Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling


Over 40 Beat the Streets wrestlers competed this weekend in the USA Wrestling Girls Freestyle States tournament at the Newburgh Armory Center in Newburgh, N.Y. The event served as the first-ever qualifying tournament for the New York State Women’s National Team and one of the first qualifiers for July’s U.S. Marine Corps Cadet/Junior National Championships in Fargo, N.D.


No matter how the Beat the Streets contingent performed on the mat at Freestyle States, their presence at the event – and the newly minted stakes that went along with it – was historic. Fortunately, the BTSNY group not only competed, they thrived. After the tournament was finished, 35 of the 42 Beat the Streets wrestlers in attendance qualified for the New York National Team by placing in the top three of their respective weight classes.  

Full results from the tournament can be found by visiting and searching for the tournament.  


"This experience was better than expected. I was super nervous going through my matches but pushed through for the win. Now that I have qualified for the Fargo National Team, my goal is to be a national champion." Nighyar Calliste, Edward R. Murrow senior  

"I was very proud of my performance at Freestyle States. The highlight of my day was when I came back and against a girl I lost to at the Folkstyle State Tournament months prior (TF 13-3). I improved on being confident and not doubting myself before my match which came in handy while I was wrestling." Alessandra Elliott, Tottenville 7th grader 

"I felt excited to coach all of these talented wrestlers. I was honored that the girls wanted me to be in their corner and that they all were supportive of each other. Even though they are from different schools, they are truly one team. I am proud of all of them." Kim Cardenas, Petrides alumnae and current BTS Volunteer Coach

"Wrestling two different divisions with matches back-to-back was very challenging but I managed to persevere and finish second in both divisions. Now that I have qualified for the Fargo National Team, my goal is to be an All-American each year that I attend." Kai Poux, Brooklyn Tech sophomore 

"It was awesome wrestling at States for my first time ever and getting to see all these other New York girls committed to the sport, shining like stars and simply doing their thing." Alana Aga, Edward R. Murrow senior 

"You win some, you lose some and at States I learned to give 100 percent no matter the person you are wrestling or how many times you've wrestled them before." Daija Cloud, Forrest Hills sophomore 



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