Sarah Hildebrandt will compete for Team USA at Hollywood Wrestles Bollywood (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
LOS ANGELES -- Stars of the United States Women's Wrestling National Team are scheduled to face off against powerhouse India at Hollywood Wrestles Bollywood March 31 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.
The dual match will be featured as part of Beat the Streets Los Angeles' 5th Annual Benefit and International Competition, a yearly fundraising and awareness event for the LA-based wrestling non-profit.
"Beat the Streets Los Angeles is honored to continue the tradition of showcasing the world's greatest female wrestlers and inspiring the rising generation of wrestlers in Los Angeles and beyond," said Yero Washington, Executive Director of Beat the Streets Los Angeles. "We are especially excited to host such a fantastic roster of American women and top-level opponents from India."
Headlining the U.S. roster will be five past senior-level world medalists, including four-time world champion Adeline Gray, who won her most recent world title in October at the 2018 Senior World Championships in Budapest. Gray will compete at 76 kilograms.
Included in the lineup are three other 2018 world medalists from the U.S. -- world silver medalist Sarah Hildebrandt at 53 kilograms, and world bronze medalists Mallory Velte and Tamyra Mensah-Stock at 62 kilograms and 68 kilograms, respectively.
Also competing is two-time world silver medalist Alli Ragan at 59 kilograms. Ragan won the 2018 World Team spot via a Final X championship but did not compete at the World Championships due to an injury.
Replacing Ragan in Budapest was two-time World Team member Jenna Burkert, who will enter the Hollywood Wrestles Bollywood lineup at 57 kilograms.
Team USA's squad will also include Jacarra Winchester and Forrest Molinari who each placed fifth at the 2018 World Championship. Four-time Senior World Team member Whitney Conder and multiple-time age-group World Team member Rachel Watters will round out the lineup for the American side.
The Indian women's wrestling is coming off one of its strongest seasons in history with their wrestlers winning gold at the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Asian Championships. The successful season was capped in Budapest with Pooja Dhanda earning bronze at 57 kilograms.
Team India is expected to confirm their lineup in the coming weeks.
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BEAT THE STREETS LOS ANGELES 5TH ANNUAL BENEFIT
The Wiltern Theatre
3790 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
International Wrestling Competition
Featuring the India and U.S. Women's Freestyle Wrestling Teams
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Annual Benefit Reception and Award Presentation
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Program and Award Presentation
U.S. Women's Freestyle lineup
50kg: Whitney Conder
53kg: Sarah Hildebrandt
55kg: Jacarra Winchester
57kg: Jenna Burkert
59kg: Alli Ragan
62kg: Mallory Velte
65kg: Forrest Molinari
68kg: Tamyra Mensah
72kg: Rachel Watters
76kg: Adeline Gray