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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.”

Read more: BTS Kids on the Rise at Columbus Day Duals

One thing we’ve noticed about Beat the Streets kids is how often they’re inspired to give back as adults. Former BTS wrestler William Yee is an outstanding example of this: the current student at John Jay College will be assistant coaching at Brooklyn Tech this school year.

Read more: William Yee: A New Coach, Inspired to Give Back

The US World Team in front of a statue of King David the Builder, Tbilisi, Georgia. Picture courtesy US Women's Wrestling.

You can take wrestling places, but if you’re a coach heading to ex-Soviet Georgia for a world-class tournament, wrestling takes you. This month, BTS head girls coach Jacque Davis was taken to the 2016 UWW Cadet World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia to help train and support the girls on the US World Team. Girls freestyle rounds began on September 15th, and the tournament ran through the 18th.

Read more: BTS Coach Jacque Davis Accompanies Girls US...

Beat the Streets wrestlers make themselves known all over the world. This past summer, Antonio Brito (Senior, Metro Campus) brought New York City’s reputation for tenacious competition to the Dominican Republic as he spent a week training with the country’s best and refining his skills.

Read more: BTS Wrestler Experiences Culture in Dominican...

Beat the Streets Wrestling™ is proud to announce the addition of Jesse Jantzen to our board. A financier and champion college-level athlete, Jantzen brings many kinds of expertise to the organization's mission to improve the lives and prospects of New York City youth.

Read more: Harvard Wrestling's Jesse Jantzen Joins BTS Board

Beat the Streets board member Hooman 'Mo' Tavakolian was profiled in a story on Intermat, a top news source for all things related to wrestling. 

Tavakolian, born in Iran and raised primarily in the United States, was essential in coordinating the 2016 Beat the Streets gala where Team USA met in friendly competition with the top wrestlers from Iran.

Read more: BTS Board Member Hooman 'Mo' Tavakolian...

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.”

Read more: BTS Team Shows Vigor at Waterway Duals Tournament

The New York City Wrestling Officials Association will hold referee-candidate training classes this fall starting on Tuesday, September 20th from 6-8pm.Classes will run for seven consecutive Tuesdays. The classes will take place at the High School of Applied Communication    (30-20 Thompson Ave. Long Island City, NY. 11101)

For more information contact Mr. Jorge Cabrales at or at 917-613-9736.



Beat the Streets alumni are known to fight hard and achieve a great deal, but it’s not every day their ambitions send them all the way to Africa. Sara Andresen is living proof that if you’ve made it here, you can make it anywhere.

Andresen graduated from Hunter College High School and now studies political science and international relations at UMass Amherst. She chose those fields as someone with a love of travel and the diverse cultures of the globe. Being mixed race herself, she felt fortunate to meet so many people of different backgrounds growing up here. “ I simply love seeing the way other people see the world,” Andresen said.

Read more: BTS Grad Sara Andresen Serves The World in...

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.

Read more: Kids Experiment with Newfound Skills at Big...

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.

Read more: BTS Kids Put Practice to Use in Summer Heat...

Beat the Streets is once again hosting watch parties for the Olympics, this time to cheer on Team USA as they vie for the gold in the Rio games. Save the following dates: Thursday Aug 18 at 3:00 PM for Women's Freestyle matches, and Friday Aug 19 at 3:00 PM for Men's Freestyle. BTS will be hosting these watch parties at The Grayson in East Village. There will be a happy hour special on drinks and food, and we will have a designated space in the backroom. Come out and see the world's best wrestlers with fellow patrons of the sport.

As always, keep checking our Facebook page for updates!

The Grayson Bar 
16 First Ave. (1st Ave./1st St.)
New York, NY 10009
Thursday, August 18 (3-6pm) - Helen Maroulis & Adeline Gray 
Friday, August 19 (3-6pm) - Jordan Burroughs


On Thursday, September 15, we invite you to come enjoy an evening of drinks, good company, and entertainment to support Beat the Streets. Your ticket will directly support our Junior League program, which is the top wrestling program for middle school youth in the city. Not only are you providing an opportunity for personal growth and advancement to these children, but you're helping to put a coach - a supportive adult who cares about them - in their lives.

Read more: Buy Tickets to September 15 Fall Fundraiser for...

Throughout July, Beat the Streets funded trips for over 300 New York City wrestlers to summer camps across the country. These young student-athletes enjoyed learning new wrestling techniques, training and drilling methods, tips about the college application process, and making new friends in the wrestling world in locations such as Princeton, Cornell, and Penn State.

Read more: Over 300 BTS Kids Enjoy Summer Camps Across the...

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.

Read more: NYC Boys are Top Performers at Fargo National...

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.”

Read more: Two BTS Girls Crowned Champions at Fargo...

