Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

From Friday, July 14 to Saturday, July 22, BTSNY sent 34 qualifying boys and girls to compete at the National Championships at the FargoDome in Fargo, ND. The qualifying youth wrestlers, all of whom are listed here, range from rising sophomores to recent high school graduates. They wrestled at the Cadet and Junior age levels of Freestyle and Greco-Roman divisions, with the girls competing in duals, as well. Additional boys and girls from all over the state joined our NYC wrestlers to make up Team New York. 

Read more: Five BTSNY Wrestlers Achieve All American...

Joseph Roy, BTS and Edward R. Murrow wrestling alumni, began his freshman year at Johnson & Wales this past fall. In the classroom, he was pursuing culinary arts, as well as some basic math and science requirements. In the wrestling room, he was showing up everyday, practically forcing a place for himself on the team through sheer determination. "loved every second of it,said Roy. He was always happy to be in the room and loved everything about it.  

Read more: Determined to Win: Joseph Roy's Battle Against...

July 17th, 2017, New York City – The New York City Wrestling Officials Association is encouraging individuals interested in becoming a Wrestling Official to register for the fall candidate training. Candidate classes will begin on Tuesday, September 12th from 6:00-8:30pm. The classes run on continuous Tuesdays (September 12, 19, 26 and October 3, 10, 17 24). There are also 2 practicums (dates to be determined).

Read more: Want to Become a NYC Wrestling Official?...

It's that time of year again! From today, July 14, to next Saturday, July 22,  wrestlers from New York City will be facing off against competition from across the country in the USMC Cadet & Junior National Championships in Fargo, ND, known to the wrestling world as the Fargo tournament. 

Read more: Good Luck to BTS Wrestlers in Fargo!

From Wednesday, July 5 to Saturday, July 8, 250 BTSNY youth trekked from all over the city to Seward Park Campus for the first Top of the Podium (TOP) Camp that has taken place in the city.  This 4-day camp was coed, with boys and girls ranging from 5th through 12th grade. Each day included two wrestling sessions for each group, Life Skills workshops for middle and high schoolers, lunch, which was provided to the youth wrestlers everyday, and a recreation session.   

Read more: 2017 TOP Camp Exemplifies Everything BTS is About

Back in 2005, a small group of passionate wrestlers had a vision centered around the idea that if the lessons learned on the wrestling mat-- a strong work ethic, grit, perseverance, self-reliance, humility-- are applied to other areas of life, then so much more can be achieved in a lifetime. With humble beginnings that included a combined total of 26 programs in both high school and middle school, we at Beat the Streets are proud of the efforts that all of our supporters have provided to lead BTSNY to where it is today.

The Annual Impact Reports listed below provide context and perspective to the work we've done, are doing, and will look to do in the future.





Katherine Turchin, a recent graduate and wrestler of Hunter College High School (HCHS), will be heading across the pond to Oxford University this fall.  

Read more: Katherine Turchin is Heading Across the Pond to...

On Friday, June 23, 73 BTSNY student-athletes attended the final Life Skills Workshop of the year. "Sports Psychology" was taught by Gene Zannetti, co-founder of Wrestling Mindset. Zanetti taught student- athletes how to view seemingly impossible, daunting, and scary tasks as exciting and possible to accomplish. 

Read more: Zanetti Teaches Final Life Skills Workshop of...

On Thursday, June 15, 42 BTSNY student-athletes attended Life Skills: Internet Responsibility, hosted at Monsignor Farrell High School. Pete Hamm, Monsignor Farrell wrestling coach and computer teacher, taught the kids about the "dangers and benefits of social media, cyber bullying and the consequences, public image, and representing an organization in a positive way." 

Read more: Coach Hamm Teaches "Internet Responsibility" to...

On Thursday, June 8, 56 student-athletes attended Life Skills: LGBTQ Awareness, presented by Hudson Taylor at the UPS Center. Taylor is a former wrestler for University of Maryland, three-time NCAA All-American, and wrestling coach for Columbia University. Currently, Taylor is the Founder and Executive Director of Athlete Ally. 

Read more: Hudson Taylor Teaches 56 Student-Athletes the...

