Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

As part of next week’s NYC NCAA wrestling festivities Beat The Streets is excited to announce a free clinic featuring Lehigh University Associate Head Coach and NCAA National Champion John Hughes. The clinic will take place on Wednesday, March 16th at 6:00pm at the Beat The Streets Manhattan Training Center. The clinic is free and open to all BTS Student-Athletes (BTS Membership Card or BTS Parent Waiver & USA Wrestling Card required for participation).

Photo Credit: Ian Billings,

Mike Novogratz, Chairman of Beat the Streets NY, is pleased to announce that Brendan Buckley will assume the position of Executive Director as of April 18th 2016. Buckley comes to BTSNY following positions as a Division I head wrestling coach, most recently at Cal Poly and before that at Columbia University in New York City. His leadership has elevated programs and brought greater financial stability.  He brings to BTS a wealth of experience in developing programmatic vision, sharing it with stakeholders and raising the funds to execute it.

Under Brendan's five year guidance at Cal Poly, eight wrestlers made the NCAA Division 1 National Championships, and two were Pac-12 champions, with four runners-up. Cal Poly director of athletics Don Oberhelman said, “During his five years at Cal Poly, he has changed the culture of the program for the better and the academic side of the program is as good as anyone else's in the country.”

Included among many achievements as Columbia University's head coach for 11 seasons were five years of nationally ranked recruiting classes, 20 NCAA qualifiers and eight EIWA place winners in one season, the program's first all-American in two decades, and academic ranking as third nationally with a 3.2917 team cumulative grade-point average. Awards include EIWA Coach of the Year in 2005 and the Bob Bubb Coaching Excellence Award for NCAA Division I in 2011.

Brendan’s strong interpersonal skills, deep knowledge of wrestling and passion for student athletes is an ideal fit for Beat the Streets. He will bring these skills to bear on a strong partnership with the NYC Department of Education to raise Beat the Streets to new heights in order to benefit thousands of New York City youth through the sport of wrestling.

Originally from Long Island, Brendan and his wife Julia look forward to returning to New York City.  We hope you will join us in welcoming them back.   

Photo credit: Ian Billings,

Fifty-five Beat the Streets wrestlers, ages six to fourteen, joined wrestlers from across New York State to compete in the New York State Youth Wrestling Championships at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York over the weekend of March 5th and 6th. The strong attendance by BTS wrestlers demonstrated the growing commitment to wrestling as well as personal growth.

Read more: At Youth States, BTS Kids Noted as Top Placers...


Beat the Streets is excited to join USA Wrestling in celebrating women wrestlers the week of March 5th-13th.  March 5th launches “Women’s Wrestling Week: Each One Bring One,” an opportunity for any girl to try wrestling at a locally sanctioned USA Wrestling club.  In honor of this, Beat the Streets is opening its doors to girls of all ages to come try out the sport at any training facility for free. 

The Girls Freestyle season starts on March 7th, so girls interested in trying out the sport will be able to mix it up with the girls already in the program. The first BTS practice for Girls Freestyle will begin on Saturday, March 5th. So, bring your sister, bring your cousin, bring your friends! During this week, girls can train at any BTS gym for free, so now your school team isn’t your only option.  You can come to BTS or any other club, totally free. What could be better?

BTS is very proud of and excited for this week-long USA Wrestling event.  It aligns with BTS’ mission to spread the culture of and appreciation for wrestling to all those who want to be a part of it.  BTS Coach Jacque Davis says she is very excited about the event, saying “New York City is the only place with a Girls Freestyle season sanctioned by the city. If you want to be a part of history, you should come check it out,” Davis said. 

In order to be part of the movement make sure to post pictures and videos of your friends’ and families’ new wrestling experience on your social medias with the #EachOneBringOne.

To participate in BTS practices, all you need to bring is a signed parent permission slip. Weekday practices take place on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:00pm-8:00pm.

The full calendar for practices and events can be found here.

Brandon Nunez, far right, is a regular at Beat the Streets evening practices

Brandon Nunez, a John Bowne Junior 99lb wrestler, led the efforts of thirty wrestlers from NYC Public Schools Athletic League in competition at the NYSPHSAA State Wrestling Championships at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York this past weekend. Beat the Streets is especially proud of Nunez, who took sixth in his weight class despite sustaining an injury.  Nunez, the only New York City wrestler to place in the tournament, is a regular at BTS practices at the Manhattan Training Center, clinics, and travel competitions.

