By Pat Smith, MTC
Minnesota Storm’s World bronze medalist, Andy Bisek, who recently repeated as U.S. Open Champion in Las Vegas, has been selected to compete in the Beat the Streets “Salsa in the Square” event in New York City on Thursday, May 21st at 5:30 PM EST. The event will feature many of the United State’s best wrestlers against Cuba’s top guns.
Bisek will wrestle in a lineup including Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs, Olympic medalists Clarissa Chun and Randi Miller, and World medalists, Tervel Dlagnev, Helen Maroulis and Jake Herbert. He will face Yurisandi Hernandez Rios of Cuba in the 75 kg/165 lbs marquee matchup. He has met him twice in competition. Both times coming in the finals of the Cerro Pelado international tournament in Cuba with Bisek winning both matchups in 2014 and 2015.
This will be the first time a Cuban wrestling team will wrestle in New York City since the United States hosted the World Championships in 2003.
“Salsa in the Square” will be broadcast live on NBC’s Universal Sports Network and online at Flowrestling.com.
Bout Order for May 21, 2015:
69 kg/152 lbs – Randi Miller (USA) vs. Yudaris Sanchez Rodriguez (Cuba)
60 kg/132 lbs – Rosemary Flores (USA) vs. Yekelin Stornell Elastigue (Cuba)
48 kg/105.5 lbs – Clarissa Chun (USA) vs. Yusneylis Guzman Lopez (Cuba)
55 kg/121 lbs – Helen Maroulis (USA) vs. Yamilka del Valle Alvarez (Cuba)
NCAA Div I champion Alex Dieringer (Okla State) vs. NCAA Div II champion Joey Davis (Notre Dame College)
75 kg/165 lbs – Andy Bisek (USA) vs. Yurisandi Hernandez Rios (Cuba)
59 kg/130 lbs – Spenser Mango (USA) vs. Maykel Anache Lamouth (Cuba)
125 kg/275 lbs – Tervel Dlagnev (USA) vs. Andres Ramos Dinza (Cuba)
57 kg/125.5 lbs – Tony Ramos (USA) vs. Yowlys Bonne Rodriguez (Cuba)
97 kg/213 lbs – Kyle Snyder (USA) vs. Javier Cortina Lacerra (Cuba)
65 kg/143 lbs – Brent Metcalf (USA) vs. Franklin Maren Castillo (Cuba)
74 kg/163 lbs – David Taylor (USA) vs. Livan Lopez Azcuy (Cuba)
86 kg/189 lbs – Jake Herbert (USA) vs. Reineris Salas Perez (Cuba)
74 kg/163 lbs – Jordan Burroughs (USA) vs. Luis Esteban Quintana Martinez (Cuba)
Salsa in the Square Schedule for May 21, 2015:
3:45 p.m. – Beat the Streets Exhibition Matches in Duffy Square at 46th Street
5:45 p.m. – World Class Wrestling: Team USA vs. Team Cuba at 46th Street
7:30 p.m. – Gala Celebration at Best Buy Theater at 1515 Broadway
Beat the Streets is a non profit organization whose mission is to develop the full human and athletic potential of urban youth and to strengthen the culture of wrestling in New York City through coaching, after-school programs, and mentoring. They work directly with the New York City department of Education in a public private partnership to help New York City’s student-athletes achieve their personal and athletic goals. Through the operation of wrestling programs in five boroughs, they provide a safe and positive atmosphere where disadvantaged and at risk youth can learn essential life skills of physical fitness, teamwork, and self empowerment.
More details about the event can be found at http://www.btsny.org/gala.
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