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Two-Time Olympian Sosuke Takatani Leads Team Of Eight Senior Men’s, Three Senior Women’s Freestylers Competing Against Team USA Squad TBD

NEW YORK–World wrestling power Japan will compete in the Beat the Streets Benefit event for the first time, it was announced today by Beat the Streets Wrestling, Inc. and USA Wrestling. The Japanese team brings a squad of eight Senior men’s freestyle wrestlers and three Senior women’s freestyle wrestlers. This year’s event will take place in Times Square’s Duffy Square (between 46th and 47th streets) on Wednesday, May 17 in the seventh annual wrestling celebration. Competitors for Team USA, which will include members of the 2016 Olympic team as well as other elite stars, will be announced in April.

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On Sunday, March 12, Johnson City High School hosted two tournaments that Beat the Streets wrestlers, boys and girls, competed in. 13 middle school boys competed in the NYS Boy's Youth Championships and  42 middle and high school girls competed in the Girl's Folkstyle State Championships. 

Read more: Jam-packed Weekend: Boys at Youth States and...

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On Saturday, March 11, the second annual Step Into the Circle (SITC) took place at Baruch College. The adult wrestling tournament, whether through the 15 teams and 46 wrestlers who stepped into the circle or the supporters who donated to their teams, displayed a strong commitment to not only NYC youth wrestling, but to the extended family that's been created by the NYC wrestling culture. 

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Select American stars to take Japanese wrestlers in first-time New York dual meet; Youth Wrestlers and High School Wrestlers take The Mat; Benefit Celebration Follows

NEW YORK– Beat the Streets Wrestling, Inc. and USA Wrestling announced today that the men’s and women’s national wrestling teams of the United States and Japan will square off in New York City’s Times Square on Wednesday, May 17 in the seventh annual wrestling celebration. This year’s event will take place in Times Square’s Duffy Square (between 46th and 47th streets). Competitors for Team USA, which will include members of the 2016 Olympic team as well as other elite stars, and their Japanese opponents will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We welcome our friends and colleagues from Japan to help us spread the word and once again make history with our event in Times Square,” said Beat the Streets Chairman of the Board Mike Novogratz. “We have worked with many nations in our goodwill mission for young people over the years, but bringing both the men’s and women’s elite wrestlers from Japan here for this dual meet will be a unique experience for all, with every dollar helping further our mission of growing the sport of wrestling in New York City across the country and around the world, from the grassroots on up.”

In 2013, the event dubbed “The Rumble on the Rails,” was hosted in historic Grand Central Terminal and featured dual meets between Team USA, Russia and Iran. Playing an important role in the international Keep Olympic Wrestling effort, this historic wrestling event gained international media coverage and helped wrestling retain its status on the Olympic Games program.

The world-class competition has been hosted in Times Square five previous times. In 2011, the United States defeated World Champion Russia, 5-2, the first sports event ever held in historic Times Square. In 2012, another U.S. vs. Russia dual meet was held in Times Square, along with the U.S. Olympic Team Wrestle-off for the 60 kg/132 lbs. position on the U.S. Olympic Team in men’s freestyle. In 2014, Team USA defeated a World All-Star Team in Times Square, 8-3. In 2015, “Salsa in the Square” featured a meeting between Team USA and Team Cuba in the three Olympic styles, held shortly after the historic change in USA and Cuban political relations. Last year the US met Iran in a dual meet in Times Square as a preview to the 2016 Olympic Games.

This will be the eighth straight year in which a major international-style wrestling competition will be hosted as part of the Beat the Streets Benefit activities. In 2010, an all-star challenge featuring top U.S. wrestlers was held on the USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier docked on the west side of Manhattan.

