Pairing Set At 65 kg/143 lbs. In International Competition Between Team USA & World All-Stars; Others To Follow In The Coming Days
NEW YORK, May 1, 2014 – Jordan Oliver of Stillwater, Okla., will take on Boris Novachkov of Bulgaria at 65 kg/143 lbs. in the second matchup announced as part of the Team USA vs. World All-Stars international wrestling competition in Times Square on May 7. The remaining pairings will be revealed in the coming days for the event, held in support of the Beat the Streets youth wrestling program.
Oliver was second in the 2013 World Team Trials and 2013 U.S. Open. He also placed sixth in the 2014 U.S. Open. Oliver claimed a bronze medal at the 2009 Junior World Championships. He was a two-time NCAA champion and also an NCAA runner-up for Oklahoma State. A native of Easton, Pa., Oliver has won age-group national titles on the FILA Junior and Junior levels.
Novachkov is also a product of the American wrestling system. Born in Bulgaria, Novachkov went to high school in California, where he won two state titles and three U.S. Junior National titles. He went to Cal Poly for college, where he was an NCAA runner-up and three-time All-American. Since competing for Bulgaria on the Senior level, Novachkov was second in the 2014 European Championships and second in the Dan Kolov International in Bulgaria, along with other international placements.
The backgrounds of Beat the Streets student-athletes are amazingly diverse, and their paths to wrestling equally well-varied. The story of William Yee, a junior at Info Tech High School in Queens, is no exception. Yee is now one of the Manhattan Training Center’s top three attendees, though he didn’t get involved with the sport until his freshman year of high school.
First Pairing Set At 74 kg/163 lbs. In International Competition Between Team USA & World All-Stars; Others To Follow In The Coming Days
NEW YORK, April 30, 2014 – David Taylor of State College, Pa., will take on Yabrail Hasanov of Azerbaijan at 74 kg/163 lbs. in the first matchup announced as part of the Team USA vs. World All-Stars international wrestling competition in Times Square on May 7. The remaining pairings will be revealed in the coming days for the event, held in support of the Beat the Streets youth wrestling program.
Taylor has been second at the U.S. Open the last two years at this weight class, and was third in the 2013 World Team Trials. He won a bronze medal at the 2013 World University Games, and was eighth in the 2007 Junior World Championships while still in high school. Taylor was a two-time NCAA champion, two-time NCAA runner-up and two-time winner of the Dan Hodge Trophy winner as the nation’s top college wrestler during his amazing career at Penn State.
Hasanov is a two-time World bronze medalist (2010 and 2011) and placed fifth in the 2012 Olympic Games. He was a 2011 European champion and won a silver medal at the 2013 World University Games. Hasanov won two Junior World medals, a silver in 2008 and a bronze in 2007. For much of his career, Hasanov competed at 66 kg/145.5 lbs., but moved up in weight within the last two seasons.
A limited number of tickets have been made available which provide entry to the Beat the Streets Gala Celebration taking place on May 7th at 7:30pm at the Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway. Tickets are available here.
These tickets do NOT provide seating at the wrestling event taking place in Times Square, however, that portion of the evening is open to the public and passersby are encouraged to view the competition from their feet and on the video billboards overlooking the action.
Two Olympic Champions and a World silver medalist have volunteered to lead clinics next week, free for all Beat the Streets student-athletes!
Tom Brands will lead a clinic on Tuesday, May 6th, 5:00-7:00 pm, in the main gym at Brooklyn Tech.
Henry Cejudo will lead a clinic on Thursday, May 8th, 6:00-8:00 pm, at Eagle Academy.
To encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to learn from three of America's best wrestlers, all Neighborhood Training Center and Manhattan Training Center practices will be cancelled on Tuesday, May 6th and Thursday, May 8th.
Garrett, Kennedy, Metcalf, Oliver, Stieber, Taylor, Ruth, Snyder, Ruth Join Burroughs & Maroulis; Youth Wrestlers From Beat The Streets To Be Announced Shortly
NEW YORK, April 29, 2014 –Team USA wrestlers Nahshon Garrett (57 kg/125.5 lbs.), Jimmy Kennedy (61 kg/134 lbs.), Jordan Oliver (65 kg/143 lbs.), Brent Metcalf (65 kg/143 lbs.), Logan Stieber (65 kg/143 lbs.), David Taylor (74 kg/163 lbs.), Ed Ruth (86 kg/189 lbs.), Kyle Snyder (97 kg/213 lbs.) and Randi Miller (women's: 69 kg/152 lbs.) were added today to the roster of American stars who will take on top international standouts in the Team USA vs. The World All-Stars international wrestling competition in support of “Beat the Streets,” set for May 7 at New York's Times Square.
The nine star wrestlers join Olympic and two-time World champion Jordan Burroughs (74 kg/163 lbs.) and World silver medalist Helen Maroulis (55 kg/121 lbs.), who were announced by Beat the Streets and USA Wrestling as the first two U.S. competitors last week.
The purpose of this event is to elevate the profile 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.
It was a huge day at the George Wingate Educational Complex in Brooklyn on Saturday as 132 girls from five states competed in 14 weight classes and two age divisions at the inaugural Gotham City Girls East Coast Freestyle Wrestling Championship.