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The boys are back in town, and with accolades to show for their hard work. Beat the Streets helped send 22 boys to the Asics/Vaughan Cadet & Junior National Championships in Fargo, ND. An account of the success of the 31 girls who also attended was published last Friday.         

In the Cadet Greco-Roman division, Dove Bonjean Alpart from Poly Prep took 5th place in the 106 lb weight class. In the Cadet Freestyle competition, Terry Adams from Monsignor Farrell placed 8th at 100 lbs, and Jayson Gomez from Eagle Academy took 7th at 285 lbs.

Read more: NYC Boys are Top Performers at Fargo National...

New York City girls put on a powerful performance at the national tournament in Fargo, ND, with two new champions and a handful placing high enough to receive All-American honors.

“The overall tournament, we had a very young team, experience-wise,” said BTS head girls coach Jacque Davis. “The group was definitely the best I’ve worked with at Fargo. They were all on the same page, picked each other up and pushed each other forward.”

Read more: Two BTS Girls Crowned Champions at Fargo...

Josh Ferenczy, center left. Via Liberty University Wrestling Facebook.

Beat the Streets alumnus Josh Ferenczy placed second this year at the 2016 National Collegiate Wrestling Association Club National Championship. Ferenczy, a Staten Island native who attended practices at the Manhattan Training Center growing up, is a wrestler at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.

Ferenczy’s wrestling career started in 2007 when he was a freshman at Curtis High School. He started attending Beat the Streets’ practices and was a regular throughout his time in high school. “I have always tried to study under as many different coaches as possible and then take their best techniques and add them to my arsenal,” he said.

Read more: Pure Toughness: BTS Alumnus Josh Ferenczy Makes...

For the past two weeks, middle and high school boys and girls have set off to the Top of the Podium Camp at Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, NY. In the first week, 44 middle school boys, 10 middle school girls, and 48 high school girls went to camp. The second week saw 110 high school boys take over the mats and commit to learning more about wrestling and other helpful life skills.

Both sessions were jam-packed with fun, learning, and lots of wrestling, all staffed by BTS alumni. Each day the campers participated in three wrestling sessions, a life skills class, and recreation time.

Read more: Top of the Podium Camp Offers Valuable...

Starting on Monday, July 11, Beat the Streets will be taking part in the Public School Athletic League’s Big Apple Games. This program accommodates children from grades 4 through 12, including students with special needs, providing recreational opportunities for youth across New York City.

Read more: Big Apple Games Practices Begin Monday July 11

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From July 16 to 23, wrestlers from New York City will be facing off against competition from across the country in the Asics/Vaughan Cadet & Junior National Championships in Fargo, ND, known to the wrestling world as the Fargo tournament.

Beat the Streets is planning to send twenty-two boys and thirty-one NYC girls, from ninth graders to new high school graduates, who will be wrestling a mix of freestyle and Greco-Roman competition. There will be additional boys and girls from all over the state joining our NYC wrestlers to make up Team New York.

Read more: Beat the Streets to Send 22 Boys, 31 Girls to...

On Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, five BTS members faced off against participants from twenty-three states at the Freestyle Cadet National Duals in York, Pennsylvania. This tournament was special in that it showed the relative strength of New York City’s wrestling culture, with NYC kids making up almost half of the lineup of a state team.

The Beat the Streets competitors were Terry Adams (Monsignor Farrell, 9th grade), Dove Bonjean-Alpart (Poly Prep, 8th grade), David Berkovich (Poly Prep, 9th grade), Deshawn Herbert (South Shore, 9th grade), and Zacc Romero (Brooklyn Tech, 9th grade).

Read more: BTS Comprises Almost Half of NY's Freestyle...

From June 6 to 8, Beat the Streets leadership attended an educational course hosted by United World Wrestling designed to help coaches learn how to teach one another. The course was held at the Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, where Executive Director Brendan Buckley and head girls coach Jacque Davis were in attendance.

On the first day of class, instructors wasted no time getting right to the first “practical,” where each attendee had to get in front of the group and play the role of an educator. At this point, the instructors had not yet explained the role of an educator, so it was a chance for the coaches to act on what they thought was expected of the role.

Read more: BTS Leadership Learns New Approaches to Making...

This Thursday, June 16, Beat the Streets will be hosting practices coached by Georgios Koutsioumpas and Kostas Koutsioumpas, brothers and two national Greek wrestling champions. They will be joining BTS at their regular practice time at 6:00 PM at the Manhattan Training Center located in SoHo.

Read more: Greek Olympian Georgios Koutsioumpas to Coach...

On Saturday, June 11, the 2016 PSAL Girls Wrestling Championships were held at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Queens. 117 girls from NYC high schools competed in the tournament which marked the end of a strong season for girls wrestling.

