Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

On Saturday June 3rd, the JCC Beacon & the Tottenville Wrestling Club will be hosting "Under The Lights".

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 Photo Credit to Stephen Alvarado

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Beat the Streets Benefit East Meets West: USA vs. Japan was a smashing success raising $1.2 million! Thanks to the donations from our supporters, we can continue our programming on and off the mat for 3,000 youth wrestlers across all five New York City boroughs.

Read more: 2017 Beat the Streets Benefit Rakes in $1.2...

 Olympic champion Helen Maroulis pictured while competing at the 2017 BTS Benefit in Times Square. Photo by Tony Rotundo,

NEW YORK -- Mike Novogratz, founder of Beat the Streets, remembers the day a decade or so ago when a friend issued him a challenge.  

“He got into my face and said, ‘We need to inject more energy into wrestling,’” Novogratz recalled. “So the thought was: where is there more energy in the world than in the middle of Times Square? So, let’s put a mat there.”

Read more: East Meets West As Team USA Wrestlers Dominate...

Olympic champion Kyle Snyder pictured while competing at the 2017 BTS Benefit in Times Square. Photo by Tony Rotundo,

NEW YORK – The stars of USA Wrestling were unleashed upon Times Square on Wednesday evening with Olympic champions Helen Maroulis, Kyle Snyder and Jordan Burroughs leading a U.S. route at the 2017 Beat the Streets Benefit dubbed “East Meets West.”

Read more: Olympic Champions Maroulis, Snyder and...

Truman wins! Photo Credit to Stephen Alvarado

Times Square, New York City – Competing under the bright lights of Times Square, Truman High School dominated Wingate Campus 44-10 to capture the 2017 PSAL Girls Wrestling Championship. Wrestling in Times Square as part of the 2017 Beat the Streets Benefit, the Truman vs. Wingate Championship Final took place prior to an international dual between the United States and Japan.

Read more: Truman Dominates Under the Bright Lights of...

New York City – Led by 112lb Pearl Fletcher, Truman took home three individual titles and ran away with the team title at the 2017 PSAL Girls Wrestling Championships. Fletcher scored three pins on the day, and was selected by the coaches as the 2017 Cheryl Wong Outstanding Wrestler.

Read more: Truman Runs Away With the Team Title at the...

 Streaming will begin on FloWrestling at 3 p.m. Check out the rest of the schedule below.
NEW YORK–For the third straight year FloSports is excited to announce that FloWrestling will once again live stream the Beat The Streets New York City event, Wednesday, May 17, from Times Square. This year's event will feature wrestlers from three Beat the Streets' city programs in addition to the featured matchup between Team USA and Team Japan.

Read more: 2017 Beat The Streets Benefit To Stream Live On...

Pictured Keyanie Riddick; Photo Credit:

Philadelphia, Providence, Chicago BTS Chapters Represented In Opponents At May 17 Times Square Event

NEW YORK–Beat the Streets is pleased to announce the girls team members for matches between highly accomplished student-athletes from New York City and visitors from Philadelphia, Chicago and Providence, R.I., at its annual benefit on Wednesday, May 17 in Times Square. The benefit 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 p.m., prior to the NYC PSAL Girls Dual Meet Championships and world-class wrestling matches between members of Team USA and Team Japan.

Read more: Three NYC Girls Selected To Compete In Youth...

Watch the stream live on the NFHS Network on Saturday, May 13th at 5pm (EST)

New York City – Elena Pirozhkova, a member of the 2012 and 2016 United States Olympic Teams, will be behind the microphone providing commentary for the 2017 PSAL Girls Wrestling Individual Championships, which are scheduled for 5:00pm on Saturday, May 13th. Pirozhkova will be taking to the mat herself on Wednesday, May 17th as part of the 2017 Beat the Streets Benefit.

Read more: Olympian Elena Pirozhkova to guest commentate...

On Friday, May 5, Dr. Coyte Cooper held Life Skills: Goal-Setting for 42 BTSNY student-athletes at the UPS Center. Through his roles as an author, coach, and speaker, Dr. Cooper is "committed to helping people pursue their highest aspirations so that they can live remarkable lives." Additionally, as a former wrestler who has experienced significant success on and off the mat, Dr. Cooper was able to speak to the young wrestlers with a perspective unique from other professors or motivational speakers. 

Read more: Dr. Coyte Cooper Encourages Goal-Setting and...

