Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

On Sunday, February 18, 60 BTSNY youth competed in the 1st Annual Harlem Jets Tournament, which was held at Riverbank State Park. Coach Eric Palmer of the Harlem Jets was the mastermind and organizer behind this tournament, which attracted over 200 youth wrestlers. 

Almost all 60 BTSNY wrestlers got medals, demonstrating the strength of NYC's youth wrestlers. Of course the Harlem Jets put on a strong performance, with MS 129, Eagle, and Farrell in full force, as well. "Coach Dos Santos’ Inwood crew surprised some people and really kicked butt," added Penn Gottfried, Junior League Director. 

This event really epitomized the upward trend of NYC wrestling. "Just the fact a NYC middle school coach takes the initiative to run his own tournament speaks volumes for the future of NYC," said Gottfried. This is definitely a step in the right direction. 

Ahmed Potts, Harlem Jets coach, was proud of this tournament. We went to Woodbridge in NJ and people were surprised to see NYC has middle school wrestling; now they come to our tournament and they know we do!” Potts brings up a good point; this tournament is a step towards making the city more known to youth wrestling leagues outside of the city. 

As Coach Palmer, said: "The Harlem Jets and NYC youth wrestling needed a tournament they could call their own-- where other wrestlers outside of the city can come to us." Palmer believes this was a great start and could be something for youth in NYC and the greater NYC area to look forward to every year. 

Thank you, Coach Palmer! We at Beat the Streets look forward to seeing how this tournament grows over the years. 

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