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2009 World silver medalist Jake Herbert of the United States will compete at 84 kg/185 lbs. Tony Rotundo photo.

Biographies for the international wrestling stars who will be showcased at the USA vs. Russia freestyle dual meet as part of the 2011 Beat the Streets Gala in New York City on May 5 have been published.

The USA vs. Russia dual meet will be held in Duffy Square in New York City, located in the historic Times Square setting at 46th Street at 6:00 p.m. ET. The event is free to the public, and will also be streamed live on TheMat.com by USA Wrestling and be shown on the single largest facing LED screen in Times Square.

The Russian lineup has had a change at 55 kg/121 lbs. Former Junior World champion Nariman Israpilov has been injured and will not participate. The new Russian entry is 2010 Junior World champion Rasul Mashezov, who will wrestle 2008 Olympic champion Henry Cejudo in the dual meet.

55 kg/121 lbs.

Henry Cejudo (United States)
2008 Olympic champion… Youngest American Olympic wrestling champion at age 21… Competed in 2007 World Championships… 2006 Junior World silver medalist… Three-time Pan American Championships champion (2006-2008)… 2006 and 2007 U.S. Open champion… Second in 2008 U.S. Open… Second in 2006 World Team Trials… Second in 2007 Takhti Cup (Iran)… Third in 2007 Ivan Yarygin International (Russia)… Fifth in 2005 Junior World Championships… 2004 Junior Nationals champion in both styles… 2003 and 2004 FILA Cadet Nationals champion in both styles… Four-time state champion (two in Arizona, two in Colorado)… 2006 ASICS National High School Wrestler of the Year… High School: Colorado Springs, Colo. (Coronado), Phoenix, Ariz. (Maryvale)… Older brother Angel is also nationally ranked freestyle wrestler… Lives in Phoenix, Ariz… Born: Feb. 9, 1987… Age: 24

Rasul Mashezov (Russia)
2011 Dave Schultz Memorial International champion… Second in 2010 New York AC International… Third in 2010 Junior World Championships… 2007 Cadet European champion… Born: March 9, 1990… Age: 21

60 kg/132 lbs.

Shawn Bunch (United States)
2008 and 2010 U.S. Open champion… 2009 U.S. World Team member… Second in 2010 World Team Trials… Second at 2009 and 2011 U.S. Open… 2011 Alexander Medved International champion… Second in 2010 Heydar Aliyev Golden Grand Prix (Azerbaijan)… Third in 2010 Cerro Pelado (Cuba)… Second in 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials… Second in 2009 New York AC International… Third in 2008 Dmitri Korkin International (Russia)… Fourth in 2007 World Team Trials… Third in 2007 U.S. Open… Fourth in 2007 World Team Trials… 2007 Pan American Championships champion… Third in 2007 Medved International (Belarus)… Two-time NCAA All-American for Edinboro, placing second in 2005 and third in 2006… Training with Ohio Regional Training Center… High School: Leavenworth, Kan… Lives in Columbus, Ohio… Born: March 19, 1983… Age: 28…

Rasul Murtazaliev (Russia)
Eighth in 2011 World Cup… Sixth in 2011 Dave Schultz Memorial International… Second in 2011 Ivan Yarygin Memorial Grand Prix (Russia)… 2010 New York AC International champion… Third in the 2010 Russian National Championships… from Dagestan… Born July 20, 1988… Age: 22

66 kg/145.5 lbs.

Brent Metcalf (United States)
Competed in 2010 World Championships… Second in 2011 Takhti Cup (Iran)… Third in 2011 Cerro Pelado (Cuba)… Fifth in 2011 Yarygin Memorial (Russia)… Third in 2011 U.S. Open… 2010 World Team Trials champion… Second in 2009 U.S. Open… Third in 2009 Pan American Championships… Fifth in 2008 U.S. Open… 2006 Clansman International champion… Competed in 2006 FILA Junior World Championships… 2006 FILA Junior World Team Trials champion… 2008 and 2010 NCAA champion for the Univ. of Iowa… 2009 NCAA runner-up… 2008 Dan Hodge Trophy winner as nation’s top college wrestler… Four-time Michigan state champion… Six-time Junior Nationals champion, tying national record… High School: Davison, Mich… Lives in Iowa City, Iowa… Competes for New York AC… Born: July 14, 1986… Age: 24

Magomedmurad Gadzhiev (Russia)
2011 Dave Schultz Memorial International champion… Ninth in 2011 World Cup… Third in 2011 Ivan Yarygin Memorial Grand Prix (Russia)… Second in 2010 European Championships… 2010 Ivan Yarygin Memorial Grand Prix champion (Russia)… 2010 New York AC International champion… Third in the 2010 Russian Nationals… Third in 2009 Ivan Yarygin Memorial Grand Prix (Russia)… Fifth in 2009 Takhti Cup (Iran)… 2008 Junior World champion… from Dagestan… Born February 15, 1988… Age: 23

74 kg/163 lbs.