From Saturday, June 3 to Sunday, June 4, 17 BTSNY girls traveled to Troy, New York to train and compete in "Headlocks on the Hudson." Jacque Davis, Head Girls Coach, "had a blast with all of our girls this weekend." Davis described an idyllic weekend of training hard, eating s'mores by the fire, and getting to finish the weekend with wrestling outside by the water. 

Read more: 17 BTSNY Girls Train, Camp, and Compete by the...

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On Thursday, June 1, Monsignor Farrell High School held a Life Skills workshop on "How to Communicate with Law Enforcement." 65 student-athletes listened closely during this workshop, which was given by Al Ebanks, Esq. Ebanks has been an attorney in New York for 25 years.  He has worked in the Bronx DA's office, and has represented police captains, as well as ordinary citizens. 

Read more: 65 BTSNY Youth Gain Greater Understanding of...

On Thursday, May 25, 66 BTSNY student-athletes showed up to the UPS Center for the "Job Readiness" Life Skills presentation by the UPS Human Resources (HR) department. During this workshop, BTS kids got to hear real, relatable stories from UPS employees who started small in the company but worked hard to move upand how they can do the same one day.  

Read more: UPS Equips BTSNY Youth with Job Readiness Skills


From Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 21, seven  Beat the Streets girls attended Women's Nationalspreviously known as Body Bar National, in Irving Texas. Considering that this tournament is the Cadet/Junior World Team Trials, the girls met some tough competition in the earlier roundsCoach Jacque Davis, Head Girls Coach, felt that while there were losses among the wins, every match was one "which we proved we deserved to be in." 

Read more: Four BTSNY Wrestlers Place At Women's National...



45 BTSNY boys participated in the Beat the Streets College Combine, which took place on Friday, May 19 at the Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn. The Combine had two wrestling sessions and two short discussion sessions. 

Read more: 45 Student-Athletes Meet College Coaches at BTS...

From Friday, May 12 to Sunday, May 14, 59 Beat the Streets New York boys participated in the New York State Freestyle and Greco State Championships, which were held at SUNY Broome in Binghamton, New York. The weekend began with weigh-ins on May 12, Freestyle on May 13, and Greco on May 14.  

Read more: Exciting Performances by BTSNY Wrestlers at the...

On Saturday June 3rd, the JCC Beacon & the Tottenville Wrestling Club will be hosting "Under The Lights".

Read more: Tottenville to Host Fundraising Wrestling...

 Photo Credit to Stephen Alvarado

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Beat the Streets Benefit East Meets West: USA vs. Japan was a smashing success raising $1.2 million! Thanks to the donations from our supporters, we can continue our programming on and off the mat for 3,000 youth wrestlers across all five New York City boroughs.

Read more: 2017 Beat the Streets Benefit Rakes in $1.2...

 Olympic champion Helen Maroulis pictured while competing at the 2017 BTS Benefit in Times Square. Photo by Tony Rotundo,

NEW YORK -- Mike Novogratz, founder of Beat the Streets, remembers the day a decade or so ago when a friend issued him a challenge.  

“He got into my face and said, ‘We need to inject more energy into wrestling,’” Novogratz recalled. “So the thought was: where is there more energy in the world than in the middle of Times Square? So, let’s put a mat there.”

Read more: East Meets West As Team USA Wrestlers Dominate...

More Articles...

