Fifty-five Beat the Streets wrestlers, ages six to fourteen, joined wrestlers from across New York State to compete in the New York State Youth Wrestling Championships at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York over the weekend of March 5th and 6th. The strong attendance by BTS wrestlers demonstrated the growing commitment to wrestling as well as personal growth.
The BTS wrestlers put on a solid showing all weekend, especially top performers Jayden Cárdenas of Upper Ten Eck, who took first place at the Schoolboy 128 lb.division, Joshua Khoshayev of Elite Wrestling Academy, who took second at the Schoolboy 175 lb. division, Chloe Cabrera of M.S. 129, who took third at Schoolgirl 113 and Joseph Pérez of the Harlem Jets, who took fourth at Schoolboy 144.
Jayden Cárdenas continued to outperform his opponents as he has all season to finish atop the podium at the state tournament. After finishing with a fifth place finish last season, Cárdenas committed to intensify his wrestling practices. His dominance in the Junior League showed just how much hard work and dedication has allowed him to grow in just one year's time.
Chloe Cabrera placed third in the Schoolgirl division Sunday, March 6th, but she didn't stop there. Cabrera returned that afternoon to compete in the Schoolboy division. While she came up short, she made the decision to try to get as many matches and the best competition possible. Cabrera exhibited the hungry attitude that BTS tries to instill in its wrestlers. Cabrera is one of many New York City youth who seek improvement by taking advantage of the training and competition opportunities provided by BTS.
We are particularly pleased with the record attendance by BTS wrestlers, school-based coaches and staff. Every BTS wrestler but one had a school coach at the tournament, a sign that the coaches are taking advantage of opportunities for their athletes to improve their skills, and they are following through with those opportunities by matching the commitment of their wrestlers.
This is matched by praise we received from a parent who noted how respectful the BTS participants were in victory as well as defeat. He noted a great deal of camaraderie, with BTS wrestlers talking with opponents both before and after matches. Way to go!
The full results from the weekend's events can be found on Track Wrestling.