/gala/2014-gala.
The world-class competition has twice before been held in Times Square. Last year the event moved to historic Grand Central Terminal, where it was also a huge success. Dubbed “The Rumble on the Rails,” it featured dual meets between Team USA, Russia and Iran and was an important part of the international Keep Olympic Wrestling effort, which resulted in wrestling retaining its status on the Olympic Games program.
This will be the fifth straight year in which a major international-style wrestling competition will be hosted as part of the Beat the Streets Gala activities. In 2010, an all-star challenge featuring top U.S. wrestlers was held on the USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier docked on the west side of Manhattan. In 2011, the United States defeated World champion Russia, 5-2, the first sports event ever held in historic Times Square. In 2012, another U.S. vs. Russia dual meet was held in Times Square, along with the U.S. Olympic Team Wrestle-off for the 60 kg/132 lbs. position on the U.S. Olympic Team in men’s freestyle. All of these events have been great showcases for international wrestling and have received major media coverage.
74 kg/163 lbs. men’s freestyle
Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids)
2012 Olympic champion… 2011 and 2013 World champion… 2011 Pan American Games champion… 2012 and 2013 World Cup champion... 2011, 2013 and 2014 U.S. Open champion... Third in 2014 Yasar Dogu International (Turkey)… 2013 Stepan Sargsyan International champion (Ukraine)… 2013 Medved International champion (Belarus)… 2011 Ukrainian Memorial International champion… 2012 Dave Schultz Memorial champion… 2012 Cerro Pelado International champion (Cuba)… Tenth in 2008 Junior World Championships… Second in 2007 University Nationals… 2009 and 2011 NCAA champion for Nebraska… Third in 2008 NCAA Championships… 2006 New Jersey state high school champion for Winslow Twp High in New Jersey… His 69-match win streak, broken in 2014, is the longest in USA Wrestling history… His current Senior record is 81-1… Born: July 8, 1988… Age: 25…
55 kg/121 lbs. women’s freestyle
Helen Maroulis, Rockville, Md. (New York AC)
2012 World silver medalist… Second in 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials… Fifth in 2011 World Championships… Seventh in 2013 World Championships… Eighth in 2008 World Championships… 2011 Pan American Games champion… Five-time U.S. Open champion (2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and 2014)… Second in 2011 Junior World Championships… Third in 2008 and 2010 Junior World Championships…. 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 WCWA Women’s College national champion (4x)… 2012 Pan American Championships champion… 2013 and 2014 Dave Schultz Memorial International champion… 2013 World Cup champion… 2014 Cerro Pelado International champion (Cuba)…. Second in 2008 and 2010 U.S. Open… Second in 2010 World Team Trials… Third in 2009 World Team Trials… 2010 New York AC International champion… Four-time FILA Junior Nationals champion (2008-2011)… 2007 and 2008 Junior Nationals champion… Third in 2009 Pan American Championships… High Schools: Colonel Zadock Magruder, Md., Marquette, Mich…. College: Simon Fraser, Missouri Baptist… Born: Sept. 19, 1991… Age: 22
About Beat The Streets
The mission of Beat the Streets is to develop the full human and athletic potential of the urban youth and to strengthen the culture of New York City wrestling. BTSW works directly with the New York City Department of Education in a public-private partnership to help New York City's student-athletes achieve their personal and athletic goals. Through the operation of wrestling programs in middle and high schools in the five boroughs, BTSW and the DOE provide a safe, positive atmosphere in which disadvantaged and at-risk youth can learn the essential life skills of physical fitness, teamwork, and self-empowerment. The goal of fostering strong, dedicated, and optimistic kids is delivered through coaching, after-school programs, and mentoring. More information can be found at www.btsny.org.
About USA Wrestling
USA Wrestling is the National Governing Body for the Sport of Wrestling in the United States and, as such, is its representative to the United States Olympic Committee and the International Wrestling Federation FILA. Simply, USA Wrestling is the central organization that coordinates amateur wrestling programs in the nation and works to create interest and participation in these programs. Its president is James Ravannack, and its Executive Director is Rich Bender.