Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

On Sunday, March 4, 80 Junior League wrestlers headed to Bayshore High School for the Youth State Southern Super Regional, which is a qualifying tournament for the Youth State tournament next weekend. Beat the Streets had 28 out of 80 boys qualify for the State tournament. Of the boys who qualified, Amir Avazov of David A. Boody took 1st in the Novice Division, while Mikey Adams of Lions Wrestling Club, Isaias Torres of Upper Ten Eyck, and Alex Semenenko of David A. Boody all took 1st in the Schoolboy Division. Girls didn't participate in this tournament since they automatically qualified for the Girls Folkstyle Youth State Championships, which is also taking place next weekend. 

Coach Barry Hart, who is a BTS alum, Wingate coach, and East Harlem coach, was impressed by the kids this weekend. He observed that many didn't give up when they were down on points and that they "weren't afraid to attack and scrap with their opponents the whole way through."   Hart was happy to see the positive attitude demonstrated, on and off the mat, by all the kids.  

As with many Beat the Streets events, there was an emphasis on being a part of the NYC wrestling family. "Everyone picked each other up when they lost; when someone won, it was a win for NYC," said Coach Penn Gottfried, Junior League Director.   

Dellel Adams, Mikey Adams' mom, agreed with this sentiment; she loves seeing the camaraderie among the wrestlers. "The way that they support each other and root for each other makes the hours you spend waiting around worth it because you see all the hard work they put come out," said Mrs. Adams. 

Besides this sense of camaraderie and family-- or perhaps because of it-- the quality of NYC youth wrestling has greatly improved. Coach Tyrone Webb of M.S. 129 has been around NYC youth wrestling long enough to notice the changes. "I remember when we used to take our NYC middle schoolers to wrestle on Long Island and we would treat the experience as if the wrestlers on the Island were Ivan Drago," said Coach Webb Though Webb can't pinpoint when the change happened, he knows why. "BTS New York has provided our middle schoolers with tremendous opportunities to excel on and off the mat," said Coach Webb. 

Coach Webb predicts that the BTS Junior League wrestlers will bring home a "HUGE medal haul" after next weekend at States. "129 Wrestling is just happy to be a part of the transformation of NYC wrestling," concluded Coach Webb. 

Terry Adams, 2018 High School State champ and brother of Mikey Adams, believed he saw a lot of talent at the Super Regional, confirming Coach Webb's words"BTS is getting better everyday." 

Good luck to all the boys and girls next weekend! 

You can view the results of this tournament here. 

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