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.
On Saturday, September 21st, we will be starting a youth wrestling program for elementary and middle school-aged boys and girls. Practices will be every Saturday from 9:00am - 10:30am. The fall program ends on October 26th. There is no cost to participate. A flier is available with all the information.
There will be a coaches clinic on Wednesday, September 25th featuring Army Wrestling Head Coach Joe Heskett. Pre-registration is required.
Contrary to previous announcements, Thursday night Match Nights will not begin until October. As many student-athletes are focusing on academics or playing a fall sport, interest was great enough to warrant skipping practice. Instead, normal practices will take place on Thursday nights. The updated Fall Schedule flier is now available.
NWCA's Press Release is shown below, with some edits.
Kacie Albert – ELSM
Manheim, PA – In an effort to assist Beat the Streets New York City in furthering its mission, The Hershey Company, in partnership with the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA), donated 30 laptops to the non-profit on Thursday, Sept. 12.
Beat the Streets Wrestling is a non-profit organization located in New York City whose goal is to help youth in underserved communities reach their full human and athletic potential through participating in the sport of amateur wrestling.
Beat the Streets Executive Director Jim Fallis announces the hiring of MarcAntoni Macias as the new full-time Boys Wrestling Coach for Beat the Streets Wrestling in New York. With the girls head coach position recently filled by Jacquelyn Davis, “We are at the starting line and ready to go,” states Fallis.
MarcAntoni wrestled collegiately for Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, KY, graduating in 2008 with a B.S. in Physical Education and a minor in Coaching. He joins us now from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where he spent two years as the Second Assistant Coach working with the lightweights, before finishing his Masters of Education in Counseling & College Student Affairs.
Beat the Streets sent two teams to the Waterway Duals in Oxford, PA this past weekend. The Blue squad finished with a 2-2 record while the Red team went 0-4.
Ken Bigley, Director of Program Development said, "Developmentally it was a great event for the Beat The Streets student-athletes. Each individual wrestler had several very competitive matches and each kid has a good idea of the areas where they need to work. We saw some kids that have been training hard all summer really turn a corner and take a big step up. Most exciting for the coaching staff was seeing those kids who would not have won matches at this tournament last year walking off the mat with their hands raised because of the time they put in this summer."
Beat the Streets Executive Director Jim Fallis is pleased to announce the hiring of Jacquelyn Davis as the first full-time Girls Head Coach for Beat the Streets Wrestling in New York.
Since the inclusion of Women's Wrestling in the 2004 Olympics, we have seen huge growth in female wrestling from the international level down through the college level to high school, junior high, and even elementary school. Jacque is a product of the movement and brings a wealth of experience and skills to the position.
"I want to commend our Director of Programming, Ken Bigley, and the search committee for a job well done," said Fallis.