Josh Ferenczy, center left. Via Liberty University Wrestling Facebook.

Beat the Streets alumnus Josh Ferenczy placed second this year at the 2016 National Collegiate Wrestling Association Club National Championship. Ferenczy, a Staten Island native who attended practices at the Manhattan Training Center growing up, is a wrestler at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.

Ferenczy’s wrestling career started in 2007 when he was a freshman at Curtis High School. He started attending Beat the Streets’ practices and was a regular throughout his time in high school. “I have always tried to study under as many different coaches as possible and then take their best techniques and add them to my arsenal,” he said.

Read more: Pure Toughness: BTS Alumnus Josh Ferenczy Makes...

For the past two weeks, middle and high school boys and girls have set off to the Top of the Podium Camp at Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, NY. In the first week, 44 middle school boys, 10 middle school girls, and 48 high school girls went to camp. The second week saw 110 high school boys take over the mats and commit to learning more about wrestling and other helpful life skills.

Both sessions were jam-packed with fun, learning, and lots of wrestling, all staffed by BTS alumni. Each day the campers participated in three wrestling sessions, a life skills class, and recreation time.

Read more: Top of the Podium Camp Offers Valuable...

Starting on Monday, July 11, Beat the Streets will be taking part in the Public School Athletic League’s Big Apple Games. This program accommodates children from grades 4 through 12, including students with special needs, providing recreational opportunities for youth across New York City.

Read more: Big Apple Games Practices Begin Monday July 11

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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.

Read more: Beat the Streets to Send 22 Boys, 31 Girls to...

