Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

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


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.

Read more: BTSNY Wrestlers Make a Strong Showing at Youth...

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.

Read more: Bronx Science Wins Inaugural PSAL Blended...

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:

Read more: Read all about the PSAL's new Blended Wrestling...

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.

Read more: Cross-team Comradery In Abundance at 2016...

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.

Read more: Top Four Seeds Advance to PSAL Blended...

USA Wrestling’s article “Managing Expectations for Young Wrestlers," by Matt Krumrie, quoted BTS Head Girls Coach Jacque Davis. Read the article here:  

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