Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

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...

On Wednesday, October 12, BTS alumnus Ahmed Elsayed received his white coat from Brown University. The white coat is a symbol of commitment to medicine and patient care and represents a significant milestone on this wrestler’s path to becoming a doctor.

Elsayed started wrestling as a freshman at Wingate Campus. He was always into sports and initially looking to play football, but when Wingate didn’t have a team, he made the decision to become a part of the wrestling family.

Read more: The Wrestling Motto: Life Lessons from Wrestler...

BTS wrestlers, many attired for Halloween weekend.

On Sunday, October 30, 40 Beat the Streets kids participated at the Danbury Pre-Season Folkstyle Tournament in Danbury, Connecticut. This co-ed competition saw a number of NYC kids take first and second in their weight classes.

One unique aspect of the Danbury tournament was that some of the proceeds went to benefit Sacred Heart University wrestling. Because of this, the whole college team and coaching staff was there helping out with the tournament.

Read more: NYC Wrestlers Score Top Spots at Danbury...

Beat the Streets is pleased to announce that Jaime Gray has joined us as Boy’s Coach and Training Center Coordinator.

Gray studied Physical Education at Wartburg College, where he was on three NCAA Championship teams and four NWCA National Dual teams. After his time as an athlete, he coached for two years while the team won the NCAA National title and the National Duals title. He will be attending NYU for an MBA in Sports Business starting in January.

Read more: BTSNY Welcomes New Training Center Coordinator...

On Tuesday, October 25, Beat the Streets held its Life Skills: Nutrition class. 27 kids made the trip to hear Oliver Lopez, a registered dietitian and BTS alumnus, speak about making healthy eating decisions. The event was held at the UPS building in Manhattan and hosted by Kevin Beinhacker, a member of the BTS Leadership Council.

Read more: NYC Kids Learn about Nutrition at BTS Life...

Beat the Streets Wrestling is pleased to announce that our first-ever app, BTSNY, is free for download in the Apple App Store. The app is a great way to get up-to-date news about BTS sent straight to your iPhone.

The app is designed for both iPhone and iPad and has features that everyone looking to be involved with NYC wrestling can find handy. It features recent BTS news, a convenient link to our schedule, alerts and push notifications, on-the-go donations, mobile event registration, social media tools, and a fun poster creator with stickers to show your support for BTS. We’ll be keeping it up to date with the latest news and facts about NYC wrestling.

Read more: BTSNY App Free to Download in Apple App Store

“When Melanie and I sat down and went over her schedule for the Fall, I have to say I wasn't really surprised,” said BTS coach Penn Gottfried. “I would be surprised at any normal person who was balancing wrestling, Jujitsu sessions, and teaching Karate to younger kids, all while doing her schoolwork.  But not Mel.”

Melanie Lalman does all of this and more.

Read more: Melanie Lalman: A Multi-Talented Wrestler...

On Sunday, October 16, Beat the Streets hosted a wrestling clinic for nearly 50 student-athletes at the Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn featuring Coach Michele Liuzzi. The 12-time Italian world team member and 2-time Olympian went over a host of different techniques to aid in the technical education of NYC wrestlers.

Read more: Italian Olympian Michele Liuzzi Teaches BTS Clinic

On Wednesday, October 12, Beat the Streets held a seminar for NYC coaches at the Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn. Topics covered included how to create a winning culture, fundraising, dealing with challenges in an urban setting, mental training, creating an annual training program and using social media to promote one’s program. There were 65 coaches in attendance, dedicating their day off to furthering their learning for the ultimate benefit of NYC kids.

Read more: BTS Seminar Brings New Skills to NYC Coaches

Beat the Streets is excited to announce our three upcoming Middle School To High School Festivals.

These festivals offer a perfect opportunity for middle school wrestlers and their families to meet NYC high school wrestling coaches and learn about the high school application process.

This also serves as a great chance to learn about BTS opportunities and get in a workout with a PSAL High School team!

Read more: BTS Announces Middle School to High School...

More Articles...

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