Former Iowa Hawkeye and U.S. Open champion Brent Metcalf will be taking on Magomed Kurbanaliev of Russia (note: apparently BTS have since taken this link down, maybe they will reactivate it this week) at the Beat the Streets event in New York on May 7th. Kurbanaliev was the bronze medalist at the 2013 World Championships. Last year Metcalf defeated Kurbanaliev at the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix where Metcalf claimed the Silver medal.
Metcalf is coming off a dominating performance in Las Vegas where he out scored his opponents 39-0 en route to his first U.S. Open title over Kellen Russell. Almost as surprising as Metcalf’s performance at the Open was the fact that he had recently joined the world of Twitter (follow him @BHMetcalf).
Other Senior matchups announced are 2014 Hodge trophy winner and recent U.S. Open runner up, David Taylor will be taking on Yabrail Hasanov of Azerbaijan at 74 kg(163 lbs). Former Oklahoma State NCAA champion Jordan Oliver will be taking on Boris Novachkov of Bulgaria at 65 kg(143 lbs). Novachlkov spent his collegiate career competing for Cal-Poly, whose head coach was former Hawkeye Mark Perry. Oliver and Novachlkov met three times in college, with Oliver holding a 2-1 advantage. The third matchup announced was Penn State NCAA champion Ed Ruth will be taking on Taymuraz Friev of Spain at 86 kg(189 lbs). Olympic gold medalist, and two time World Champion Jordan Burroughs will be taking on Atsamaz Sanakoev of Russia at 74 kg(163 lbs). Finally among Seniors, Jimmy Kennedy gets Russian Alexander Bogomoev at 65kg(143 lbs). Bogomoev has won both meetings against Kennedy in 2012 and 2013.
The Beat the Streets event also features a few collegians. The first being Kyle Synder, who has yet to begin his collegiate career for Ohio State, will have a very tough match against Khadjimurat Gatsalov of Russia at 97 kg(213 lbs). It will be a match of an aging great and a rising star in Synder. Gatsalov won the 2004 Olympics and is a five time World Champion. Synder’s future teammate Logan Stieber will square off against Haislan Garcia of Canada at 65 kg(143 lbs). The final collegian competing is Cornell’s Nahshon Garrett who will match up with Georgi Vangelov of Bulgaria at 57 kg(125.5 lbs)
U.S. women freestyle wrestlers Helen Maroulis – 55 kg(121 lbs) – and Randi Miller – 69 kg(152 lbs) – have yet to have their matchups announced.
The best way to describe this event would be from the Beat the Streets website : “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.”
UPDATE : Good news came on Monday as NBC Sports released that they will be presenting the Beat the Streets event at 9:30 p.m. CT on NBCSN. Jason Knapp and Olympic champion Rulon Gardner will be calling the action, with sideline interviews done by Chris Mannix. NBCSN will have the replay Thursday at 3 p.m. CT for fans who will be unable to catch the event on the first go around.
UPDATE #2 : I found this link which shows that Flowrestling will be carrying the webcast at 4:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, May 7th.