Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

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.   

The "Revolution in Springfield" had 23 teams across the Northeast participate. Despite the ample competition, the Beat the Streets New York girls placed second as a team! Additionally, all 12 girls placed, despite being an overall young team. 

Because some of the girls were competing in small brackets, Coach Jacque Davis, head girls coach, placed them into two divisions. As a result, BTSNY girls of varying ages put on an impressive performance. Some of the youngest girls were wrestling in both middle school and high school divisions, and the older girls were wrestling in the high school and open divisions. Revolution presented a great opportunity for the girls to maximize their mat time and gain as much experience as possible. The girls saw this opportunity and took it.  

As Coach Davis described, the girls "battled through matches with tough competitors and came out on the other side with each one of them making the podium and the team as a whole placing 2nd. They honestly impressed me. It is refreshing to see the kind of fight that these girls have!" 

This was Giselle Guerrero's first tournament and she said "the whole experience was incredible." The senior from Benjamin Cardozo added that she met many friendly wrestlers and learned a lot from the girls she competed against. 

Ashley Gomez, a junior from Sunset Park, echoed similar ideas. She views her growth from these experiences as something bigger than herself that will help "make the city stronger."  

Coach Davis also saw this. "It is inspiring to see how hard they work and even more uplifting to see that regardless of where they go to school or what borough they are from, they line the edge of the mats to cheer each other on and support each other throughout the trip," said Davis. 

This competition wasn't strictly about getting a lot of mat time. Coach Davis also noted that this was an especially exciting trip because many of the older girls were "talking about college, the process they are going through, the next steps they need to take, and us working together to plan campus visits." 

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