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|Caldwell injured in training; Dake to face Metcalf in Beat the Streets Gala on USS Intreprid|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
2010 NCAA champions Brent Metcalf of Iowa (left) and Kyle Dake of Cornell (right) celebrate their NCAA victories in Omaha. Metcalf and Dake will battle in freestyle on the U.S.S. Intrepid on Thursday night. Larry Slater photos
Darrion Caldwell (Rahway, N.J./Sunkist Kids) reinjured his shoulder during a practice session at the U.S. Olympic Training Center on Monday afternoon.
Due to the injury, he will not be competing as part of the 2010 Beat the Streets Gala on the U.S.S. Intrepid in New York City on Thursday, May 13.
He was scheduled to face his top college rival Brent Metcalf in the Main Event of a seven-match card of wrestling bouts which will be showcased on Thursday at the Beat the Streets Gala.
Caldwell missed the 2009-10 college season for North Carolina State due to shoulder surgery this past fall. He has not been medically cleared to compete and is undergoing additional tests at this time.
Replacing Caldwell in the Main Event matchup against Metcalf will be 2010 NCAA champion Kyle Dake (Ithaca, N.Y./Shamrock WC), who won a NCAA title for Cornell as a true freshman this year.
It will be a battle of two 2010 NCAA champions. Dake won the NCAA title at 141 pounds, while Metcalf won his second career NCAA title at 149 pounds.
One other lineup change has been announced. There will not be an 84 kg/185 lbs. bout as previously announced in men’s freestyle. Instead, 2008 Olympian Andy Hrovat (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) will compete against 2009 U.S. Open runner-up Kyle Cerminara (Philadelphia, Pa./New York AC) at 96 kg/211.5 lbs.
The event will be held on the USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier which is docked on the west side of Manhattan in New York City. It is part of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. It is being billed as the Battle on the Intrepid, in recognition of “wrestlers in the nation’s service.” The competition is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.
TheMat.com will provide a live webcast of the seven-match card from the deck of the U.S.S. Intrepid, starting at approximately 6:15 p.m. The USA Wrestling Prime Time postgame show will follow from the Beat the Streets Gala dinner and awards presentation at approximately 8:15 p.m. Gary Abbott and Mitch Hull will call the action.
Each year, the Beat the Streets Gala is held to celebrate wrestling and raise funds for Beat the Streets Wrestling, Inc., the successful program which has provided wrestling opportunities for thousands of middle school and high school students in New York City.
Registration for the Beat the Streets Gala will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Battle on the Intrepid from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Cocktails will be served from 7:30 p.m., followed by the dinner and awards presentation starting at 8:15 p.m. All participants will disembark from the U.S.S. Intrepid at 11:00 p.m.
There will be a live musical performance by The Lost Trailers at the function.
The minimum donation to support Beat the Streets and reserve admission to the Gala is $150. There are a many number of other levels of contributions available to those who wish to join the excitement and support this worthy cause.
For further information about the event, please visit the website at www.beat-the-streets.org or you may contact Brian Giffin via email at BGiffin@beat-the-streets.org or via phone at 212-777-5702.
BEAT THE STREETS GALA
Wrestlers in the Nation’s Service
Battle on the Intrepid
On the U.S.S. Intrepid in New York, N.Y., May 13
Middle School 135 lbs. – Will Wilson vs. Shateek Palmer
High School 150 lbs. – Jorge Jimenez vs. Andre Antoine
Women’s freestyle 59 kg – Leigh Jaynes vs. Kelsey Campbell
Greco-Roman 66 kg – Spenser Mango vs. Ellis Coleman
Men’s freestyle 74 kg – Ben Askren vs. Moza Fay
Men’s freestyle 96 kg – Andy Hrovat vs. Kyle Cerminara
MAIN EVENT– Men’s freestyle 66 kg - Brent Metcalf vs. Kyle Dake