Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

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).

Read more: BTS Comprises Almost Half of NY's Freestyle...

From June 6 to 8, Beat the Streets leadership attended an educational course hosted by United World Wrestling designed to help coaches learn how to teach one another. The course was held at the Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, where Executive Director Brendan Buckley and head girls coach Jacque Davis were in attendance.

On the first day of class, instructors wasted no time getting right to the first “practical,” where each attendee had to get in front of the group and play the role of an educator. At this point, the instructors had not yet explained the role of an educator, so it was a chance for the coaches to act on what they thought was expected of the role.

Read more: BTS Leadership Learns New Approaches to Making...

This Thursday, June 16, Beat the Streets will be hosting practices coached by Georgios Koutsioumpas and Kostas Koutsioumpas, brothers and two national Greek wrestling champions. They will be joining BTS at their regular practice time at 6:00 PM at the Manhattan Training Center located in SoHo.

Read more: Greek Olympian Georgios Koutsioumpas to Coach...

On Saturday, June 11, the 2016 PSAL Girls Wrestling Championships were held at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Queens. 117 girls from NYC high schools competed in the tournament which marked the end of a strong season for girls wrestling.

Read more: Truman Crowns Three Individuals, Brooklyn Tech...

On Wednesday, June 8, United Parcel Service (UPS) will be holding a career fair in partnership with Beat the Streets at 6 PM at the UPS 43rd Street Facility in Manhattan. UPS, a Fortune 500 company that has existed for 109 years, seeks to add to its current level of support for BTS by offering  by offering career opportunities directly to students, coaches, and parents.

“We feel that UPS looks for the same great qualities in our employees that BTS develops in their kids: toughness, work ethic, positive attitude and grit,” said Kevin Beinhacker, a manager with UPS. “We feel that UPS and BTS can have a very productive partnership, and we want to provide a great living for the wrestling community.”

Read more: BTS, UPS to Hold June 8 Job Fair for Students,...

On Thursday, May 19, wrestling fans from around the world gathered in historic Times Square to show their support for everything Beat the Streets does for the kids of New York City. This year’s annual gala, “United in the Square,” featured world-class wrestling matches between some of the top men and women wrestlers from the United States, Iran, Canada, and South Korea. There were also thrilling exhibition matches between local Beat the Streets kids and those from Baltimore and Philadelphia, and the PSAL Girls Freestyle Dual Meet Finals between Brooklyn Tech and Truman High School. All of these exciting matches were followed by a gala celebration in the PlayStation Theater.

Read more: Beat the Streets 2016 Benefit a Smashing...

On Saturday, May 21, five girls from Beat the Streets competed at the Body Bar Nationals, a Cadet/Junior World Team Trials tournament in Irving, Texas.

Head girls coach Jacque Davis says that there were several impressive accomplishments this year. “Last year, we only had one athlete receive All-American honors and she was a senior. What is exciting to me is that the two youngest athletes we brought out were the two that received All-American honors. For me, knowing that Hailey Cancelleri and Michaela Beck will be around for the next two years and that they will be becoming the leaders in their groups, means that NYC has an extremely bright future with the growth and quality of our female athletes coming after them.”

Read more: Trials and New Courses at Girls' Body Bar...

On May 20, around fifty wrestlers came to The BTS Brooklyn Training Center at Poly Prep Country Day School for the first-ever Beat the Streets College Combine, an event to help connect college-bound wrestlers to schools that may help them pursue higher education. Of that number of wrestlers, about forty of them were Beat the Streets members, with the remainder being from outside of New York City.

Read more: Beat the Streets College Combine Connects NYC...

We hope you'll be able to join us at Times Square tomorrow afternoon for "United in the Square," our annual gala celebration and fundraiser. If you still need to pick up a ticket, you can purchase yours here. Last year our gala brought in over one million dollars, allowing us to bring the life-changing sport of wrestling to over 3,000 kids across New York City. More funding means reaching more kids. We can only continue to grow the programs that change kids' lives with your help.

