Beat the Streets announces pairings for boys, girls, PSAL matches for ‘Rumble On The River’ Benefit Thursday

By Beat the Streets | May 15, 2018, 12:20 p.m. (ET)

NEW YORK --- Beat the Streets is pleased to announce that it will be featuring matches between highly accomplished student-athletes from New York City and visitors from Baltimore, Chicago, Providence, R.I., and Philadelphia at its annual benefit on Thursday at Pier 17/Seaport District NYC, dubbed the “Rumble on the River.” The gala is Beat the Streets’ annual fundraiser that helps provide wrestling equipment and opportunities to 3,000 kids across the five boroughs every year. A total of 15 youth match-ups will be held starting at 2:30 p.m., prior to the NYC PSAL Girls Dual Meet Championships between Brooklyn’s Edward R. Murrow HS and Bronx’s Harry S. Truman HS at 4 p.m. and world-class wrestling matches between members of Team USA, Team Cuba and Team Nigeria beginning at 6.

Several of the matches will also include youngsters from Newtown Youth Wrestling/Sandy Hook, Conn.

The youth competition features the following matchups:

  • 60 lbs., Sara Jacobs (BTSNY/Monsignor Farrell) vs. Gaby Conte (Upstate N.Y./Total Force WC)
  • 76 lbs., Cameron Mayfield (BTSNY/Eagle) vs. Luca Manfredi (Newtown/Sandy Hook, Conn./Newtown Middle School)
  • 95 lbs., Michael Adams (BTSNY/Monsignor Farrell) vs. Lebron Pendles (BTS Baltimore/Guilford)
  • 95 lbs., Nyah Colon (BTSNY/Rocco Laurie) vs. Crystal Saucedo (BTS Chicago/Calmeca Elem.)
  • 115 lbs., Isaias Torres (BTSNY/Upper Ten) vs. Joshua Butler (BTS Chicago/Kenwood Acad.)
  • 115 lbs., Nathaly Pichardo (BTSNY/Inwood) vs. Nayanna Carvalho (BTS Providence/Nathanael Greene)
  • 120 lbs., Terry Adams (BTSNY/Monsignor Farrell) vs. Zimir Rice (BTS Philadelphia/Overbrook HS)
  • 125 lbs., Mitchell Barcus (BTSNY/Eagle) vs. Zaire Crawford (BTS Philadelphia/Belmont Charter)
  • 130 lbs, Carlos Guzman (BTSNY/RKA) vs. David Manjarrez (BTS Chicago/Evergreen)
  • 130 lbs., Alessandra Elliott (BTSNY/Tottenville) vs. Giselle Martinez (BTS Providence/Hope HS)
  • 165 lbs., Demitreus Henry (BTSNY/Grand Street) vs. Ayomide Onajide (BTS Providence/Hope HS)
  • 230 lbs., Jayson Gomez (BTSNY/Eagle) vs. Pablo Tellez (BTS Chicago/Chicago Hope Acad.)
  • 170 lbs., Terrance Parks (BTSNY/St. Benedict’s) vs. Angel Garcia (BTS Philadelphia/Marianna Bracetti Acad.)
  • 65 lbs., Antonio Arguello (Newtown Youth Wrestling/Sandy Hook Elementary) vs. Jake Maddox (Newtown/Sandy Hook/Sandy Hook Elementary)
  • 55 lbs., Eric Bocanegra (BTSNY/Elite Wrestling Acad.) vs. Max Malitzky (Newtown/Sandy Hook/Sandy Hook Elementary)

The PSAL Girls Dual Meet Championships between Edward R. Murrow HS and Harry S. Truman HS follows at 4 p.m. Truman is the top seed and is the returning PSAL Champion, defeating Wingate 43-10 at last year’s BTS Benefit in Times Square. Truman, this year’s Bronx Division champion, defeated Brooklyn Tech 29-25 in the semifinals, and Bryant 33-17 in the quarterfinals. Murrow is the second seed and will be making their first-ever appearance in the PSAL Girls Wrestling Championships. Murrow won the Brooklyn Division championship and defeated Wingate 29-26 in the semifinals and Bronx Science 39-16 in the quarterfinals.

After the youth and PSAL matchups, Olympic and World medalists headline the United States men’s and women’s lineups against Cuba (men) and Nigeria (women). The U.S. men’s roster includes 2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion Kyle Snyder, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 World bronze medalist J’den Cox, two-time World bronze medalist James Green, 2017 World bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski, four-time NCAA champion Kyle Dake and three-time NCAA qualifier Josh Rodriguez. The U.S. women include 2016 Olympic gold medalist Helen Maroulis, U23 World Team Member Megan Black and U.S. World Team member Tamyra Mensah-Stock.

