Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

This article is reposted from FloWrestling.

AUSTIN, TX (April 24, 2016)- For the second straight year FloSports is excited to announce that FloWrestling will once again stream Beat The Streets New York City Gala, Thursday, May 19, in Times Square, as part of the annual fundraising Gala. 

This year's event, dubbed “United In The Square," will feature wrestlers from three Beat the Streets' city programs in addition to the main event: USA vs. Iran.

Read more: 2016 Benefit to be Streamed Live on FloWrestling

Starting on Saturday May 7, the Gotham City Girls Open tournament will begin at Columbia University’s Dodge Fitness Center. The tournament, which is entering its third year, is expected to be even larger than last year’s successful event.

Previously, the tournament was a small local city affair with only NYC girls. Later it grew from four to six mats and was moved to Truman High School in the Bronx.

Last year the tournament had 125 girls compete, representing eleven different states and two countries. Because things ran so smoothly last time, tournament officials are expecting between 150 and 200. Girls are expected to come from eighteen states in addition to New York, as well as Canada, Mexico, Italy, and possibly South Korea.

Read more: Third Annual Gotham City Girl's Open Tournament...

Beat The Streets is excited to announce that Iowa All-American and former United States National Team Member Ray Brinzer will be coaching at this year’s BTS Spring Break Training Camp.

The camp is scheduled to take place Monday, April 25th – Friday, April 29th at W.C Bryant High School (48-10 31st Ave. Long Island City).  There will be both a Boys and Girls practices running simultaneously.

Read more: Ray Brinzer to Coach at BTS Spring Break...

Marcus Mendoza (center) and his friends.

Marcus Mendoza is a tough kid. Like many young wrestlers, he remembers the day he took up wrestling, but with added reason: it was the same day that he learned his father had leukemia.

Mendoza, 16, is a Bronx native who lives in the projects with his mom, two younger sisters, an uncle and a grandmother. Space and money are tight. He wrestles at Herbert H. Lehman High School, a public school in the Bronx, as a junior. This is Mendoza’s first year wrestling, but he is already feeling the positive effects of the sport.

“Wrestling is a sport that changed me as a man, spiritually, mentally and physically,” Mendoza said.  “I met new people and coaches who are like family to me.”

Read more: Marcus Mendoza: Giving His All, on Stage and on...

This past weekend, girls from New York traveled out to Springfield Technical Community College in Massachusetts for the Revolution in Springfield Tournament. This tournament had a total of 113 young women participating, with twenty-six from Beat the Streets.

New Yorkers represented some of the top performers of the weekend, with Christina Alloggio, a junior from James Madison HS, coming in first in her weight class. Victorio Alloggio, Fatoumata Dialla, Shaine Mondesir, and Elizaveta Vedernikove all placed second in their divisions. BTS also saw seven girls place third, four place fourth, and three more take the winners’ podium after that. That means the majority of BTS contenders took some sort of award home.

Read more: BTS Girls Perform and Place at Revolution in...

On a regular Wednesday afternoon at William Cullen Bryant High School, one can hear a commotion coming from the upper levels, where sunlight streams into windows atop the high walls. Dozens of boys and girls can be seen running drills and executing takedowns of one another in this spacious room. Mats manage to cover most of the expansive floor, with the recognizable orange of Beat the Streets’ mats present at the fringes. This large, bright room in Queens is almost certainly the biggest wrestling room in all of the five boroughs.

Read more: 'From the Basement to the Penthouse': W.C....

At the conclusion of a recent PSAL Wrestling Tournament, fifteen gold medals were awarded to each of the fifteen weight class champions. There were also fifteen silver medals, and fifteen bronze medals slung over necks. The rarer prize on the day was the Orange Whistle, five of which were informally awarded by the five referees officiating the tournament. 

Read more: Wearing the Orange - Positive Reinforcement...

This Wednesday, March 30, the Harriman Club and Gerry Clubs met for an exciting evening of competition at the Boys Club Championships, located at the Gerry Clubhouse in Harlem. Of special note was that the two coaches of the clubs, Konstantin Parfiryev and Miguel Perez, are both Beat the Streets alumni, showing that the values of the organization lead its alumni to want to give back and help others.

