Metcalf ignites USA in victory over World All-Stars

Dana White, Rich Bender, Mike Novogratz, and Kyle Dake take in the event (Photo/John Sachs,

NEW YORK -- Brent Metcalf ignited Team USA on Wednesday at the Beat the Streets event in Times Square as the Americans defeated the World All-Stars, 8-3.

Brent Metcalf defeated world No. 1 Magomed Kurbanaliev (Photo/John Sachs,
With the dual meet score tied 2-2, Metcalf, a U.S. Open champion, toppled world No. 1 Magomed Kurbanaliev of Russia, 11-8, at 65 kilos, to put Team USA on top. It was Metcalf's second straight victory over Kurbanaliev.

Metcalf started strong, scoring with a takedown and gut wrench to lead 4-0 in the first 30 seconds. But Kurbanaliev, a World bronze medalist, battled back with two takedowns to tie the match at 4-4. Metcalf retook the lead, 6-4, with a takedown, which is how the first period would end. Kurbanaliev came out with a four-point move to grab the lead 8-6. Metcalf, though, would respond with a takedown and gut wrench to grab a 10-8 lead. He would add a late pushout to give him a three-point victory.

Team USA picked up key wins from Penn State seniors David Taylor (74 kilos) and Ed Ruth (86 kilos). Both defeated established World-level wrestlers.

Taylor, a U.S. Open runner-up, blanked two-time World bronze medalist Yabrail Hasanov of Azerbaijan, 6-0, at 74 kilos. He led 2-0 after the opening period and broke it open in the second period with two takedowns.

Ruth dominated Spain's Taymuraz Friev, picking up a 10-0 technical fall. He was offensive throughout and racked up eight points in the first period, and then closed out the match with a takedown off a slide-by in the second period. Friev placed fifth at the World Championships last year.

The dual meet started with George Vangelov of Bulgaria edging Cornell wrestler Nahshon Garrett, 5-4. Vangelov scored first with a pushout. Garrett came back with two takedowns in the second period to lead 4-1. But Vangelov battled back to tie the match, and picked up a pushout in the closing seconds to take the 5-4 victory. Vangelov won both the New York AC International and Dave Memorial events in the U.S. this season.

At 65 kilos, Jordan Oliver won 4-1 over Bulgaria's Boris Novachkov (Photo/John Sachs,
Team USA then got back-to-back wins from Jimmy Kennedy (61 kilos) and Jordan Oliver (65 kilos).

Kennedy, a U.S. Open champion, earned a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Aleksandr Bogomoev of Russia, avenging a loss from earlier this season. Oliver used a second-period takedown to defeat Bulgaria's Boris Novachkov, 4-1, in a match that was tied after the first period. Oliver and Novachkov are former collegiate wrestling rivals.

Canada's Haislan Garcia tied the dual meet with a 6-2 win over Logan Stieber at 65 kilos. Stieber, a winner in the two previous Beat the Streets events in New York City, picked up a takedown at the two-minute mark of the first period to go up 2-0. Garcia came back to knot the score at 2-2, scoring with a defensive turn. In the second period Garcia pulled away, scoring off another defensive turn and front headlock to win the match by four points.

Following Metcalf's win, Helen Maroulis pinned Marcia Andrades of Venezuela. Maroulis, a World silver medalist and five-time U.S. Open champion, was dominant from start to finish and was on the verge of getting the technical fall, up by nine points, before she hit a fireman's carry and earned the pin with seven seconds remaining in the match.

After the Penn State duo of Taylor and Ruth picked up wins for Team USA, Russian freestyle wrestling legend Khadzhimurat Gatsalov stopped the bleeding for the World All-Stars with a 6-3 win over Junior World champion Kyle Snyder at 97 kilos. Snyder, an Ohio State signee and the nation's No. 1 recruit, scored one point off a scramble, and then added takedown in the first period to trail 4-3 heading into the second period. But Gatsalov, an Olympic gold medalist and five-time World champion, scored the only points in the second period off a single-leg takedown with just over two minutes remaining in the match.

Jordan Burroughs closed out the dual meet with a pin over Atsamaz Sanakoev (Photo/John Sachs,
U.S. Open champion Randi Miller made it two-for-two in women's freestyle matches for Team USA as she handled World champion Alina Stadnik-Makhinya of Ukraine, 11-5, at 69 kilos.

With Team USA's victory sealed, Olympic gold medalist and two-time World champion Jordan Burroughs put an exclamation point on the dual meet win by pinning Russia's Atsamaz Sanakoev in the final match. The match was tied 3-3 after the opening period, but Burroughs broke it wide open in the second period, scoring with multiple blast double legs in the final minute, and earning a touch fall off his final atttack with two seconds remaining in the match.

57 kilos: George Vangelov (Bulgaria) dec. Nahshon Garrett (USA), 5-4
61 kilos: Jimmy Kennedy (USA) dec. Aleksandr Bogomoev (Russia), 2-1
65 kilos: Jordan Oliver (USA) dec. Boris Novachkov (Bulgaria), 4-1
65 kilos: Haislan Garcia (Canada) dec. Logan Stieber (USA), 6-2
65 kilos: Brent Metcalf (USA) dec. Magomed Kurbanaliev (Russia), 11-8
55 kilos: Helen Maroulis (USA) pinned Marcia Andrades (Venezuela), 5:53
74 kilos: David Taylor (USA) dec. Yabrail Hasanov (Azerbaijan), 6-0
86 kilos: Ed Ruth (USA) tech. fall Taymuraz Friev (Spain), 10-0
97 kilos: Khadzhimurat Gatsalov (Russia) dec. Kyle Snyder (USA), 6-3
69 kilos: Randi Miller (USA) dec. Alina Stadnik-Makhinya (Ukraine), 11-5
74 kilos: Jordan Burroughs (USA) pinned Atsamaz Sanakoev (Russia), 5:58


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oldnewdude (1) about 7 and a half years ago
Appears that Burroughs' patented low single is being countered by the few near his level-- he's needed to switch to the double-leg attack in his wins against Taylor and Sanokaev -- Team USA looks GREAT!!
DannyClarke (1) about 7 and a half years ago
He relied on his double leg all through college and his first world championships before he started switching to his single. Obviously he can utilize both but if anything his double is his signature move.

USA is looking dangerous at 65kg. Metcalf has two wins over #1 ranked Kurbanliev. Oliver also beat him last year before Kurb took 3rd at the worlds.

Oliver beat Novachkov who is mentioned as a college rival...they failed to mention he's ranked 4th in the world right now and just beat a 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist (60kg) from Iran - Asgarov.

Gomez is ranked #2 in the world and I believe Metcalf and Oliver could beat him. Oliver had experience wrestling him back in college.