STILLWATER, Okla. (May 8, 2014) – Incoming Rutgers wrestling freshman Anthony Giraldo (Guttenberg, N.J.) was listed as the New Jersey recipient of the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award, announced earlier this week by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Originally created in honor of Schultz, an Olympic and World champion, the High School Excellence Award is based on excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship and community service. State winners for the Schultz Award have been selected in each of the states that sponsor high school state championships.
“The performance of these student-athletes reflects our sport’s future, a future of highly talented and resilient men and women who are driven to excel on and off the mat,” said Lee Roy Smith, Executive Director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. “Americans can take pride in knowing that these award recipients demonstrate a level of ambition and character qualities that make for great leaders, the same level of ambition and character qualities that fueled both Dave Schultz and Tricia Saunders for whom this award is named.”
Giraldo is one of two New Jersey products who have signed on to join RU in its inaugural Big Ten season. For full 2014 freshman class release, click HERE.
A North Bergen HS product, Giraldo is a four-time NJSIAA State place-winner, finishing as the NJSIAA State champion at 126 pounds in 2013 and at 132 pounds in 2014. Giraldo also took third at the NHSCA Junior Nationals and won the FILA Cadet Nationals last summer.
In continuation of his high school success, Giraldo wrestled at 145 pounds in the Beat the Streets Event in Times Square on Wednesday, May 7. He topped Said Yokub Kakhramonov with an 8-2 decision as part of seven youth matches, which preceded a United States vs. World All-Stars Event. The U.S. topped the competition convincingly, winning eight of 11 matches.
About Beat the Streets
Beat the Streets is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that uses wrestling as the vehicle through which young people achieve their full physical, cognitive, and social potential and develop into strong and effective individuals and members of the world. The organization works with middle and high schools in all five boroughs of New York City to provide a safe, positive atmosphere in which disadvantaged and at-risk youth can learn the essential life lessons of personal responsibility, physical fitness, education, and teamwork.
The mission of Beat the Streets is to develop the full human and athletic potential of the urban youth and to strengthen the culture of New York City wrestling.
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