This past weekend, almost sixty Beat the Streets kids displayed their skill at the NY Freestyle and Greco State Tournament at the Hudson Valley Sports Dome in Milton, NY. This tournament, a qualifier for the National tournament in July, was also a display of dedication for the student-athletes and their coaches, many of whom made the drive of over two hours and took their weekend to travel and coach their kids.

Read more: Nearly Sixty BTS Kids Show Off Skills at NY...

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NEW YORK, May 16, 2016 – Robby Smith, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling heavyweight, has become a fan favorite worldwide because of his exciting style of wrestling, and his outgoing and enthusiastic approach to the sport and to life. There is no doubt that when he is in front of the media and the general public, he is very inspiring and entertaining.

Smith will put those communication skills to work on Thursday as he serves as one of the emcees for the 2016 Beat the Streets “United In the Square” international wrestling event, which will be held in historic Times Square.

Read more: 2016 Olympian Robby Smith to Emcee Beat the...


Wrestlers from Baltimore and Philadelphia will travel to Times Square to take part in matches against New York City student-athletes Thursday, May 19


NEW YORK, May 12, 2016 – Beat the Streets is pleased to announce that it will be featuring matches between highly accomplished student-athletes from New York City and visitors from Baltimore and Philadelphia at its annual gala on Thursday, May 19 in Times Square. The gala is Beat the Streets’ annual fundraiser that helps provide wrestling equipment and opportunities to 3,000 kids across the five boroughs every year. The youth match-ups will be held starting at 3:30 PM, before the world-class wrestling matches between members of Team USA and top international competitors from Iran, Canada, and South Korea.

Read more: Beat the Streets Announces Youth Match-Ups...



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NEW YORK, May 11, 2016 – The four Junior match-ups between the United States and Iran in freestyle wrestling have been finalized for the 2016 Beat the Streets international competition, which returns to New York City’s Times Square on Thursday, May 19.

This will feature talented stars from the USA and Iran in the UWW Junior age-group level, which is between 17-20 years old. It will be historic, as the first international age-group matches featured in a Beat the Streets event in Times Square.

All four of the U.S. wrestlers competing in Times Square were champions at their weight classes at the recent UWW Junior Nationals held in Las Vegas, Nev., April 29-30. This includes one college wrestling star and three of the nation’s best high school talents.

Read more: USA Junior stars Fix, McKee, Hall, and Valencia...


On Friday, May 6, Excelle Sports published a profile about Beat the Streets' head girls coach Jacque Davis and the Columbia Women's Wrestling Club that she has helped to coach. This profile draws attention to wrestling's status as the fastest growing sport for girls in New York City and the dedication of Beat the Streets in helping to successfully bring wrestling culture to more schools and girls. Excelle, a leader in news and features about year-round women's sports coverage, detailed Davis' history and coaching style in the article written by Adele Jackson-Gibson:  

“Wrestling is just aggressive chess,” says Davis. For her, getting out of an armbar is more like solving an intricate puzzle. “You have to be methodical about stuff.”

As the Girls’ Head Coach at Beat the Streets and the New York National Team Chair, Davis is “annoyingly persistent and pushy,” she says, when it comes to growing her sport. If that means spending nine hours at a high school to conduct clinics in gym class, so be it. If that means driving all the way to Buffalo to recruit girls, game on.

It’s Davis’ passion that attracts girls to wrestling. Ask phys ed teacher Dave Kantrowitz, who last year started the first boys and girls wrestling programs at the Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists. When the students saw 5’1” Davis take down their teacher, the girls were enamored.

The story can be read in full on Excelle's website.

National and local wrestlers and coaches to be honored at 2016 “United in the Square” Gala Celebration in Times Square on Thursday May 19


NEW YORK, May 10, 2016 – Beat the Streets is pleased to announce that it will be presenting its 2016 Man of the Year award to champion international wrestler Kyle Snyder and its Lifetime Achievement Award to former NFL star Ray Lewis at its annual Gala celebration in Times Square on Thursday, May 19.

