On Sunday, October 9, 20 BTS kids went to the York Expo Center in Pennsylvania to take part in the Columbus Day Duals, a co-ed tournament open to middle and high schoolers.
“Overall, we had an extremely young team for both middle and high school,” said coach Penn Gottfried. “For high school, it was much younger than Waterway Duals,” Gottfried said, referring to the tournament from last month. However, “this did not stop our kids from winning every match they could and working as hard as they could.”
Beat the Streets Wrestling took a team of thirteen boys to the Waterway Duals on Saturday, September 10 in Oxford, PA. This team competition held at the Oxford Area High School saw the BTS team hold their own against competitors from four different states.
Wrestler Steven Isaac praised the competitive lineup of the NYC team. “We had four Fargo All-Americans in our lineup, as well as very talented wrestlers such as John-Luke (Destefano), Daniel Bogie, myself and many others representing BTS.”
The same day Olympians were duking it out in Rio for the gold, New York City kids put their summer’s worth of practice to use at the Big Apple Games Tournament. The all-day tournament was held at the Novogratz Center for Athletics at Poly Prep High School in Brooklyn on Thursday, August 18 and had roughly sixty NYC youth participate.
The tournament was conducted in the dual meet style where teams face off against one another and strive to win by attaining the most points from all of their individual matches. Kids could sign up as a team, or individuals could arrive and be placed on a team with other single wrestlers.
On Sunday, July 31, Beat the Streets sent a bus to the Long Island Summer Heat Folkstyle Tournament held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. 20 kids used BTS transportation, and about ten more attended with a parent or a coach.
Beat the Streets had one champion, one second, and several third and fourths in a tournament that only placed the top four contenders.
The boys are back in town, and with accolades to show for their hard work. Beat the Streets helped send 22 boys to the Asics/Vaughan Cadet & Junior National Championships in Fargo, ND. An account of the success of the 31 girls who also attended was published last Friday.
In the Cadet Greco-Roman division, Dove Bonjean Alpart from Poly Prep took 5th place in the 106 lb weight class. In the Cadet Freestyle competition, Terry Adams from Monsignor Farrell placed 8th at 100 lbs, and Jayson Gomez from Eagle Academy took 7th at 285 lbs.