  1. Olympic Champions Maroulis, Snyder and Burroughs fuel U.S. over international foes at Beat the Streets Benefit in Times Square
  2. Truman Dominates Under the Bright Lights of Times Square, Claims 2017 PSAL Girls Wrestling Championship
  3. Truman Runs Away With the Team Title at the 2017 PSAL Girls Wrestling Tournament
  4. 2017 Beat The Streets Benefit To Stream Live On FloWrestling Wednesday, May 17
  5. Three NYC Girls Selected To Compete In Youth Match-Ups At Beat The Streets Benefit
  6. Olympian Elena Pirozhkova to guest commentate the 2017 PSAL Girls Wrestling Championships
  7. Dr. Coyte Cooper Encourages Goal-Setting and "Goal-Accomplishing" for Life Skills
  8. Six NYC Boys Selected To Compete In Youth Match-Ups At Beat The Streets Benefit
  9. Truman snags the top seed in the 2017 PSAL Girls Freestyle Championships – Finals will take place in Times Square
  10. Olympic Champions Snyder, Burroughs Lead Strong Men’s Team Against Japan At Beat The Streets Benefit
  11. Congratulations to our 2017 Beat the Streets Award Winners!
  12. Victoria Anthony, Tamyra Mensah Join Olympic Champion Helen Maroulis In USA Vs. Japan Beat The Streets Benefit In Times Square
  13. 11 BTSNY Wrestlers Qualify at Northeast Regionals for Fargo
  14. Pearl Fletcher, Future NYC Educator and BTS Coach in Our Midst
  15. 385 Competitors, 19 States, Three Countries-- 2017 Gotham City Girls Open Championship was Overflowing with Talent
  16. Olympic Champion Helen Maroulis To Wrestle In USA Vs. Japan Beat The Streets Benefit In Times Square
  17. Gotham City Girls Open This Weekend!
  18. Spring Break Training Camp: Four Days of Training, Three Life Skills, One Olympian-led Clinic
  19. Youth Competitively Improve in Freestyle and Greco at South Plainfield Developmental
  20. World Champion Logan Stieber To Participate In USA Vs. Japan Beat The Streets Benefit In Times Square
  21. 2017 Beat the Streets Awards Nomination Form Released!
  22. BTSNY Girls take Second at Revolution in Springfield, All 12 place
  23. Joe Eassa, 2017 Double-Goal Coach Award National Winner
  24. BTSNY Wrestlers Go National, NHSCA Nationals Virginia Beach and OKC Girls Folkstyle Nationals
  25. Japanese Olympian, World Champions Selected To Take On USA Men’s And Women’s Wrestlers May 17 At Beat the Streets Annual Benefit In Times Square
  26. Jam-packed Weekend: Boys at Youth States and Girls at Mohawk Valley International AND Folkstyle State Championships
  27. 2017 Step Into the Circle, a Great Support for Youth Wrestling
  28. USA Men’s And Women’s Wrestlers To Face International Power Japan In New York City’s Times Square May 17 for Beat the Streets Annual Benefit
  29. 19 Young Wrestlers Will Continue to the Youth NYS Championships!
  30. Student-Athletes Learn Computer Literacy for March Life Skills
  31. PSAL Wrestling Team Enjoys State Tournament BBQ
  32. Nunez Becomes First PSAL Wrestler to Win a Division 1 State Wrestling Championship
  33. Wrestling Mindset Seminar for BTS Coaches Just in Time for States
  34. Maria Falzone Gives Sex-Ed Lecture for February Life Skills
  35. Brooklyn Tech Holds Off Petrides to Claim 2017 PSAL Boys Wrestling Championship
  36. Bronx Science Claims 2017 Blended League Wrestling Championships
  37. Live Stream of the PSAL Blended League Championships, Tues 6:30 PM
  38. NYC City Championships See Local Winners Off to States
  39. PSAL Wrestling Championship Weekend – Div 1 Finals to be Livestreamed Sunday, 3:30
  40. For Student-Athlete Rieanna Duncan, an Accomplishment: The NYT Scholarship Semifinals
  41. Sabrina Cheng, Townsend Harris Senior and BTS Wrestler, is MIT-bound!
  42. 2nd Annual Step Into the Circle Adult Wrestling Tournament Announced!
  43. At Stevens vs. NYU Dual, NYC Kids Watch and Learn from Top College Contenders
  44. PSAL Wrestling Dual Meet Championship Brackets Released