Read more: Truman Crowns Three Individuals, Brooklyn Tech...

On Wednesday, June 8, United Parcel Service (UPS) will be holding a career fair in partnership with Beat the Streets at 6 PM at the UPS 43rd Street Facility in Manhattan. UPS, a Fortune 500 company that has existed for 109 years, seeks to add to its current level of support for BTS by offering  by offering career opportunities directly to students, coaches, and parents.

“We feel that UPS looks for the same great qualities in our employees that BTS develops in their kids: toughness, work ethic, positive attitude and grit,” said Kevin Beinhacker, a manager with UPS. “We feel that UPS and BTS can have a very productive partnership, and we want to provide a great living for the wrestling community.”

Read more: BTS, UPS to Hold June 8 Job Fair for Students,...

On Thursday, May 19, wrestling fans from around the world gathered in historic Times Square to show their support for everything Beat the Streets does for the kids of New York City. This year’s annual gala, “United in the Square,” featured world-class wrestling matches between some of the top men and women wrestlers from the United States, Iran, Canada, and South Korea. There were also thrilling exhibition matches between local Beat the Streets kids and those from Baltimore and Philadelphia, and the PSAL Girls Freestyle Dual Meet Finals between Brooklyn Tech and Truman High School. All of these exciting matches were followed by a gala celebration in the PlayStation Theater.

Read more: Beat the Streets 2016 Benefit a Smashing...

On Saturday, May 21, five girls from Beat the Streets competed at the Body Bar Nationals, a Cadet/Junior World Team Trials tournament in Irving, Texas.

Head girls coach Jacque Davis says that there were several impressive accomplishments this year. “Last year, we only had one athlete receive All-American honors and she was a senior. What is exciting to me is that the two youngest athletes we brought out were the two that received All-American honors. For me, knowing that Hailey Cancelleri and Michaela Beck will be around for the next two years and that they will be becoming the leaders in their groups, means that NYC has an extremely bright future with the growth and quality of our female athletes coming after them.”

Read more: Trials and New Courses at Girls' Body Bar...

On May 20, around fifty wrestlers came to The BTS Brooklyn Training Center at Poly Prep Country Day School for the first-ever Beat the Streets College Combine, an event to help connect college-bound wrestlers to schools that may help them pursue higher education. Of that number of wrestlers, about forty of them were Beat the Streets members, with the remainder being from outside of New York City.

Read more: Beat the Streets College Combine Connects NYC...

We hope you'll be able to join us at Times Square tomorrow afternoon for "United in the Square," our annual gala celebration and fundraiser. If you still need to pick up a ticket, you can purchase yours here. Last year our gala brought in over one million dollars, allowing us to bring the life-changing sport of wrestling to over 3,000 kids across New York City. More funding means reaching more kids. We can only continue to grow the programs that change kids' lives with your help.

This past weekend, almost sixty Beat the Streets kids displayed their skill at the NY Freestyle and Greco State Tournament at the Hudson Valley Sports Dome in Milton, NY. This tournament, a qualifier for the National tournament in July, was also a display of dedication for the student-athletes and their coaches, many of whom made the drive of over two hours and took their weekend to travel and coach their kids.

Read more: Nearly Sixty BTS Kids Show Off Skills at NY...

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NEW YORK, May 16, 2016 – Robby Smith, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling heavyweight, has become a fan favorite worldwide because of his exciting style of wrestling, and his outgoing and enthusiastic approach to the sport and to life. There is no doubt that when he is in front of the media and the general public, he is very inspiring and entertaining.

Smith will put those communication skills to work on Thursday as he serves as one of the emcees for the 2016 Beat the Streets “United In the Square” international wrestling event, which will be held in historic Times Square.

Read more: 2016 Olympian Robby Smith to Emcee Beat the...


Wrestlers from Baltimore and Philadelphia will travel to Times Square to take part in matches against New York City student-athletes Thursday, May 19


NEW YORK, May 12, 2016 – Beat the Streets is pleased to announce that it will be featuring matches between highly accomplished student-athletes from New York City and visitors from Baltimore and Philadelphia at its annual gala on Thursday, May 19 in Times Square. The gala is Beat the Streets’ annual fundraiser that helps provide wrestling equipment and opportunities to 3,000 kids across the five boroughs every year. The youth match-ups will be held starting at 3:30 PM, before the world-class wrestling matches between members of Team USA and top international competitors from Iran, Canada, and South Korea.

Read more: Beat the Streets Announces Youth Match-Ups...



This article is reposted from USA Wrestling.