Top Beat the Streets youth wrestlers will take the mat showcasing their skills in exhibition matches beginning at 3:00 p.m. to kick off the NYC Benefit. For the second straight year, the Benefit will feature the PSAL Girls Freestyle Dual Meet Championships finals, showcasing the two top New York City girl’s freestyle wrestling high school teams from the spring girl’s freestyle season. Then it's Team USA vs. Japan at 6:00 p.m. with video highlights and special guest appearances followed by the Beat the Streets Benefit Celebration.

Tickets are required for entry and can be purchased at or 212.245.6570 or by emailing Standing room available for  non-ticket holders on first come first serve basis. A ticket is required for the Benefit Celebration at the Marriott Marquis. More details are available at

The Benefit Celebration will follow the wrestling competition. This unique and electrifying annual event helps Beat the Streets (BTS) raise significant funds to further its mission. Whether it’s providing a safe, constructive outlet for our urban youth, fighting childhood obesity, empowering women, or uniting entire nations, wrestling teaches persistence, dedication, and the value of working hard to achieve one’s goals and creates opportunities for personal and universal growth. BTS currently serve over 3,000 student-athletes every year.

Beat the Streets Wrestling Schedule

In New York City, May 17, 2017

3:00 p.m. – Beat the Streets Youth Exhibition Matches between 46th and 47th Streets

4:45 p.m. – New York City Girl’s Freestyle Dual Meet Championships Finals between 46th and 47th Streets

6:00 p.m. – World Class Wrestling: Team USA vs. Team Japan between 46th and 47th Streets

Followed by Benefit Celebration

About Beat the Streets

The mission of Beat the Streets is to develop the full potential of the urban youth and to strengthen the culture of New York City wrestling. BTS works directly with the New York City Department of Education in a public-private partnership to bring the life changing sport of wrestling to over 3,000 New York City student-athletes to help them achieve their personal and athletic goals. Through the operation of wrestling programs in middle and high schools in the five boroughs, BTS and the DOE provide a safe, positive atmosphere in which disadvantaged and at-risk youth can learn the essential life lessons of grit, personal responsibility and teamwork, physical fitness and nutrition, and life-long learning. The goal of fostering strong, well-rounded student-athletes is delivered through coaching, after-school programs, life skills workshops, and summer camps. More information can be found at

About USA Wrestling

USA Wrestling is the National Governing Body for the Sport of Wrestling in the United States and, as such, is its representative to the United States Olympic Committee and United World Wrestling, the international wrestling federation. Simply, USA Wrestling is the central organization that coordinates amateur wrestling programs in the nation and works to create interest and participation in these programs. It has over 220,000 members across the nation, boys and girls, men and women of all ages, representing all levels of the sport. Its president is James Ravannack, and its Executive Director is Rich Bender. More information can be found at

The New York Youth Southern Super Regional took place this past weekend, from March 4 to March 5, at Bay Shore High School. 53 young wrestlers competed in this co-ed competition, which was a qualifier for the Youth NY State Championships that will take place this coming weekend. The top 4 from each weight class qualified for states. 

Read more: 19 Young Wrestlers Will Continue to the Youth...

On Sunday, March 5, 54 student-athletes attended Beat the Streets NY’s March installment of Life Skills. Evan Siegel was the speaker for Computer Literacy, which was held at Curtis High School in Staten Island. 

Read more: Student-Athletes Learn Computer Literacy for...

Following the 2017 New York Federation State Wrestling Tournament the PSAL state tournament student-athletes, coaches, and administrators enjoyed a post tournament BBQ meal at the Times Unions Center in Albany, NY. The meal, which was provided by Beat The Streets NYC, has become a state tournament tradition for the PSAL team following the grueling two day tournament. 

Read more: PSAL Wrestling Team Enjoys State Tournament BBQ

The Public Schools Athletic League set several records at the 2017 New York Federation State Wrestling Championships!

Read more: Nunez Becomes First PSAL Wrestler to Win a...

On Tuesday, February 21, Gene and Jeff Zanetti (aka The Zanetti brothers) stopped by BTS offices to give 10 BTS coaches a Wrestling Mindset session. For several of the coaches in attendance, this seminar on wrestling-focused mental training was timely, coming just a few days before the 2017 New York State Championships.

