Reigning 61 kilogram/134-pound world champion Logan Stieber is set to compete at the 2017 Beat the Streets Benefit that will feature a talented U.S. squad against world power Japan in Times Square, the heart of New York City, on May 17. Stieber will be paired against Japan's Shingo Arimoto, who was a member of the 2016 Japanese World Team, in the 61-kilogram men's freestyle tussle.
It will be the fourth time Stieber has competed in the Beat the Streets Benefit and his first since 2014. The American star holds a 2-1 record in his three trips to this event. In 2015, he attended the event as an honoree receiving the BTS Man of the Year Award.
In 2012, Stieber defeated Akhmed Chakaev of Russia (1-3, 7-0, 5-4) under the best two-of-three period model in his first trip to Times Square. The following year, he ousted the No. 1 ranked wrestler in the World at the time, Opan Sat of Russia, (5-7, 6-0, 3-0) in three periods at Grand Central Station. Stieber's last match at the Beat the Streets Benefit was in 2014 where he fell to three-time Olympian Haislan Garcia of Canada, 6-2, in Times Square.
"The Beat the Streets competition is one I look forward to every year," Stieber said. "I have wrestled in it three times and it has been amazing every time. I am excited to compete again in Times Square against another world class opponent. The Beat the Streets foundation and Mr. Mike Novogratz are huge for the growth of our sport. I can't thank him enough for all he has done."
Stieber is one of the most electric wrestlers in the world with his dynamic offensive arsenal and unique scoring abilities. He currently mans the No. 1 slot in the United World Wrestling World Rankings at 61 kg.
The Monroeville, Ohio native boasts a top-notch international resume that includes a 2016 World gold medal and a 2011 Junior World silver medal on top of medal performances at five additional international events.
Competing in college at Ohio State University, Stieber became just the fourth individual to win the NCAA Championships four times. He helped lead Ohio State to its first-ever team title at the NCAA Championships as a senior in 2015. Stieber was a four-time Big Ten champion and awarded the 2015 Dan Hodge Trophy as the nation's best collegiate wrestler.
This year marks the sixth time the Beat the Streets Benefit will be held in Times Square, and the eighth-straight year the world-class event will be contested. The 2017 edition will feature bouts in both men's and women's freestyle.
It will be the first time Japan has made the trip to the Beat the Streets Benefit, joining a litany of world powers that have participated in previous years including Iran, Russia, Cuba, Korea and Canada. In 2014, a World All-Star team competed against the USA, with athletes from Russia, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Canada, Spain, Venezuela, and Ukraine in the lineup. This has truly become a highlight event on the annual international wrestling schedule.
The decision on who will join Stieber on the U.S. team will be influenced by the results from the U.S. Open in men's freestyle and World Team Trials in women's freestyle, set for Las Vegas, Nev., April 25-29.
2017 BEAT THE STREETS BENEFIT
At New York, May 17
3 p.m. (ET) - Beat the Streets youth exhibition matches
4:45 p.m. (ET) - NYC PSAL Girls Dual Meet Championships
6 p.m. (ET) - Team USA vs. Team Japan
Announced Team USA Roster
61 kg/134 lbs. - Logan Stieber (Columbus, Ohio/Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
Team Japan Roster
57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Rinya Nakamura
61 kg/134 lbs. - Shingo Arimoto
65 kg/143 lbs. - Daichi Takatani
70 kg/154 lbs. - Nobuyoshi Takojima
74 kg/163 lbs. - Sohsuke Takatani
86 kg/189 lbs. - Takahiro Murayama
97 kg/213 lbs. - Koki Yamamoto
125 kg/275 lbs. - Katsutoshi Kanazawa
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Yuki Irie
58 kg/128 lbs. - Chiho Hamada
69 kg/152 lbs. - Miwa Morikawa
Team Leader - Kosei Akaishi
Freestyle Coach - Shinichi Yumoto
Women's Coach - Ryo Kanehama
About Beat the Streets
The mission of Beat the Streets is to develop the full potential of the urban youth and to strengthen the culture of New York City wrestling. BTS works directly with the New York City Department of Education in a public-private partnership to bring the life changing sport of wrestling to over 3,000 New York City student-athletes to help them achieve their personal and athletic goals. Through the operation of wrestling programs in middle and high schools in the five boroughs, BTS and the DOE provide a safe, positive atmosphere in which disadvantaged and at-risk youth can learn the essential life lessons of grit, personal responsibility and teamwork, physical fitness and nutrition, and life-long learning. The goal of fostering strong, well-rounded student-athletes is delivered through coaching, after-school programs, life skills workshops, and summer camps. More information can be found at www.btsny.org.
About USA Wrestling
USA Wrestling is the National Governing Body for the Sport of Wrestling in the United States and, as such, is its representative to the United States Olympic Committee and United World Wrestling, the international wrestling federation. Simply, USA Wrestling is the central organization that coordinates amateur wrestling programs in the nation and works to create interest and participation in these programs. It has over 220,000 members across the nation, boys and girls, men and women of all ages, representing all levels of the sport. Its president is Bruce Baumgartner, and its Executive Director is Rich Bender. More information can be found at TheMat.com