2018 Olympic Bronze Medalist J'den Cox Completes Beat the Streets Lineup May 6 At Hulu Theater
Cox To Battle Princeton's Brucki, Plus Four Other Matchups Set Card At 13 Bouts In Tenth Annual Youth Non-profit Fundraiser at "Grapple at the Garden"
By: Beat the Streets
Cox, a three-time NCAA Champion at Missouri (2014, 2016-17), has competed in two of the past three BTS events: 2018 and 2016, the year in which he burst onto the international wrestling scene and rode that success through the U.S. Olympic Trials and World Qualifier all the way to the bronze in Rio. Since winning his Olympic medal, Cox won a World bronze medal in 2017 and became a World champion in 2018. In his three years on the international scene, Cox has won a World or Olympic medal all three times.
Brucki completed his sophomore season last month 33-3 at Princeton, becoming the 11th Tiger to gain All-America status and placing fourth at 197 lbs. in the NCAA Championships. A former Illinois state high school champion, the Orland Park native ranked as high as No. 3 this year and went 10-1 against ranked competition before the NCAA Championships.
"We are excited that a great champion like J'den Cox will be returning to Beat the Streets as a featured match on our already amazing card," said Brendan Buckley, Beat the Streets Inc Executive Director. "And we couldn't be more pleased with the rest of the newly announced matches that really make the evening an unbelievable experience for everyone."
The other matches announced today include:
• Nathan Tomasello vs. Jack Mueller, 57 kg
• Jordan Oliver vs. Joseph McKenna, 65 kg
• David Taylor vs. Drew Foster, 86 kg
• Nick Gwiazdowski vs. Derek White, 125 kg
Taylor, a 2018 World champion, will battle 2019 NCAA champion Foster from Northern Iowa. Gwiazdowski, a two-time World bronze medalist, faces 2019 NCAA runner-up Derek White of Oklahoma State. Oliver and McKenna, top Olympic hopefuls at their weight class, have both won age-group World freestyle medals for Team USA. Tomasello, a past NCAA champion for Ohio State and Mueller, a 2019 NCAA runner-up for Virginia, also have extensive freestyle achievements.
The five matchups enhance an already impressive slate that includes previously announced featured bouts between 2012 Gold Medalist Jordan Burroughs and 2008 Olympian Ben Askren; 2016 Gold Medalist Kyle Snyder vs. Canada's Nishan Randhawa; two-time National Champion Yianni Diakomahlis (Rochester, N.Y.) vs. Bajrang Punia (India); a match between current NCAA champion Nick Suriano (Paramus, N.J. / Rutgers Univ.) and 2018 World bronze medalist Joe Colon (Clear Lake, Iowa / Univ. of Northern Iowa); women's bouts between 2018 World Silver Medalist Sarah Hildebrandt (Granger, Ind.) and Canada's Dana Weicker, and 2018 Senior World Championships Bronze Medalist Mallory Velte (Sacramento, Calif.) vs. Linda Morais, also of Canada; an all-New Jersey matchup between James Green (Willingboro)
The full list of matches and weight classes announced to date is available below; the order is still to be determined. "Grapple at the Garden" supports Beat the Streets (www.btsny.org), the largest grassroots inner city wrestling program in the United States, serving as both a fundraiser for the organization and to celebrate its athletes as they compete on the biggest stage in the center of the world.
Tickets for the evening's action are available now via TicketMaster, priced starting at $30. A variety of donation packages which include "Grapple in the Garden" tickets are also available at https://www.btsny.org/
For the fifth straight year, FloSports will provide live and on-demand coverage on FloWrestling.com.
Beat the Streets Benefit competitions, which began in 2010, have since become a major showcase of the best of international wrestling. This unique and electrifying annual event has helped Beat the Streets raise millions of dollars to support local youth wrestling programs which empower young people in New York City.
2019 Beat the Streets "Grapple at the Garden"
May 6, 2019
Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York
Sarah Hildebrandt vs. Diana Weicker, 53 kg (W)
Mallory Velte vs. Linda Morais, 62 kg (W)
Jo Jo Aragona vs. Adam Busiello, 138 lbs.
Nathan Tomasello vs. Jack Mueller, 57 kg
Nick Suriano vs. Joe Colon, 61 kg
Jordan Oliver vs. Joseph McKenna, 65 kg
Bajrang Punia (IND) vs. Yianni Diakomihalis, 65 kg
James Green vs. Anthony Ashnault, 70 kg
Jordan Burroughs vs Ben Askren, 74 kg
David Taylor vs. Drew Foster, 86 kg
J'den Cox vs. Patrick Brucki, 92 kg
Kyle Snyder vs. Nishan Randhawa (CAN), 97 kg
Nick Gwiazdowski vs. Derek White, 125 kg