Beat The Streets 2019

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Beat The Streets is a nationwide wrestling organization, but we will be focusing on the New York City BTS. The mission of Beat the Streets NYC Wrestling is to “Develop the full human and athletic potential of the urban youth and to strengthen the wrestling culture within New York City.”– https://www.btsny.org

Here is every match from Beat The Streets New York City 2019 (Matches aren’t in order by weight):

122 lbs – Valentina Bailon (Grover Cleveland) VFA Elleny Seda New York, NY (Martin Luther King), 12-11 3:22

138 lbs – Jo Jo Aragona (PA) VFA Adam Busiello (NY), 6-0 4:06

57 kg – Jack Mueller Charlottesville (Virginia) VSU Nick Piccininni (Oklahoma State), 10-0 2:29

62 kg – Mallory Velte (USA) VSU Linda Morais (Canada), 10-0 1:32

70 kg – James Green (Nebraska WTC) VPO1 Anthony Ashnault New Brunswick (NJ RTC), 8-4

97 kg – Kyle Snyder (Ohio RTC) VSU1 Nishan Randhawa (Canada), 15-1 2:57

125 kg – Nick Gwiazdowski Raleigh (Wolfpack Wrestling Club) VPO Derek White (Cowboy RTC), 9-0

53 kg – Becka Leathers (Tar Heel Wrestling Club) VPO1 Diana Weicker (Canada), 10-6

61 kg – Nick Suriano (Rutgers) VPO1 Joe Colon (Valley RTC), 3-1

86 kg –  Drew Foster (Panther Wrestling Club) VIN David Taylor (Nittany Lion Wrestling Club), 0-0 0:31

92 kg – J’den Cox Columbia (TMWC) VSU Patrick Brucki (Princeton), 13-0 0:58

65 kg – Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) VPO1 Bajrang Punia (India), 10-8

79 kg – Jordan Burroughs (Nebraska Wrestling Training Center) VSU Ben Askren (UFC/AWA), 11-0 3:16

The big matchups that people were looking forwards to were Nick Suriano vs Joe Colon; Yianni Diakomihalis vs Bajrang Punia; Jordan Burroughs vs Ben Askren. The one that stood out the most was Burroughs and Askren. Burroughs is obviously the King of Wrestling and Askren was the king of his time as well. They are two very different wrestlers but both are/were very good at what they do. Askren is referred to as “The Funk”. He was one heck of a scrambler back in high school and during his collegiate career.

Here are Askren’s stats from college:

Two-Time NCAA Champion for Missouri (2006, 2007)

Four-Time NCAA Finalist and All-American (2004-07)

Three-Time Big XII Conference Champion

Two-Time Dan Hodge Award Winner

Two-Time Schalles Award Winner

Career Record: 153-7

Won 18-Consecutive Matches by Fall in the First Period (NCAA Record)

Won Last 87 Matches in a Row (Top 10 in NCAA History)

Won 93 Matches by Fall (Fourth-Most in NCAA History)

Here are Jordan’s stats from college:

Undefeated Seasons (2009, 2011)

Three Big 12 Titles

Two National Championships

Hodge Trophy Winner

These wrestlers wrestled at two different times with different wrestlers, coaches, etc. It is hard to compare these two greats; however, they went head-to-head at Beat The Streets. Burroughs was the first to strike with a single leg attempt that drove Askren off the stage. Shortly after, Jordan hit a blast double and another one around the 1-minute mark of the first period. There were no takedown attempts from Askren when headed into the second.  He was down 0-8. Burroughs started the second period with a quick ankle pick and gave him the win, 11-0.

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