The Harriman Club, located on the Lower East Side, was headed by Coach Konstantin Parfiryev, and the hosting Gerry Club was led by Coach Miguel Perez. In total, about forty participants came out in the Explorers and Juniors age ranges, meaning some of the athletes were as young as 10 years old.

Read more: BTS Alumni Give Back as Coaches at Successful...



This past weekend, thirteen girls from New York City joined upstate New York girls to compete as Team New York at one of their most difficult tournaments of the year, the USAW Girls Folkstyle Nationals at Oklahoma City University. Despite facing an intense level of competition, Beat the Streets kids put on an impressive display with two students, Michaela Beck and Hailey Cancelleri, even receiving double All-American honors in a single weekend.

Read more: Girls Raise Each Other to New Heights at OKC...

John Bowne High School’s wrestling program has seen its fair share of ups and downs. A public school located in Flushing, John Bowne did not even have a wrestling program three years ago. It had previously struggled to put together enough students to form a team. Not many athletic programs could survive under that amount of adversity.

Today, it is finally safe to say that the school team is on the rise. John Bowne’s program is alive and well, thanks to the tireless work of its head coach, Rob Tronolone, and star wrestler, Brandon Nunez.

Read more: John Bowne Rising: How a Coach and a Wrestler...

John Bowne High School’s wrestling program has seen its fair share of ups and downs. A public school located in Flushing, John Bowne did not even have a wrestling program three years ago. It had previously struggled to put together enough students to form a team. Not many athletic programs could survive under that amount of adversity.

Today, it is finally safe to say that the school team is on the rise. John Bowne’s program is alive and well, thanks to the tireless work of its head coach, Rob Tronolone, and star wrestler, Brandon Nunez.

Read more: John Bowne Rising: How a Coach and a Wrestler...

This past Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13, the Mohawk Valley Tournament concluded in Canastota, New York, marking the season’s first Beat the Streets girls freestyle tournament. It was a weekend of fun and lively competition that saw numerous winners, new friends, and the growth of the women’s wrestling family.

Read more: BTS Girl Wrestlers Excel and Bond at Mohawk...


USA Wrestlers To Face Iran In Times Square In New York City May 19 In “United In The Square,” To Highlight Beat the Streets Gala Night

Select American Stars To Take On Iran in Olympic-level and Junior-level matches Youth Wrestlers and High School Girl Wrestlers Take The Mat; Gala Follows

NEW YORK– In what will be a highlight of the Olympic year in wrestling and has become a rite of spring in New York, Beat the Streets Wrestling, Inc. and USA Wrestling announced details of this year's international competition, which returns to New York City’s Times Square on Thursday, May 19.

Competitors for Team USA, which will include 2016 Olympic team hopefuls, will compete in men’s freestyle against world power Iran, a preview of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. In addition to Olympic-level matches, four Junior-level matches will be featured, showcasing future world and Olympic-caliber talent.

Read more: USA Wrestlers To Face Iran In Times Square In...

Beat the Streets Wrestling is grateful to have the support of those who graduate from high school and still find the time to come back and share what they’ve learned with a new generation of kids. Two exemplary alumni and supporters of Beat the Streets, Josh Antoine and Deuly Espinal, show that the discipline instilled by the sport of wrestling carries over to many other facets of life.

Read more: Josh Antoine and Deuly Espinal, All-Americans...

This past Saturday, Beat the Streets Wrestling held its first-ever Step into the Circle adult wrestling tournament. The tournament, perhaps the first of its kind, was a fundraiser to benefit the youth wrestling programs organized year-round by BTSNY.

Before anyone even hit the mat, the event was a success: The participants had worked together to raise over $46,000 in the weeks before the event; the eventual total, over $48,000, was 150% of the original goal. All that was left was to enjoy the day with good friends, great snacks, cold drinks and friendly competition.

Read more: First Step into the Circle Tournament a Major...

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

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