Two other U.S. men’s freestyle stars will compete in Super Matches against opponents who are not from Cuba. 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist and four-time World champion Jordan Burroughs will battle two-time World champion and Olympic medalist Frank Chamizo of Italy, and American standout Jordan Oliver challenges two-time Olympic Medalist Toghrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan.

This year will mark the first time that Beat the Streets has held its annual event at Pier 17/Seaport District NYC. In 2013, the event dubbed “The Rumble on the Rails,” was hosted in historic Grand Central Terminal and featured dual meets between Team USA, Russia and Iran. Playing an important role in the international Keep Olympic Wrestling effort, this historic wrestling event gained international media coverage and helped wrestling retain its status on the Olympic Games program.

Coverage will be available live and on-demand exclusively on FloWrestling.com. To access live and on-demand coverage of the Beat the Streets New York City Annual Benefit, visit FloWrestling.com and become a PRO subscriber. A subscription unlocks access to premium content across the entire FloSports network, as well as the matches from the Beat the Streets program starting at 2:30 p.m. ET on May 17. Watch the event across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Roku or Apple TV 4.

This will be the ninth straight year in which a major international-style wrestling competition will be hosted as part of the Beat the Streets Benefit 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. Times Square has been the venue for the 2011, 2012 and 2014-2017 events.

Tickets as low as $25 are required for entry and can be purchased by visiting www.btsny.org, calling 212-777-5702 or emailing Joe DelConte at jdelconte@btsny.org.

The Benefit Celebration at Pier 17 will follow the wrestling competition. This unique and electrifying annual event helps Beat the Streets raise significant funds to further its mission. Whether it’s providing a safe, constructive outlet for our urban youth, fighting childhood obesity, empowering women, or uniting entire nations, wrestling teaches persistence, dedication, and the value of working hard to achieve one’s goals and creates opportunities for personal and universal growth. BTS currently serve over 3,000 student-athletes every year.

2018 Beat the Streets Benefit, “Rumble on the River”

Pier 17/Seaport District NYC, New York City, May 17, 2018

USA Men’s Freestyle Roster to face Cuba

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Josh Rodriguez, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)

70 kg/154 lbs – James Green, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC)

79 kg/174 lbs. – Kyle Dake, Ithaca, N.Y. (Titan Mercury WC/Finger Lakes WC)

92 kg/189 lbs. – J’den Cox, Columbia, Mo. (Titan Mercury WC/Missouri WF)

97 kg/213 lbs. – Kyle Snyder, Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)

125 kg/275 lbs. – Nick Gwiazdowski, Raleigh, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC)

Wrestling Schedule

2:30 p.m. – Beat the Streets Youth Exhibition Matches

4 p.m. – New York City Girls Freestyle Dual Meet Championships Finals: Edward R. Murrow HS vs. Harry S. Truman HS

6:00 p.m. – World Class Wrestling to include:

   • Team USA vs. Nigeria in women’s freestyle

57 kg - Helen Maroulis (USA) vs. Odunayo Adekuoroye (Nigeria)

59 kg – Megan Black (USA) vs. Adeniyi Aminat (Nigeria)           

68 kg - Tamyra Stock (USA) vs. Blessing Oborududu (Nigeria)

   • Team USA vs. Cuba in men’s freestyle

            57 kg – Josh Rodriguez (USA) vs. Reineri Andreeu Ortega (Cuba)

70 kg – James Green (USA) vs. Franklin Maren Castillo (Cuba)

79 kg – Kyle Dake (USA) vs. Livan Lopez Azcuy (Cuba)

92 kg – J’den Cox (USA) vs. Yurieski Torreblanca Queralta (Cuba)

97 kg – Kyle Snyder (USA) vs. Reineris Salas Perez (Cuba)

125 kg– Nick Gwiazdowski (USA) vs. Yudenny Alapajon Estevez (Cuba)

   • High School Super Match, Patrick Glory vs. Gavin Teasdale (time TBD)

   • Super Match 1 – Jordan Burroughs (USA) vs. Frank Chamizo (ITA)

   • Super Match 2 – Jordan Oliver (USA) vs. Togrul Asgarov (AZE) (time TBD)

Followed by Annual Benefit Celebration, Pier 17

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.