Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

Pictured above, from left to right: Timur, Anas, Mirzo, Damir, Ardasher, Asadbek, Mavlon, and Anusher of the Cunningham JHS team.

Wrestling culture is strong in Uzbekistan, and it’s just as strong among a small group of NYC kids with roots in the Central Asian nation.

Asadbek Alamov, Damir Shavkatov, Timur Yuldashev, Mavlon Ruziyev, and Mirzo Mirzavaliev are all Uzbek wrestlers on the team at Cunningham Junior High School in Brooklyn.

Read more: Uzbek Student-Athletes Stick Together at...


The Beat the Streets team is welcoming Jeff Marsh as Chapter Relations Coordinator. Marsh is set to provide consultation and outreach to BTS chapters and affiliates on management, governance, and organizational structure. His duties will include traveling to and communicating with the various BTS chapters across the country, serving as a liaison with the National Board to better develop collaboration and growth of the programs.

Read more: BTS Welcomes Jeff Marsh as Chapter Relations...

The following press release is distributed by The Friends of Long Island Wrestling.

Mo Tavakolian is universally recognized as an integral force on the international wrestling scene.  His global accomplishments, whether on behalf of seasoned Olympic wrestlers or young children experiencing our sport for the first time, serve as a world-wide commemoration to the great sport of wrestling.  Wrestling federations throughout the world attest to Mo’s impact in advancing our sport and enhancing opportunities for wrestling participants all over the globe.

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

On Wednesday, October 12, BTS alumnus Ahmed Elsayed received his white coat from Brown University. The white coat is a symbol of commitment to medicine and patient care and represents a significant milestone on this wrestler’s path to becoming a doctor.

Elsayed started wrestling as a freshman at Wingate Campus. He was always into sports and initially looking to play football, but when Wingate didn’t have a team, he made the decision to become a part of the wrestling family.

Read more: The Wrestling Motto: Life Lessons from Wrestler...

BTS wrestlers, many attired for Halloween weekend.

On Sunday, October 30, 40 Beat the Streets kids participated at the Danbury Pre-Season Folkstyle Tournament in Danbury, Connecticut. This co-ed competition saw a number of NYC kids take first and second in their weight classes.

One unique aspect of the Danbury tournament was that some of the proceeds went to benefit Sacred Heart University wrestling. Because of this, the whole college team and coaching staff was there helping out with the tournament.

Read more: NYC Wrestlers Score Top Spots at Danbury...

Beat the Streets is pleased to announce that Jaime Gray has joined us as Boy’s Coach and Training Center Coordinator.

Gray studied Physical Education at Wartburg College, where he was on three NCAA Championship teams and four NWCA National Dual teams. After his time as an athlete, he coached for two years while the team won the NCAA National title and the National Duals title. He will be attending NYU for an MBA in Sports Business starting in January.

Read more: BTSNY Welcomes New Training Center Coordinator...

On Tuesday, October 25, Beat the Streets held its Life Skills: Nutrition class. 27 kids made the trip to hear Oliver Lopez, a registered dietitian and BTS alumnus, speak about making healthy eating decisions. The event was held at the UPS building in Manhattan and hosted by Kevin Beinhacker, a member of the BTS Leadership Council.

Read more: NYC Kids Learn about Nutrition at BTS Life...

Beat the Streets Wrestling is pleased to announce that our first-ever app, BTSNY, is free for download in the Apple App Store. The app is a great way to get up-to-date news about BTS sent straight to your iPhone.

The app is designed for both iPhone and iPad and has features that everyone looking to be involved with NYC wrestling can find handy. It features recent BTS news, a convenient link to our schedule, alerts and push notifications, on-the-go donations, mobile event registration, social media tools, and a fun poster creator with stickers to show your support for BTS. We’ll be keeping it up to date with the latest news and facts about NYC wrestling.

Read more: BTSNY App Free to Download in Apple App Store

“When Melanie and I sat down and went over her schedule for the Fall, I have to say I wasn't really surprised,” said BTS coach Penn Gottfried. “I would be surprised at any normal person who was balancing wrestling, Jujitsu sessions, and teaching Karate to younger kids, all while doing her schoolwork.  But not Mel.”

Melanie Lalman does all of this and more.

Read more: Melanie Lalman: A Multi-Talented Wrestler...

On Sunday, October 16, Beat the Streets hosted a wrestling clinic for nearly 50 student-athletes at the Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn featuring Coach Michele Liuzzi. The 12-time Italian world team member and 2-time Olympian went over a host of different techniques to aid in the technical education of NYC wrestlers.

