Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

Beat the Streets is once again hosting watch parties for the Olympics, this time to cheer on Team USA as they vie for the gold in the Rio games. Save the following dates: Thursday Aug 18 at 3:00 PM for Women's Freestyle matches, and Friday Aug 19 at 3:00 PM for Men's Freestyle. BTS will be hosting these watch parties at The Grayson in East Village. There will be a happy hour special on drinks and food, and we will have a designated space in the backroom. Come out and see the world's best wrestlers with fellow patrons of the sport.

As always, keep checking our Facebook page for updates!

The Grayson Bar 
16 First Ave. (1st Ave./1st St.)
New York, NY 10009
Thursday, August 18 (3-6pm) - Helen Maroulis & Adeline Gray 
Friday, August 19 (3-6pm) - Jordan Burroughs


On Thursday, September 15, we invite you to come enjoy an evening of drinks, good company, and entertainment to support Beat the Streets. Your ticket will directly support our Junior League program, which is the top wrestling program for middle school youth in the city. Not only are you providing an opportunity for personal growth and advancement to these children, but you're helping to put a coach - a supportive adult who cares about them - in their lives.

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Throughout July, Beat the Streets funded trips for over 300 New York City wrestlers to summer camps across the country. These young student-athletes enjoyed learning new wrestling techniques, training and drilling methods, tips about the college application process, and making new friends in the wrestling world in locations such as Princeton, Cornell, and Penn State.

Read more: Over 300 BTS Kids Enjoy Summer Camps Across the...

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...

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