Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

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...

Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Riccio

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!

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,

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  2. Women’s Wrestling Week: Each One Bring One
  3. Beat the Streets Regular Places at States
  4. BTSNY Wrestlers Make a Strong Showing at Youth States Qualifier
  5. 2016 PSAL Invididual Championships - Winners and Brackets
  6. Bronx Science Wins Inaugural PSAL Blended Wrestling Championships
  7. Read all about the PSAL's new Blended Wrestling League in the New York Times!
  8. Cross-team Comradery In Abundance at 2016 Mayors Cup
  9. Top Four Seeds Advance to PSAL Blended Wrestling League Semifinals - NFHS Network to Livestream Finals
  10. BTSNY Coach Davis Says Managing Expectations is About Incremental Goals
  11. PSAL Dual Meet Championships Kick Off Championship Month
  12. Final Brackets and Team Scores - 2016 Mayors Cup
  13. Bronx Science is the Top Seed Heading into the PSAL Girls & Boys Wrestling Playoffs
  14. 2016 NYC Mayor's Cup Rescheduled for SATURDAY, Jan 30
  15. NYC Wrestlers Show Grit at Eastern States Classic
  16. BTS Middle School Grapplers Compete in Garden State Classic
  17. Support BTSNY Alumni at Columbia Dual Meets this Saturday
  18. Beat The Streets Winter Break Training Camp with Coach Hrovat a Huge Success
  19. 2016 Benefit Donations
  20. TD Securities - Underwriting Hope
  21. Bryant Wrestling Team Travels to United States Military Academy
  22. Wrestling Builds Confidence and You Can Help!
  23. Seeing is Believing - Watch How BTSNY Supports Coaches
  24. UNC vs. ARMY Dual Meet in Brooklyn this Saturday
  25. NYC Wrestlers Place in Long Island Beach Tournaments
  26. BTS JV Match Afternoon Kickoff Shows Tremendous Growth
  27. #GivingTuesday: Celebrate BTSNY Coaches
  28. Graduated Grappler: Keanu Thompson
  29. BTSNY Head Girls Coach Takes on a New Role in NY USA Wrestling
  30. 2015 BTS Junior League Championship Results
  31. BTSNY Girls Hit the Road for 2015 Pocono Rumble
  32. Katie Couric features Beat the Streets!
  33. Columbia University hosts Lee Kemp Wrestling Clinic
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  35. Graduated Grappler: Joshua Antoine
  36. Graduated Grappler: Steven Santimauro
  37. Adeline Gray Shares Secrets of Success and Perseverance with BTSNY Youth
  38. Graduated Grappler: Barry Hart
  39. BTSNY Alumnus Juarez and Current Wrestler Merkin See Success in the South this Past Weekend
  40. BTSNY Alumnus Jennifer Juarez Selected to Wrestle in 2015 NWCA All Star Classic
  41. Graduated Grappler: Addrian Ferrarie
  42. Junior League Competitions Kick off with Four Jamborees
  43. Graduated Grappler: Arkey Barnett
  44. 3x World Champion Adeline Gray to Host Clinic Thursday, 11/5
  45. Merkin and Nunez Lead Columbus Day Duals 5-0
  46. Graduated Grappler: Tracy Smith
  47. Graduated Grappler: William Yee
  48. Join us at the Queens County Farm Festival for our October Girls Social!
  49. Graduated Grappler: Alex Salmos
  50. Second Annual Welcome Back Picnic Takes Place in Central Park
  51. BTS Coaches Clinic Hosted by 2X Olympic Gold Medalist John Smith
  52. Beat the Streets Board Presidents Have a Hand in International Wrestling Spotlight
  53. 2X Olympic Gold Medalist John Smith to Host BTS Coaches Clinic Tomorrow
  54. Graduated Grappler: Jennifer Juarez
  55. Beat the Streets Wrestlers Kick off Fall Season at Waterway Duals
  56. ESPNU Airs 2015 World Championships Tonight, 8-10 PM
  57. Join us Friday, 9/11, to watch the UWW World Championships!
  58. You're Invited: Second Annual Welcome Back Picnic in Central Park!
  59. First BTSNY Alumnus to Compete in UWW World Championships
  60. BTS Coaches Clinic Hosted by Olympian Andy Hrovat
  61. BTSNY Junior League Grappler Publishes Poem
  62. Renew Your Beat the Streets Membership, Today!
  63. Nate Rose to Compete In World Wrestling Championships
  64. Wrestlers from Iowa Club Join BTSNY Friday Morning Matches
  65. Olympian Andy Hrovat To Host Clinic at MTC August 25th & 26th
  66. Annual Benefit All-Stars Medal at Pan American Games in Toronto
  67. New York Female Wrestlers Rack Up Ten All-American Honors at Fargo National Tournament
  68. Beat the Streets Top of the Podium Camp Sessions Wrap Up
  69. BTSNY Wrestlers Earn All American Honors at Fargo
  70. Watch the 2015 Toronto Pan-American Games!
  71. Yonefry Polanco Receives 2015 All-American Athlete Award
  72. BTS Coach Davis Helps US Pan American Cadets Place Second in Mexico
  73. Beat the Streets TOP of the Podium Camp off to a great start
  74. BTSNY Female Wrestler is Youngest Participant at Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)
  75. NYC Wrestling Fans Gather to Watch World Team Trials
  76. Beat the Streets New York Executive Director, Jim Fallis, Stepping Down
  77. Olympian Rob Eiter hosts Youth Jamboree on Olympic Day
  78. Join us this Sunday to Watch the World Team Trials!
  79. BTSNY Females Prepare Healthy Meals at June Girls Social
  80. US Olympic Wrestler Rob Eiter to host clinic at this Saturday's Olympic Day Youth Jamboree
  81. 2015 PSAL Girls Champions Announced
  82. 15 BTSNY Wrestlers Qualify for Fargo Nationals
  83. Last chance to buy Annual Benefit gear!
  84. BTSNY Alex Salmos earns All-American Honors at Body Bar National Tournament
  85. Seven Curtis Grapplers Qualify for PSAL Individual Championships
  86. Curtis tops Brooklyn Tech 30-25, Claiming Third Consecutive PSAL Freestyle Wrestling Title
  87. An Evening to Remember, Salsa in Square
  88. Two BTSNY Alumni Earn Coaches Recognition Awards on Annual Benefit Night
  89. Curtis to Face Brooklyn Tech in PSAL Girls Freestyle Championship Tomorrow, 5/28 at 6 PM
  90. Watch Grit Video Featuring BTS Wrestler Brandon Nunez
  91. June 2015 Girls Social - Cooking Class
  92. Thank you!
  93. to Broadcast 2015 Benefit
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  95. 2015 Benefit Match Line-Up and Schedule
  96. 2015 PSAL Girls Freestyle Wrestling Dual Meet Championship Brackets Released
  97. BTSNY Wrestlers Compete in Hudson Valley Festival
  98. Watch as we make wrestling a reality for thousands of NYC school kids!
  99. BTS Partners with FloSports to LiveStream 2015 Benefit
  100. BTS Partners with Watch of Champions, AZAD
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