Read more: Beat the Streets Regular Places at States


On Tuesday, February 16, several Beat the Streets wrestlers competed in the Youth States Qualifier Tournament, holding their own in stiff competition from New York wrestlers from all around the city. Held at the BTS Training Center at 145 Thompson in New York, NY, the tournament served as the qualifier for the New York-USA Youth Wrestling Championships on March 5th-6th at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, NY.

Read more: BTSNY Wrestlers Make a Strong Showing at Youth...

The top four PSAL blended girls and boys wrestling teams faced off on Thursday, February 4 at Bronx Science in a battle for the first ever Blended League Dual Meet Wrestling Championships.  The Blended League format features eight boys’ weight classes and eight girls’ weight classes with both genders scoring points for a single team score.

Read more: Bronx Science Wins Inaugural PSAL Blended...

BTSNY wrestlers, staff and coaches were featured in the New York Times earlier this month in an article titled, "New York High School Wrestlers Break Stereotypes in Coed Division." The article, written by Corey Kilgannon, features a playoff match between the Bronx High School of Science and Seward Park High School. Both are schools that have embraced the new PSAL Blended Wrestling League. The Blended Wrestling League permits girls and boys to practice and compete on the same team and is the first of its kind in New York State and perhaps the country. Learn more here:

Read more: Read all about the PSAL's new Blended Wrestling...

The top wrestlers from the independent, public and Catholic schools came together to compete for the title of "Best in New York City" in the 2016 Mayor's Cup Wrestling Championships.  Held this year on January 30th at York College in Jamaica, Queens, this annual event is sponsored by BTS, the PSAL and NYC & Company.

Read more: Cross-team Comradery In Abundance at 2016...

The top four seeds from the PSAL’s inaugural Blended League (girls & boys) wrestling season all advanced in quarterfinal playoff action. As top seeded Bronx Science defeated #8 Seward Park 67-16, #4 Port Richmond defeated cross island foe CSI 57-27, #3 Townsend Harris downed Bronx Studio 57-27, and #2 Wingate received a forfeit from QHSC.

Read more: Top Four Seeds Advance to PSAL Blended...

USA Wrestling’s article “Managing Expectations for Young Wrestlers," by Matt Krumrie, quoted BTS Head Girls Coach Jacque Davis. Read the article here:  

The high school wresting season starts to reach its crescendo with a series of championships—team dual meet championships, individual championships, state tournament qualifiers and the pinnacle, the New York State Wrestling Championships.  The 2016 PSAL Boys Wrestling Dual Meet Championships kick off with the preliminary round on Tuesday, February 2nd.  The Quarterfinal Round will be Thursday, February 4th, and the Semifinals and Championships are scheduled for Wednesday, February 10th.  The high seed will host throughout. 

Read more: PSAL Dual Meet Championships Kick Off...

Click HERE for Mayor's Cup Final Brackets.


Click HERE for Team Scores.


The 2016 PSAL Girls & Boys Wrestling Dual Meet Playoffs kick off with Quarterfinal matches on Tuesday, February 2nd.   The Girls & Boys Wrestling format is in its inaugural year as a PSAL Sport.  Rather than the traditional fifteen  Boys weight classes, the Girls & Boys format features eight  girls' weight classes and eight8 boys' weight classes with each gender’s individual matches contributing to one team score.  This is the first time in the history of the sport of wrestling that a dual gender format will be used to determine a High School Wrestling Dual Meet Team Champion.

Read more: Bronx Science is the Top Seed Heading into the...


6:00PM, Monday, January 25th, 2016

2016 Mayor’s Cup Wrestling Rescheduled for Saturday, January 30th at York College

New York, NY – The 2016 Mayor’s Cup Wrestling Championships, which was postponed last weekend has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 30th. York College in Jamaica Queens will serve as the host location.

Read more: 2016 NYC Mayor's Cup Rescheduled for SATURDAY,...

This past weekend, Beat the Streets sponsored PSAL's annual trip to the Eastern States Classic at Sullivan Community College in Loch Sheldrake, New York. Eastern States is a chance for BTS wrestlers to test their skills against some of the top competition in preparation for the State Tournament at the end of February.

Read more: NYC Wrestlers Show Grit at Eastern States...

