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Wrestlers Jose Perez (left) and Joe Diforte.

On December 13, the PSAL, in cooperation with the New York Yankees, honored 55 student-athletes from New York City at the 2016-17 MVP Scholar Athlete Awards, including several wrestlers associated with Beat the Streets. The dinner and ceremony, which took place at Yankee Stadium, was the seventh year.

Read more: Wrestlers Perez, Diforte Receive PSAL Scholar...

For three days during winter break, young BTSNY wrestlers gathered at Brooklyn Technical High School for the BTS Winter Break Training Camp. Camp, which ran from December 28 to 30, provided as many as 150 participants opportunities to refine skills during the school break and exposed them to peers, female and male, of many ages and experience levels, across the city.

Read more: Young Wrestlers Shed Blood and Sweat at BTS...

On Wednesday, December 28, Beat the Streets held its newest Life Skills installment-- Tough Choices, Good Decisions. The presentation, which was attended by 59 young wrestlers of varying ages, was taught by Coach Randy, an “international keynote speaker, workshop facilitator and edutainer” and CEO of Project NextGen. The event was held at Brooklyn Technical High School following the first day of Winter Break Training Camp.

Read more: BTS Life Skills Class Teaches Young NYC...

On Thursday, December 29, about 20 coaches gathered at Brooklyn Technical High School to take part in the Beat the Streets seminar for coaches. Executive Director Brendan Buckley took to the mat in Brooklyn Tech’s wrestling room, demonstrating techniques from the top position as well as ways drills for the coaches to instruct their kids. The coaches put on their shoes and had a hands-on experience trying out the techniques as they were explained!

Read more: NYC Coaches Learn Moves and Systems at BTS...

John Bowne Senior Brandon Nunez claimed the 99lb Championship at the Sal DiFazio Holiday Tournament at Half Hollow Hills East to lead the PSAL wrestling contingent during winter break competition. Nunez received a bye in the opening round before recording pins in the preliminary, quarter, and semifinal rounds. In the finals Nunez dominated on his feet, recording a 12-5 decision over Riverhead’s Mark Matyka.  

Read more: Nunez leads PSAL Wrestling Contingent at the...

Joseph Roy (right) at a NYC Mayor's Cup tournament.

Beat the Streets has produced a number of college wrestlers in the training rooms and tournaments at New York City. Joseph Roy, who currently attends Johnson and Wales in Providence, is one such student-athlete who got his wrestling start in the city.

Read more: Hard Work Pays: BTS Alumnus Joseph Roy Wrestles...

On Sunday, December 11, Beat the Streets partnered with the Jefferson Awards Foundation for their “Students In Action” program. The Jefferson Awards Foundation provided a Fall installment of this program that was exclusive to a cohort of 40 BTS Junior League Wrestlers.

Read more: BTS Junior League Wrestlers Begin “Students In...

On Saturday, December 3, Beat the Streets launched the first installment of the College Clinic Series. Held at the Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, the clinic was preceded by a dual meet between the Hunter College and New York University wrestling teams. BTS student-athletes watched on as NYU won 46-12.

Read more: BTS Launches College Clinic Series with NYU vs...

On Sunday, December 4, around 40 Beat the Streets kids took to the Long Beach Gladiator Youth Tournament. Not only did BTS student-athletes compete in this co-ed event, but they medaled in almost every weight class in which they wrestled.

“When wrestling out of the city, some of our kids can get a little phased or overwhelmed since they are usually wrestling more experienced kids that have already been wrestling for years by now,” said BTS coach Penn Gottfried.

Read more: BTS Wrestlers Saluted at Long Beach Gladiator...

Save the date: Beat the Streets’ 4th annual Gotham City Girls Open, sponsored by Cliff Keen, will be taking place on April 22-23, 2017. Expect a high level of competition and thrilling matches that will pit NYC student-athletes against some of their top contenders from around the world.

Over the past four years, the Open has grown to become a premier event, featuring ever-growing numbers, national and international competitors, and has served as the birthplace for opportunities for some of our country’s National, Pan Am, and World Team Champions and All-Americans. Cliff Keen, one of the nation’s top producers of wrestling gear, has chosen to sponsor the event.

Read more: Gotham City Girls Open Returns to NYC, April 22-23

On Saturday and Sunday December 3rd-4th, the Bryant Winter Dual Classic will take place at W.C. Bryant High School in Queens. Wrestlers will be coming from as far as Oklahoma to take part in this exciting event.

The tournament will be broadcast on NFHS Network. Matches begin at 9:00 AM both days, with J.V. competitions taking place between Varsity matches.

Read more: Bryant Winter Dual Classic Promises Excitement,...

Jaden Olivier is a top student in the fifth grade at Excellence Boys Charter School in Brooklyn, serving as the accountant for his school and wrestling his way to good tournament results. Olivier is proof that a student-athlete can be a leader on and off the mat.

Olivier first got involved in wrestled when he was in the 4th grade, training for 5th grade in the Excellence Boys wrestling program.

Read more: Jaden Olivier: Wrestling and Leading at an...

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On Sunday, November 27, Beat the Streets sent qualified middle school wrestlers to compete the Grapple at the Garden Youth Championships. 70 BTS kids participated in the tournament at one of the world’s greatest and most historic stadiums, Madison Square Garden. College, high school, and middle school wrestlers affiliated with BTS participated at every level.

Read more: BTS Rocks the World's Most Famous Arena at...

On Saturday, November 19, 45 NYC kids and 5 coaches attended the Princeton/Rutgers Dual, an outdoor event witnessed by thousands. The competition took place on the football field at Rutgers University in New Jersey and was billed as the Battle at the Birthplace.

The event showed, according to BTS coach Penn Gottfried, “how popular and exciting wrestling can be. [Our kids] are used to a couple hundred people in a gym, but to see how big the sport and fan base is was special.”

Read more: NYC Kids Witness Top College Wrestling at...

This past weekend, 15 Beat the Streets student-athletes attended the Spartan Edge program in Boston, MA. During the November 12-13 trip, which was funded by the Public School Athletic League, the student-athletes participated in a leadership course and a Spartan Race.

Read more: BTS Student-Athletes Push Through and Complete...

On Friday, November 11, 23 NYC kids gathered at the UPS Conference room in midtown Manhattan to learn about time management in the most recent Beat the Streets Life Skills course. The course was led by Kevin Boston-Hill, a certified trainer and speaker with over 20 years of experience in the educational field.

Read more: BTS Life Skills Class Teaches NYC Kids Time...

On Saturday, November 12, 30 girls and over 110 boys gathered at Truman High School for the Junior League City Championships. Top middle school wrestlers competed for the title of best in the city at this electrifying event.

The top girls teams by final point totals were Inwood Academy, WAX (M.S. 51), and Rocco Lorries (I.S. 72). The top boys teams were MSF Lions, EliteWA, and the Harlem Jets. 

Read more: Kids show competitive advances in Junior League...

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...

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