Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling


The inaugural Beat the Streets Junior League Banquet was held this weekend (June 9) on the rooftop of the Seward Park Educational Campus. The ceremony served as a chance to honor the student-athletes, coaches and parents that make up Beat the Streets’ most involved programming component.

The banquet opened with remarks from Beat the Streets Executive Director Brendan Buckley and a catered lunch for the more than 75 kids, coaches and family members in attendance. After lunch, Gottfried shared a recap of the 2017-18 Junior League campaign before presenting six of the nine total JL awards (Coach and Wrestlers of the Year were presented at the 2018 Beat the Streets Annual Benefit on May 17). A preview of the organization’s summer programming by Gottfried and closing remarks by Buckley centered on the community BTS is working to foster wrapped up an inspiring afternoon and an outstanding year of Junior League action.

Parents of the Year: Joey & Dellel Adams, Monsignor Farrell
Wrestler’s Mark Award: Sujedy Matos, Inwood Academy for Leadership
Mat Rat Award: Sulayman Bah, M.S. 129
Female Wrestler of the Year: Nathaly Pichardo, Inwood Academy for Leadership
Male Wrestler of the Year: Mitchell Barcus, Eagle Academy for Young Men
Coach of the Year: Eric Palmer, Harlem Jets
Rookie All-Star Team: David A. Boody
Girls Team Champions: Inwood Academy for Leadership
Boys Team Champions: Eagle Academy for Young Men

"I think that a lot of the time, we get caught up in the grind of competition and practice that we forget to pat ourselves on the back and recognize the accomplishments that have been made. I think it was really important that the coaches, parents and wrestlers got the opportunity to come together and acknowledge an amazing year of middle school wrestling in New York City." - Penn Gottfried, BTS Coach and Junior League Director

"I'm glad that [our] boys got into wrestling. I like the friendships and opportunities that it gives them as well as the sportsmanship that helps them to know that win or lose, they should never give up.” - Parent of the Year Dellel Adams, Monsignor Farrell

"At the banquet, my team and I got acknowledged for winning the City Championships, which was awesome and felt like we really got a lot of credibility. I was able to see other Beat the Streets teams come together as well. I had a lot of fun being able to joke around and have fun with everyone else." - Male Athlete of the Year Mitchell Barcus, Eagle Academy

Beat the Streets’ Junior League is a year-round league specifically for NYC middle school wrestlers. Fall season saw approximately 750 student-athletes from 40 different teams competing in dual meets and tournaments and culminating with a City Championship meet. In the winter, BTS competes externally in events outside of NYC, going against other wrestlers from Westchester, Long Island and New Jersey while preparing for the Middle School State Championships. In 2017-18, Junior League members accounted for ten State championships. Spring and summer see JL members continuing to practice between sleep-away camps, practices and camps in the city, and Big Apple Games practices in the summer.



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