Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

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We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Beat the Streets Benefit East Meets West: USA vs. Japan was a smashing success raising $1.2 million! Thanks to the donations from our supporters, we can continue our programming on and off the mat for 3,000 youth wrestlers across all five New York City boroughs.

The Benefit kicked off at 3:30 pm with youth matches on Wednesday, May 17 in Times Square's Duffy Square in New York City. The day was sweltering, but every youth wrestler put up a good fight. Of the nine youth exhibition matches, BTS New York kids walked away with six wins. The BTSNY youth wrestlers who won include Wilver Mariano-Peralta (M.S. 129), Beautiful Robinson (M.S. 129), Mitchell Barcus (Eagle Academy), Alessandra Elliott (Tottenville Wrestling), Edwin Kent (East Harlem), and Daniel Bogie (Eagle Academy).

After just 15 seconds, BTS Philadelphia took the first win of the day when Maliyah Walker went up against BTSNY's Keyanie Riddick. BTS Philly took another win when Miles Lee managed a tech fall against Cardozo's Simon Chee. Titan Mercury's Jonathan Prata completed the same feat when he went up against John Bowne's Brandon Nunez. Both Chee and Nunez were finalists at the New York State Championships in February, with Nunez becoming the champ of his weight  class—the first Division I NY State Champion from the PSAL to accomplish this.

Following the youth exhibition matches, the 2017 PSAL Girls Dual Meet Championship commenced. Truman High School dominated Wingate Campus (44-10) to capture the title. Truman’s Pearl Fletcher, the 2017 Cheryl Wong PSAL Outstanding wrestler,  was up first—she quickly put Wingate’s Fatoumata Diallo on her back for a first period pin. This win started a streak that Wingate was only able to break twice—when Wingate's Naomi Henry pinned Truman’s Patricia Booth and when Moridiyat Kalejaiye scored an exciting pin. Wingate additionally had two forfeits, assuring a victory for Truman's Mustangs. A further breakdown can be found here.

Following this impressive win, BTS began the award ceremony for all youth honorees. The adult honorees, including coaches and volunteers, were awarded later in the night at the Mariott Marquis. The profiles of all winners can be found here.

After a small intermission, the Brooklyn United Marching Band grabbed everyone's attention as they played and danced onto the mat. Their electrifying introduction signaled that the main event was about to begin. After their exit, the flag-bearers and both teams lined up on the mat—Team USA on one side and Team Japan on the other.  The Times Square crowd swelled around the gates, ready to watch Olympians and World Champions go to battle.

The main event began with a special Junior match between Daton Fix (soon to be a freshman at Oklahoma State) and Joey Melendez (Montini High School in Illinois), which Fix won handily. For the first USA vs Japan match, Yuki Irie (Japan) and Victoria Anthony (USA) put on an intense show, with Irie winning 10-6. Every other match of the night went to Team USA, with the exception of Frank Chamizo's match against Jordan Oliver. Team Italy's Chamizo won in what was a very close match at 7-6. Clearly Chamizo and Oliver were well-matched, keeping the audience's eyes glued to either the mat or the screen in Times Square. More on the other matches can be found here and here. Team USA was an absolute powerhouse and Team Japan amiable competitors. The full lineup with results is below.

Throughout the event, Olympian Robby Smith lit up the crowd as emcee interviewing competitors, supports, BTS Alumni, and current BTS Wrestlers including Noorshifa Arssath who described how BTS helped her gain mental toughness as she battled and beat ovarian cancer. 

The main event in Times Square ended with a great victory by Jordan Burroughs. Team Japan and Team USA stayed on the mat to take group pictures. Steve Aoki and Devon Aoki, as well as BTS founder, Mike Novogratz, joined in. Steve and Devon received the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of their father, Rocky Aoki, famed former wrestler and founder of Benihana. They received a framed singlet signed by every member of both teams.

The night continued with a party at the Mariott Marquis, where wrestlers and coaches alike were honored. In addition to the BTS Coaches, Austin DeSanto was named Man of the Year and Helen Maroulis was named Woman of the Year. BTS Wrestler Brandon Nunez spoke about his path over the last few years with BTS having helped him stay off the streets through high school and make positive changes in his life, such as improving his grades. The night also featured a short film by Cabiria Films. The film featured BTS wrestlers (Nunez and Pearl Fletcher), Coach Eric Palmer of the Harlem Jets, and Novogratz describing the impact that BTS has had on them and  New York City.