Jordan Burroughs (United States)
2011 U.S. Open champion… Tenth in 2008 Junior World Championships… Second in 2007 University Nationals… 2009 and 2011 NCAA champion for Nebraska… Three-time NCAA All-American… 2006 New Jersey state high school champion… High School: Winslow Twp, N.J… From Sicklerville, N.J… Born: July 8, 1988… Age: 22

Aniuar Geduev (Russia)
Eighth in 2010 Golden Grand Prix Finals (Azerbaijan)… Second in 2010 Ramzan Kadirov Cup (Russia)… Third in 2010 World Cup… Third in 2010 Ivan Yarygin Memorial Grand Prix (Russia)… 2010 Yasar Dogu International champion (Turkey)… 2009 Dmitry Korkin International champion (Russia)… Born: January 26, 1987… Age: 24

84 kg/185 lbs.

Jake Herbert (United States)
2009 World silver medalist… 2010 U.S. World Team member… Three-time U.S. Open champion (2009 – 2011)… 2008 University World bronze medalist… 2006 University World silver medalist… 2010 New York AC International Open champion… Second in 2010 Heydar Aliyev Golden Grand Prix… Second in 2009 New York AC International Open… Second in 2010 Cerro Pelado International (Cuba)… 2006 and 2008 University Nationals champion… 2008 University World Team Trials champion… 2007 and 2009 NCAA champion for Northwestern… 2009 Dan Hodge Trophy winner as nation’s best college wrestler… Four-time NCAA All-American, also second in 2006 and third in 2005… 2007 Hargobind International champion (Canada)… 2005 FILA Junior Nationals champion… Pennsylvania state high school champion… High School: North Allegheny, Pa… Lives in Evanston, Ill… Born: March 6, 1985… Age: 26

Andrey Valiev (Russia)
2010 Junior World champion… 2006 and 2007 European Cadet champion… Born: April 22, 1990… Age: 20

96 kg/211.5 lbs.

Jake Varner (United States)
2009 and 2011 U.S. Open champion… Ninth in 2009 World Championships… 2009 World Team Trials champion… Fifth in 2011 Ivan Yarygin Memorial Grand Prix (Russia)… Second in 2010 World Team Trials… Second in 2010 New York AC International… Second in 2010 U.S. Open… Second in 2010 World Team Trials… Third in 2009 Sunkist Kids International Open… Third in 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials… Seventh in 2008 U.S. Open… 2009 and 2010 NCAA champion for Iowa State… Second in 2007 and 2008 NCAA Championships… 2005 FILA Junior World Team member… Third in 2004 Junior Nationals… Two-time California state high school champion… High School: Bakersfield, Calif… Lives in State College, Pa… Born: March 24, 1986… Age: 25

Shamil Akhmedov (Russia)
2011 Ivan Yarygin Memorial Grand Prix champion (Russia)… 2010 Junior World champion… Ninth in 2010 World Cup… Second in 2010 Ivan Yarygin Memorial Grand Prix (Russia)… Born: July 15, 1990… Age: 20

120 kg/264.5 lbs.

Tervel Dlagnev (United States)
2009 World bronze medalist… 2008 World University champion… 2011 U.S. Open champion… Second in 2009 and 2010 U.S. Open… Second in 2010 World Team Trials… Third in 2008 U.S. Open… 2009 Ali Heydar Golden Grand Prix champion (Azerbaijan)… 2010 Medved International champion (Belarus)… 2009 Ukrainian Memorial International champion… 2008, 2009 and 2010 New York AC International Open champion… Third in 2011 Ivan Yarygin Memorial International (Russia)… Fourth in 2007 U.S. Open… 2007 Sunkist Kids International Open champion… 2007 and 2008 NCAA Division II champion for Nebraska-Kearney… Four-time Div. II All-American, also placing second in 2006 and sixth in 2005… High School: Arlington, Texas… Born: November 19, 1985… Age: 25

Barsag Kesaev (Russia)
Fifth in 2011 World Cup… Second in 2011 Ivan Yarygin Memorial Grand Prix (Russia)… Ninth in 2009 Ukrainian Memorial International… Born: August 3, 1988… Age: 22

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