On Sunday, October 9, 20 BTS kids went to the York Expo Center in Pennsylvania to take part in the Columbus Day Duals, a co-ed tournament open to middle and high schoolers.
“Overall, we had an extremely young team for both middle and high school,” said coach Penn Gottfried. “For high school, it was much younger than Waterway Duals,” Gottfried said, referring to the tournament from last month. However, “this did not stop our kids from winning every match they could and working as hard as they could.”
Beat the Streets Wrestling took a team of thirteen boys to the Waterway Duals on Saturday, September 10 in Oxford, PA. This team competition held at the Oxford Area High School saw the BTS team hold their own against competitors from four different states.
Wrestler Steven Isaac praised the competitive lineup of the NYC team. “We had four Fargo All-Americans in our lineup, as well as very talented wrestlers such as John-Luke (Destefano), Daniel Bogie, myself and many others representing BTS.”
The same day Olympians were duking it out in Rio for the gold, New York City kids put their summer’s worth of practice to use at the Big Apple Games Tournament. The all-day tournament was held at the Novogratz Center for Athletics at Poly Prep High School in Brooklyn on Thursday, August 18 and had roughly sixty NYC youth participate.
The tournament was conducted in the dual meet style where teams face off against one another and strive to win by attaining the most points from all of their individual matches. Kids could sign up as a team, or individuals could arrive and be placed on a team with other single wrestlers.
On Sunday, July 31, Beat the Streets sent a bus to the Long Island Summer Heat Folkstyle Tournament held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. 20 kids used BTS transportation, and about ten more attended with a parent or a coach.
Beat the Streets had one champion, one second, and several third and fourths in a tournament that only placed the top four contenders.
The boys are back in town, and with accolades to show for their hard work. Beat the Streets helped send 22 boys to the Asics/Vaughan Cadet & Junior National Championships in Fargo, ND. An account of the success of the 31 girls who also attended was published last Friday.
In the Cadet Greco-Roman division, Dove Bonjean Alpart from Poly Prep took 5th place in the 106 lb weight class. In the Cadet Freestyle competition, Terry Adams from Monsignor Farrell placed 8th at 100 lbs, and Jayson Gomez from Eagle Academy took 7th at 285 lbs.
New York City girls put on a powerful performance at the national tournament in Fargo, ND, with two new champions and a handful placing high enough to receive All-American honors.
“The overall tournament, we had a very young team, experience-wise,” said BTS head girls coach Jacque Davis. “The group was definitely the best I’ve worked with at Fargo. They were all on the same page, picked each other up and pushed each other forward.”
The 2014 season came to a close as Curtis won the team title and Hunter College HS's Sara Andresen (125 lbs.) won the Cheryl Wong Oustanding Wrestling Award.
All told, 107 girls competed in 13 weight classes.
Brackets. Complete results below.
Make it two perfect seasons.
The Curtis Warriors (12-0) continued their dominance of the PSAL Girls Wrestling league by downing Canarsie 38-20 in a rematch of last year's final. Canarsie finished the year 10-2.
The 2014 PSAL Girls Dual Meet Championship final will feature the same two teams as last year.
Curtis (1st seed Skyline Division) and Canarsie (2nd see City Division) both made it back to the finals. Curtis was the victor last year, and punched their ticket this year via a 50-14 win over Bronx Science. Meanwhile, Canarsie upset top seed Brooklyn Tech 37-25 to secure their berth in the Championship finals.
This year’s championship match promises to be an exciting event as the last meeting between the two teams back on May 15th hinged on one match, with Curtis picking up a close 34-26 win.
As the higher seed, Curtis will serve as the host for the Championship match scheduled for 6:30 PM on Wednesday, May 28th.
The semifinals are set for the 2014 PSAL Girls Varsity Wrestling Dual Meet Championships.
The quarterfinals took place last night, with returning champion Curtis HS defeating Fashion Institute 55-5, while first-year programs Bronx Science and Francis Lewis battled it out, with Science winning 41-24. Additionally, Brooklyn Tech knocked of Wingate 37-27, and Canarsie took down visiting Taft 40-15.
Curtis, the top seed out of the Skyline Division, will host 2nd-seeded Bronx Science out of the City Division, while Brooklyn Tech, the top seed out of the City Division, will host 2nd-seeded Canarsie out of the Skyline Division.
Both semifinal matches will take place on Thursday, May 22nd at 5:00pm.
The winners of Thursday’s Semifinals will advance to the 2014 PSAL Dual Meet Championship Finals, scheduled for Wednesday, May 28th. The match location will be determined based on Thursday’s results.