This past Sunday, January 17th, a bus of NYC Beat the Streets middle school wrestlers traveled to the heart of New Jersey to compete in the Garden State Classic, held at Princeton High School in Princeton.  Led by BTS coach Jacque Davis, there were 32 BTS wrestlers including three 6th graders. The tournament featured tough New Jersey competition, but the BTS middle schoolers demonstrated they have what it takes.

Read more: BTS Middle School Grapplers Compete in Garden...

Saturday, January 16th at 11 a.m., come check out the Columbia Lions take on the Buffalo Bulls in an exciting dual meet. The event will be a chance to see some high quality wrestling from two impressive programs, both of which include Beat the Streets alumni.

Read more: Support BTSNY Alumni at Columbia Dual Meets...


Beat The Streets NYC welcomed Olympian Andy Hrovat, a 3x NCAA All American and 2008 Olympian, to NYC from December 28th – December 30th for the BTS Winter Break Training Camp.  During the three day camp, an average of nearly 100 BTS wrestlers attended each day as Coach Hrovat worked with both NYC wrestlers and Coaches on the BASE (Battle, Attack, Skill, Exercise) Wrestling method. Coach Hrovat and fellow Olympian Jake Herbert developed the BASE method after spending time training in Russia. The BASE method focuses on physical literacy, and breaks technique into attacks and finishes – getting to a control position and finishing from a control position.

Read more: Beat The Streets Winter Break Training Camp...

