Recently crowned NCAA wrestling champs Ed Ruth, Logan Stieber and David Taylor will be among the athletes representing the U.S. vs. World All-Stars in international freestyle competition as part of the Beat the Streets gala at New York’s Times Square Wednesday, May 7, event sponsors announced Friday.
Other men’s freestyle Team USA members for this event include Nahshon Garrett, Jimmy Kennedy, Jordan Oliver, Brent Metcalf, Jordan Burroughs, and Kyle Snyder. Helen Maroulis and Randi Miller will represent the US women’s freestyle squad.
The event, held for the third time outdoors at Times Square, is designed to draw attention to the sport of wrestling, as well as to raise funds for the Beat the Streets organization, which supports over 140 youth development wrestling programs in New York City, serving nearly 3,000 student-athletes.
The fundraising elements of the event include availability of reserved seating in Times Square (though passers-by without tickets will also be able to watch), along with a gala event at Best Buy Theater at 1515 Broadway, which requires a ticket for admission. For event information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit the Beat the Streets website or call (212) 245-6570.
Team USA background, opponents
Three members of Team USA competing at Beat the Streets in Times Square won titles at the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Oklahoma City in March. Logan Stieber, who won his third national collegiate title for Ohio State, will be competing at 65 kilos/143 pounds vs. Canada’s Haislan Garcia. David Taylor, Penn State’s two-time NCAA champ at 165 pounds, will take on Yabrail Hasanov of Azerbaijan at 74 kilos/163 pounds… while his former Nittany Lions teammate Ed Ruth, that program’s first three-time NCAA champ, will wrestle Spain’s Taymuraz Friev at 86 kilos/189 pounds.
Other participants with individual NCAA titles include Jordan Oliver, two-time national champ for Oklahoma State vs. Boris Novachkov of Bulgaria at 65 kilos/143 lbs., and, in the same weight class, Brent Metcalf, University of Iowa two-time NCAA champ, going up against Russia’s Magomed Kurbanaliev. At 74 kilos/163 lbs., Jordan Burroughs – 2012 Olympic gold medalist and two-time college champ for University of Nebraska – faces Atsamaz Sanakoev of Russia.
Other Team USA members include Nahshon Garrett, an NCAA All-American for Cornell University, who will take on Bulgaria’s George Vangelov at 57 kilos/125.5 pounds; former University of Illinois All-American Jimmy Kennedy, vs. Aleksandr Bogomoev of Russia, at 61 kilos/134 pounds, and 18-year-old high school wrestler Kyle Snyder, grappling Russia’s Khadjimurat Gatsalov at 97 kilos/213 pounds.
The opponents for the two U.S. women freestyle wrestlers on the card, Helen Maroulis of Rockville, Md. at 55 kilos/121 lbs. and Randi Miller of Colorado Springs, Colo. at 69 kilos/152 lbs. are yet to be announced.
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 aircraft career USS Intrepid moored on the west side of Manhattan. In 2011 and 2012, the event moved to Times Square. Last year, the event took on a new location -- Grand Central Terminal – and a new name, “Rumble on the Rails” – with dual meets featuring Team USA, Russia and Iran.