The night would not have been possible without the help of our sponsors and partners: Asics, Azad Watches, Brooklyn United Marching Band, Cabiria Films, Cliff Keen, Resilite Sports Products, Inc., FloSports TV, Total Entertainment, and USA Wrestling.

Again, thank you to all who supported us for the 2017 Beat the Streets Benefit. Thanks to you, we had another amazing event in Times Square. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!


At New York, May 17

East Meets West Results
Men’s Freestyle 55 kg/121.25 lbs. – Daton Fix (Oklahoma) tech. fall Joey Melendez (Illinois), 14-1
Women’s Freestyle 48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Yuki Irie (Japan) dec. Victoria Anthony (USA), 10-6
Women’s Freestyle 69 kg/152 lbs. – Tamyra Mensah (USA) dec. Miwa Morikawa (Japan), 5-1
Women’s Freestyle 58 kg/128 lbs. – Helen Maroulis (USA) dec. Yuzuru Kumano (Japan), 7-4
Men’s Freestyle 70 kg/154 lbs. – Frank Chamizo (Italy) dec. Jordan Oliver (USA), 7-6
Men’s Freestyle 57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Tony Ramos (USA) tech. fall Steven Takahashi (Canada), 10-0
Men’s Freestyle 61 kg/134 lbs. – Logan Stieber (USA) tech. fall Shingo Arimoto (Japan), 11-0
Men’s Freestyle 65 kg/143 lbs. – Zain Retherford (USA) dec. Daichi Takatani (Japan), 8-2
Men’s Freestyle 70 kg/154 lbs. – James Green (USA) tech. fall Nobuyoshi Takojima (Japan), 10-0
Men’s Freestyle 86 kg/189 lbs. – David Taylor (USA) fall Takahiro Murayama (Japan), 1:19
Men’s Freestyle 97 kg/213 lbs. – Kyle Snyder (USA) tech. fall Koki Yamamoto (Japan), 10-0
Men’s Freestyle 125 kg/275 lbs. – Nick Gwiazdowski (USA) tech. fall Katsutoshi Kanazawa (Japan), 11-0
Men’s Freestyle 74 kg/163 lbs. – Jordan Burroughs (USA) dec. Sohsuke Takatani (Japan), 9-2

Beat the Streets Youth Matches
85 lbs. – Maliyah Walker (BTS Philadelphia) fall Keyanie Riddick (BTS New York), 0:15
112 lbs. – Wilver Mariano-Peralta (BTS New York) tech. fall Jay Copeland (BTS Philadelphia), 12-2
97 lbs. – Beautiful Robinson (BTS New York) fall Esmerelda Rodriguez (BTS Providence), 1:08
115 lbs. – Mitchell Barcus (BTS New York) fall Talib Copeland (BTS Philadelphia), 3:19
118 lbs. – Alessandra Elliott (BTS New York) tech. fall Monica Lara (BTS Chicago), 10-0
125 lbs. – Edwin Kent (BTS New York) tech. fall Obed Yancor (BTS Providence), 14-4
145 lbs. – Daniel Bogie (BTS New York) tech. fall Ousmane Diarra (BTS Philadelphia), 16-5
195 lbs. – Miles Lee (BTS Philadelphia) tech. fall Simon Chee (BTS New York), 10-0
99 lbs. – Jonathan Prata (Titan Mercury WC) tech. fall Brandon Nunez (BTS New York), 12-2

NYC PSAL Girl’s Freestyle Dual Meet Championship
Truman 43 – Wingate 10
105 lbs. – Lucia Camacho (Truman) forfeit (Wingate)
112 lbs. – Cheyanne Villamil (Truman) fall Daisy Bravo (Wingate), 0:35
117 lbs. – Pearl Fletcher (Truman) fall Fatoumata Diallo (Wingate), 1:47
121 lbs. – Natasha Padilla (Truman) fall Rebecca Dufresne (Wingate), 2:01
130 lbs. – Naomi Henry (Wingate) fall Patricia Booth (Truman), 0:26
139 lbs. – Chloe Cabrera (Truman) tech. fall Shanine Mondesir (Wingate), 10-0
148 lbs. – Colette Hamilton (Truman) tech. fall Tyaun Antoine (Wingate), 10-0
159 lbs. – Lucia Perez (Truman) fall Alison Ortega (Wingate), 3:31
172 lbs. – Dasia Smith-Jordan (Truman) fall Ariel Cranston (Wingate), 2:00
198 lbs. – Nia Crosdale (Truman) forfeit (Wingate)
255 lbs. – Moridiyat Kalejaiye (Wingate) fall Khadeja Ayers (Truman), 0:40

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