Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

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From July 16 to 23, wrestlers from New York City will be facing off against competition from across the country in the Asics/Vaughan Cadet & Junior National Championships in Fargo, ND, known to the wrestling world as the Fargo tournament.

Beat the Streets is planning to send twenty-two boys and thirty-one NYC girls, from ninth graders to new high school graduates, who will be wrestling a mix of freestyle and Greco-Roman competition. There will be additional boys and girls from all over the state joining our NYC wrestlers to make up Team New York.

There will be several wrestlers returning to Fargo who hope to work new approaches and changed circumstances to their favor. One to look out for is Hailey Cancelleri (10th grade, Curtis High School, Staten Island). She attended Fargo last year and has had an excellent year thus far, attaining double All-American honors at Oklahoma Nationals as well as an All-American finish at the Body Bar Nationals and world team trials. “What will be interesting for Hailey this year is she will be making a big weight drop,” says Coach Davis, anticipating changes to the whole dynamic of her wrestling style. Previously competing at the 172 lb weight class at Fargo, her wrestling was based more on upper body work and throws, but this year, after much hard work and determination, she’s set to compete at the 154 lb weight class.

Brandon Nunez (12th grade, John Bowne High School, Queens) is a returning Greco All-American and the only boys state placer this year. He is aiming to land even higher up on the podium this year and make his way to the Freestyle podium as well. Earlier this year, Nunez helped to salvage the John Bowne High School wrestling program when it was at risk of being shut down.

Michaela Beck (10th grade, Fusion) competed at Fargo for the first time last year. “She blew the competition wide open with a fifth place finish in Cadets and a second place finish in Juniors,” said Davis. “She is coming back hungry this year after showing impressive finishes at Oklahoma Nationals,” where she received double All-American honors and was a finalist in the Cadet division, “and an All-American finish at Body Bar.”

Tatiani Cirili (11th grade, Grand Street) is the wild card selection from NYC. She does not have a girls’ team at her school and was thus unable to enter city championships, and yet she perseveres with the sport. “With her MMA and grappling background, and her desire to learn and work hard, she is someone to keep an eye out for at the competition,” said Davis. Cirili came close to winning first at the Folk Style City Championships, losing only to top contender Zopouled David from New Dorp High School.

BTS coaches Jacque Davis and Penn Gottfried will be in attendance to support and encourage their wrestlers. Several NYC coaches were also invited to join the staff: Jason Bross, Staten Island; Ted Cook, Truman High School boys and girls coach and 2016 BTS Girls Coach of the Year; Ryan Cooley, former BTS Junior League Coach  and coach at Eagle Academy Bronx; and Dmitry Landa, Elite Wrestling Academy and BTS Junior League Coach.

Several BTS alumni will also be Team New York staff coached. Included are William Yee, who was previously featured as one of our Graduated Grapplers, as well as Destane Hart and Jennifer Juarez. Yee is going into his second year at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Hart has graduated from Springfield Technical Community College and is transferring to finish her BA at McKendree University. Juarez has finished her first year at Life University and will be returning there in the fall.

The lists of competitors and their 2016-2017 grades and schools are as follows:


Zoo David, 12th grade, New Dorp

Liz Mattocks, 12th grade, Flushing

Ashly Gomez, 11th grade, Sunset Park

Pearl Fletcher, 12th grade, Truman

Tatiana Cirili, 12th grade, Grand St.

Maria Soto, 11th grade, AP Randolph

Dawa Lama, 10th grade, Maspeth

Dennielle Phillip, graduated, Wingate

Nighyar Calliste, 11th grade, Murrow

Adalix Siri, graduated, Brooklyn Tech

Natasha Padilla, 12th grade, Truman

Briana Rivera, 10th grade, Sunset Park

Guadalupe Aralleno, graduated, MLK

Lucia Perez, 12th grade, Truman

Michaela Beck, 11th grade, Fusion

Katrin Pokalyukhin, 12th grade, Brooklyn Tech

Unwana Abaasiura, 12th grade, Bronx Science

Stephanie K, graduated, Flushing

Joyce Munoz, 12th grade, Bryant

Katherine Tempeneguay, 11th grade, Susan Wagner

Jocelyn ?, 12th grade, Curtis

Salma Hussein, 12th grade, Francis

Kassandra Marcelo, 11th grade, Curtis

Hailey Cancelleri, 11th grade, Curtis

Diandra Phillip, graduated, Wingate

Nia Crosdale, 11th grade, Truman

Shaniece Hunter, graduated, Truman

Victoria Alloggio, 11th grade, Madison

Christina Alloggio, 12th grade, Madison

Yae Ram Cho, 12th grade, Cardozo

Michelle Isakova, graduated



Brandon Nunez, 12th grade, John Bowne (placed fourth in 2015)

Steven Isaac, 12th grade, Msgr. Farrell

John Luke Destefano, 12th grade, Poly Prep

Terry Adams, 10th grade, Msgr. Farrell

Daniel Bogie, 11th grade, Eagle Academy

David Berkovich, 10th grade, Poly Prep

David Flynn, 12th grade, Msgr. Farrell

Demetrius Henry, 11th grade, Grant Street

Deshawn Herbert, 10th grade, Canarsie

Dove Bonjean Alpart, 9th grade, Poly Prep

Henry Kamornik, graduated, Brooklyn Tech

Jake Barry, graduated, Poly Prep

Jayson Gomez, 11th grade, Eagle Academy

Lenny Merkin, graduated, Poly Prep

Leo Rabinovich, 11th grade, Tottenville

Sean Patrick McGing, 12th grade, Mt. St. Michael

Zacc Romero, 10th grade, Brooklyn Tech

Simon Chee, 11th grade, Cardozo

Dylan Nerich, 11th grade, W. C. Bryant

Terrance Parks, 9th grade

Nick Romanello, 12th grade, Msgr. Farrell

Robert Scopelliti, Msgr. Farrell


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