One of the world's most famous venues provided a great backdrop for a tremendous night of wrestling. The 2017 version of Beat the Streets was a great exhibition for wrestling and an even better opportunity to raise money for the program giving young men and women an opportunity to do the sport we love.
Though these were just "friendly" matches, to borrow a term from soccer, there are certainly some things you could take away. Here were some that stuck out out to us, and if you'd like full results and archived matches, they can be found here.
JB continues to evolveA former world champ once said, "anyone can win one title, you must be special to win more than two." Good thing Jordan Burroughs isn't just anyone. When the rules switched from period scoring to cumulative scoring, he began incorporating a leglace. As he has gotten older, we're now seeing more single legs, underhooks, and yesterday even a trap arm gut. Being able to work for a trap arm in the early rounds of the U.S. Open is one thing, doing it against a world silver medalist on a raised stage in Times Square is something else entirely. WATCH MATCH HERE
Chamizo and Oliver Can Raise Their GameGoing in, the Jordan Oliver vs Frank Chamizo match was one of the most highly anticpated of the night, and it did not disappoint. It was clear early on that they were in "exhibition mode," and then JO got a takedown. Chamizo shot and scored just a few second later.
In the second, Chamizo got two smooth takedowns to take a 6-2 lead, but then Oliver finished a scramble into a lace to tie it up. A reversal by Chamizo then proved to be the winning margin, but this match provided some fireworks of what could be even better this coming August in Paris at the world championships.