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    DeSanto, Fix to meet at Beat the Streets Benefit

    Austin DeSanto (Photo/Tom Elling)

    NEW YORK -- Beat the Streets is pleased to announce that it will be featuring matches between highly accomplished student-athletes from New York City and visitors from Philadelphia and Providence, R.I., at its annual benefit on Wednesday, May 17 in Times Square.

    Additionally, there will be a special match between Austin DeSanto (Exeter HS), the Pennsylvania state champion, and four-time undefeated Oklahoma state champion Daton Fix (Sand Springs HS/committed to Oklahoma State Univ.)

    Notably, DeSanto denied superstar Spencer Lee his fourth straight state title after losing to Lee in the state finals in 2016. Fix was a 2016 Junior World bronze medalist for the USA. He also wrestled in the 2016 Beat the Streets United in the Square match, defeating Junior star Kheyrollah Ghahramani of Iran, 14-3 in Times Square. Additionally, Fix was the prestigious 2017 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award winner from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

    There will be a special scoring system in place for this match, with the first to score five takedowns earning the win.

    The gala is Beat the Streets' annual fundraiser that helps provide wrestling equipment and opportunities to 3,000 kids across the five boroughs every year. The youth match-ups will be held starting at 3 p.m., prior to the NYC PSAL Girls Dual Meet Championships and world-class wrestling matches between members of Team USA and Team Japan.

    The NYC Beat the Streets boys team members include:
    • Wilver Mariano-Peralta, 8th grade, M.S. 129, Bronx, 112 lbs. (2017 City Champion, 2017 Regional Champion, 2017 NY State Finalist)
    • Mitchell Barcus, 8th grade, Eagle Academy, Bronx, 115 lbs. (2017 third at Cities, 2017 NY State Finalist)
    • Edwin Kent, 8th grade, East Harlem, 125 lbs. (2017 City Champion)
    • Daniel Bogie, 11th grade, Eagle Academy, Bronx, 145 lbs. (2017 6th place at NY State Championships)
    • Simon Chee, 12th grade, Benjamin Cardozo, Queens, 195 lbs., (2017 NY State Finalist, wrestling at Wesleyan next year)
    • Brandon Nunez, 12th grade, John Bowne, Queens, 99 lbs. (two-time NY State placewinner, first Division I NY State Champion from PSAL, wrestling at Rhode Island College next year

    FloWrestling will be live streaming the entire event at www.flowrestling.org.

    There will also be three girls matches, with the BTS wrestlers and opponents to be announced.

    The boys' opponents are as follows:
    • Jay Copeland, 8th grade, Belmont Charter, Philadelphia, 112 lbs.
    • Talib Copeland, 8th grade, Belmont Charter, Philadelphia, 115 lbs.
    • Obed Yancor, 8th grade, Esek Hopkins Middle School, Providence, R.I., 125 lbs.
    • Ousmane Diarra, 12th grade, Central HS, Philadelphia, 145 lbs.
    • Lee Miles, 12th grade, South Philadelphia HS, 195 lbs.
    • Jonathan Prata, Titan Mercury, 99 lbs.

    The United States men's freestyle team is highlighted by 2016 Olympic champion Kyle Snyder (Woodbine, Md./Titan Mercury WC) at 96 kg/213 lbs, 2012 Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs (Lincoln, Neb./Sunkist Kids/Nebraska Wrestling TC) at 74 kg/163 lbs. and 2016 World champion Logan Stieber (Columbus, Ohio/Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC), at 61 kg/134 lbs. On the women's side, 2016 Olympic gold medalist Helen Maroulis (Rockville, Md./Sunkist Kids) headlines the roster taking on Japan.

    At New York, May 17

    Event Schedule
    3 p.m. (ET) - Beat the Streets youth exhibition matches
    4:45 p.m. (ET) - NYC PSAL Girls Dual Meet Championships
    6 p.m. (ET) - Team USA vs. Team Japan, preceded by special match between Austin DeSanto and Daton Fix

    Announced Team USA Roster

    Men's Freestyle
    57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Tony Ramos (Chapel Hill, N.C./Sunkist Kids/Tarheel WC)
    61 kg/134 lbs. - Logan Stieber (Columbus, Ohio/Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
    65 kg/143 lbs. - Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa./Nittany Lion WC)
    70 kg/154 lbs. - James Green (Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska Wrestling TC)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Jordan Burroughs (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska Wrestling TC)
    86 kg/189 lbs. - David Taylor (State College Pa./Titan Mercury WC/Nittany Lion WC)
    97 kg/213 lbs. - Kyle Snyder (Woodbine, Md./Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
    125 kg/275 lbs. - Nick Gwiazdowski (Raleigh, N.C/Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC)

    Women's Freestyle
    48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Victoria Anthony (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids)
    58 kg/128 lbs. - Helen Maroulis (New York, N.Y./Sunkist Kids/NYC RTC)
    69 kg/152 lbs. - Tamyra Mensah (Katy, Texas/Titan Mercury WC)

    Team Japan Roster

    Men's freestyle
    57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Rinya Nakamura
    61 kg/134 lbs. - Shingo Arimoto
    65 kg/143 lbs. - Daichi Takatani
    70 kg/154 lbs. - Nobuyoshi Takojima
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Sohsuke Takatani
    86 kg/189 lbs. - Takahiro Murayama
    97 kg/213 lbs. - Koki Yamamoto
    125 kg/275 lbs. - Katsutoshi Kanazawa

    Women's freestyle
    48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Yuki Irie
    58 kg/128 lbs. - Yuzuru Kumano
    69 kg/152 lbs. - Miwa Morikawa
    Team Leader - Kosei Akaishi
    Freestyle Coach - Shinichi Yumoto
    Women's Coach - Ryo Kanehama

    Special Challenge Match - Jordan Oliver (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids) vs. Frank Chamizo (Italy)

    About Beat the Streets
    The mission of Beat the Streets is to develop the full potential of the urban youth and to strengthen the culture of New York City wrestling. BTS works directly with the New York City Department of Education in a public-private partnership to bring the life changing sport of wrestling to over 3,000 New York City student-athletes to help them achieve their personal and athletic goals. Through the operation of wrestling programs in middle and high schools in the five boroughs, BTS and the DOE provide a safe, positive atmosphere in which disadvantaged and at-risk youth can learn the essential life lessons of grit, personal responsibility and teamwork, physical fitness and nutrition, and life-long learning. The goal of fostering strong, well-rounded student-athletes is delivered through coaching, after-school programs, life skills workshops, and summer camps. More information can be found at www.btsny.org.

    About USA Wrestling
    USA Wrestling is the National Governing Body for the Sport of Wrestling in the United States and, as such, is its representative to the United States Olympic Committee and United World Wrestling, the international wrestling federation. Simply, USA Wrestling is the central organization that coordinates amateur wrestling programs in the nation and works to create interest and participation in these programs. It has over 220,000 members across the nation, boys and girls, men and women of all ages, representing all levels of the sport. Its president is Bruce Baumgartner, and its Executive Director is Rich Bender. More information can be found at TheMat.com.

    About FloSports
    FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, partners with event rights holders and governing bodies to unlock a world of sports coverage that true fans have been waiting for. Through live streaming of premier events, original video programming, and weekly studio shows, FloSports is growing the sports, the athletes and the fans. Current verticals under the FloSports header are Wrestling, Grappling, MMA, Elite Fitness, Boxing, Softball, Tennis, Pro Wrestling, Gymnastics, Marching, Basketball, Volleyball, eSports, Rodeo, Climbing, Swimming, Cheerleading, and Track.

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