  45. 2017 NYC Mayor's Cup--Battle for Best in the City
  46. Hoboken Youth Tournament— a Promising Experiment through Edge Hoboken Partnership
  47. NYC Wrestlers Compete at Eastern States Classic, Nunez Becomes Champ of 99 lbs
  48. The NYC Mayor’s Wrestling Championship is less than 10 days away! Watch the finals LIVE on Facebook
  49. BTSNY teams up with The Door for Life Skills: SAT Prep
  50. Simon Chee: NYC Student-Athlete Set to Wrestle for Wesleyan
  51. 2017 Gotham City Girls Open Championship Registration Now Up and Gear Info Announced
  52. Wrestlers Perez, Diforte Receive PSAL Scholar Athlete Awards
  53. Young Wrestlers Shed Blood and Sweat at BTS Winter Break Training Camp
  54. BTS Life Skills Class Teaches Young NYC Wrestlers How to Make Good Decisions
  55. NYC Coaches Learn Moves and Systems at BTS Seminar
  56. Nunez leads PSAL Wrestling Contingent at the Sal Difazio Holiday Tournament
  57. Hard Work Pays: BTS Alumnus Joseph Roy Wrestles at Johnson and Wales
  58. BTS Junior League Wrestlers Begin “Students In Action” Training Through Jefferson Awards Foundation Partnership
  59. BTS Launches College Clinic Series with NYU vs Hunter Matchup
  60. BTS Wrestlers Saluted at Long Beach Gladiator Tournament
  61. Gotham City Girls Open Returns to NYC, April 22-23
  62. Bryant Winter Dual Classic Promises Excitement, Dec 3-4
  63. Jaden Olivier: Wrestling and Leading at an Early Age
  64. BTS Rocks the World's Most Famous Arena at Grapple at the Garden
  65. NYC Kids Witness Top College Wrestling at Princeton-Rutgers Dual
  66. BTS Student-Athletes Push Through and Complete Spartan Edge Race
  67. BTS Life Skills Class Teaches NYC Kids Time Management Skills
  68. Kids show competitive advances in Junior League City Championships
  69. Uzbek Student-Athletes Stick Together at Cunningham Junior High
  70. BTS Welcomes Jeff Marsh as Chapter Relations Coordinator
  71. BTS Board Member Hooman 'Mo' Tavakolian to be Inducted into National Wrestling Hall of Fame
  72. The Wrestling Motto: Life Lessons from Wrestler and Future Doctor Ahmed Elsayed
  73. NYC Wrestlers Score Top Spots at Danbury Tournament
  74. BTSNY Welcomes New Training Center Coordinator Jaime Gray
  75. NYC Kids Learn about Nutrition at BTS Life Skills Class
  76. BTSNY App Free to Download in Apple App Store
  77. Melanie Lalman: A Multi-Talented Wrestler Teaches Kids Karate
  78. Italian Olympian Michele Liuzzi Teaches BTS Clinic
  79. BTS Seminar Brings New Skills to NYC Coaches
  80. BTS Announces Middle School to High School Festivals
  81. BTS Launches New Life Skills Program with College Access Workshop
  82. BTS Kids on the Rise at Columbus Day Duals
  83. William Yee: A New Coach, Inspired to Give Back
  84. BTS Coach Jacque Davis Accompanies Girls US World Team to Nation of Georgia
  85. BTS Wrestler Experiences Culture in Dominican Republic
  86. Harvard Wrestling's Jesse Jantzen Joins BTS Board
  87. BTS Board Member Hooman 'Mo' Tavakolian Profiled in InterMat Wrestling
  88. BTS Team Shows Vigor at Waterway Duals Tournament
  89. Interested in Becoming a NYC Wrestling Referee?
  90. BTS Grad Sara Andresen Serves The World in Africa and Beyond
  91. Kids Experiment with Newfound Skills at Big Apple Games Tournament
  92. BTS Kids Put Practice to Use in Summer Heat Tournament
  93. BTS Announces Olympic Wrestling Watch Parties
  94. Buy Tickets to September 15 Fall Fundraiser for BTS
  95. Over 300 BTS Kids Enjoy Summer Camps Across the Country
  96. NYC Boys are Top Performers at Fargo National Tournament
  97. Two BTS Girls Crowned Champions at Fargo National Tournament
  98. Pure Toughness: BTS Alumnus Josh Ferenczy Makes Waves in College Wrestling Scene
  99. Top of the Podium Camp Offers Valuable Wrestling Technique and Life Skills Lessons
  100. Big Apple Games Practices Begin Monday July 11
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