Pictured from left to right: Edwin Kent, Brandon Nunez, Wilver Mariano-Peralta; Credit to Chris Barr

Philadelphia, Providence BTS Chapters Represented In Opponents; Austin DeSanto vs. Daton Fix Special Event Also To Be Held As Part Of May 17 Event; Three Girls Match-Ups To Be Announced Shortly

NEW YORK–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 Philadelphia and Providence, R.I., at its annual benefit on Wednesday, May 17 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 p.m., prior to the NYC PSAL Girls Dual Meet Championships and world-class wrestling matches between members of Team USA and Team Japan.

Read more: Six NYC Boys Selected To Compete In Youth...

New York City – The 2017 PSAL Girls Wrestling Championships will kick off with the quarterfinal round on Tuesday, May 9th

Read more: Truman snags the top seed in the 2017 PSAL...

(Photo Credit:  Mike Stobe/Getty Images North America)

Selection of Seven To Men’s Squad Completes Roster for May 17 Event

NEW YORK–The United States men’s freestyle team, which will compete against Japan at the 2017 Beat the Streets Benefit on Wednesday, May 17, has been finalized, with the additions of seven standout wrestlers. They include 2016 Olympic champion Kyle Snyder (Woodbine, Md./Titan Mercury WC) at 96 kg/213 lbs.; 2012 Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs (Lincoln, Neb./Sunkist Kids/Nebraska Wrestling TC) at 74 kg/163 lbs.; Tony Ramos (Chapel Hill, N.C./Sunkist Kids/Tarheel WC) at 57 kg/125.5 lbs., James Green (Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska Wrestling TC) at 70 kg/154 lbs.; David Taylor (State College Pa./Titan Mercury WC/Nittany Lion WC) at 86 kg/189 lbs.; Nick Gwiazdowski (Raleigh, N.C/Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC) at 125 kg/275 lbs.; and Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa./Nittany Lion WC).

Read more: Olympic Champions Snyder, Burroughs Lead Strong...

Aileen Gonzalez being presented with the 2016 Lady Liberty Award by Kyle Snyder, Haley Augello, and Elena Pirozhkova

The Beat the Streets Annual Benefit, East Meets West: USA vs. Japan in Times Square on Wednesday, May 17, won't just be about the world class wrestling on the mat—it'll also be about recognizing athletes and coaches for the contributions they've made to the New York City wrestling community.   

This annual BTS tradition will award 12 individuals on a range of contributions, on and off the mat, including in the classroom. The BTS staff faced a tall order, but they managed to whittle down 413 nominations to 12 award winners. Nominations came from student-athletes, coaches, parents, and peers, all vouching for why their nomination was the most worthy. The descriptions for each award can be found here. 

Read more: Congratulations to our 2017 Beat the Streets...


(Photo Credit to Excelle Sports and Plainview Daily Herald)

Two-Time Junior World Champion Anthony, 2016 Olympic Team Trials Champion Mensah On Board For May 17 Competition; Maroulis Opponent Changed

NEW YORK–Two standout champions will join an Olympic gold medalist on Team USA when two-time Junior World champion Victoria Anthony and 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials champion Tamyra Mensah complete the American women wrestlers squaring off against Japan in the annual Beat the Streets Benefit on Wednesday, May 17, at New York’s Times Square alongside 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Helen Maroulis, who last week was named to the team. All three won the U.S. World Team Trials event in Las Vegas this past weekend.

Read more: Victoria Anthony, Tamyra Mensah Join Olympic...

From Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30, 22 BTSNY wrestlers traveled to East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, New York for Northeast Regionals. This was the Northeast qualifier for Cadet and Junior Nationals, with the top four in each weight class going to Fargo. 11 BTSNY wrestlers qualified, with Brandon Nunez (1st in Freestyle, 2nd in Greco) and Jayson Gomez (3rd in Freestyle, 1st in Greco) placing in both Freestyle and Greco. Three were the Greco champs at their weight (Jayson Gomez, Demetrius Henry, and Deshawn Herbert) and one was a Freestyle champ (Brandon Nunez). The full list of qualifiers is below. 

Read more: 11 BTSNY Wrestlers Qualify at Northeast...

Pearl Fletcher, a senior at Harry S. Truman, is gaining a lot of accolades on and off the mat these days. She'll be attending SUNY Cortland in the fall on a C.U.R.E scholarship. 

Read more: Pearl Fletcher, Future NYC Educator and BTS...

