The Gotham City Girls East Coast Freestyle Wrestling Championships will be held Saturday, April 26th, 2014. There has been a recent venue change, and the tournament will now be held at WIngate Educational Complex in Brooklyn. The map is here.

Read more: Gotham City Girls Championships - Location Change

"Wrestling saved my life."

That's what Sara McMann had to say to the student-athletes who attended the first of four training sessions during her two-day residency in the Beat the Streets Spring Break Training Camp. McMann was a silver medalist at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and is one of the top-ranked women's Mixed Martial Artists in the world.

Read more: UFC star Sara McMann leading sessions

Peppelman leads a group demonstration on breakdown techniques.

“It’s the most fulfilling part of my week,” Peppelman stated Saturday night. A powerful statement, masked by the casual way in which he said it.

He was referring to his time as a volunteer coach here at Beat the Streets, a role he takes on four nights a week—including all day Saturday—for a monthly total that often surpasses 60 hours.

Read more: Volunteer Coach Highlight: Walter Peppelman


When: Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Where: St. Francis College, 180 Remsen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201


  • Regular weigh-ins will last from 8:00am to 9:00am on Saturday.
  • Wrestling will start by 9:30am latest.
  • Fourteen teams will compete on four mats. They are:
    Kings Park (LI), Mattituck/Miller Place (LI), Force Wrestling (NJ), Ascend Black (LI), BTS NYC Black, BTS NYC Orange, BTS NYC Wildcard, BTS Philly, Smithtown (LI), Eclipse, Iowa Style, Eagle Academy, Team Rockland, Sachem East.
  • Every team will be guaranteed two matches.
  • A concession stand will be set up.

Canarsie crowned four individual champions in a strong performance at this past Saturday’s season opening PSAL Girls Freestyle Wrestling Tournament, hosted at the high school in Brooklyn. New Dorp crowned two champions, with nine other schools each crowing one. The most interesting bracket was the 112 lbs. weight class, which was round robin bracketed and resulted in a three way tie for the championship.

Read more: Canarsie dominates season opening PSAL Girls...

A note about tickets for the wrestling event: Seating in Times Square is reserved for ticket-holders. However, the event is outside to encourage pedestrians and non-ticket holders to watch! Screens will be set up to supplement the direct views. 

So to clarify: You need a ticket to get a seat, but you don't need a ticket to watch. We encourage and invite you to come check it out!


Alvarez, third from the left, at Oklahoma State University's Gallagher-IBA Arena.

Nathalie Alvarez, a senior at Staten Island’s Curtis High School, has reaped the benefits of wrestling in multiple ways. Her life on the mat began when she was 16, after seeing a poster for the men’s wrestling team at her school. Being a swimmer and a rugby player, she thought joining the wrestling team could help keep her in shape during the off-season. She was right.

Read more: The benefits of wrestling: Interview with...

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