Aaron Pico and Mercedes Rodriguez at the 2015 World Cup Open Practice for Team USA.
On April 7, the United States Men’s Freestyle Wrestling Team arrived at Santa Monica High School for their first practice of the week in California leading up to the World Cup (April 11 & 12 at The Forum).
One of many great things about the sport of wrestling is it’s generous access to the discipline’s very best. Beat the Streets Los Angeles youth had the tremendous opportunity to observe Team USA train at the open practice that morning. After the Team finished practice they took time to meet with our youth wrestlers. Amongst a morning filled with highlights the bright eyed youth wrestlers sat and talked with 2012 Olympic Gold Medalists Jordan Burroughs and Jake Varner, World Champion Stephen Neal (who happens to be a 3x Super Bowl Champion with New England Patriots), and local area phenom and Cadet World Champion Aaron Pico. Many thanks to USA Wrestling for this opportunity and for Coach Mark Black and Santa Monica High for being such gracious hosts.
Enjoy some of the moments I captured from that morning.
To see a full album of photos from the World Cup head on over to this part of our website – 2015 World Cup Freestyle
Joey McKenna and Aaron Pico
Jordan Burroughs and Moza Fey
Aaron Pico and Joey McKenna at Team USA Open Practice.
US Men’s Freestyle Wrestling Team completes a practice at Santa Monica High School.
2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Coleman Scott takes time to speak with Beat the Streets LA youth.
Helen Maroulis, Victoria Anthony and Elena Pirozhkova.
Elena Pirozhkova, Victoria Anthony and Helen Maroulis take time to speak with Beat the Streets LA youth.
Helen Maroulis and Elena Pirozhkova sign autographs for Beat the Streets LA youth.
World Champion and 3x Super Bowl Champion Stephen Neal takes time to speak with Beat the Streets LA youth.
3x NCAA Champion Ed Ruth takes time to speak with Beat the Streets LA youth.
Local phenoms Anthony Valenica, Zahid Valencia and Cade Olivas take time to speak with Beat the Streets LA youth.
Aaron Pico with Beat the Streets LA youth wrestler.
Jordan Burroughs takes time to speak with Beat the Streets LA youth.
Jordan Burroughs and Jessica Vasquez
Mercedes Rodriguez, Jordan Burroughs and Gianna Anaya