Team USA wins big against International All-Stars in historic Ballpark fight

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Photo of Jordan Burroughs by Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com.

ARLINGTON, TX – It was an electric night inside the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Field as Team USA took on all-star international teams in Greco-Roman, Women’s Freestyle and Men’s Freestyle in friendly competition, acclaimed by over of 12,000 fans on Saturday night.

Bout at the Ballpark marked the first event of its kind as international duels were paired with a college duel, featuring the nation’s two most prestigious college programs, Oklahoma State and Iowa.

Women’s competition
The US women’s freestyle team won four of its five matches, competing against athletes from Canada as well as another member of the US team.

American victories included shutouts of two times a member of the senior world team Victoria Anthony at 50 kg and Olympic champion 2016 Helene Maroulis at 57 kg. Anthony beat Canada’s top-ranked lightweight Madison Parks 10-0 in 3:49, while two-time Olympic medalist Maroulis beat NCAA No. 1-ranked Karla Godinez with an 8 win. -0.

Olympians 2020 Jacarra Winchester and Kayla Miracle each had victories on Saturday. Winchester, the 2019 world champion, took on US national team member Dom Parrish at 53kg. The pair have faced each other in the past with Winchester winning by technical pinfall; however, tonight’s match saw Parrish close the gap but a 5-2 decision for Winchester.

“Parrish was my sparring partner for the Olympics. So, we had played each other and she’s my No. 1 competition, Winchester said. “I think it was one of the best ideas because I’m gone from technical to now it’s catching up, which will only propel me forward, make me work harder and it will be better for America. We’re building, and there’s not such a big gap between #1 and #2.

Miracle, who won silver at the 2021 World Championships, outlasted 2021 U23 World Champion Ana Godinez of Canada, 6-5.

The International All-Stars team’s lone win came from 2018 Senior World Champion Justina DiStasio of Canada, who beat the US World Senior double team Victoria Francois7-1.

Men’s competition
The men’s duel included 10 men’s freestyle matches and a Greco-Roman bout.

Early evening for Team USA, 2021 world bronze medalists G’Angelo Hancock showed off his signature “body lock or bust” approach to Greco-Roman. Facing senior and Egypt U23 World Team member Ahmed Hassan, Hancock used multiple shots, including a five-pointer, to claim a 13-3 technical win.

“I developed the motto ‘body lock or bust.’ I thank God, USA Wrestling and everyone involved for giving me the opportunity to show what this motto means. Whenever I have this opportunity, I will show you what El Greco is really about, “said said Hancock.

In men’s freestyle, the American team won its 10 encounters by technical fall and without giving up a single point to the stars.

The evening was marked by the victories of the Olympic champions Jordan Burroughs at 79 kg and Kyle Snyder at 97 kg. Burroughs, a five-time world champion, beat Colombian Pan American medalist Nestor Taffur, 11-0, in 1:58. Snyder, who added an Olympic silver medal to his resume earlier this summer, knocked out European Championships silver medalist Zbigniew Baranowski of Poland, 12-0.

“The magnitude of this event, it was serious, and we felt it,” Burroughs said. “I would have preferred us to fight Iran. I think it would have been in the electric crowd. But regardless, I think that place was quite special. It will definitely be at the top of my list.

Olympic bronze medalist and 2021 world champion Thomas Gilman defeated Darian Cruz of Puerto Rico, 11-0, at 57 kg. The two knew each other well as Gilman had several freestyle wins over Cruz, while Cruz beat Gilman in the 2017 NCAA Finals.

Fix data, the 2021 Worlds silver medalist, went 2-0 on the night, becoming the first athlete in American wrestling history to compete for Team USA and his university on the same day. In the freestyle, Fix needed less than two minutes to win 10-0 against Ecuadorian Guesseppe Rea. Later that night, he defeated No. 3 Austin DeSanto of Iowa, 5-2, in the varsity event.

Other world medalists collecting victories in Arlington were james green at 70 kg and Nick Gwiazdowski at 125 kg. Green, who won bronze in 2015 and silver in 2017, outscored Canada’s Dillon Williams 10-0 and two-time bronze medalist Gwiazdowski recorded his own 10-0 win over Puerto Rico’s Zach Merrill.

World medal winners by age group Joey McKenna (65kg), Zahid Valencia (86 kg) and Kollin Moore (92 kg) all won by technical fall in the first period, with Valencia and Moore winning their matches in less than a minute against opponents Mexico and Puerto Rico, respectively. McKenna scored a victory in under 90 seconds over Kamol Begakov of Tajikistan.

2020 Pan American Champion Jason Nolf emerged victorious at 74kg, knocking out 2021 European Championship bronze medalist Mitch Finesilver of Israel, 11-0, in 1:55.

All of Saturday’s matches are archived and available to watch on FloWrestling.

BALLPARK FIGHT
February 12, 2022 | Arlington, Texas | Attendance: 12,208

Team USA Women 14, International All-Stars 5

50kg: Victoria Anthony (USA) df. Madison Parks (Canada), 10-0 3:49
53 kg: Jacarra Winchester (USA) df. Dom Parrish (USA), 5-2
57kg: Helen Maroulis (USA) df. Karla Godinez Gonzalez (Canada), 8-0
62kg: Kayla Miracle (USA) df. Ana Godinez Gonzalez (Canada), 6-5
76 kg: Justina DiStasio (Canada) def. Victoria Francis (USA), 7-1

Team USA Men 44, International All-Stars 1

97 kg Greco-Roman: G’Angelo Hancock (USA) df. Ahmed Hassan (Egypt), 13-3
57 kg freestyle men: Thomas Gilman (USA) df. Darian Cruz (Puerto Rico), 11-0 3:13
61 kg MFS: Daton Fix (USA) df. Guesseppe Rea (Ecuador), 10-0 1:41
65kg MFS: Joey McKenna (USA) sf. Kamol Begakov (Tajikistan), 10-0 1:26
70kg MFS: James Green (USA) sf. Dillon Williams (Canada), 10-0 2:21
74kg MFS: Jason Nolf (USA) sf. Mitch Finesilver (Israel), 11-0 1:55
79kg MFS: Jordan Burroughs (USA) sf. Nestor Taffur (Colombia), 11-0 1:58
86kg MFS: Zahid Valencia (USA) df. Noel Torres (Mexico), 10-0 0:57
92kg MFS: Kollin Moore (USA) sf. Evan Ramos (Puerto Rico), 10-0 0:50
97kg MFS: Kyle Snyder (USA) sf. Zbigniew Baranowski (Poland), 12-0 4:19
125kg MFS: Nick Gwiazdowski (USA) sf. Zach Merrill (Puerto Rico), 10-0 1:20

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