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Andrey Valiev of Russia battles Keith Gavin of the USA at the 2012 Beat the Streets USA vs. Russia dual. Valiev will compete in the dual meet in New York on Nov. 11. Larry Slater photo

The USA vs. Russia men’s freestyle dual meet set for Hofstra University on Sunday, November 11 has been moved to the New York Athletic Club in New York City.

The change in location was in response to the many challenges currently being faced by those who live on Long Island and were affected by the recent Superstorm Sandy which hit the area last week. Many people are still without electricity and others are still out of their homes.

The New York Athletic Club, which is hosting the annual New York Athletic Club International Championships in New York City from November 9-10, has agreed to host the dual meet as well.

The time of the USA vs. Russia dual meet has been changed to 10:30 a.m. to accommodate the change.

In addition, the Russian lineup has been announced for the dual meet. Russia will bring a talented and successful young team to New York.

The team is led by 2009 World silver medalist Rasul Dzukaev at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. Dzukaev was third in the 2008 European Championships and won a gold medal at the respected Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix in 2008.

The team features three past Junior World Champions: Andrey Valiev (84 kg/185 lbs.), Koloy Kortoev (84 kg/185 lbs.) and Khani Nurasulov (120 kg/264.5 lbs.).

Valiev competed in the Beat the Streets USA vs. Russia dual meets in 2011 and 2012, winning both bouts.

Also on the Russian team is 2011 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix champion Saba Khubezhti at 74 kg/163 lbs.

The final U.S. lineup for the dual meet will be announced this week.

The event will be webcast live by and its video portal,

Tickets for the dual meet cost $10 and will be sold at the door.


55 kg/121 lbs. – Azamat Tuskaev
2012 Intercontinental Cup champion (Russia)… Third in 2012 Vladimir Semenov International (Russia)… Third in 2011 Ramzan Kadyrov Cup (Russia)… Eighth in 2011 Junior World Championships… Second in 2012 Soslan Andiev International (Russia)… 2010 European Cadet champion… Born: January 21, 1994… Age: 18

60 kg/132 lbs. – Artas Sanaa
Second in 2012 Ramzan Kadyrov Cup (Russia)… Third in 2012 FILA Golden Grand Prix Finals… Eighth in 2012 World Cup… Third in 2012 Ivan Yarygin Memorial (Russia)…

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Rasul Dzhukaev
2011 and 2012 Ramzan Kadyrov International champion (Russia)… Second in 2009 World Championships… Fourth in 2009 World Cup… Second in 2009 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)… Third in 2008 European Championships… 2008 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix champion (Russia)… Second in 2007 Dan Kolov International (Bulgaria)… Tenth in 2006 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)… 2001 European Cadet champion… Born August 11, 1984… Age: 28

74 kg/163 lbs. – Saba Khubezhti
Second in 2011 New York AC International… Third in 2011 FILA Golden Grand Prix Finals… Eighth in 2011 World Cup… 2011 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix champion (Russia)…

84 kg/185 lbs. – Andrey Valiev
2010 Junior World champion… 2006 and 2007 European Cadet champion… Born: April 22, 1990… Age: 22

84 kg/185 lbs. – Koloy Kortoev
Third in 2012 Intercontental Cup (Russia)… Fifth in 2012 Stepan Sarkissian International (Armenia)… Third in 2011 Kartozia and Balavadze International (Georgia)… Third in 2010 New York AC International… 2009 Junior World champion… 2009 and 2010 European Junior champion… Russian Junior National champion… from Krasnodar…. Born March 20, 1990… Age: 22

96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Khanapi Yusupov
Eighth in 2012 FILA Golden Grand Prix Finals… Second in 2011 Ali Aliev International (Russia)… Third in 2011 Alexander Medved Grand Prix…. 2010 Russian European Junior team member…

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Khani Nurasulov
Second in 2012 Intercontinental Cup… 2012 Junior World champion… Third in 2012 Golden Grand Prix (Iran)… Third in 2012 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)… Third in 2011 Ramzan Kadyrov International (Russia)… Third in 2011 Junior World Championships… listed as Magomedgazhi Nurasulov in FILA Database... Born: July 15, 1992… Age: 20

Team Leader – Christakis Alexandridis
Coach – Artur Bazaev
Coach – Islam Kalaev
Referee – Vladimir Grygoriev
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