David Taylor to Wrestle Against Russian National Team
Penn State wrestler David Taylor was chosen by USA Wrestling to wrestle against Russia on May 15th at Rumble on the Rails, held in Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
Taylor, a national champion and a three time All-American, will be wrestle in the 74 kg/163 lb. weight class.
Taylor will either be facing Rasul Dzhukaev or Saba Khubetzhty. Dzhukaev is a 2009 World Silver medalist. Khubetzhty is the 2011 champion of the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix, one of the most competitive international tournaments.
Jordan Burroughs, a former Nebraska wrestler, will be the other wrestler in Taylor’s weight class against Russia at the event.
Longtime competitor and friend, Kyle Dake, who beat Taylor in the National Championship this year, was chosen to wrestle in the same weight class against Iran.
Other Big Ten wrestlers include Logan Steiber of Ohio State and Brent Metcalf of Iowa.
USA is set to wrestle Russia at 6:00 p.m. on May 15 in Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal. The USA-Russia event will be televised on NBC Universal Sports. Tickets run $300 to attend the USA-Russia match, which includes a ticket to the following awards gala as part of a fundraiser for Beat the Streets.
The event is in conjunction with Beat the Streets and Keep Olympic Wrestling, both wrestling advocacy organizations. Beat the Streets is a program to teach urban youth about wrestling. Keep Olympic Wrestling is the organization that is attempting to save olympic wrestling from being taken out of the 2020 Olympics.