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  1. BTS Comprises Almost Half of NY's Freestyle Cadet National Duals Team
  2. BTS Leadership Learns New Approaches to Making New Coaches at UWW Educational Course in Los Angeles
  3. Greek Olympian Georgios Koutsioumpas to Coach BTS Practice Thursday, June 16
  4. Truman Crowns Three Individuals, Brooklyn Tech Claims Team Title at 2016 PSAL Girls Wrestling Championships
  5. BTS, UPS to Hold June 8 Job Fair for Students, Parents, Coaches
  6. Beat the Streets 2016 Benefit a Smashing Success in Times Square
  7. Trials and New Courses at Girls' Body Bar Tournament in Irving, TX
  8. Beat the Streets College Combine Connects NYC Kids to Higher Ed Opportunities
  9. United in the Square Streaming Live on FloWrestling
  10. Nearly Sixty BTS Kids Show Off Skills at NY Freestyle and Greco States
  11. 2016 Olympian Robby Smith to Emcee Beat the Streets Event in Times Square Thursday
  12. Beat the Streets Announces Youth Match-Ups with Baltimore, Philadelphia for Annual Gala
  13. USA Junior stars Fix, McKee, Hall, and Valencia to wrestle Iranians at Beat the Streets on May 19
  14. BTS Head Girls Coach Jacque Davis Profiled by Excelle Sports
  15. Beat the Streets Announces Man of the Year Award for Kyle Snyder and Lifetime Achievement Award for Ray Lewis among 2016 Benefit Award Winners
  16. 2016 Gotham City Girls' Open Results
  17. USA Olympians Burroughs, Cox and Bisek receive international opponents for Beat the Streets “United In The Square,” in Times Square on May 19
  18. BTS Kids Qualify for Fargo at Northeast Regionals
  19. First BTS College Combine to Connect Student-Athletes with Higher Education
  20. 100 Days Out: The Road to Rio Pre-Olympic Celebration in Times Square on Weds., April 27
  21. 2016 Benefit to be Streamed Live on FloWrestling
  22. Third Annual Gotham City Girl's Open Tournament Set for May 7 - 8
  23. Ray Brinzer to Coach at BTS Spring Break Training Camp Scheduled for April 25th- April 29th
  24. Marcus Mendoza: Giving His All, on Stage and on the Mat
  25. BTS Girls Perform and Place at Revolution in Springfield Tournament
  26. 'From the Basement to the Penthouse': W.C. Bryant Wrestling's Path to the Championships
  27. Wearing the Orange - Positive Reinforcement Improves Sportsmanship in NYC
  28. BTS Alumni Give Back as Coaches at Successful Boys Club Tournament
  29. Girls Raise Each Other to New Heights at OKC Folkstyle Nationals
  30. John Bowne Rising: How a Coach and a Wrestler Revitalized Their Program
  31. John Bowne Rising: How a Coach and a Wrestler Revitalized Their Program
  32. BTS Girl Wrestlers Excel and Bond at Mohawk Valley Tournament
  33. USA Wrestlers To Face Iran In Times Square In New York City May 19 In “United In The Square,” To Highlight Beat the Streets Annual Benefit Night
  34. Josh Antoine and Deuly Espinal, All-Americans and Beat the Streets Alumni
  35. First Step into the Circle Tournament a Major Success
  36. John Hughes Clinic Set for Wed., March 16
  37. Beat the Streets Announces New Executive Director
  38. At Youth States, BTS Kids Noted as Top Placers and Good Sports
  39. Women’s Wrestling Week: Each One Bring One
  40. Beat the Streets Regular Places at States
  41. BTSNY Wrestlers Make a Strong Showing at Youth States Qualifier
  42. 2016 PSAL Invididual Championships - Winners and Brackets
  43. Bronx Science Wins Inaugural PSAL Blended Wrestling Championships
  44. Read all about the PSAL's new Blended Wrestling League in the New York Times!
  45. Cross-team Comradery In Abundance at 2016 Mayors Cup
  46. Top Four Seeds Advance to PSAL Blended Wrestling League Semifinals - NFHS Network to Livestream Finals
  47. BTSNY Coach Davis Says Managing Expectations is About Incremental Goals
  48. PSAL Dual Meet Championships Kick Off Championship Month
  49. Final Brackets and Team Scores - 2016 Mayors Cup
  50. Bronx Science is the Top Seed Heading into the PSAL Girls & Boys Wrestling Playoffs
  51. 2016 NYC Mayor's Cup Rescheduled for SATURDAY, Jan 30
  52. NYC Wrestlers Show Grit at Eastern States Classic
  53. BTS Middle School Grapplers Compete in Garden State Classic
  54. Support BTSNY Alumni at Columbia Dual Meets this Saturday
  55. Beat The Streets Winter Break Training Camp with Coach Hrovat a Huge Success
  56. 2016 Benefit Donations
  57. TD Securities - Underwriting Hope
  58. Bryant Wrestling Team Travels to United States Military Academy
  59. Wrestling Builds Confidence and You Can Help!
  60. Seeing is Believing - Watch How BTSNY Supports Coaches
  61. UNC vs. ARMY Dual Meet in Brooklyn this Saturday
  62. NYC Wrestlers Place in Long Island Beach Tournaments
  63. BTS JV Match Afternoon Kickoff Shows Tremendous Growth
  64. #GivingTuesday: Celebrate BTSNY Coaches
  65. Graduated Grappler: Keanu Thompson
  66. BTSNY Head Girls Coach Takes on a New Role in NY USA Wrestling
  67. 2015 BTS Junior League Championship Results
  68. BTSNY Girls Hit the Road for 2015 Pocono Rumble
  69. Katie Couric features Beat the Streets!
  70. Columbia University hosts Lee Kemp Wrestling Clinic
  71. Shop at our Online Store for Holiday Gifts!
  72. Graduated Grappler: Joshua Antoine
  73. Graduated Grappler: Steven Santimauro
  74. Adeline Gray Shares Secrets of Success and Perseverance with BTSNY Youth
  75. Graduated Grappler: Barry Hart
  76. BTSNY Alumnus Juarez and Current Wrestler Merkin See Success in the South this Past Weekend
  77. BTSNY Alumnus Jennifer Juarez Selected to Wrestle in 2015 NWCA All Star Classic
  78. Graduated Grappler: Addrian Ferrarie
  79. Junior League Competitions Kick off with Four Jamborees
  80. Graduated Grappler: Arkey Barnett
  81. 3x World Champion Adeline Gray to Host Clinic Thursday, 11/5
  82. Merkin and Nunez Lead Columbus Day Duals 5-0
  83. Graduated Grappler: Tracy Smith
  84. Graduated Grappler: William Yee
  85. Join us at the Queens County Farm Festival for our October Girls Social!
  86. Graduated Grappler: Alex Salmos
  87. Second Annual Welcome Back Picnic Takes Place in Central Park
  88. BTS Coaches Clinic Hosted by 2X Olympic Gold Medalist John Smith
  89. Beat the Streets Board Presidents Have a Hand in International Wrestling Spotlight
  90. 2X Olympic Gold Medalist John Smith to Host BTS Coaches Clinic Tomorrow
  91. Graduated Grappler: Jennifer Juarez
  92. Beat the Streets Wrestlers Kick off Fall Season at Waterway Duals
  93. ESPNU Airs 2015 World Championships Tonight, 8-10 PM
  94. Join us Friday, 9/11, to watch the UWW World Championships!
  95. You're Invited: Second Annual Welcome Back Picnic in Central Park!
  96. First BTSNY Alumnus to Compete in UWW World Championships
  97. BTS Coaches Clinic Hosted by Olympian Andy Hrovat
  98. BTSNY Junior League Grappler Publishes Poem
  99. Renew Your Beat the Streets Membership, Today!
  100. Nate Rose to Compete In World Wrestling Championships
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