Freestyle Wrestling Highlights: Beat the Streets 2018
Relive the magic with GIFs and videos of the best eliminations, scrambles and throws from amateur wrestling matches throughout the year. These are Mmauckahighlights of the fight.
It has been a busy week for freestyle wrestling. 2018 World Team Trials tournament featured hundreds of matches between the nation’s best, all vying for an opportunity to represent the United States at the World Wrestling Championships. But the best matches of the week could well have taken place a few hours before.
Beat the Streets (BTS) is a non-profit organization focused on improving the lives of young people in underserved populations through community and lessons learned through amateur wrestling. BTS has been fortunate enough to grow and develop an annual star-studded wrestling exhibition event. 2018 “Rumble on the river” down Manhattan boasted a lineup of world-class American acrobatic wrestlers competing against athletes from Cuba, Nigeria, Azerbaijan and Italy.
The main event featured a ‘super match’ between the golden boy from American wrestling, Jordan burroughs, against a double world champion and electrifying athlete in Italy Franck Chamizo. Superstar champions like Kyle snyder and Heyn Maroulis. All the action was presented and broadcast by the fantastic team of FloWrestling.
Enjoy the best wrestling moments from Beat the Streets 2018!
Although the fights were seen as exhibitions, national pride and the right to brag was at stake. Each wrestler was uniquely challenged by a very slippery carpet. The slippery surface made it difficult for some wrestlers to plant their feet and gain traction, while others benefited from this environmental factor.
Kyle Snyder (United States) vs. Reineris Salas Perez (Cuba)
In the most dramatic fight of the evening, Captain America himself Kyle snyder was in a world of trouble from the start. Three-time NCAA champion, two-time world champion and 2016 Olympic champion at just 22, no one expected a significant threat from the crafty veteran Reineris Salas Pérez.
Maybe he was underestimated, or helped by the slippery mats, but the three-time world medalist shocked the crowd by spilling first blood.
Snyder has given up games in the past, but we haven’t seen him move so easily in many years. The old one Ohio state the wrestler advanced aggressively to get back into the match, opening up a huge opportunity for one of the sport’s best counter artists.
Driving out of bounds, Salas Perez timed a nice sweep of the foot and planted Snyder flat on his back for four more points. The best pound-for-pound wrestler on the planet was down 8-1.
But the clutch gene is strong with Kyle Snyder. He worked at an exhausting pace, supporting the Cuban and eliminating pushes to close the gap. Salas Perez would try to sit on his lead, which allowed Snyder to focus on the offense, implementing his brutal attacks.
It was two low ankle attacks followed by intense scrambling that saw Snyder make a dramatic comeback for the United States.
Pat Glory (Princeton) vs. Gavin Teasdale (Penn State)
Earlier that night, there was a rivalry match between two of the country’s top high school wrestlers. The four-time champion of the State of Pennsylvania Gavin Teasdale had won their last fight, but historically New Jersey Pat glory gave Teasdale fits with his jamming.
In their first top freestyle reunion, Glory was able to use the positions he normally finds in folkstyle to open up a powerful chest envelope on the way to a technical fall.
Helen Maroulis (United States) v Odunayo Adekuoroye (Nigeria)
The featured women’s freestyle bout was between the world’s best pound-for-pound woman, Helene Maroulis, and Nigeria’s world silver medalist Odunayo Adekuoroye.
In his young career, Maroulis won gold at the 2015 and 2017 World Championships, but the highlight was his 2016 Olympics gold medal against the greatest of all time, Japan Saori Yoshida. Yoshida had claimed an astounding thirteen world championships and was working on his fourth Olympic title before being stopped by Maroulis.
Maroulis and Adekuoroye have a history of hotly contested games, and it was no different. It hasn’t received much media coverage, but Maroulis is still recovering from a severe concussion and is not struggling at 100% of his capacity. The match was decided by the defense and the re-attacks of Maroulis.
Josh Rodriguez (United States) vs. Reineris Andreu Ortega (Cuba)
A sort of nomadic, Californian wrestler Josh rodriguez found a house in Nittany Lion Wrestling Club at Penn State after graduating from North Dakota State. Despite having his own freestyle and Greco chops, Rodriguez was outdone against Cuba Reineri Andreu Ortega, a 2017 U23 World Champion.
While Rodriguez was still able to shoot and shoot against his most skilled opponent, it was the Cuban’s blinding speed and whimsical hips that decided the game.
Kyle Dake (United States) vs. Livian Lopez Azcuy (Cuba)
It’s been a long time since Cornellthe four-time NCAA champion Kyle dake. “Kid Dynamite” has always been one of the best in the world, unfortunately in the same weight class as his king and compatriot Jordan Burroughs.
Now that extra weights have been added, the world is feeling Kyle Dake’s explosive fury. He faced Livian Lopez Azcuy, triple world medalist and only Olympic medalist for Cuba.
Dake has gotten into the habit of quickly taking out his foreign opponents with high-amplitude leg attacks. Lopez was just another baby-faced powerhouse victim.
Jordan Oliver (United States) v Togrul Asgarov (Azerbaijan)
The co-main event and the first night pit “super-match” Oklahoma Statetwo-time NCAA champion Jordan olivier against the recently suspended Togrul Asgarov. Asgarov has been at the top of the sport, winning gold in the 2012 Olympics and silver in 2016. Oliver has often come close to making world and Olympic teams, we don’t usually see him against top international opponents.
The match was frustrating at times, with the two constantly crossing their fingers, causing the action to pause. But Asgarov relaxed and Oliver managed to shoot a single leg hit for two runs.
Oliver struggled to maintain his lead, frustrated by Asgarov’s continuous finger lacing and slippery mats. Maintaining the position was too difficult without the grip of his shoes, and Oliver attacked relentlessly to slow the clock.
His strategy paid off and Oliver scored one of the biggest victories of his career.
To the delight of fans around the world, Cuban export Frank Chamizo has decided to upgrade to 74 KG to face America’s best, Jordan Burroughs. Chamizo is one of the most popular wrestlers today, using his bewildering poise and hips to engage in some jaw-dropping scrambling.
At 65kg, Chamizo won 2015 world gold and 2016 Olympic bronze. Last year, Chamizo reached 70kg to win world gold again. Burroughs is the most accomplished wrestler, winning four world gold, one Olympic gold and one world bronze. It was all 74 KG.
Faced with a Herculean task, Chamizo struck first. Feeling the pressure from the taller man, Chamizo hit a slip and beat Burroughs for the first two points of the game.
After a full night of games, the mat is smoother than ever. Chamizo’s smooth and athletic maneuvers were almost boosted by the lack of friction. When Burroughs was finally able to hang on to one leg, Chamizo exploded in a switch meter.
But Burroughs had gained ground, the two-on-one opening the attack with one leg. Back at the pit, JB scored his first out.
Not to be outdone, Burroughs began to show his own defensive skill.
The tide was turning and the crowd felt the momentum change dramatically as Burroughs scrambled Chamizo to narrow his lead to one point.
Over the past few years, fans have seen less and less of Burroughs’ signature move, the double leg blast. In an environment where it is difficult to plant your feet and push, a movement of this nature is a huge risk.
But with less than a minute to go, Burroughs slammed into the dynamic champion and finally took the lead.
The King remains the King.
– Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold) May 18, 2018
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