Sarah Hildebrandt will compete for U.S. World Team spot at Final X New York on June 8
The 2020 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time World silver medalist will compete in her first Beat the Streets Annual Benefit event.
Sarah Hildebrandt, a 2020 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time World silver medalist, has officially accepted her 50 kg women’s freestyle berth in Final X.
Hildebrandt (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York Athletic Club/USOPTC) will battle for a spot on the 2022 U.S. World Team in Final X New York, presented by Tezos, on Wednesday, June 8 at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Hildebrandt won a bronze medal at 50 kg at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. She boasts a pair of Senior World silver medals, claimed in 2018 and 2021. Hildebrandt has dominated her continent, winning the 2019 Pan American Games gold and claiming five Pan American Championships titles. She won U.S. Open titles in 2018 and 2020. She was a two-time NCWA women’s college national champion and four-time finalist for King University. A native of Granger, Ind., Hildebrandt competed for Penn High School.
This will serve as the 12th Beat the Streets Annual Benefit. These unique and electrifying annual events help Beat the Streets New York raise millions of dollars to support local youth wrestling programs which empower young people in New York City.
There are a variety of ticket options for Final X New York, beginning at $65 so you don't miss the first in-person Benefit since 2019. Purchase your wrestling-only event tickets on Ticketmaster. For information on Benefit tickets and sponsorship packages (wrestling event and exclusive after party celebration access) that also provide the best wrestling-event seats, visit give.btsny.org/benefit or email Fund Development Manager Kerry Doyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Final X series will determine the 2022 U.S. Senior World Teams in men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling which will compete in Belgrade, Serbia, Sept. 10-18.
The Team Selection procedures for the U.S. World Teams in each style allows for 2021 Senior World medalists and 2020 Olympic medalists to advance directly to Final X at a specified weight class. Hildebrandt has met this requirement and accepted her qualification.
There are 15 weight classes contested in Final X New York, five in each discipline. The weight classes assigned to Final X New York are:
Men’s freestyle: 65 kg, 74 kg, 79 kg, 86 kg, 125 kg
Women’s freestyle: 50 kg, 53 kg, 57 kg, 62 kg, 72 kg
Greco-Roman: 60 kg, 67 kg, 77 kg, 87 kg, 97 kg
The Final X opponent for Hildebrandt will be determined at the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament, set for Coralville, Iowa, May 20-22.
The Beat the Streets Annual Benefit, a fan-favorite, is a major showcase of the best of international wrestling. These competitions have been at iconic locations across New York City.
This will be Hildebrandt's first Beat the Streets Benefit event.
In addition to Final X New York, Final X Stillwater will be Friday, June 3 at Gallagher-Iba Arena on the campus of Oklahoma State University. There will be 15 other weight classes contested in Stillwater.
FloWrestling will serve as the host broadcasting partner for both Final X Stillwater and Final X New York, each presented by Tezos.
FINAL X NEW YORK, presented by Tezos
Wednesday, June 8 at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
Declared Qualifiers to date
Women’s Freestyle 50 kg – Sarah Hildebrandt (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC/USOPTC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament
Men’s Freestyle 74 kg – Kyle Dake (Ithaca, N.Y./Titan Mercury WC/Spartan Combat RTC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament
Men’s Freestyle 86 kg – David Taylor (State College, Pa./Titan Mercury/Nittany Lion) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament
Greco Roman 97kg - G'Angelo Hancock (Sunkist Kids) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament
Women's Freestyle 57kg - Helen Maroulis (Sunkist Kids) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament
Men’s Freestyle 79 kg – Jordan Burroughs (Philadelphia, Pa./Sunkist Kids/Pennsylvania RTC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament
Residence: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Club: New York AC
College: King University
High School: Granger, Ind. (Penn)
Born: Sept. 23, 1993
· 2020 Olympic bronze medalist
· 2018 and 2021 World silver medalist
· Four-time World Team member (2016, 2018, 2019, 2021)
· 2019 Pan American Games champion
· Five-time Pan American Championships champion (2013, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2021)
· Two-time Final X champion (2018, 2019)
· 2018 and 2020 U.S. Open champion
· Two-time WCWA national champion and four-time finalist