Beat The Streets Men's Freestyle Preview

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The 2020 Beat the Streets Benefit is just days away. A great event for a great cause, you can tune in Thursday evening at 7:30 PM ET to watch 12 athletes put on a very entertaining night of wrestling. And if even that isn’t enough for you, you can tune it at 6 PM for the Virtual Telethon to hear Jordan Burroughs, J’den Cox, Helen Maroulis, Henry Cejudo, Ben Askren, and Justin Gathje speak.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Four men’s freestyle matches and two women’s for a total of six matches will take place. Kyle Bratke already previewed the women’s freestyle matches, so let’s take a look at the men’s freestyle matches.

Seth Gross vs Joe Colon

These two wrestled two wild matches in 2017 with Colon coming out the victor in both. However, both of these men have improved a lot since then.

Watch Seth Gross and Joe Colon square off in a 28-point match at the 2017 US Open below.

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Since 2017, Gross has won an NCAA title and Colon has won a World bronze medal. While some things have changed, some things have remained the same. Colon’s chest wrap and gut wrench are still incredibly lethal. Gross made huge improvements in 2017 to avoid these two things. In their first match, Colon scored 12 points using only those two moves. However, in the second match, Colon was only able to get one chest wrap and zero gut wrenches. This match won’t just be entertaining because of the huge Olympic Team Trials seeding implications. Both of these guys can wrestle a hard pace and aren't afraid of deep waters.

Odds

ML: Colon -120

ML: Gross +100

OU: 14.5

Spread: Colon -1.5


Rustam Ampar vs Jack Mueller

In a late switch of opponents due to injury, Rustam Ampar will be replacing Vito Arujau to take on Jack Mueller. While it is disappointing we will not get to watch Vito wrestle, Rustam is a great replacement. The Russian has actually been training with Vito for a while now and helped him prepare for his July 25th match with Sammy Alvarez.

Ampar has an electric style. This style was on display at the 2016 Yarygin when Ampar tech falled 2016 Olympian Dan Dennis in an absolutely wild match.

Watch Ampar tech fall Dan Dennis below.

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While Ampar finished in second place in 2016, he did win the very prestigious tournament in 2014. Now 29 years old, Ampar will be seven years older than Mueller when the two step on the mat Thursday. 

Ampar isn’t the only one who has been wrestling freestyle their whole life. Mueller won Fargo twice and made an additional final as a prep. In 2018 the Texas native made the U23 World Team where he wrestled for a bronze medal. If Ampar is looking for a game plan on Mueller, he should start with defending the chest wrap and single leg as those are Mueller’s two main attacks.

Odds

ML: Ampar -150

ML: Mueller +110

Spread: Ampar -1.5

OU: 8.5


Gable Steveson vs Trent Hillger

Gable Steveson is the biggest favorite on this entire card for a reason: he has beaten Trent Hillger soundly four times. If you’re looking for a reason to pick Hillger, however, he has closed the gap each time. Their last meeting this past season the score was 10-5. However, all of Hillger’s points were escapes, which are not awarded in freestyle wrestling.

Watch Gable Steveson and Trent Hillger’s lone previous freestyle match from 2018.

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Hillger is no slouch. In 2019 Hillger earned his first All-American status as a redshirt freshman when he finished eighth. Going into the 2020 NCAA Championships, Hillger earned himself the sixth seed.  Gable is just so quick, strong, and can score so many different ways. 

Odds

ML: Steveson -1,000

ML: Hillger +900

Spread: Steveson -7.5

OU: 13.5


Yianni Diakomihalis vs Vladimir Khinchegashvili

The main event of the evening. This will be a fun one.

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This one could turn into a scramblefest with some weird and awkward positions. In his prime circa 2015-2017 at 57 kg, Vladimir Khinchegashvili was one of the best wrestlers on the planet. He has five World/Olympic medals to his name including gold in 2015 and at the 2016 Rio Olympics. This doesn’t happen by chance or accident. While Khinche has taken a step back in the win/loss column, he is still capable of great things. 

Yianni is also capable of great things. While he stumbled a bit at Senior Nationals with a loss to Joey McKenna, this man is still a two-time NCAA and Cadet World champion. With his stinginess and scrambling ability, the New York native can be very frustrating to wrestle. Yianni beat a World medalist at last year’s Beat the Streets event. Can he do it again this year?

Odds

ML: Khinchegashvili -125

ML: Diakomihalis -115

Spread: Khinchegashvili -0.5

OU: 10.5


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57 kg and 65 kg are phenomenal, but I think most people have 125 kg circled as the weight to watch in Cincinnati. Two-time World medalist and NCAA champion Nick Gwiazdowski, three-time age level World champion Gable Steveson, and 2019 Junior World champion Mason Parris headline a phenomenal weight; and all in the same pool.

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Bader Show: Mike Macchiavello & Matt Kolodzik

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Cliff Keen WC to Host India's Bajrang Punia for Month-Long Training Camp

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Cliff Keen Wrestling Club/Michigan RTC will host three-time world medalist Bajrang Punia of India for a month-long training camp in December, the club announced Sunday (Nov. 29). Already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after his bronze-medal world finish in 2019, Bajrang is currently ranked No. 2 in the world at 65kg."We continue to elevate our training environment at Michigan and are excited to have Bajrang here in Ann Arbor," said Michigan head coach Sean Bormet. "I've closely watched his wrestling over the last several years, and I really respect his fierce competitiveness and work ethic. He is highly regarded around the globe and is a world-class training partner. It's an outstanding opportunity for everyone.""I am excited to train with Michigan's Cliff Keen Wrestling Club," said Bajrang. "This will be my first time going there, so I am looking forward to training with the team. They have some great coaches in Sergei [Beloglazov] and Sean, and I hope to get good partners as well. I know it will be cold there, but I'm prepared. The U.S. has been a great destination for me. There are a lot of wrestling fans there who support me, for which I'm thankful. I'll do my best."Bajrang medaled at 65kg at the last two World Championships, claiming silver in 2018 before his bronze finish in 2019, and previously claimed bronze at 60kg in 2013. He also took 65kg silver at the 2017 U23 World Championships. He is a six-time Asian Championships medalist, capturing gold in 2017 and 2019, and twice reached the finals at the quadrennial Asian Games, with a gold-medal finish in 2018.He placed in the top two at each of his UWW Ranking Series events in 2020, defeating American Jordan Oliver, 4-3, to capture gold at the Matteo Pellicone tournament in January before earning silver at the Asian Championships in February. With those performances, he has assured himself a seeded start at the Olympic Games next summer.Bajrang will arrive in Michigan next week, and while stateside, he will participate in FloWrestling's eight-man 150-pound bracket on Dec. 18 in Austin, Texas.