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14 former Beat the Streets event participants medal for Team USA at 2023 World Championships

Thirteen U.S. medalists wrestled at this year's BTS Annual Benefit, Final X.

Fourteen former Beat the Streets Annual Benefit participants won medals for USA Wrestling at the 2023 World Wrestling Championships this past week in Belgrade, Serbia.


Four of the 14 won gold: Vito Arujau (61 kilograms), Zain Retherford (70 kg) and David Taylor (86 kg) in men's freestyle and Amit Elor (72 kg) in women's freestyle.


Taylor won his second straight World title and third overall. Elor repeated as World champion at only 19 years old. She trains at the New York City Regional Training Center. It was the first World title for Arujau and Retherford.


Jacarra Winchester (55 kg) and Macey Kilty (65 kg) in women's freestyle, and Kyle Dake (74 kg) in men's freestyle each took home silver.


Seven athletes won bronze, including four in women's freestyle and three in men's freestyle. Sarah Hildebrandt (50 kg), Helen Maroulis (57 kg), Jennifer Page (59 kg) and Adeline Gray (76 kg) claimed bronze in women's freestyle. Zahid Valencia (92 kg), Kyle Snyder (97 kg) and Mason Parris (125 kg) captured bronze in men's freestyle.


USA Wrestling assembled their 2023 World team at this year's BTS Annual Benefit, Final X, on June 10 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.


International competitors

Three former international BTS Annual Benefit participants claimed bronze: Odunayo Adekuoroye (57 kg) of Nigeria and Miwa Morikawa (72 kg) of Japan in women's freestyle, and Daichi Takatani (74 kg) of Japan in men's freestyle.


GOLD

MFS: Vito Arujau (61 kg), Zain Retherford (70 kg), David Taylor (86 kg)

WFS: Amit Elor (72 kg)


SILVER

MFS: Kyle Dake (74 kg)

WFS: Jacarra Winchester (55 kg), Macey Kilty (65 kg)


BRONZE

MFS: Zahid Valencia (92 kg), Kyle Snyder (97 kg), Mason Parris (125 kg)

WFS: Sarah Hildebrandt (50 kg), Helen Maroulis (57 kg), Jennifer Page (59 kg), Adeline Gray (76 kg)


Since being founded in 2005, Beat the Streets has pioneered a movement that now includes 150 individual wrestling programs, a youth league and the first girls high school league.


BTS works to develop the full human and athletic potential of the urban youth and strengthen the New York City wrestling culture. BTS aims to make a lifelong impact on student-athletes through the lessons learned on the wrestling mat -- discipline, perseverance, self-reliance, humility and a strong work ethic. Discover how you can make a meaningful contribution to BTS' work at btsny.org/donate.

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