NEW YORK – The stars of USA Wrestling were unleashed upon Times Square on Wednesday evening with
Olympic champion Helen Maroulis leading the U.S. Women route at the 2017 Beat the Streets Benefit dubbed “East Meets West.”
The Beat the Streets Benefit was held for the eighth-straight year, and sixth time in Times Square, to raise funds on behalf of Beat the Streets in New York City, which supports youth wrestling opportunities for local girls and boys. For this year’s edition, athletes from Japan, Canada and Italy were brought in to compete against the American team in the feature dual meet.
Maroulis, the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in wrestling, ousted 2016 Junior World champion Yuzuru Kumano of Japan, 7-4, in the women’s freestyle headliner at 58 kg/128 lbs. Maroulis jumped on top of the ninth-ranked wrestler in the World early with a trio of crisp takedowns and cruised to her sixth career win at the electrifying event.
“I think Japan’s always the top. They are always performing the best, so any time you can get to wrestle one of them it’s just a really great experience,” Maroulis said. “It’s amazing to experience this because it’s different than what we normally do as wrestlers.”
Competing at 69 kg/152 lbs., U.S. World Team member Tamyra Mensah impressed with a 5-1 decision over past Cadet World silver medalist Miwa Morikawa of Japan.
The first Senior-level match of the evening saw past Junior and University World champion Yuki Irie of Japan edge U.S. World Team member and two-time Junior World champion Victoria Anthony, 10-6, at 48 kg/105.5 lbs.
2017 BEAT THE STREETS BENEFIT
At New York, May 17
East Meets West Results
Women’s Freestyle 48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Yuki Irie (Japan) dec. Victoria Anthony (USA), 10-6
Women’s Freestyle 69 kg/152 lbs. – Tamyra Mensah (USA) dec. Miwa Morikawa (Japan), 5-1
Women’s Freestyle 58 kg/128 lbs. – Helen Maroulis (USA) dec. Yuzuru Kumano (Japan), 7-4