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Final X to feature 18 gold medalists from 2023 Pan American Championships

Eight wrestlers in men's freestyle, and five each in women's freestyle and Greco-Roman won gold.

Yianni Diakomihalis celebrates win

Photo: Yianni Diakomihalis celebrates his gold-medal final victory at the 2023 Pan-American Championships. (Kadir Caliskan/United World Wrestling)


Eighteen of the 43 confirmed athletes that will compete at the 2023 Beat the Streets New York Annual Benefit, Final X, won a gold medal this past weekend at the Pan American Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


In men's freestyle, 2022 World Championships medalists Thomas Gilman (57 kg), Yianni Diakomihalis (65 kg), Zain Retheford (70 kg), Kyle Dake (74 kg), Jordan Burroughs (79 kg) and Kyle Snyder (97 kg) each won Pan Am gold. U.S. Open champions Vitali Arujau (61 kg) and Michael Macchiavello (92 kg) also claimed gold in Argentina.


In women's freestyle, 2022 World medalists Sarah Hildebrandt (50 kg), Mallory Velte (65 kg) and Amit Elor (72 kg) captured gold, and Kayla Miracle (62 kg) took bronze. U.S. Open champions Xochitl Mota-Pettis (59 kg) and Forrest Molinari (68 kg) each won gold, while Alisha Howk took silver.


In Greco-Roman, five U.S. Open champions won gold: Dalton Roberts (60 kg), Justus Scott (72 kg), Kamal Bey (77 kg), Spencer Woods (82 kg) and Josef Rau (97 kg). U.S. Open champion Alan Vera (87 kg) claimed bronze.


Thirteen 2022 World medalists will compete against U.S. Open champions at Final X. For weight classes that don’t have a returning World medalist, the U.S. Open champion will face the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament winner at Final X. That is the case for three men’s freestyle weights (61 kg, 92 kg, 125 kg), four women’s freestyle weights (55 kg, 59 kg, 68 kg, 76 kg) and all 10 Greco-Roman weight classes. The World Team Trials Challenge Tournament will be May 20-21 at Discover Canyon High School in Colorado Springs, Colo.


It is the second straight year Final X will serve as the BTSNY Annual Benefit. This year’s event will be the 13th BTSNY Annual Benefit. These unique and electrifying annual events help BTSNY raise more than $1 million each year to support local youth wrestling programs which empower young people in New York City. The BTSNY Annual Benefit after-party will follow the conclusion of Final X. Benefit tickets and sponsorship packages (Final X plus exclusive after-party celebration access), that also provide the best wrestling-event seats, are available at give.btsny.org/beatthestreetsbenefit2023. For more information on ticket packages, email Katrin Pokalyukhin at katrin@btsny.org. Proceeds from Benefit tickets and sponsorship packages will directly help BTSNY, which provides a safe, positive atmosphere for student-athletes to learn the essential life lessons of discipline, perseverance, self-reliance, humility and a strong work ethic through wrestling. Event-only tickets for Final X without access to the BTSNY after-party celebration are available on Ticketmaster. FloWrestling will serve as the host broadcasting partner for Final X, presented by Tezos. *Please note if Prudential Center's tenant, New Jersey Devils, hosts a Stanley Cup Final game on June 10 the contingency date for Final X would be Friday, June 9. Final X, presented by Tezos At Prudential Center, Newark, N.J., Saturday, June 10 Men’s Freestyle Qualifiers to Date 57 kg - Thomas Gilman (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC) vs. Zane Richards (Champaign, Ill./Illinois RTC/Titan Mercury WC) 61 kg - Vitali Arujau (Ithaca, N.Y./Spartan Combat RTC/Titan Mercury WC) vs. 2023 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament winner 65 kg – Yianni Diakomihalis (Rochester, N.Y./Spartan Combat RTC/Titan Mercury WC) vs. Nick Lee (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC) 70 kg - Zain Retherford (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC) vs. Tyler Berger (Philadelphia, Pa./Pennsylvania RTC/Sunkist Kids WC) 74 kg – Kyle Dake (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC) vs. Jason Nolf (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC) 79 kg – Jordan Burroughs (Philadelphia, Pa./Pennsylvania RTC/Sunkist Kids WC) vs. Chance Marsteller (Hoboken, N.J./New York City RTC/Titan Mercury WC) 86 kg - David Taylor (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC) vs. Aaron Brooks (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC) 92 kg - Michael Macchiavello (Raleigh, N.C./Wolfpack WC/Titan Mercury WC) vs. 2023 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament winner 97 kg - Kyle Snyder (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC) vs. J’den Cox (Ann Arbor, Mich./Cliff Keen WC/Titan Mercury WC) 125 kg – Gable Steveson (Minneapolis, Minn./Gopher WC-RTC) vs. 2023 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament winner Women’s Freestyle Qualifiers to Date 50 kg – Sarah Hildebrandt (Colorado Springs, Colo./USOPTC/New York AC) vs. Audrey Jimenez (Tucson, Ariz./Sunkist Kids WC) 53 kg – Dominique Parrish (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids WC) vs. Katie Gomez (Van Nuys, Calif./Sunkist Kids WC) 55 kg – Alisha Howk (River Falls, Wis./Sunkist Kids WC) vs. 2023 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament winner 57 kg – Helen Maroulis (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids WC) vs. Xochitl Mota-Pettis (Humble, Texas/Rise RTC) 59 kg – Michaela Beck (New York, N.Y./Sunkist Kids WC) vs. 2023 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament winner 62 kg – Kayla Miracle (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids WC) vs. Adaugo Nwachukwu (San Jose, Calif./Titan Mercury WC) 65 kg – Mallory Velte (Corvallis, Ore./Beaver Dam RTC/Titan Mercury WC) vs. Macey Kilty (Stratford, Wis./Sunkist Kids WC) 68 kg – Forrest Molinari (Mesa, Ariz./Sunkist Kids WC) vs. 2023 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament winner 72 kg – Amit Elor (Walnut Creek, Calif./New York City RTC/Titan Mercury WC) vs. Joye Levendusky (Avon, N.Y./Southern Oregon RTC) 76 kg – Kennedy Blades (Chicago, Ill./Sunkist Kids WC) vs. 2023 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament winner Greco-Roman Qualifiers to Date 55 kg – Brady Koontz (Dubuque, Iowa/Titan Mercury WC) vs. 2023 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament winner 60 kg – Dalton Roberts (Fountain, Colo./Army WCAP) vs. 2023 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament winner 63 kg – Hayden Tuma (Nampa, Idaho/Suples WC) vs. 2023 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament winner 67 kg – Robert Perez III (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids WC) vs. 2023 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament winner 72 kg – Justus Scott (Colorado Springs, Colo./Army WCAP) vs. 2023 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament winner 77 kg – Kamal Bey (Colorado Springs, Colo./Army WCAP) vs. 2023 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament winner 82 kg – Spencer Woods (Colorado Springs, Colo./Army WCAP) vs. 2023 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament winner 87 kg – Alan Vera (Jersey City, N.J./New York AC) vs. 2023 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament winner 97 kg – Josef Rau (Chicago, Ill./Titan Mercury WC) vs. 2023 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament winner 130 kg – Cohlton Schultz (Parker, Colo./Sunkist Kids WC) vs. 2023 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament winner

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