Yianni Diakomihalis vs Vladimer Khinchegashvili Set For BTS, Sept. 17th

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Yianni Diakomihalis is the #3-ranked wrestler in the US at 65kg and one of the nation's top young prospects. He'll have his work cut out for him on September 17 when he takes on Olympic gold medalist Vladimer Khinchegashvili of Georgia.

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Yianni is no stranger to the Beat the Streets stage as he wrestled in last year's event in New York City. He beat India's Bajrang Punia who has earned both silver and bronze medals at the World Championships. Yianni, who earlier this summer expressed interest in wrestling more top international opponents, will get to take a shot at Vladimer Khinchegashvili, the 2016 Olympic Champion at 57kg.

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These two have yet to meet in their international careers, and both are capable of scoring from positions that few others in the world can. Yianni is young in his senior-level career and was the #2 man on the US ladder last year behind Zain Retherford. Khinchegashvili, while highly accomplished, has been looking to have the same success at 65kg that he has found at his previous weight of 57kg.

Since 2016, Khinchegashvili has outgrown 57kg, but he's proven he can have success as he moves up in weight. In 2017, he earned a World bronze medal at 61kg, and last year he earned a silver at the European Games. All of these accomplishments came on the heels of Khinche's Olympic silver in 2012 and his gold in 2016. Now, a year before another Olympic Games, he'll try to prove that he's still the best in the world, but this time at 65kg. So while this Yianni vs Khinchegasvili match may technically be an exhibition, it will teach us a lot about where each man stands in this Olympic year.

Earlier this month, Beat the Streets announced that it would conduct its annual fundraising event as a Virtual Telethon. The live matches will be held outdoors with no fans in an undisclosed location somewhere in the Tri-State area. 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.

As part of its partnership with Beat the Streets this year, FloWrestling will produce both portions of the Beat the Streets fundraiser. 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.

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Which States Have Produced The Most Who's #1 Competitors?

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Entering its eighth year, Who's #1 has featured the nation's best high school wrestlers in the country year in and year out from coast to coast. After this year, 29 states will have been represented on Who's #1 cards. I don't think you will be surprised by the states that have had the most wrestlers throughout the history of Who's #1, but still cool to see nonetheless. 

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Who's #1 Big 12 College Guide

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It shouldn't come as a surprise that a historic conference like the Big 12, which currently has exactly 12 teams, will have a presence at the most prestigious high school event of the year. It also shouldn't come as a surprise that the historically best team from the Big 12, the Oklahoma State Cowboys, will be the team with the most recruits wrestling.

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Bader Show: Joe Colon & Keith Gavin

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Bader and Bray catch up with World bronze medalist Joe Colon and Pitt Head Coach Keith Gavin.

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FRL 555 - 8 Man Bracket Is Set, Senior Nationals Heating Up, Who's #1 Week

555. 8 Man Bracket Is Set

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On episode 555 of FRL, the boys talk about the 8 man bracket being set, Senior Nationals registration heating up, and Who's #1 week is finally here.

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Why Penn State Fans Need To Watch Who's #1

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Every year since the inaugural event in 2013, Penn State has had at least one future wrestler competing at Who’s #1. While that's impressive, it's not necessarily surprising considering the recruiting hall Cael Sanderson and co. at State College bring in every year. This year is no different with one already signed recruit and three more potential recruits that have shown interest in PSU. 

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Bader Show: Jenny Wong & Kamal Bey

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Bader and Bray catch up with World bronze medalist Jenny Wong and Junior World champ Kamal Bey.

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Senior Nationals May Create A Unique Opportunity For Dean Heil

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For a time in Dean Heil’s college career, he owned the 141-pound weight class.

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Reasons Iowa Fans Need To Watch Who's #1

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One year after being held in historic Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa, Hawkeye fans will once again have several reasons to tune in, watch, and get excited for Who’s #1.

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PA vs OH Showdown When Condomitti & Voinovich Square Off At Who's #1

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It will be a classic Pennsylvania-Ohio showdown when Jagger Condomitti and Victor Voinovich square off at Who's #1 for the nation's top spot at 152 lbs. It will be the second time Voinovich has appeared at Who's #1 while the top-ranked Condomitti will be making his first appearance at the prestigious event. 

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Who's Registered So Far For 2020 Senior Nationals?

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Senior Nationals are less than two weeks away, and registrations are rolling. Check out all of the currently registered athletes and their rankings. We used our domestic men's and women's freestyle rankings as well as greco rankings from Timmy Hands at 5 point move.

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