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).
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, mustangnews.org
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.