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  1. 2016 Benefit Donations
  2. Bryant Wrestling Team Travels to United States Military Academy
  3. Wrestling Builds Confidence and You Can Help!
  4. Seeing is Believing - Watch How BTSNY Supports Coaches
  5. UNC vs. ARMY Dual Meet in Brooklyn this Saturday
  6. NYC Wrestlers Place in Long Island Beach Tournaments
  7. BTS JV Match Afternoon Kickoff Shows Tremendous Growth
  8. #GivingTuesday: Celebrate BTSNY Coaches
  9. Graduated Grappler: Keanu Thompson
  10. BTSNY Head Girls Coach Takes on a New Role in NY USA Wrestling
  11. 2015 BTS Junior League Championship Results
  12. BTSNY Girls Hit the Road for 2015 Pocono Rumble
  13. Katie Couric features Beat the Streets!
  14. Columbia University hosts Lee Kemp Wrestling Clinic
  15. Shop at our Online Store for Holiday Gifts!
  16. Graduated Grappler: Joshua Antoine
  17. Graduated Grappler: Steven Santimauro
  18. Adeline Gray Shares Secrets of Success and Perseverance with BTSNY Youth
  19. Graduated Grappler: Barry Hart
  20. BTSNY Alumnus Juarez and Current Wrestler Merkin See Success in the South this Past Weekend
  21. BTSNY Alumnus Jennifer Juarez Selected to Wrestle in 2015 NWCA All Star Classic
  22. Graduated Grappler: Addrian Ferrarie
  23. Junior League Competitions Kick off with Four Jamborees
  24. Graduated Grappler: Arkey Barnett
  25. 3x World Champion Adeline Gray to Host Clinic Thursday, 11/5
  26. Merkin and Nunez Lead Columbus Day Duals 5-0
  27. Graduated Grappler: Tracy Smith
  28. Graduated Grappler: William Yee
  29. Join us at the Queens County Farm Festival for our October Girls Social!
  30. Graduated Grappler: Alex Salmos
  31. Second Annual Welcome Back Picnic Takes Place in Central Park
  32. BTS Coaches Clinic Hosted by 2X Olympic Gold Medalist John Smith
  33. Beat the Streets Board Presidents Have a Hand in International Wrestling Spotlight
  34. 2X Olympic Gold Medalist John Smith to Host BTS Coaches Clinic Tomorrow
  35. Graduated Grappler: Jennifer Juarez
  36. Beat the Streets Wrestlers Kick off Fall Season at Waterway Duals
  37. ESPNU Airs 2015 World Championships Tonight, 8-10 PM
  38. Join us Friday, 9/11, to watch the UWW World Championships!
  39. You're Invited: Second Annual Welcome Back Picnic in Central Park!
  40. First BTSNY Alumnus to Compete in UWW World Championships
  41. BTS Coaches Clinic Hosted by Olympian Andy Hrovat
  42. BTSNY Junior League Grappler Publishes Poem
  43. Renew Your Beat the Streets Membership, Today!
  44. Nate Rose to Compete In World Wrestling Championships
  45. Wrestlers from Iowa Club Join BTSNY Friday Morning Matches
  46. Olympian Andy Hrovat To Host Clinic at MTC August 25th & 26th
  47. Annual Benefit All-Stars Medal at Pan American Games in Toronto
  48. New York Female Wrestlers Rack Up Ten All-American Honors at Fargo National Tournament
  49. Beat the Streets Top of the Podium Camp Sessions Wrap Up
  50. BTSNY Wrestlers Earn All American Honors at Fargo
  51. Watch the 2015 Toronto Pan-American Games!
  52. Yonefry Polanco Receives 2015 All-American Athlete Award
  53. BTS Coach Davis Helps US Pan American Cadets Place Second in Mexico
  54. Beat the Streets TOP of the Podium Camp off to a great start
  55. BTSNY Female Wrestler is Youngest Participant at Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)
  56. NYC Wrestling Fans Gather to Watch World Team Trials
  57. Beat the Streets New York Executive Director, Jim Fallis, Stepping Down
  58. Olympian Rob Eiter hosts Youth Jamboree on Olympic Day
  59. Join us this Sunday to Watch the World Team Trials!
  60. BTSNY Females Prepare Healthy Meals at June Girls Social
  61. US Olympic Wrestler Rob Eiter to host clinic at this Saturday's Olympic Day Youth Jamboree
  62. 2015 PSAL Girls Champions Announced
  63. 15 BTSNY Wrestlers Qualify for Fargo Nationals
  64. Last chance to buy Annual Benefit gear!
  65. BTSNY Alex Salmos earns All-American Honors at Body Bar National Tournament
  66. Seven Curtis Grapplers Qualify for PSAL Individual Championships
  67. Curtis tops Brooklyn Tech 30-25, Claiming Third Consecutive PSAL Freestyle Wrestling Title
  68. An Evening to Remember, Salsa in Square
  69. Two BTSNY Alumni Earn Coaches Recognition Awards on Annual Benefit Night
  70. Curtis to Face Brooklyn Tech in PSAL Girls Freestyle Championship Tomorrow, 5/28 at 6 PM
  71. Watch Grit Video Featuring BTS Wrestler Brandon Nunez
  72. June 2015 Girls Social - Cooking Class
  73. Thank you!
  74. to Broadcast 2015 Benefit
  75. Don't Miss the BTS 2015 Benefit in TSQ! Why?
  76. 2015 Benefit Match Line-Up and Schedule
  77. 2015 PSAL Girls Freestyle Wrestling Dual Meet Championship Brackets Released
  78. BTSNY Wrestlers Compete in Hudson Valley Festival
  79. Watch as we make wrestling a reality for thousands of NYC school kids!
  80. BTS Partners with FloSports to LiveStream 2015 Benefit
  81. BTS Partners with Watch of Champions, AZAD
  82. Fusion PT to Assist at 2015 Benefit
  83. BTS Alumnus Destane Garrick Places Fourth at Pan-American Junior's in Cuba
  84. BTS Lenny Merkin Places Fourth at Western Junior Regionals
  85. Congratulations Nathanael Rose, 2015 Become Your Own Dream Scholarship Recipient
  86. BTS / PSAL Gotham City Girls Wrestling Junior Champions Announced
  87. Four BTSNY Wrestlers Place at 2015 Northeast Regional
  88. BTS / PSAL Gotham City Girls Wrestling Cadet Champions Announced
  89. April Student Athlete of the Month: Sosara Ma
  90. BTSNY Rose Places 5th at Pan-American Championships in Santiago, Chile
  91. Navy Assistant Coach, Nate Engel, Hosts Clinic at BTS
  92. 5/10 Mother's Day Social: You're Invited!
  93. BTSNY Females Visit Lady Liberty and Ellis Island during April Girls Social
  94. BTSNY Michaela Beck and Nandi Brown place first at Revolution in Springfield Tournament
  95. UFC Strawweight Champion Carla Esparza hosts clinic at BTS
  96. Gotham City Girls Tournament to Take Place 5/2-5/3
  97. PSAL kicks off 2015 Girls Freestyle Season at Flushing HS
  98. BTSNY Beck, Juarez and Rodriguez earn All-American Honors at Oklahoma Folkstyle Nationals
  99. BTSNY Merkin and Seitz earn All-American Honors at NHSCA Nationals
  100. UFC Strawweight Champion and Freestyle All-American Carla Esparza to host clinic Thursday, 4/9
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