Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

Pictured above are (from left to right) Terry Brands, Logan Stieber, Walter Peppelman, Tyrone Webb, John Cichon, Josh Lee and Steven Santimauro.

Tyrone Webb – Junior League Coach of the Year:
A 1995 graduate of Truman High School, Coach Webb is the second former PSAL wrestler this year to receive Coach of the Year Honors. Coach Webb began his coaching when he was a college student at the University of Rhode Island. During his seven years as the coach at PS 129, he has coached numerous middle school wrestlers that have gone on to compete in high school including Nigel Williams, Zimba Hamm, and this year’s Atlas Award Winner, Nathanael Rose. Coach Webb was the only coach to be nominated by two of his own athletes, Chloe Cabrera and Adrian Rosario.
Coach Webb’s coaching accolades this year include but are certainly not limited to: three BTS middle school champions, participation in every jamboree, an undefeated record in the dual meet season, three participants in Grapple in the Garden, and three State Qualifiers. During the off-season, he goes above and beyond the call of duty by bringing his wrestlers to jamborees all over the city. For that he is the 2015 Junior League Coach of the Year.
 
Steven Santimauro – High School Assistant Coach of the Year:
A 2009 graduate of James Madison High School, Coach Santimauro is one of two PSAL wrestling alumni this year to earn Coach of the Year Honors. As a Madison Golden Knight, Santimauro was a Mayor’s Cup Champion and Team Captain.  James Madison’s Head Wrestling Coach Ned Campbell, said, “After graduation Steve was right back with me, as an assistant volunteer coach.
Balancing his studies at Brooklyn College in pursuit of his teaching license, Steven was determined to stay with the sport of wrestling, and Madison Wrestling has benefited from that commitment ever since. To say that Steven was there from the beginning is not an exaggeration.”  In addition to serving as the Madison Assistant Coach, Steve is also the Junior League Coach at Arthur Cunningham Middle School in Brooklyn.
 
Josh Lee – Girls Coach of the Year: 
A graduate of University North Carolina, Coach Lee came to New York City and has been an active supporter of youth wrestling ever since. Coach Lee began coaching at the George Washington High School in 2011. After accepting a teaching position at Taft High School the following year, he quickly established both a boys and girls team in his first year there. The following year, he brought the middle school wrestling program to the Taft Campus with both a boys and girls team.
Coach Lee thus became the first and only trifecta coach, serving as a middle school coach in the fall, a boy’s high school coach in the winter, and a girls high school coach in the spring. In 2013, there were 24 athletes on the middle school girls’ team, which accounted for over 20% of all the middle school girls wrestling during 2013-2014. Between the five teams he established on Taft’s Campus, Coach Lee brought wrestling instruction to over 80 athletes. He successfully organized the Southern Bronx community to bring wrestling back to campus when he learned that the Taft administration planned to drop wrestling.
 
John Cichon – Boys Head Coach of the Year:
A graduate of Saugerties High School in upstate New York, Coach Cichon came to New York City to attend Staten Island’s Wagner College and never looked back. Cichon wrestled for Wagner’s Division I Wrestling team, and then began his coaching career at Petrides High School as an assistant coach. In 2013, he was recognized as the BTS Assistant Coach of the Year and was soon thereafter hired as the Head Coach at Tottenville High School.
In his second year coaching the Tottenville Pirates, the Pirates achieved what BTS Director of Program Development Ken Bigley officially termed the “PSAL Wrestling Trifecta.” The Pirates were the highest scoring PSAL team at the Mayor’s Cup, the PSAL Dual Meet Team Champions, and the highest scoring team at the PSAL Individual Championships. For this and for his many other off the mat achievements, Coach Cichon is the Boys Head Coach of the Year.
 
Walter Peppelman – Volunteer of the Year:
Walter Peppelman began working with BTS as a volunteer coach when he moved to New York City in January 2014. Peppelman coaches at the BTS Manhattan Training Center three nights a week as well as on Saturdays. He volunteers at local tournaments and events and often travels with the BTS contingent to tournaments outside the city. Peppelman, originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the BTS wrestlers.
In high school, he was featured in a documentary called "Takedowns and Falls" which highlights the trials and tribulations that he, his younger brother Marshall, and their high school team faced as they trained to become state champions. Both the team and Peppelman succeeded in winning the state championships that year marking the pinnacle of his high school career. He then went on to wrestle for five years at Harvard where he was a team captain for three years and became a two-time NCAA All-American.
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