Read more: Wrestling Mindset Seminar for BTS Coaches Just...

On Sunday, February 20, 56 student-athletes attended the February installment of the Beat the Streets Life Skills series. Maria Falzone, a popular safe sex speaker, gave a comedic, honest, and relatable lecture she calls Sex Rules!

Read more: Maria Falzone Gives Sex-Ed Lecture for February...

Staten Island, New York – In one of the most evenly matched PSAL Wrestling Championship finals in the last five years, Brooklyn Tech held on for a 42-28 victory. The match was a rollercoaster of a dual meet that saw several lead changes, and was not decided until the fourteenth match of the night.

Read more: Brooklyn Tech Holds Off Petrides to Claim 2017...

On Tuesday, February 14, Bronx Science knocked off Curtis High School 53-24 to claim the 2017 PSAL Blended League Wrestling Championships.

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Watch the match live right here on BTSNY's website, 6:30pm, Tuesday, February 14th (backup:

Thank you USA WrestlingNational Wrestling Coaches Association, and Wrestle Like A Girl for sponsoring this free broadcast!

On Saturday and Sunday, February 11-12, The Division I, II, and girls City Championships took place at Truman High School and Eagle Academy. 300 of the most competitive young wrestlers in NYC took to the mat to prove their standings as the best in the city.

Read more: NYC City Championships See Local Winners Off to...

The best Public Schools Athletic League wrestlers will face off this weekend in the PSAL Division 1, Division 2, and Girls Individual Championships. The Division 2 championships will take place on Saturday, February 11th at Eagle Academy with the finals slated to start at 12:30pm. The Girls Championships are schedule to take place on Saturday, February 11th at Truman with the finals slated to start at 5:30pm. The Division 1 Championships will be spread over two days at Truman with the finals set for Sunday, February 2nd at 3:30pm.

Read more: PSAL Wrestling Championship Weekend – Div 1...

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Rieanna Duncan, a senior at High School for Public Service: Heroes of Tomorrow on Wingate campus, is a semi-finalist for the New York Times College Scholarship Program. The program was designed “as a way to support high achieving yet financially underprivileged high school students” from the NYC community who plan to attend a four-year college.

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Sabrina Cheng, a Townsend Harris High School senior who is a Beat the Streets wrestler, was recently accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Read more: Sabrina Cheng, Townsend Harris Senior and BTS...

On Saturday, March 11, wrestlers and enthusiasts will have a chance to support youth wrestling programs in NYC with the second annual Step Into the Circle tournament. 

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On Friday, January 27, Stevens Institute of Technology and NYU faced off in a dual meet just across the river in Hoboken, NJ. This opportunity allowed 14 NYC kids to witness some great college wrestling and learn more about how to advance their futures towards higher education.

Read more: At Stevens vs. NYU Dual, NYC Kids Watch and...

The 2017 PSAL Wrestling Dual Meet Championships will kick off on Wednesday, February 1st, with the Boys preliminary round matches and the Blended quarterfinal round match ups.

Read more: PSAL Wrestling Dual Meet Championship Brackets...

More Articles...

