Kyle Dake and David Taylor – who wrestled each other at the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships – along with college wrestling greats of the recent past will be competing against mat stars from Iran and Russia at the Rumble on the Rails event at Grand Central Terminal in New York City, USA Wrestling announced Monday.
The event, featuring two separate dual meets along with the annual Beat the Streets Gala, will take place Wednesday, May 15. A USA vs. Iran freestyle dual will take place at 3:30 p.m. Eastern at Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central; a USA vs. Russia dual, featuring men’s and women’s freestyle, along with Greco-Roman – is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the same location. The Beat the Streets fundraiser will be held after the competition at Bryant Park Grill. A ticket will be required for both the competition and the Gala.
The New York event comes on the heels of an announcement of a similar USA vs. Iran event called “United 4 Wrestling” to be held in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 19.
There are some notable differences regarding the US lineups for Rumble on the Rails compared to the Los Angeles event. For starters, the New York event features all three styles of Olympic wrestling, not just freestyle… and, unlike the California dual which features former collegians from schools in Oklahoma and Nebraska, the Rumble on the Rails has current and past college wrestlers representing schools from beyond America’s heartland.
Meet the US wrestlers taking on Iran
- Obe Blanc (wrestling at 55 kg/121 lbs): An All-American for Pennsylvania’s Lock Haven University at the 2006 NCAAs, Blanc also wrestled at Oklahoma State.
- Reece Humphrey (60 kg/132 lbs.): A two-time NCAA All-American for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
- Kellen Russell (66 kg/145.5 lbs.): A two-time NCAA champ for the University of Michigan (2011, 2012)
- Kyle Dake (74 kg/163 lbs.): This native of Ithaca, N.Y. made history in March by becoming the first four-time NCAA Div. I champ to win his titles in four different weight classes, without taking advantage of a redshirt. Dake beat Taylor in the 165-pound finals – labled “the Match of the Century” – at the 2013 NCAAs in Des Moines.
- Keith Gavin (84 kg/185 lbs.) A two-time NCAA finalist for the University of Pittsburgh, Gavin won the 174-pound title at the 2008 NCAAs.
- J.D. Bergman (96 kg/211.5 lbs.) A three-time All-American and 2008 NCAA heavyweight finalist for Ohio State.
- Tervel Dlagnev (120 kg/264.5 lbs.) A two-time NCAA Div II heavyweight champ at the University of Nebraska-Kearney in 2007 and 2008. Dlagnev placed fifth in his weight class at the 2012 London Olympics. He will also be competing at the “United 4 Wrestling” event in Los Angeles later the same week.
US wrestlers facing off against Russia
- Coleman Scott (60 kg/132 lbs.) Prior to medaling at last summer’s Olympics, Scott was a four-time NCAA All-American for Oklahoma State, winning a national title at the 2008 NCAAs. Like Dlagnev, Scott will also be participating in the Los Angeles dual.
- Logan Stieber (60 kg/132 lbs.) Two-time NCAA champ (2012, 2013) for Ohio State.
- Brent Metcalf (66 kg/145.5 lbs.) Three-time NCAA finalist, two-time national champ for University of Iowa in 2008 and 2010.
- Jordan Burroughs (74 kg/163 lbs.) Before earning a gold medal at the London Games, Burroughs was a three-time All-American and two-time NCAA champ in 2009 and 2011 for the University of Nebraska. The New Jersey native will be competing in Los Angeles on May 19.
- David Taylor (74 kg/163 lbs.) Three-time NCAA finalist for Penn State, who won the 165-pound crown at the 2012 NCAAs.
- Kendrick Sanders (66 kg/145.5 lbs.)
- Ben Provisor (74 kg /163 lbs.)
- Jordan Holm (84 kg/185 lbs.)
- Helen Maroulis (55 kg/121 lbs.)
Tickets for the Rumble on the Rails dual meets and the Beat the Streets Awards Gala must be purchased in advance at www.beat-the-streets.org.
Can’t be in New York? NBC Sports Network will show the USA vs Iran “Rumble on the Rails” dual meet live at 3:30 p.m. Eastern. For details, click here.
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