Canada’s Takahashi replaces Japan’s Nakamura, to wrestle Tony Ramos at Beat the Streets Benefit

By Beat the Streets New York | May 16, 2017, 12:34 p.m. (ET)
Photo: Steven Takahashi (Canada) at the 2016 Pan American Olympic Games Qualifier held in Frisco, Texas. Photo by Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com.

NEW YORK – The Beat the Streets Benefit being held in Times Square on Wednesday evening will have one last-minute lineup change with Canada’s Steven Takahashi filling in for Japan’s Rinya Nakamura at 57 kg/125.5 lbs.

Takahashi, a 2016 World University bronze medalist, agreed to participate at the Beat the Streets Benefit on short notice after it was determined Nakamura could not compete. He will take on two-time U.S. World Team member Tony Ramos.

In addition to his World University medal from last year, Takahashi has performed admirably for Canada at the Pan American Championships, winning bronze medals in 2011, 2014 and 2015. He also competed at the 2014 World Championships held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The Beat the Streets Benefit will begin at 3 p.m. (ET) tomorrow with youth exhibition matches, followed by the NYC PSAL Girls Dual Meet Championships at 4:45 p.m. (ET) and the Team USA versus Team Japan dual meet at 6 p.m. (ET).

All the action from Times Square will be broadcast live on Flowrestling.com. It will be the third-straight year Flowrestling will broadcast the prestigious international event.

2017 BEAT THE STREETS BENEFIT
At New York, May 17


Event Schedule
3 p.m. (ET) – Beat the Streets youth exhibition matches 
4:45 p.m. (ET) – NYC PSAL Girls Dual Meet Championships
6 p.m. (ET) – Team USA vs. Team Japan, preceded by special match between Austin DeSanto and Daton Fix

Team USA Roster
Men’s Freestyle
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Tony Ramos (Chapel Hill, N.C./Sunkist Kids/Tarheel WC)
61 kg/134 lbs. – Logan Stieber (Columbus, Ohio/Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
65 kg/143 lbs. – Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa./Nittany Lion WC)
70 kg/154 lbs. – James Green (Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska Wrestling TC)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Jordan Burroughs (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska Wrestling TC)
86 kg/189 lbs. – David Taylor (State College Pa./Titan Mercury WC/Nittany Lion WC)
97 kg/213 lbs. – Kyle Snyder (Woodbine, Md./Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
125 kg/275 lbs. – Nick Gwiazdowski (Raleigh, N.C/Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC)

Women's Freestyle
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Victoria Anthony (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids)
58 kg/128 lbs. - Helen Maroulis (New York, N.Y./Sunkist Kids/NYC RTC)
69 kg/152 lbs. - Tamyra Mensah (Katy, Texas/Titan Mercury WC)

Team Japan Roster
Men’s freestyle
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Steven Takahashi (Canada)
61 kg/134 lbs. - Shingo Arimoto
65 kg/143 lbs. - Daichi Takatani
70 kg/154 lbs. - Nobuyoshi Takojima
74 kg/163 lbs. - Sohsuke Takatani
86 kg/189 lbs. - Takahiro Murayama
97 kg/213 lbs. - Koki Yamamoto
125 kg/275 lbs. – Katsutoshi Kanazawa

Women’s freestyle
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Yuki Irie
58 kg/128 lbs. - Yuzuru Kumano
69 kg/152 lbs. - Miwa Morikawa
Team Leader - Kosei Akaishi
Freestyle Coach - Shinichi Yumoto
Women’s Coach - Ryo Kanehama

Special Challenge Match – Jordan Oliver (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids) vs. Frank Chamizo (Italy)

About Beat the Streets
The mission of Beat the Streets is to develop the full potential of the urban youth and to strengthen the culture of New York City wrestling. BTS works directly with the New York City Department of Education in a public-private partnership to bring the life changing sport of wrestling to over 3,000 New York City student-athletes to help them achieve their personal and athletic goals. Through the operation of wrestling programs in middle and high schools in the five boroughs, BTS and the DOE provide a safe, positive atmosphere in which disadvantaged and at-risk youth can learn the essential life lessons of grit, personal responsibility and teamwork, physical fitness and nutrition, and life-long learning. The goal of fostering strong, well-rounded student-athletes is delivered through coaching, after-school programs, life skills workshops, and summer camps. 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 United World Wrestling, the international wrestling federation. 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. It has over 220,000 members across the nation, boys and girls, men and women of all ages, representing all levels of the sport. Its president is Bruce Baumgartner, and its Executive Director is Rich Bender. More information can be found at TheMat.com.

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