We are extremely excited for the 2017 Gotham City Girls Open Championship, sponsored by Cliff Keen Athletic, being just three days away! The Open will be taking place at Columbia University’s Dodge Fitness Center from Saturday, April 22 through Sunday, April 23.
Bayard Rustin Education Complex hosted the Beat the Streets Spring Break Training Camp from Monday, April 10 through Thursday, April 13. Approximately 150 dedicated youth wrestlers attended each day, between the morning and afternoon sessions, three Life Skills Workshops, and a clinic by Olympic Bronze medalist Frank Chamizo. The kids who attended clearly understand what it takes, on and off the mat, to become a better wrestler.
On Sunday, April 9, 50 BTSNY youth wrestlers participated in the South Plainfield Freestyle/Greco-Roman Developmental Tournament at the South Plainfield PAL Recreation Center. This co-ed tournament was a great opportunity for competitive training and development in two styles for a variety of ages, divisions, and weights. As USA Wrestling New Jersey described, "training and competitive situations will greatly improve your wrestling skills and knowledge. No matter what level of wrestling you are, no matter what your skills are, the key to success is constantly striving to learn more."
(Photo by Kyle Robertson)
Reigning World Champion At 61 kg/134 lbs. First Announced To Compete May 17
NEW YORK–Reigning 61 kg/134 lbs. World champion Logan Stieber is set to compete at the 2017 Beat the Streets Benefit that will feature a talented U.S. squad against world power Japan in Times Square, the heart of New York City, on May 17. Stieber will be paired against Japan’s Shingo Arimoto, who was a member of the 2016 Japanese World Team, in the 61 kg men’s freestyle tussle.
The Beat the Streets Annual Benefit: USA vs. Japan in Times Square on Wednesday, May 17 won't just be about the world class wrestling on the mat—it'll also be about recognizing athletes and coaches for the contributions they've made to the New York City wrestling community.
On Saturday, April 1, 12 female student-athletes competed in the 7th Annual Girls New England Freestyle Wrestling Championship, which took place at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, Massachusetts.
On March 1, 2017, the Positive Coaching Alliance announced their 2017 Double-Goal Coach Award National Winners. Over 2,000 nominations were whittled down to 150 finalists, and were further reduced to the 50 national winners. Among the 50 names on the winners' list was BTS Junior League coach and Unity Prep English teacher, Joe Eassa.
BTSNY boys and girls traveled to Virginia Beach and Oklahoma City, respectively, to wrestle against some of their best peers from across the nation.
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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.
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.
(All photography by Chris Barr)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Public Schools Athletic League set several records at the 2017 New York Federation State Wrestling Championships!
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.
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!
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.
On Tuesday, February 14, Bronx Science knocked off Curtis High School 53-24 to claim the 2017 PSAL Blended League Wrestling Championships.