The Super 32 Challenge, known by many as the most competitive pre-season amateur wrestling tournament in the United States, is happy to announce its $1,875 donation made to Beat the Streets earlier this week.
Money raised from the auctions of tournament entries was divided between Beat the Streets and three other very worthy wrestling-related causes.
Beat the Streets is extremely grateful for the donation from the Super 32, which will help us to further our mission of bringing opportunities to New York City’s youth on and off the mat.
See the original press release here.
The Beat the Streets girls program was strengthened when Head Girls Coach Jacque Davis took six female wrestlers to the FILA Cadet National Team Camp 3 in West Chester, Pennsylvania in late November.
The camp, led by USA Wrestling’s Assistant Women’s National Team Coach Erin Tomeo and Assistant to the Women's National Teams, Emma Randall, included a wide range of workshops and activities aimed at improving girls’ development both on and off the mat.
BTS/PSAL Thanksgiving Tournament
The round robin matches were held Saturday, November 30th. Results are below.
The 2nd Annual Grapple at the Garden is taking place this Sunday, December 1st and will include an extremely wide range of wrestling - from Middle School to Senior level on eight mats in the World's Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden.
All told, there will be battles in all three styles between nearly every level of wrestling, including both males and females. It is likely the broadest exhibition of wrestling ever undertaken.
Tickets are available here.
The preliminary round of the 2013 Beat the Streets/PSAL Thanksgiving Invitational Tournament took place on Tuesday, November 26th. This was the first step in sifting through the 16 competing teams to create the pairings for the placing round taking place during the Grapple at the Garden at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, December 1st.
It was a weekend of good wrestling and great sportsmanship as Head Boys Coach MarcAntoni Macias took the Junior Developmental Team to compete at the Pocono Rumble in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania on Saturday, November 23rd.
The tournament—which was the first trip made by the new team—followed a round-robin style based on each wrestler’s weight class, age, and level of experience. Forty Beat the Streets wrestlers competed, ranging in age from 9 years to 14. The group was comprised of seven girls and 33 boys.
"The team was created to give New York City's kids the same access to off-season tournaments that their suburban counterparts have," noted Ken Bigley, Director of Program Development, on the role of the new Junior Developmental Team in the lives of Beat the Streets participants.
A group of Beat the Streets student-athletes expanded their knowledge on and off the mat last Sunday as they traveled to Rocky Hill, Connecticut for an afternoon of practice and scrimmaging with wrestlers from two other programs in the Northeast. Head Coach MarcAntoni “MA” Macias, who accompanied the group, saw the trip as “a chance for our kids to get a feel for out-of-state competition, learning how to adapt to the different styles of wrestling that opponents from different backgrounds might bring”.
US National Team member Katherine Fulp-Allen will be leading a clinic at the Beat the Streets Manhattan Training Center on Saturday, November 9th from 10:30am - 12:30pm.
Katherine made the US national women’s wrestling team the past two years after placing third in the US Olympic Team Trials in 2012 and 3rd at the World Team Trials in 2013. She was a 2008 University World Champion after winning the US University Nationals. She has been a resident of the US Olympic Training Center since 2011 and is currently training for the upcoming 2013-2014 season.
Results are in for the Junior League City Championships, held Saturday at Wingate Educational Campus in Brooklyn. Turnout was high with 265 wrestlers overall, and two weight classes in the boys division bringing in 23 participants each. David Berkovich of Elite Wrestling Academy won by fall against Ryan Brady (Monsignor Farrell) at 91 lbs., while Amir Johnson of Petrides defeated Matt Velez (Phillis Wheatly) 3-0 to win the 120 lb. weight class.
The Junior League City Championships were held Saturday at Wingate Educational Campus in Brooklyn, including the first-ever girls division where over 40 middle school-aged girls competed. [Update!] The photo at right shows the girls champions. See below for more pictures of the event, courtesy of BTS Executive Director Jim Fallis!
Meanwhile, several Beat the Streets alumni who are now wrestling in college convened for a photo at the Golden Eagle Invitational Tournament Saturday at the Special Events Recreation Center at SUNY-Brockport.
Xavier Thomas (Brockport/Eagle '12), Cedric Stephens (Niagara CC/Wingate '13), Jonathan Alicea (Brockport/MLK '13), and Quasar Hampton (Alfred State/South Bronx '13) got together and grabbed the photo. Also in attendance at the tournament, but not in the photo was Barry Hart (Niagara CC/Wingate '12).
Stephens won the title at 184 pounds.
Results for both events available here.
The New York City Junior League Individual Championships are set for Saturday, November 2nd at Wingate High School (600 Kingston Ave. Brooklyn). Weigh-Ins will take place from 7:30-8:30AM with wrestling starting no later than 9:30. (Preregistration is required, so talk to your coach!) This year's championships will feature a boys and girls division.
Meanwhile, practice will still take place as scheduled at the Manhattan Training Center.
October 16th saw an afternoon of good wrestling and great sportsmanship as Beat the Streets kicked off the Junior League dual season with five matches. Over in Brooklyn, William Alexander defeated Upper Ten 43-36, while Rose E. Scalea knocked off New Heights 49-30 up in the Bronx. On Roosevelt Island, a tough Twin Parks Upper defeated Roosevelt Island 51-18. Staten Island saw a pair of duals, with Monsignor Farrell beating Petrides 42-21, and Rocco Laurie defeating Myra S. Barnes 60-33.
Due to the internationally cooperative nature of the 2013 Beat the Streets Gala's Rumble on the Rails event, USA Wrestling was selected as a top-three finalist for the 2013 Sport Organization of the Year award. The event brought together teams from the United States, Russia, and Iran, and was the premier event of FILA's World Wrestling Month.
Beat the Streets has worked very closely with USA Wrestling each of the past four years to bring marquee wrestling events to New York City, showcasing the sport and helping to raise money for our youth development programs.
The BTS A team took 7th place out of 16 teams with a 3-2 record while the B team took 12th place, going 0-5.
Individual standout performances included perfect records by Saidyokub Kahramonov (5-0) and Miguel Perez (4-0).
Beat the Streets will be sending two teams to Hockessin, DE for the Columbus Day Duals which is taking place this Sunday, October 13th.
Live results and rosters will be available on www.TrackWrestling.com. National Federation rules will be in effect, except that the NCAA out of bounds rule will be used and periods will last 1:30 instead of 2:00. The High School division contains 16 teams. For more information, visit tyrantwrestling.com.
Here are the rosters for the two BTS teams
At five locations spanning all five boroughs, over 330 middle school-aged grapplers took to the mat, kicking off the initial jamboree weekend of the first fall Junior League season.
While our jamborees are competitive, the focus is not on winning and losing, but getting on the mat and having fun.
Beat the Streets sent several wrestlers to the formidable Journeymen Classic up in Albany while Petrides on Staten Island played host to the annual Steeplechase Open.
Leading the way upstate were 2013 New York State Champions Rich Sisti (Senior, Monsignor Farrell) and Adis Radoncic (Junior), who transferred from Riverdale-Kingsbridge Academy to Poly Prep over the summer.