Beat the Streets in New York City announced its second live wrestling matchup as part of its annual fundraising event on Thursday, September 17, which will be broadcast in partnership with FloWrestling.
Late Friday afternoon, Beat the Streets posted that Cadet and Junior World champion and NCAA All-American heavyweight star Gable Steveson will battle Trent Hillger of Wisconsin as part of its card.
Steveson won Cadet World titles in 2015 and 2016, and followed with a Junior World title in 2017. Steveson also placed eighth in the 2018 Junior World Championships. He has made the U.S. Senior Freestyle National Team the last two years, rising to the No. 2 spot in the nation by reaching Final X in 2019. Steveson was third in the 2019 NCAA Championships for Minnesota, and was a favorite to win the 2020 NCAA Championships which were cancelled due to COVID-19.
Hillger is a two-time NCAA qualifier for Wisconsin. He was fourth in the 2020 Big Tean Championships and received the No. 6 seed before the NCAA Championships were cancelled. The NCAA named Hillger (and Steveson) as 2020 Div. I First Team All-Americans based upon their success in the 2019-20 season.
In the first Beat the Streets matchup, which was announced Friday morning, Cornell All-American Vitali Arujau will battle past NCAA runner-up Jack Mueller in a battle of two talented freestyle wrestlers.
Earlier this month, Beat the Streets announced that it would conduct its annual fundraising event as a Virtual Telethon. The live matches will be held outdoors with no fans in an undisclosed location somewhere in the Tri-State area. The matches will be held with the safety of the participants as the first priority, following state and local health and government restrictions as well as the USA Wrestling Return to Events Guidelines.
As part of its partnership with Beat the Streets this year, FloWrestling will produce both portions of the Beat the Streets fundraiser this year. The Virtual Telethon will be free to view, and include live and recorded content as part of the fundraising celebration. The Virtual Telethon will have a variety of different features including prominent athletes, coaches and celebrities. Fans will need a FloPro subscription to view the live matches.
Beat the Streets Live Matches announced so far
Vitali Arujau vs. Jack Mueller, men's freestyle
Gable Steveson vs. Trent Hillger, men's freestyle
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