Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

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. 

Four young wrestlers wrestled to the top and got 1st place for their weights (Capri Martin, Alex Santana, Arseni Kikinou, and Wilver Mariano-Peralta). Wilver Mariano-Peralta, an 8th grader from M.S. 129, took 1st place in a tough 105 pound weight bracket. He had close matches throughout the tournament and then significantly defeated his opponent in the semifinals. In the finals, he even defeated a tough opponent whom he had lost to earlier in the season, exemplifying the improvement that results from hard work. 

"It's a big achievement to win 1st place at the NYUSA Super Regional after only wrestling for 2 and a half years," began Mariano-Peralta.  He very eloquently continued with the following: "I wrestled in one of the biggest brackets and I brought my A game. I trained very hard and deserved this. I knew if I wrestled my match, I could be very technical and I could win. I wrestled the toughest kids in my weight class. Throughout the matches, I used everything from practice. My plan out there was to execute my moves and wrestle smart. When I did that, I won every time. Now I need to go back to working hard. There is always room for improvement. I just want to thank everyone that helped me get here. I'm very blessed." 
 
Jonathan Khoury, a Junior League coach at Eagle Academy, was impressed to see so many young BTS wrestlers finding a place on the podium. "I believe BTS is growing stronger by the day and people are noticing," said Khoury. "Our kids are believing in themselves and getting on the podium. As a coach, I am seeing such grit amongst all of our athletes," he continued.  

Khoury even confidently predicted that "soon enough, we will be the section that nobody looks forward to wrestling." 

Penn Gottfried, BTS Training Center Coach, stated that "A wrestling culture starts with the youth... As is evident with sending over 50 kids to the qualifier, NYC is on the way to developing that culture. NYC kids are getting more involved."  

The results only prove what Gottfried is saying—19 young wrestlers successfully qualified for the Youth New York States Championships, which will take place at Johnson City High School on March 11th and 12th. As Gottfreed said, "we are getting better."  

Like Khoury, Gottfried also made an optimistic prediction: "I am looking forward to seeing us win some state titles next weekend and keep building." 

Mariano-Peralta had a glowing review for BTS, as well:  "Beat The Streets helps a lot of kids get out of the streets. It's a free program that shows wrestling and discipline. It shows kids how to set goals, accomplish them and interact with people. The coaches are very experienced so it's very good learning from them, getting better on and off the mat. The coaches treat kids very nicely and with respect and care. BTS also pays for many of our tournaments and camps. That's very nice of a  non-profit organization" 

The following is a list of the 19 young wrestlers who qualified: 

Devone 

Bogie 

Novice 

80 

Eagle 

4th 

Nekia 

Bland 

Novice 

112 

Boys Excellence 

3rd 

Xavier 

Giles 

Novice 

112 

Eagle 

4th 

Capri 

Martin 

Novice 

140+ 

Harlem Jets 

1st 

Isaac 

Brown 

Novice 

140+ 

Cunningham 

3rd 

Mikey 

Adams 

Schoolboy 

77 

Farrell 

3rd 

Julio 

Montero 

Schoolboy 

77 

M.S. 129 

5th 

Adrian 

Artisheuvsky 

Schoolboy 

98 

Elite 

4th 

Wilver 

Mariano-Peralta 

Schoolboy 

105 

M.S. 129 

1st 

Mitchell 

Barcus 

Schoolboy 

112 

Eagle 

4th 

Timur 

Yuldashev 

Schoolboy 

144 

Cunningham 

3rd 

Erick 

Luna 

Schoolboy 

152 

Cunningham 

3rd 

Amadou 

Koulibaly 

Schoolboy 

160 

Eagle 

4th 

Manasseh  

Joseph 

Schoolboy 

175 

Eagle 

2nd 

Maya 

Otero 

Schoolboy 

190 

East Harlem 

3rd 

William  

Taveras 

Schoolboy 

190 

Inwood 

4th 

Jorge 

Antanacio 

Schoolboy 

210 

East Harlem 

3rd 

Alex 

Santana 

Schoolboy 

175 

Eagle 

1st 

Arseni 

Kikinou 

Bantam 

55 

Elite 

1st 

 

Good luck to all of you! 

 

 

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