All photography by Jon, IG: @whoisdamaster

The BTS 2017 Gotham City Girls Open Championship, sponsored by Cliff Keen Athletic and the PSAL, took place this past weekend at Columbia University’s Dodge Fitness Center from Saturday, April 22 through Sunday, April 23. Based on the state, national, and international accolades many of these girls have already collected, the Dodge Fitness Center was teeming with wrestling talent-- several National Champions, Pan Am competitors, World Team Champions, and All-Americans were competing! 

Read more: 385 Competitors, 19 States, Three Countries--...


Helen Maroulis at the 2016 Benefit (Stephen Alvarado Photography)

2016 Gold Medalist In Rio To Compete At New 58 kg Weight Class; First U.S. Woman Announced For May 17 Will Battle Japan’s World Champion Chiho Hamada; 

NEW YORK–For the fifth-consecutive year, Helen Maroulis (Sunkist Kids) will compete in the Beat the Streets Benefit, and it will be the first time she takes the mat in Times Square as an Olympic gold medalist.

Read more: Olympic Champion Helen Maroulis To Wrestle In...


We are extremely excited for the 2017 Gotham City Girls Open Championship, sponsored by Cliff Keen Athletic, being just three days away! The Open will be taking place at Columbia University’s Dodge Fitness Center from Saturday, April 22 through Sunday, April 23.

Read more: Gotham City Girls Open This Weekend!

More Articles...