Beat the Streets had one Junior and three Cadet All-Americans at the Body Bar Women's Nationals this weekend. Highlighting the effort was recent Pam-Am champion Jennifer Juarez (Robert F. Wagner), who qualified for the national team by taking 2nd place at 49kg/108lbs. in FILA Cadets.
Additional placers included FILA Cadets Ronnie Green (AP Randolph) who took 4th at 43kg/94.75lbs. and Samantha Ouye-Gonzalez (New Dorp) who finished in 6th place at 60kg/132.25lbs. Destane Garrick (WIngate) earned 5th at 79.5kg/175lbs. in FILA Juniors. BTS and Petrides alumna Kim Cardenas (Jamestown University, ND) took 5th place at 44kg/97lbs. in FILA Juniors, as well.
The New York-USA Wrestling Kids, Cadet, and Junior Greco-Roman/Freestyle State Championships were held this past weekend at SUNY Broome in Binghamtom, and 62 Beat the Streets student-athletes made the trip to compete.
The Pan-American Cadet Championships took place this past weekend in Recife, Brasil, and Jennifer Juarez—one of Beat the Streets’ most frequent attendees—became the first-ever New York City wrestler to win the Pan-Am Cadet Championships. She won a four-athlete roundrobin with a perfect 3-0 record.
It was a huge day at the George Wingate Educational Complex in Brooklyn on Saturday as 132 girls from five states competed in 14 weight classes and two age divisions at the inaugural Gotham City Girls East Coast Freestyle Wrestling Championship.
The Gotham City Freestyle Dual Championship took place on Saturday, April 19th at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights. The Beat the Streets Black team, with a 3-1 record, finished 3rd overall.
Canarsie crowned four individual champions in a strong performance at this past Saturday’s season opening PSAL Girls Freestyle Wrestling Tournament, hosted at the high school in Brooklyn. New Dorp crowned two champions, with nine other schools each crowing one. The most interesting bracket was the 112 lbs. weight class, which was round robin bracketed and resulted in a three way tie for the championship.
Sara Andresen in the finals of the 2013 Mayor's Cup.
The Freestyle and Greco-Roman seasons took off last weekend at the 2014 Mohawk Valley International Wrestling Festival in upstate New York. Beat the Streets Head Girls Coach Jacque Davis accompanied a contingent of 28 female Beat the Streets student-athletes as they made the trip on March 15th to compete in the Female High School Division. Over 300 male and female wrestlers competed in the three-day tournament, which took place at Canastota High School.
Results have been posted for the 2014 Kids New York State Championships, which drew to a close this past Sunday at Bayshore High School in Long Island.
Eagle Academy's Nathanael Rose (Jr.) won the 195-pound Division 2 State Championship on Saturday in Albany. New Utrecht's Saidyokub Kakhramonov (Sr.) was a Division 1 finalist at 132 lbs. Winning his second Division 1 state title was Rich Sisti (Sr.) of Monsignor Farrell at 220 lbs. Rose's teammate Miguel Perez (Jr.) took 5th at 220 lbs. in Division 2.
On the strength of Rose and Perez, Eagle Academy placed 11th as a team in Division 2, the highest-ever placing for a PSAL team in either division, besting Brooklyn International's 12th-place finish in 2012.
The number 1 seed coming into the tournament, Rose rattled off four impressive victories to capture the second-ever PSAL crown, following RKA's Adis Radoncic's title last year. Rose, a junior, has a chance to become the PSAL's first two-time state champion next year. He was one match away from the podium last year.
Following up his 6th-place finish at states last year, Kakhramonov summoned the strength for two last-second victories en route to the finals where he was unable to pull off another herioc ending. He pulled the third-seed into a 5-point lat drop in the final 10 seconds to come from behind and win 10-6 in the quarterfinals and then dropped a granby roll into a reversal off of a restart with :10 on the clock to win 2-1 in the semis.
Sisti is the second-ever NYC wrestler to win two state titles, following Fordham Prep's Andrew Lenzi who was a three-time finalist and won titles as a sophomore in 2008 and as a senior in 2010. Lenzi now competes for the University of Pennsylvania.
Earl Gardner - 1989, Stuyvesant
Cheick NDiaye - 2012, Brooklyn International
Keanu Thompson - 2013, Grand Street
* Adis Radoncic - 2013, RKA
Saidyokub Kakhramonov - 2014, New Utrecht
* Nathanael Rose - 2014, Eagle Academy
* Denotes State Champion