Augsburg wrestler Emily Shilson and former Apple Valley wrestler Seth Gross will also wrestle
Golden Gopher heavyweight Gable Steveson will return to the mat on Thursday, September 17, as part of Beat the Streets of New York City’s annual fundraising event. Steveson will square off against Wisconsin All-American Trent Hillger.
Steveson owns a 50-2 career record in two season with the Golden Gophers and claimed the 2020 Big Ten title. He was seeded No. 1 before the NCAA Championships were canceled because of COVID-19 public health concerns. He owns a 3-0 record against Hillger, including a 10-4 decision in the semifinals of the 2019 Big Ten Championships.
“I’m excited to get back on the mat, especially having it be Beat the Streets in New York City,” Steveson said. “In my opinion, Beat the Streets is the pinnacle of freestyle wrestling, especially with it being invite-only. I’ve wanted to wrestle in this event since I was a little kid, so it’s cool to finally get that opportunity and go do it.”
As part of the event, six matches will be held outdoors with no fans in an undisclosed location somewhere in the Tri-State area beginning at 5:30 p.m. Central. 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.
2020 Beat the Streets Freestyle Matches:
- Yianni Diakomihalis vs Vladimir Khinchegashvili
- Seth Gross vs Joe Colon
- Alexandria Glaude vs Victoria Francis
- Gable Steveson vs Trent Hillger
- Vito Arujau vs Jack Mueller
- Emily Shilson vs Felicity Taylor
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.
The decision to include live competition alongside this year’s Beat the Streets fundraiser continues a tradition of 11 straight years of high-level competition held in numerous iconic locations. These unique and electrifying annual events have helped Beat the Streets, Inc. raise millions of dollars to support local youth wrestling programs which empower young people in New York City.