One New Jersey wrestler kicked off the Beat the Streets Rumble on the River event with a big victory on Thursday night and another ended the same way in New York City.
Usually held in Times Square, Thursday's matches were contested on a pier with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background.
Delbarton senior and Princeton commit Pat Glory, a two-time state champion and NJ.com Wrestler of the Year, won a freestyle high school match against Pennsylvania's Gavin Teasdale, who is headed to Penn State, 16-3.
In the last match, Winslow graduate Jordan Burroughs, an Olympic champion and four-time world champion, rallied from a 4-0 deficit to defeat another multiple-time world champion, Italy's Frank Chamizo, in a super match.
The mat was slick the entire night and seemed to have reached a critical level in the last match, which was stopped several times so the mat could be mopped. Both Burroughs and Chamizo had trouble even keeping their footing at times and a push-out point Burroughs yielded in the second period came when he slid backwards.
But needing a takedown in the final minute, Burroughs found enough traction to land one of his patented blast doubles for the winning points.
"Much respect," said Burroughs to interviewer Robby Smith, a U.S. Greco-Roman wrestler on the FloPro telecast. "I appreciate the battle. I'm all about challenging myself at this age."
Added Chamizo, who came up in weight to meet Burroughs: "The conditions were not good. It was a difficult match, but my respect,"
It was the second big comeback for an American wrestling legend as Kyle Snyder rallied from an 8-2 deficit against Cuba's Reineris Salas Perez of Cuba in a 97 kg match.
The night started with Glory using a pair of chest wraps to dominate Teasdale in a rubber match between the two high school standouts. Teasdale beat Glory with a late takedown at the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic, while Glory won a 3-0 decision at Who's #1.
Thursday's match was the only one of the three that came in freestyle, a discipline in which Glory admitted he is still something of a novice.
"I can't explain it," Glory told FloWrestling after the match. "I'm still in awe. To shake hands with Kyle Snyder, Jordan Burroughs, James Green. I'm blessed to wrestle on this stage. I was just praying to God, saying 'Thank you. What an amazing opportunity.'
"I'm just getting into freestyle. I'm a big chest wrap guy. I love that move."
Another wrestler with Jersey ties also picked up a big win on the night as James Green, a Willingboro graduate, defeated Cuba's Franklin Maren Castillo, 2-1, at 70 kg when Castillo was put on the shot clock in the second period.