Cornell Wrestler Takes on Olympic Champion in Charity Matchup
September 20, 2020


A second-period comeback by Cornell wrestler Yianni Diakomihalis brought the annual Beat the Streets showdown down to the wire. But his opponent, 2016 Olympic champion Vladimer Khinchegashvili, eked out the win on criteria against the two-time NCAA champion in New York City on September 17.

Beat the Streets is an organization that aims to nurture the social and personal development of New York City’s urban youth through wrestling. Each year, the organization holds a fundraiser to support the wrestling community in the city, last year attracting a crowd of over 5,000 and raising $1.3 million for urban youth. The Red junior’s 65kg event has been the fundraiser’s headliner for two years in a row now, last time defeating India’s Bajrang Punia — the world’s top-ranked wrestler at the time.