Beat the Streets in New York City announced its fourth live wrestling matchup as part of its annual fundraising event on Thursday, September 17, which will be broadcast in partnership with FloWrestling.
2018 Youth Olympic Games champion Emily Shilson will battle 2019 U23 World Team member Felicity Taylor in a women's freestyle showdown on the Beat the Streets card.
Shilson already has a deep international resume, including becoming the first U.S. athlete to win a gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games, when she won the title in 2018. She was a 2018 Cadet World champion and second in the 2017 Cadet Worlds. She has won two Pan American Cadet titles and was second in the 2019 Pan American Junior Championships. She also competed at the 2019 U23 World Championships. A six-time Fargo national champion, Shilson wrestles for Augsburg University, where she won the National Collegiate Women's Wrestling Championships (NCWWC) title in 2020, as well as the 2020 WCWA national title. She placed fourth at the Senior Nationals in December 2019, which has qualified her to compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Taylor was ninth in the 2019 U23 World Championships, and also placed fifth at the 2018 Pan American Junior Championships. Taylor is a star for McKendree University, where she was second at the 2020 National Collegiate Women's Wrestling Championships, and was also a 2019 WCWA National Championships. She was sixth at the Senior Nationals at 53 kg in December 2019. Among her domestic titles was a 2019 U23 Nationals gold, a 2018 Junior Nationals freestyle title and a 2018 Junior Nationals Folkstyle title.
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
Joe Colon vs. Seth Gross, men's freestyle
Emily Shilson vs. Felicity Taylor, women's freestyle
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