Read more: Italian Olympian Michele Liuzzi Teaches BTS Clinic

On Wednesday, October 12, Beat the Streets held a seminar for NYC coaches at the Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn. Topics covered included how to create a winning culture, fundraising, dealing with challenges in an urban setting, mental training, creating an annual training program and using social media to promote one’s program. There were 65 coaches in attendance, dedicating their day off to furthering their learning for the ultimate benefit of NYC kids.

Read more: BTS Seminar Brings New Skills to NYC Coaches

Beat the Streets is excited to announce our three upcoming Middle School To High School Festivals.

These festivals offer a perfect opportunity for middle school wrestlers and their families to meet NYC high school wrestling coaches and learn about the high school application process.

This also serves as a great chance to learn about BTS opportunities and get in a workout with a PSAL High School team!

Read more: BTS Announces Middle School to High School...


On Tuesday, October 4, Beat the Streets held its first Life Skills Workshop of the season, starting with a class on college access. The new Life Skills Program offers workshops on a monthly basis throughout the school year. Student-athletes who want to earn a scholarship to a sleep-away Summer Camp or Junior Nationals in Fargo must attend a minimum of five workshops and successfully complete five hours of BTS volunteer service.

Read more: BTS Launches New Life Skills Program with...

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

More Articles...

  1. Interested in Becoming a NYC Wrestling Referee?
  2. BTS Grad Sara Andresen Serves The World in Africa and Beyond
  3. Kids Experiment with Newfound Skills at Big Apple Games Tournament
  4. BTS Kids Put Practice to Use in Summer Heat Tournament
  5. BTS Announces Olympic Wrestling Watch Parties
  6. Buy Tickets to September 15 Fall Fundraiser for BTS
  7. Over 300 BTS Kids Enjoy Summer Camps Across the Country
  8. NYC Boys are Top Performers at Fargo National Tournament
  9. Two BTS Girls Crowned Champions at Fargo National Tournament
  10. Pure Toughness: BTS Alumnus Josh Ferenczy Makes Waves in College Wrestling Scene
  11. Top of the Podium Camp Offers Valuable Wrestling Technique and Life Skills Lessons
  12. Big Apple Games Practices Begin Monday July 11
  13. Beat the Streets to Send 22 Boys, 31 Girls to Fargo National Tournament
  14. BTS Comprises Almost Half of NY's Freestyle Cadet National Duals Team
  15. BTS Leadership Learns New Approaches to Making New Coaches at UWW Educational Course in Los Angeles
  16. Greek Olympian Georgios Koutsioumpas to Coach BTS Practice Thursday, June 16
  17. Truman Crowns Three Individuals, Brooklyn Tech Claims Team Title at 2016 PSAL Girls Wrestling Championships
  18. BTS, UPS to Hold June 8 Job Fair for Students, Parents, Coaches
  19. Beat the Streets 2016 Benefit a Smashing Success in Times Square
  20. Trials and New Courses at Girls' Body Bar Tournament in Irving, TX
  21. Beat the Streets College Combine Connects NYC Kids to Higher Ed Opportunities
  22. United in the Square Streaming Live on FloWrestling
  23. Nearly Sixty BTS Kids Show Off Skills at NY Freestyle and Greco States
  24. 2016 Olympian Robby Smith to Emcee Beat the Streets Event in Times Square Thursday
  25. Beat the Streets Announces Youth Match-Ups with Baltimore, Philadelphia for Annual Gala
  26. USA Junior stars Fix, McKee, Hall, and Valencia to wrestle Iranians at Beat the Streets on May 19
  27. BTS Head Girls Coach Jacque Davis Profiled by Excelle Sports
  28. Beat the Streets Announces Man of the Year Award for Kyle Snyder and Lifetime Achievement Award for Ray Lewis among 2016 Benefit Award Winners
  29. 2016 Gotham City Girls' Open Results
  30. USA Olympians Burroughs, Cox and Bisek receive international opponents for Beat the Streets “United In The Square,” in Times Square on May 19
  31. BTS Kids Qualify for Fargo at Northeast Regionals
  32. First BTS College Combine to Connect Student-Athletes with Higher Education
  33. 100 Days Out: The Road to Rio Pre-Olympic Celebration in Times Square on Weds., April 27
