- Brandon Cain
Kayla Miracle will compete for U.S. World Team spot at Final X on June 10
The two-time World silver medalist and 2020 Olympian will compete in her first Beat the Streets New York Annual Benefit event.
Two-time World silver medalist and 2020 Olympian Kayla Miracle (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids) has officially accepted her berth in Final X. She will battle for the 62 kg spot on the 2023 U.S. World Team in women’s freestyle wrestling in Final X, presented by Tezos, on Saturday, June 10 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Final X will determine the 2023 U.S. Senior World Teams in all three Olympic disciplines: men’s and women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman. There will be 30 weight classes contested, 10 in each Olympic discipline. The top two U.S. athletes in each weight class will compete in a best-of-three series in Final X to determine who will wrestle at the 2023 Senior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.
Miracle won silver medals at 62 kg at the 2021 World Championships in Oslo, Norway and the 2022 World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. She was a member of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team in Tokyo, Japan, placing 12th. Miracle was also eighth at the 2019 World Championships. Miracle has won four career U.S. Senior Open titles. She won a gold medal at the 2019 Pan American Games. Miracle won four age-group World medals, a U23 World silver in 2019, two Junior World bronze medals (2014, 2016) and a 2012 Cadet World silver medal. She was a four-time WCWA women’s college national champion for Campbellsville. She attended high school at Culver Academy in Culver, Ind.
It is the second straight year Final X will serve as the Beat the Streets New York 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 email@example.com.
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.
This will be the first time Miracle has competed in a BTSNY Annual Benefit event.
The team selection procedures for the U.S. World Teams in each style allows for 2022 Senior World medalists to advance directly to Final X at a specified weight class. Hildebrandt has met this requirement and accepted her qualification.
The Final X opponent for Miracle will be determined at the U.S. Open in Las Vegas, Nev., April 26-30. The champion in women’s freestyle at 62 kg at the U.S. Open will qualify to face Miracle in Final X.
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
Declared Qualifiers to date
Women’s Freestyle 62 kg – Kayla Miracle (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids)
Men’s Freestyle 65 kg – Yianni Diakomihalis (Rochester, N.Y./Titan Mercury WC/Spartan Combat RTC)
Women’s Freestyle 50 kg – Sarah Hildebrandt (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC/USOPTC)
Men’s Freestyle 74 kg – Kyle Dake (State College, Pa./Titan Mercury WC/Nittany Lion WC)
Men’s Freestyle 97 kg - Kyle Snyder (State College, Pa./Titan Mercury WC/Nittany Lion WC)
Women’s Freestyle 57 kg – Helen Maroulis (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids)
Men’s Freestyle 79 kg – Jordan Burroughs (Philadelphia, Pa./Sunkist Kids/Pennsylvania RTC)
Residence: Tempe, Ariz.
Club: Sunkist Kids
High School: Culver, Ind. (Culver Academy)
Born: April 26, 1996
· Two-time World silver medalist (2021, 2022)
· 2020 U.S. Olympic Team member (12th)
· Eighth at 2019 World Championships
· Second in 2019 U23 World Championships
· Four-time U.S. Open champion (2017, 2018, 2019, 2022)
· Two-time Final X champion (2019, 2022)
· 2019 Pan American Games champion
· Third in 2014 and 2016 Junior World Championships
· Second in 2012 Cadet World Championships
· Four-time WCWA College National champion (2015-18)