The champ has returned.
United States Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo has not stepped onto a mat in competitive fashion since becoming the youngest American wrestler to capture Olympic gold during the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing. At one time it looked as if Cejudo had grappled for the final time at just 21 years of age, but in late 2010 he announced he would be making a run at a second freestyle gold medal in 2012.
Fans won’t have to wait until the London games to kick off to catch a glimpse of one of the greatest wrestlers in U.S. history, however, because Cejudo will make his return today in New York City during the 2011 Beat the Streets Gala in Duffy Square.
As part of a USA vs. Russia freestyle dual meet, Cejudo will square off against Rasul Mashezov at 121 pounds as one of seven matches for the event.
Beat the Streets is a non-profit organization that reaches out to students in New York City and creates opportunities for them to participate in after-school wrestling programs, providing them a safe haven and a way out of some of the poorest and toughest neighborhoods in the The Big Apple.