  34. 2016 Benefit to be Streamed Live on FloWrestling
  35. Third Annual Gotham City Girl's Open Tournament Set for May 7 - 8
  36. Ray Brinzer to Coach at BTS Spring Break Training Camp Scheduled for April 25th- April 29th
  37. Marcus Mendoza: Giving His All, on Stage and on the Mat
  38. BTS Girls Perform and Place at Revolution in Springfield Tournament
  39. 'From the Basement to the Penthouse': W.C. Bryant Wrestling's Path to the Championships
  40. Wearing the Orange - Positive Reinforcement Improves Sportsmanship in NYC
  41. BTS Alumni Give Back as Coaches at Successful Boys Club Tournament
  42. Girls Raise Each Other to New Heights at OKC Folkstyle Nationals
  43. John Bowne Rising: How a Coach and a Wrestler Revitalized Their Program
  44. John Bowne Rising: How a Coach and a Wrestler Revitalized Their Program
  45. BTS Girl Wrestlers Excel and Bond at Mohawk Valley Tournament
  46. 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
  47. Josh Antoine and Deuly Espinal, All-Americans and Beat the Streets Alumni
  48. First Step into the Circle Tournament a Major Success
  49. John Hughes Clinic Set for Wed., March 16
  50. Beat the Streets Announces New Executive Director
  51. At Youth States, BTS Kids Noted as Top Placers and Good Sports
  52. Women’s Wrestling Week: Each One Bring One
  53. Beat the Streets Regular Places at States
  54. BTSNY Wrestlers Make a Strong Showing at Youth States Qualifier
  55. 2016 PSAL Invididual Championships - Winners and Brackets
  56. Bronx Science Wins Inaugural PSAL Blended Wrestling Championships
  57. Read all about the PSAL's new Blended Wrestling League in the New York Times!
  58. Cross-team Comradery In Abundance at 2016 Mayors Cup
  59. Top Four Seeds Advance to PSAL Blended Wrestling League Semifinals - NFHS Network to Livestream Finals
  60. BTSNY Coach Davis Says Managing Expectations is About Incremental Goals
  61. PSAL Dual Meet Championships Kick Off Championship Month
  62. Final Brackets and Team Scores - 2016 Mayors Cup
  63. Bronx Science is the Top Seed Heading into the PSAL Girls & Boys Wrestling Playoffs
  64. 2016 NYC Mayor's Cup Rescheduled for SATURDAY, Jan 30
  65. NYC Wrestlers Show Grit at Eastern States Classic
  66. BTS Middle School Grapplers Compete in Garden State Classic
  67. Support BTSNY Alumni at Columbia Dual Meets this Saturday
  68. Beat The Streets Winter Break Training Camp with Coach Hrovat a Huge Success
  69. 2016 Benefit Donations
  70. TD Securities - Underwriting Hope
  71. Bryant Wrestling Team Travels to United States Military Academy
  72. Wrestling Builds Confidence and You Can Help!
  73. Seeing is Believing - Watch How BTSNY Supports Coaches
  74. UNC vs. ARMY Dual Meet in Brooklyn this Saturday
  75. NYC Wrestlers Place in Long Island Beach Tournaments
  76. BTS JV Match Afternoon Kickoff Shows Tremendous Growth
  77. #GivingTuesday: Celebrate BTSNY Coaches
  78. Graduated Grappler: Keanu Thompson
  79. BTSNY Head Girls Coach Takes on a New Role in NY USA Wrestling
  80. 2015 BTS Junior League Championship Results
  81. BTSNY Girls Hit the Road for 2015 Pocono Rumble
  82. Katie Couric features Beat the Streets!
  83. Columbia University hosts Lee Kemp Wrestling Clinic
  84. Shop at our Online Store for Holiday Gifts!
  85. Graduated Grappler: Joshua Antoine
  86. Graduated Grappler: Steven Santimauro
  87. Adeline Gray Shares Secrets of Success and Perseverance with BTSNY Youth
  88. Graduated Grappler: Barry Hart
  89. BTSNY Alumnus Juarez and Current Wrestler Merkin See Success in the South this Past Weekend
  90. BTSNY Alumnus Jennifer Juarez Selected to Wrestle in 2015 NWCA All Star Classic
  91. Graduated Grappler: Addrian Ferrarie
  92. Junior League Competitions Kick off with Four Jamborees
  93. Graduated Grappler: Arkey Barnett
  94. 3x World Champion Adeline Gray to Host Clinic Thursday, 11/5
  95. Merkin and Nunez Lead Columbus Day Duals 5-0
  96. Graduated Grappler: Tracy Smith
  97. Graduated Grappler: William Yee
  98. Join us at the Queens County Farm Festival for our October Girls Social!
  99. Graduated Grappler: Alex Salmos
  100. Second Annual Welcome Back Picnic Takes Place in Central Park
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