  1. 2017 NYC Mayor's Cup--Battle for Best in the City
  2. Hoboken Youth Tournament— a Promising Experiment through Edge Hoboken Partnership
  3. NYC Wrestlers Compete at Eastern States Classic, Nunez Becomes Champ of 99 lbs
  4. The NYC Mayor’s Wrestling Championship is less than 10 days away! Watch the finals LIVE on Facebook
  5. BTSNY teams up with The Door for Life Skills: SAT Prep
  6. Simon Chee: NYC Student-Athlete Set to Wrestle for Wesleyan
  7. 2017 Gotham City Girls Open Championship Registration Now Up and Gear Info Announced
  8. Wrestlers Perez, Diforte Receive PSAL Scholar Athlete Awards
  9. Young Wrestlers Shed Blood and Sweat at BTS Winter Break Training Camp
  10. BTS Life Skills Class Teaches Young NYC Wrestlers How to Make Good Decisions
  11. NYC Coaches Learn Moves and Systems at BTS Seminar
  12. Nunez leads PSAL Wrestling Contingent at the Sal Difazio Holiday Tournament
  13. Hard Work Pays: BTS Alumnus Joseph Roy Wrestles at Johnson and Wales
  14. BTS Junior League Wrestlers Begin “Students In Action” Training Through Jefferson Awards Foundation Partnership
  15. BTS Launches College Clinic Series with NYU vs Hunter Matchup
  16. BTS Wrestlers Saluted at Long Beach Gladiator Tournament
  17. Gotham City Girls Open Returns to NYC, April 22-23
  18. Bryant Winter Dual Classic Promises Excitement, Dec 3-4
  19. Jaden Olivier: Wrestling and Leading at an Early Age
  20. BTS Rocks the World's Most Famous Arena at Grapple at the Garden
  21. NYC Kids Witness Top College Wrestling at Princeton-Rutgers Dual
  22. BTS Student-Athletes Push Through and Complete Spartan Edge Race
  23. BTS Life Skills Class Teaches NYC Kids Time Management Skills
  24. Kids show competitive advances in Junior League City Championships
  25. Uzbek Student-Athletes Stick Together at Cunningham Junior High
  26. BTS Welcomes Jeff Marsh as Chapter Relations Coordinator
  27. BTS Board Member Hooman 'Mo' Tavakolian to be Inducted into National Wrestling Hall of Fame
  28. The Wrestling Motto: Life Lessons from Wrestler and Future Doctor Ahmed Elsayed
  29. NYC Wrestlers Score Top Spots at Danbury Tournament
  30. BTSNY Welcomes New Training Center Coordinator Jaime Gray
  31. NYC Kids Learn about Nutrition at BTS Life Skills Class
  32. BTSNY App Free to Download in Apple App Store
  33. Melanie Lalman: A Multi-Talented Wrestler Teaches Kids Karate
  34. Italian Olympian Michele Liuzzi Teaches BTS Clinic
  35. BTS Seminar Brings New Skills to NYC Coaches
  36. BTS Announces Middle School to High School Festivals
  37. BTS Launches New Life Skills Program with College Access Workshop
  38. BTS Kids on the Rise at Columbus Day Duals
  39. William Yee: A New Coach, Inspired to Give Back
  40. BTS Coach Jacque Davis Accompanies Girls US World Team to Nation of Georgia
  41. BTS Wrestler Experiences Culture in Dominican Republic
  42. Harvard Wrestling's Jesse Jantzen Joins BTS Board
  43. BTS Board Member Hooman 'Mo' Tavakolian Profiled in InterMat Wrestling
  44. BTS Team Shows Vigor at Waterway Duals Tournament
  45. Interested in Becoming a NYC Wrestling Referee?
  46. BTS Grad Sara Andresen Serves The World in Africa and Beyond
  47. Kids Experiment with Newfound Skills at Big Apple Games Tournament
  48. BTS Kids Put Practice to Use in Summer Heat Tournament
  49. BTS Announces Olympic Wrestling Watch Parties
  50. Buy Tickets to September 15 Fall Fundraiser for BTS
  51. Over 300 BTS Kids Enjoy Summer Camps Across the Country
  52. NYC Boys are Top Performers at Fargo National Tournament
  53. Two BTS Girls Crowned Champions at Fargo National Tournament
  54. Pure Toughness: BTS Alumnus Josh Ferenczy Makes Waves in College Wrestling Scene