NEW YORK, May 11, 2016 – The four Junior match-ups between the United States and Iran in freestyle wrestling have been finalized for the 2016 Beat the Streets international competition, which returns to New York City’s Times Square on Thursday, May 19.

This will feature talented stars from the USA and Iran in the UWW Junior age-group level, which is between 17-20 years old. It will be historic, as the first international age-group matches featured in a Beat the Streets event in Times Square.

All four of the U.S. wrestlers competing in Times Square were champions at their weight classes at the recent UWW Junior Nationals held in Las Vegas, Nev., April 29-30. This includes one college wrestling star and three of the nation’s best high school talents.

Read more: USA Junior stars Fix, McKee, Hall, and Valencia...


On Friday, May 6, Excelle Sports published a profile about Beat the Streets' head girls coach Jacque Davis and the Columbia Women's Wrestling Club that she has helped to coach. This profile draws attention to wrestling's status as the fastest growing sport for girls in New York City and the dedication of Beat the Streets in helping to successfully bring wrestling culture to more schools and girls. Excelle, a leader in news and features about year-round women's sports coverage, detailed Davis' history and coaching style in the article written by Adele Jackson-Gibson:  

“Wrestling is just aggressive chess,” says Davis. For her, getting out of an armbar is more like solving an intricate puzzle. “You have to be methodical about stuff.”

As the Girls’ Head Coach at Beat the Streets and the New York National Team Chair, Davis is “annoyingly persistent and pushy,” she says, when it comes to growing her sport. If that means spending nine hours at a high school to conduct clinics in gym class, so be it. If that means driving all the way to Buffalo to recruit girls, game on.

It’s Davis’ passion that attracts girls to wrestling. Ask phys ed teacher Dave Kantrowitz, who last year started the first boys and girls wrestling programs at the Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists. When the students saw 5’1” Davis take down their teacher, the girls were enamored.

The story can be read in full on Excelle's website.