Kyle Snyder became the youngest American to win a Senior World title when he captured the 97 kg gold medal at the 2015 World Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas at age 19. Snyder came out of Olympic redshirt and won the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships in Madison Square Garden as a sophomore for Ohio State, defeating two-time NCAA champion Nick Gwiazdowski of NC State in a classic heavyweight finals. In April, Snyder defeated 2012 Olympic champion Jake Varner in the finals of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials to earn a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team at the age of 20. In 2014, Snyder was selected to represent Team USA as the youngest-ever member of the Beat the Streets All-Star team. 

Read more: Beat the Streets Announces Man of the Year...

J’Den Cox, Jordan Burroughs, Andy Bisek at the U.S. Olympic Team presentation in Iowa City, Iowa. Photos by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors

This article is reposted from USA Wrestling.

NEW YORK, May 5, 2016 – The Senior-level matches have been finalized for the 2016 Beat the Streets international competition, which returns to New York City’s Times Square on Thursday, May 19.

Competing against tough opponents from Iran in men’s freestyle will be 2012 Olympic champion, three-time World champion and 2016 Olympian Jordan Burroughs at 74 kg and 2016 Olympian and two-time NCAA champion J’Den Cox at 86 kg.

Two-time World bronze medalist and 2016 Olympian Andy Bisek will battle an Olympic and World champion from Korea at 75 kg.

Burroughs will face 2105 Asian champion Peyman Yarahmadi, who won bronze medals at the 2013 Junior World Championships and 2012 Cadet World Championships. Yarahmadi won the highly respected Takhti Cup held in Iran in 2015 and has also won a silver and a bronze at that tournament in other years.

Read more: USA Olympians Burroughs, Cox and Bisek receive...

This past weekend, twenty-one New York City kids closed out the month of April with some high-caliber wrestling at the Northeast Regionals at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

“Beat the Streets kids were competitive and fighting for every position,” said BTS coach Penn Gottfried. Almost every NYC youth in attendance won at least one match. “Our team showed a lot of fight and I think our hard work is paying off. In Freestyle and Greco, a wrestler can be on the verge of getting teched and then come back to win.  We never gave up and due to our determination and grit pulled some matches out that we should not have won.”

Read more: BTS Kids Qualify for Fargo at Northeast Regionals

Coming up on Friday, May 20, Beat the Streets will be hosting its first-ever College Combine, bringing together over a dozen schools to meet wrestlers from New York City and show these student-athletes what these colleges and universities have to offer. The event will take place at the Poly Prep Country Day School, 9216 7th Avenue, Brooklyn.

The event will be sponsored by Reebok and Paul Froio, the Vice President of Retail for the company in North America. Thanks to Froio, the event will have Reebok-branded shirts, bags, and water bottles for the attendees.

Thirteen schools are on board to participate, including Williams College, NYU, Case Western, Western New England, Trinity, Muhlenberg College, Roger Williams College, Campbellsville, Mount St. Vincent, LIU Post, UCM, Manchester University, and Rhode Island College.

Read more: First BTS College Combine to Connect...

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On Wednesday, April 27, some of the world's best wrestlers will take to Times Square for the first time in this exciting summer, marking a prelude to the Beat the Streets Gala scheduled for May 19!
"100 Days to Rio" is a part of Team USA's Road to Rio Tour and celebrates the 100-day countdown to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In the heart of Times Square, more than fifty Team USA athletes will attend and participate in sports demonstrations, and there will be a musical performance by The Band Perry.
Of special note is the participation of Jordan Burroughs, Olympic Champion and three-time World Champion, and Adeline Gray, also a three-time World Champion. This is a great opportunity to come out and support Team USA wrestlers as they prepare for an exciting dual meet of the men versus Team Iran and women versus Team Canada in "United in the Square," the Beat the Streets Gala on May 19. Tickets for that event are available here.
Beat the Streets will be ending its Spring Break Training Camp at 2:00 PM on Wednesday and taking its student-athletes to Times Square to witness the celebration. Youth participation in the interactive portion of the Road to Rio event will require a separate USOC Waiver.
This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

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