  55. Top of the Podium Camp Offers Valuable Wrestling Technique and Life Skills Lessons
  56. Big Apple Games Practices Begin Monday July 11
  57. Beat the Streets to Send 22 Boys, 31 Girls to Fargo National Tournament
  58. BTS Comprises Almost Half of NY's Freestyle Cadet National Duals Team
  59. BTS Leadership Learns New Approaches to Making New Coaches at UWW Educational Course in Los Angeles
  60. Greek Olympian Georgios Koutsioumpas to Coach BTS Practice Thursday, June 16
  61. Truman Crowns Three Individuals, Brooklyn Tech Claims Team Title at 2016 PSAL Girls Wrestling Championships
  62. BTS, UPS to Hold June 8 Job Fair for Students, Parents, Coaches
  63. Beat the Streets 2016 Benefit a Smashing Success in Times Square
  64. Trials and New Courses at Girls' Body Bar Tournament in Irving, TX
  65. Beat the Streets College Combine Connects NYC Kids to Higher Ed Opportunities
  66. United in the Square Streaming Live on FloWrestling
  67. Nearly Sixty BTS Kids Show Off Skills at NY Freestyle and Greco States
  68. 2016 Olympian Robby Smith to Emcee Beat the Streets Event in Times Square Thursday
  69. Beat the Streets Announces Youth Match-Ups with Baltimore, Philadelphia for Annual Gala
  70. USA Junior stars Fix, McKee, Hall, and Valencia to wrestle Iranians at Beat the Streets on May 19
  71. BTS Head Girls Coach Jacque Davis Profiled by Excelle Sports
  72. Beat the Streets Announces Man of the Year Award for Kyle Snyder and Lifetime Achievement Award for Ray Lewis among 2016 Benefit Award Winners
  73. 2016 Gotham City Girls' Open Results
  74. USA Olympians Burroughs, Cox and Bisek receive international opponents for Beat the Streets “United In The Square,” in Times Square on May 19
  75. BTS Kids Qualify for Fargo at Northeast Regionals
  76. First BTS College Combine to Connect Student-Athletes with Higher Education
  77. 100 Days Out: The Road to Rio Pre-Olympic Celebration in Times Square on Weds., April 27
  78. 2016 Benefit to be Streamed Live on FloWrestling
  79. Third Annual Gotham City Girl's Open Tournament Set for May 7 - 8
  80. Ray Brinzer to Coach at BTS Spring Break Training Camp Scheduled for April 25th- April 29th
  81. Marcus Mendoza: Giving His All, on Stage and on the Mat
  82. BTS Girls Perform and Place at Revolution in Springfield Tournament
  83. 'From the Basement to the Penthouse': W.C. Bryant Wrestling's Path to the Championships
  84. Wearing the Orange - Positive Reinforcement Improves Sportsmanship in NYC
  85. BTS Alumni Give Back as Coaches at Successful Boys Club Tournament
  86. Girls Raise Each Other to New Heights at OKC Folkstyle Nationals
  87. John Bowne Rising: How a Coach and a Wrestler Revitalized Their Program
  88. John Bowne Rising: How a Coach and a Wrestler Revitalized Their Program
  89. BTS Girl Wrestlers Excel and Bond at Mohawk Valley Tournament
  90. USA Wrestlers To Face Iran In Times Square In New York City May 19 In “United In The Square,” To Highlight Beat the Streets Annual Benefit Night
  91. Josh Antoine and Deuly Espinal, All-Americans and Beat the Streets Alumni
  92. First Step into the Circle Tournament a Major Success
  93. John Hughes Clinic Set for Wed., March 16
  94. Beat the Streets Announces New Executive Director
  95. At Youth States, BTS Kids Noted as Top Placers and Good Sports
  96. Women’s Wrestling Week: Each One Bring One
  97. Beat the Streets Regular Places at States
  98. BTSNY Wrestlers Make a Strong Showing at Youth States Qualifier
  99. 2016 PSAL Invididual Championships - Winners and Brackets
  100. Bronx Science Wins Inaugural PSAL Blended Wrestling Championships

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