On Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, five BTS members faced off against participants from twenty-three states at the Freestyle Cadet National Duals in York, Pennsylvania. This tournament was special in that it showed the relative strength of New York City’s wrestling culture, with NYC kids making up almost half of the lineup of a state team.
The Beat the Streets competitors were Terry Adams (Monsignor Farrell, 9th grade), Dove Bonjean-Alpart (Poly Prep, 8th grade), David Berkovich (Poly Prep, 9th grade), Deshawn Herbert (South Shore, 9th grade), and Zacc Romero (Brooklyn Tech, 9th grade).
New York Wrestling News reported that Team New York, despite not wrestling in the Greco-Roman competition, rose to the top of the Green/Yellow pool with win after win against teams such as Michigan Blue, Kansas Red, and North Carolina.
Adams had an especially good run, winning all six of his matches, five of them by technical fall. Herbert also went 5-1.
“I really enjoyed myself and had a fun trip with my teammates from both NYC and New York as a whole,” said Adams. “We went up against some great wrestlers and some of the best competition in the nation. I think we all battled tough and I look forward to more challenges ahead.”
"I thought that the NYC kids wrestled tough and represented both NYC and NYS very well,” said Ken Alpart, Dove Bonjean-Alpart’s father, who was present at the tournament. “They showed heart when the dual came close and came through when it counted. I look forward to seeing them not only compete at Fargo next month, but take home some hardware."
“NYC having such a heavy representation is an awesome thing to see,” said Penn Gottfried, a coach with BTS. “It shows how hard our kids are working in the off-season and how their results are starting to show. It is also great to see our kids work together for a common goal with the other NYC kids. Usually it’s NYC against the state, but seeing New York against the nation definitely gave the kids a grander perspective.”
The results are available on Track Wrestling.