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  1. Beat the Streets Announces Man of the Year Award for Kyle Snyder and Lifetime Achievement Award for Ray Lewis among 2016 Benefit Award Winners
  2. 2016 Gotham City Girls' Open Results
  3. USA Olympians Burroughs, Cox and Bisek receive international opponents for Beat the Streets “United In The Square,” in Times Square on May 19
  4. BTS Kids Qualify for Fargo at Northeast Regionals
  5. First BTS College Combine to Connect Student-Athletes with Higher Education
  6. 100 Days Out: The Road to Rio Pre-Olympic Celebration in Times Square on Weds., April 27
  7. 2016 Benefit to be Streamed Live on FloWrestling
  8. Third Annual Gotham City Girl's Open Tournament Set for May 7 - 8
  9. Ray Brinzer to Coach at BTS Spring Break Training Camp Scheduled for April 25th- April 29th
  10. Marcus Mendoza: Giving His All, on Stage and on the Mat
  11. BTS Girls Perform and Place at Revolution in Springfield Tournament
  12. 'From the Basement to the Penthouse': W.C. Bryant Wrestling's Path to the Championships
  13. Wearing the Orange - Positive Reinforcement Improves Sportsmanship in NYC
  14. BTS Alumni Give Back as Coaches at Successful Boys Club Tournament
  15. Girls Raise Each Other to New Heights at OKC Folkstyle Nationals
  16. John Bowne Rising: How a Coach and a Wrestler Revitalized Their Program
  17. John Bowne Rising: How a Coach and a Wrestler Revitalized Their Program
  18. BTS Girl Wrestlers Excel and Bond at Mohawk Valley Tournament
  19. 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
  20. Josh Antoine and Deuly Espinal, All-Americans and Beat the Streets Alumni
  21. First Step into the Circle Tournament a Major Success
  22. John Hughes Clinic Set for Wed., March 16
  23. Beat the Streets Announces New Executive Director
  24. At Youth States, BTS Kids Noted as Top Placers and Good Sports
  25. Women’s Wrestling Week: Each One Bring One
  26. Beat the Streets Regular Places at States
  27. BTSNY Wrestlers Make a Strong Showing at Youth States Qualifier
  28. 2016 PSAL Invididual Championships - Winners and Brackets
  29. Bronx Science Wins Inaugural PSAL Blended Wrestling Championships
  30. Read all about the PSAL's new Blended Wrestling League in the New York Times!
  31. Cross-team Comradery In Abundance at 2016 Mayors Cup
  32. Top Four Seeds Advance to PSAL Blended Wrestling League Semifinals - NFHS Network to Livestream Finals
  33. BTSNY Coach Davis Says Managing Expectations is About Incremental Goals
  34. PSAL Dual Meet Championships Kick Off Championship Month
  35. Final Brackets and Team Scores - 2016 Mayors Cup
  36. Bronx Science is the Top Seed Heading into the PSAL Girls & Boys Wrestling Playoffs
  37. 2016 NYC Mayor's Cup Rescheduled for SATURDAY, Jan 30
  38. NYC Wrestlers Show Grit at Eastern States Classic
  39. BTS Middle School Grapplers Compete in Garden State Classic
  40. Support BTSNY Alumni at Columbia Dual Meets this Saturday
  41. Beat The Streets Winter Break Training Camp with Coach Hrovat a Huge Success
  42. 2016 Benefit Donations
  43. TD Securities - Underwriting Hope
  44. Bryant Wrestling Team Travels to United States Military Academy
  45. Wrestling Builds Confidence and You Can Help!
  46. Seeing is Believing - Watch How BTSNY Supports Coaches
  47. UNC vs. ARMY Dual Meet in Brooklyn this Saturday
  48. NYC Wrestlers Place in Long Island Beach Tournaments
  49. BTS JV Match Afternoon Kickoff Shows Tremendous Growth
  50. #GivingTuesday: Celebrate BTSNY Coaches
  51. Graduated Grappler: Keanu Thompson
  52. BTSNY Head Girls Coach Takes on a New Role in NY USA Wrestling
  53. 2015 BTS Junior League Championship Results
  54. BTSNY Girls Hit the Road for 2015 Pocono Rumble
  55. Katie Couric features Beat the Streets!
  56. Columbia University hosts Lee Kemp Wrestling Clinic
  57. Shop at our Online Store for Holiday Gifts!
  58. Graduated Grappler: Joshua Antoine
  59. Graduated Grappler: Steven Santimauro
  60. Adeline Gray Shares Secrets of Success and Perseverance with BTSNY Youth
  61. Graduated Grappler: Barry Hart
  62. BTSNY Alumnus Juarez and Current Wrestler Merkin See Success in the South this Past Weekend
  63. BTSNY Alumnus Jennifer Juarez Selected to Wrestle in 2015 NWCA All Star Classic
  64. Graduated Grappler: Addrian Ferrarie
  65. Junior League Competitions Kick off with Four Jamborees
  66. Graduated Grappler: Arkey Barnett
  67. 3x World Champion Adeline Gray to Host Clinic Thursday, 11/5
  68. Merkin and Nunez Lead Columbus Day Duals 5-0
  69. Graduated Grappler: Tracy Smith
  70. Graduated Grappler: William Yee
  71. Join us at the Queens County Farm Festival for our October Girls Social!
  72. Graduated Grappler: Alex Salmos
  73. Second Annual Welcome Back Picnic Takes Place in Central Park
  74. BTS Coaches Clinic Hosted by 2X Olympic Gold Medalist John Smith
  75. Beat the Streets Board Presidents Have a Hand in International Wrestling Spotlight
  76. 2X Olympic Gold Medalist John Smith to Host BTS Coaches Clinic Tomorrow
  77. Graduated Grappler: Jennifer Juarez
  78. Beat the Streets Wrestlers Kick off Fall Season at Waterway Duals
  79. ESPNU Airs 2015 World Championships Tonight, 8-10 PM
  80. Join us Friday, 9/11, to watch the UWW World Championships!
  81. You're Invited: Second Annual Welcome Back Picnic in Central Park!
  82. First BTSNY Alumnus to Compete in UWW World Championships
  83. BTS Coaches Clinic Hosted by Olympian Andy Hrovat
  84. BTSNY Junior League Grappler Publishes Poem
  85. Renew Your Beat the Streets Membership, Today!
  86. Nate Rose to Compete In World Wrestling Championships
  87. Wrestlers from Iowa Club Join BTSNY Friday Morning Matches
  88. Olympian Andy Hrovat To Host Clinic at MTC August 25th & 26th
  89. Annual Benefit All-Stars Medal at Pan American Games in Toronto
  90. New York Female Wrestlers Rack Up Ten All-American Honors at Fargo National Tournament
  91. Beat the Streets Top of the Podium Camp Sessions Wrap Up
  92. BTSNY Wrestlers Earn All American Honors at Fargo
  93. Watch the 2015 Toronto Pan-American Games!
  94. Yonefry Polanco Receives 2015 All-American Athlete Award
  95. BTS Coach Davis Helps US Pan American Cadets Place Second in Mexico
  96. Beat the Streets TOP of the Podium Camp off to a great start
  97. BTSNY Female Wrestler is Youngest Participant at Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)
  98. NYC Wrestling Fans Gather to Watch World Team Trials
  99. Beat the Streets New York Executive Director, Jim Fallis, Stepping Down
  100. Olympian Rob Eiter hosts Youth Jamboree on Olympic Day
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