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Kyle Snyder vs. J'den Cox highlights 13 Final X matchups set for June 10

Seven men's freestyle and six women's freestyle matchups have been determined for the Beat the Streets New York Annual Benefit.

Thirteen of the 30 matchups have been set for Final X, presented by Tezos, on Saturday, June 10 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.


Seven men’s freestyle and six women’s freestyle matchups have been determined for the best-of-three Final X showdowns, with 2022 World medalists facing off against the recently crowned U.S. Open champion at their weight class.


Final X will determine the 2023 U.S. Senior World Team 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 at Final X to determine who will wrestle at the 2023 Senior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.


The men’s freestyle pairing of 2016 Olympic champion and three-time World champion Kyle Snyder against 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time World champion J’den Cox at 97 kg highlights the bunch. Cox declined his initial Final X berth at 92 kg, a non-Olympic weight, after earning a silver medal at last year’s Worlds to move up to the Olympic weight of 97 kg and challenge Snyder ahead of the Paris Games.


Two matchups are a repeat of last year’s Final X New York. At 74 kg, 2020 Olympic bronze medalist and four-time World champion Kyle Dake will face off against U.S. Open champion Jason Nolf. Dake defeated Nolf in two straight matches in 2022. Both Dake and Nolf train at Nittany Lion Wrestling Club in State College, Pa.


At 79 kg, 2012 Olympic champion and six-time World champion Jordan Burroughs will meet U.S. Open champion Chance Marsteller for a second-straight year. Burroughs defeated Marsteller in a tightly contested three-match series in 2022 at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.


At 86 kg, 2020 Olympic champion and two-time World champion David Taylor will face U.S. Open champion Aaron Brooks, a three-time NCAA champion for Penn State, in another all-NLWC series. Like Brooks, Taylor was a multi-time NCAA champion for the Nittany Lions under head coach Cael Sanderson.


2021 World champion and two-time World silver medalist Thomas Gilman will meet Zane Richards at 57 kg. Yianni Diakomihalis, a 2022 World silver medalist and four-time NCAA champion at Cornell University, will face Nick Lee, a two-time NCAA champion for Penn State, at 65 kg. Zain Retherford, a 2022 World silver medalist, will face Tyler Berger at 70 kg. Richards, Lee and Berger all won U.S. Open titles in Las Vegas last month.


On the women’s freestyle side, there are no rematches booked from 2022 Final X. The field is highlighted by 2016 Olympic champion and three-time World champion Helen Maroulis, who will compete against U.S. Open and Pan-American champion Xochtil Mota-Pettis at 57 kg.


2022 World champions Dominique Parrish (53 kg) and Amit Elor (72 kg) will also be in action. Parrish will face 2022 U20 World bronze medalist Katie Gomez, while Elor will meet 2023 NAIA runner-up Joye Levendusky.


At 50 kg, 2020 Olympic bronze medalist and three-time World medalist Sarah Hildebrandt is set to face 2022 U20 World silver medalist Aubrey Jimenez. Two-time World medalist Kayla Miracle draws two-time NAIA national champion and 2022 U20 World bronze medalist Adaugo Nwachukwu at 62 kg. Two-time World bronze medalist Mallory Velte will battle Junior World silver medalist Macey Kilty at 65 kg.


Gomez, Levendusky, Jimenez, Nwachukwu and Kilty all posted stellar runs in Las Vegas to claim U.S. Open gold and book Final X berths.


For those weights 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 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 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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