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BTSNY kids attended two collegiate dual meets this past weekend.

On Saturday, February 17, 15 BTSNY kids attended the Columbia vs. Harvard dual at Columbia University; Harvard beat Columbia, 18-3. Andrew Psomas, a former BTSNY and Monsignor Farrell wrestler, wrestled for Columbia as a senior. Though he lost a close match, it was with the full support of Farrell's Head Coach, Pete Hamm, and the Adams family, who were all in attendance. Angel Torres, an assistant coach at Aviation HS, appreciated the opportunity. "I'm always looking to take my kids to everything that they can possibly go to; they have to keep going to things and get better," said Torres.

"Any time that we can have our kids seeing wrestling at one of its highest levels, it's always a good thing," said Penn Gottfried, Junior League Director.

On Sunday, February 18, 26 BTSNY youth visited Lehigh University, where they were able to learn more about the school and watch the Lehigh-Pitt dual. The kids also attended a clinic run by Zach Rey, NCAA national champ and World Team member, and met Mike Caruso, who the Lehigh Caruso Wrestling Complex was named after.

Adeshola Logunleko, the BTSNY training center coach who chaperoned this visit, thought this was a special weekend to visit since the BTSNY kids got to see Lehigh send off their 2018 senior class with a win over Pitt. "Being able to expose kids to a high level athletic and academic school like Lehigh University, in my opinion, is one of the most important aspects of Beat the Streets," said Logunleko. He remembers when he himself was a high school senior whose parents paid hundreds of dollars to send him to a prestigious camp at Lehigh. "Being able to send these kids here for free essentially dismantles one of the many barriers our kids are faced with," added Logunleko.

Jeff Geller, a junior from of Staten Island Tech, was very impressed with the atmosphere at Lehigh. "All I can say is I am looking forward to competing this summer and next year; by that time, I'll know for sure where I want to go for college," said Gellar.

On that note, we hope to see how the duals and college visits inform college applications in the coming years—hopefully BTSNY youth are inspired to become student-athletes at institutions such as these.


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