Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

On Saturday, November 18, 13 female BTSNY wrestlers travelled to Cornell University for the Finger Lakes Wrestling Club (FLWC) Dual Meet Championships. BTSNY placed fifth as a team and went 2-3 for the weekend.   

Jacque Davis, Girls Development Director, noted that "a lot of tough girls really rocked it." Ashley Gomez (senior at Sunset Park High School) and Arham Alrowmeim (junior at Sunset Park High School) each went 4-1. Layla and Alma Dervisevic (sophomores at Forest Hills High School), gave impressive performances for their first ever freestyle tournament. "Alma even scored on a 3x world team member," exclaimed Davis. 

The BTSNY team started strong by winning the first dual, which was against a tough NYWAY lineup. This was followed by a loss, however, when BTSNY girls competed against the Wyoming Seminary A Team-- "a very tough team that consists of the top recruits from all over the country," said Davis. The third dual was against the PA Renegades. This was another tough dual which was lost after tying 41-41 due to second round criteria. This second loss led to lowered morale, which ultimately led to another loss when competing against the Maine Trappers. The BTSNY team then moved to the next pool and finished the day with a win against the second PA team that was in the tournament.  

This tournament was a very difficult pre-season experience for the team, which was extremely young, according to Davis. “I feel that I learned and grew as a coach. I recognized that it wasn't our girls’ technique or skill that were tested this trip; it was their mentality and confidence,” said Davis.  

Davis feels that this tournament was a great learning experience in terms of what not to do. “We focused so much on the things that we could not control,” said Davis. This included things like who the opponent was, where they were from, the amount of experience they had, and/or the national teams that they made. Focusing on things like this made it easy for the BTSNY girls to shut down and lose confidence. Davis says a mindset shift will be critical. If the team instead learns to focus on things that are within their control, such as energy, effort, and attitude, they will become stronger. 

While watching the matches, Davis realized that many of the girls are on par with some of the best girls in the country, but seemingly only when they choose to be. The belief that success is measured by wins seemed to be an obstacle for many.  

Along for the trip were Dennielle Phillip (Wingate alum) and Pearl Fletcher (Truman alum), both of whom currently wrestle at SUNY Cortland. The former BTSNY wrestlers helped work tables and boost morale. “What I loved is that they spent time earnestly talking to the girls about classes, their campus, how important grades and the SAT are, and how they would approach high school differently if they knew how it would matter later in college,” said Davis. Since the former BTSNY wrestlers were still viewed as peers and not “boring adults,” the current BTSNY wrestlers better absorbed what they were hearing.  

The Cortland wrestlers were relatively optimistic about what they observed, perhaps because they themselves are not too far removed from similar learning experiences. 

"It was wonderful seeing all of the young talent Team NY had to offer this weekend and I can't wait to see what the future holds for them," said Phillip. 

“The tournament was a good experience for the girls that helped them in many ways, both mentally and physically,” added Fletcher. She though it was great to be able to help at this tournament and support BTS. She also enjoyed being able to see how much the sport has grown, in addition to being able to connect with the next generation. “It was such an awesome experience that I won’t forget,” concluded Fletcher.  

Something special regarding this tournament was the opportunity to watch the Cornell vs. Northern Iowa dual after weigh-ins. For the girls that participated in the C-Brand camp this past summer, it was exciting to watch their camp counselors win matches against Northern Iowa.  

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