Like it did last year with the Rumble on the Rails event, NBCSN presents the Beat the Streets wrestling gala event from New York City. This year’s event, Beat the Streets: Team USA vs. The World features 11 top American wrestling stars, highlighted by 2012 U.S. Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs, taking on a team of international all-stars. NBCSN airs the event from Times Square on Wednesday, May 7, at 10:30pm ET (following NBCSN’s coverage of the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers NHL playoff game). Jason Knapp handles play-by-play, with former Olympic champion analyst Rulon Gardner and sideline reporter Chris Mannix. NBCSN airs an encore on Thursday, May 8, at 4pm ET.
The event benefits Beat the Streets, an organization which promotes wrestling for New York City’s urban youth.
Full press release from the NBC Sports Group:
NBCSN TO PRESENT BEAT THE STREETS TEAM USA VS. THE WORLD WRESTLING MEET WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Dual Meet Featuring International Wrestling Stars in Times Square in New York City Airs Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Members of Team USA Include 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Jordan Burroughs
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 5, 2014 – 2012 U.S. Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs highlights a field of top wrestlers in one of the world’s most iconic settings on Wednesday night, when USA Wrestling and NBCSN combine to present the Beat The Streets Team USA vs. The World international wrestling dual meet from Times Square in New York City at 10:30 p.m. ET.
The event features 11 top American international wrestling stars against a team of all-stars from around the world, set outside in the heart of New York City. Team USA’s accolades include a total of 14 NCAA titles, four Hodge Trophy awards, 12 U.S. Open titles, six World Team berths, six Junior World medals plus an Olympic gold medal, an Olympic bronze medal, two Senior World titles and a Junior World gold medal.
Three past Dan Hodge Trophy winners, given each year to the nation’s best college wrestler, will compete for Team USA. David Taylor won two Dan Hodge Trophies competing for Penn State. Other Hodge award winners include Burroughs, who wrestled for Nebraska, and Brent Metcalf, who wrestled for Iowa.
2008 Olympic bronze medalist Randi Miller will compete in a women’s freestyle match, as will 2012 World silver medalist Helen Maroulis.
Calling the action will be play-by-play announcer Jason Knapp, with color commentary from Olympic champion Rulon Gardner, and sideline interviews by Chris Mannix. NBCSN will also air an encore presentation of the Beat The Streets Team USA vs. The World event on Thursday at 4 p.m. ET.
This is the third straight year that NBCSN has aired a major wrestling event affiliated with the Beat the Streets Gala in New York City, following “The Grapple in the Big Apple” from Times Square in 2012, and “The Rumble on the Rails”, which featured a historic USA vs. Iran dual meet from Vanderbilt Hall in historic Grand Central Terminal in 2013.