  1. Spring Break Training Camp: Four Days of Training, Three Life Skills, One Olympian-led Clinic
  2. Youth Competitively Improve in Freestyle and Greco at South Plainfield Developmental
  3. World Champion Logan Stieber To Participate In USA Vs. Japan Beat The Streets Benefit In Times Square
  4. 2017 Beat the Streets Awards Nomination Form Released!
  5. BTSNY Girls take Second at Revolution in Springfield, All 12 place
  6. Joe Eassa, 2017 Double-Goal Coach Award National Winner
  7. BTSNY Wrestlers Go National, NHSCA Nationals Virginia Beach and OKC Girls Folkstyle Nationals
  8. Japanese Olympian, World Champions Selected To Take On USA Men’s And Women’s Wrestlers May 17 At Beat the Streets Annual Benefit In Times Square
  9. Jam-packed Weekend: Boys at Youth States and Girls at Mohawk Valley International AND Folkstyle State Championships
  10. 2017 Step Into the Circle, a Great Support for Youth Wrestling
  11. USA Men’s And Women’s Wrestlers To Face International Power Japan In New York City’s Times Square May 17 for Beat the Streets Annual Benefit
  12. 19 Young Wrestlers Will Continue to the Youth NYS Championships!
  13. Student-Athletes Learn Computer Literacy for March Life Skills
  14. PSAL Wrestling Team Enjoys State Tournament BBQ
  15. Nunez Becomes First PSAL Wrestler to Win a Division 1 State Wrestling Championship
  16. Wrestling Mindset Seminar for BTS Coaches Just in Time for States
  17. Maria Falzone Gives Sex-Ed Lecture for February Life Skills
  18. Brooklyn Tech Holds Off Petrides to Claim 2017 PSAL Boys Wrestling Championship
  19. Bronx Science Claims 2017 Blended League Wrestling Championships
  20. Live Stream of the PSAL Blended League Championships, Tues 6:30 PM
  21. NYC City Championships See Local Winners Off to States
  22. PSAL Wrestling Championship Weekend – Div 1 Finals to be Livestreamed Sunday, 3:30
  23. For Student-Athlete Rieanna Duncan, an Accomplishment: The NYT Scholarship Semifinals
  24. Sabrina Cheng, Townsend Harris Senior and BTS Wrestler, is MIT-bound!
  25. 2nd Annual Step Into the Circle Adult Wrestling Tournament Announced!
  26. At Stevens vs. NYU Dual, NYC Kids Watch and Learn from Top College Contenders
  27. PSAL Wrestling Dual Meet Championship Brackets Released
  28. 2017 NYC Mayor's Cup--Battle for Best in the City
  29. Hoboken Youth Tournament— a Promising Experiment through Edge Hoboken Partnership
  30. NYC Wrestlers Compete at Eastern States Classic, Nunez Becomes Champ of 99 lbs
  31. The NYC Mayor’s Wrestling Championship is less than 10 days away! Watch the finals LIVE on Facebook
  32. BTSNY teams up with The Door for Life Skills: SAT Prep
  33. Simon Chee: NYC Student-Athlete Set to Wrestle for Wesleyan
  34. 2017 Gotham City Girls Open Championship Registration Now Up and Gear Info Announced
  35. Wrestlers Perez, Diforte Receive PSAL Scholar Athlete Awards
  36. Young Wrestlers Shed Blood and Sweat at BTS Winter Break Training Camp
  37. BTS Life Skills Class Teaches Young NYC Wrestlers How to Make Good Decisions
  38. NYC Coaches Learn Moves and Systems at BTS Seminar
  39. Nunez leads PSAL Wrestling Contingent at the Sal Difazio Holiday Tournament
  40. Hard Work Pays: BTS Alumnus Joseph Roy Wrestles at Johnson and Wales
  41. BTS Junior League Wrestlers Begin “Students In Action” Training Through Jefferson Awards Foundation Partnership
  42. BTS Launches College Clinic Series with NYU vs Hunter Matchup
  43. BTS Wrestlers Saluted at Long Beach Gladiator Tournament
  44. Gotham City Girls Open Returns to NYC, April 22-23
  45. Bryant Winter Dual Classic Promises Excitement, Dec 3-4
  46. Jaden Olivier: Wrestling and Leading at an Early Age
  47. BTS Rocks the World's Most Famous Arena at Grapple at the Garden
  48. NYC Kids Witness Top College Wrestling at Princeton-Rutgers Dual
  49. BTS Student-Athletes Push Through and Complete Spartan Edge Race
  50. BTS Life Skills Class Teaches NYC Kids Time Management Skills
  51. Kids show competitive advances in Junior League City Championships
  52. Uzbek Student-Athletes Stick Together at Cunningham Junior High
  53. BTS Welcomes Jeff Marsh as Chapter Relations Coordinator
  54. BTS Board Member Hooman 'Mo' Tavakolian to be Inducted into National Wrestling Hall of Fame
  55. The Wrestling Motto: Life Lessons from Wrestler and Future Doctor Ahmed Elsayed
  56. NYC Wrestlers Score Top Spots at Danbury Tournament
  57. BTSNY Welcomes New Training Center Coordinator Jaime Gray
  58. NYC Kids Learn about Nutrition at BTS Life Skills Class
  59. BTSNY App Free to Download in Apple App Store
  60. Melanie Lalman: A Multi-Talented Wrestler Teaches Kids Karate
  61. Italian Olympian Michele Liuzzi Teaches BTS Clinic
  62. BTS Seminar Brings New Skills to NYC Coaches
  63. BTS Announces Middle School to High School Festivals
  64. BTS Launches New Life Skills Program with College Access Workshop
  65. BTS Kids on the Rise at Columbus Day Duals
  66. William Yee: A New Coach, Inspired to Give Back
  67. BTS Coach Jacque Davis Accompanies Girls US World Team to Nation of Georgia
  68. BTS Wrestler Experiences Culture in Dominican Republic
  69. Harvard Wrestling's Jesse Jantzen Joins BTS Board
  70. BTS Board Member Hooman 'Mo' Tavakolian Profiled in InterMat Wrestling
  71. BTS Team Shows Vigor at Waterway Duals Tournament
  72. Interested in Becoming a NYC Wrestling Referee?
  73. BTS Grad Sara Andresen Serves The World in Africa and Beyond
  74. Kids Experiment with Newfound Skills at Big Apple Games Tournament
  75. BTS Kids Put Practice to Use in Summer Heat Tournament
  76. BTS Announces Olympic Wrestling Watch Parties
  77. Buy Tickets to September 15 Fall Fundraiser for BTS
  78. Over 300 BTS Kids Enjoy Summer Camps Across the Country
  79. NYC Boys are Top Performers at Fargo National Tournament
  80. Two BTS Girls Crowned Champions at Fargo National Tournament
  81. Pure Toughness: BTS Alumnus Josh Ferenczy Makes Waves in College Wrestling Scene
  82. Top of the Podium Camp Offers Valuable Wrestling Technique and Life Skills Lessons
  83. Big Apple Games Practices Begin Monday July 11
  84. Beat the Streets to Send 22 Boys, 31 Girls to Fargo National Tournament
  85. BTS Comprises Almost Half of NY's Freestyle Cadet National Duals Team
  86. BTS Leadership Learns New Approaches to Making New Coaches at UWW Educational Course in Los Angeles
  87. Greek Olympian Georgios Koutsioumpas to Coach BTS Practice Thursday, June 16
  88. Truman Crowns Three Individuals, Brooklyn Tech Claims Team Title at 2016 PSAL Girls Wrestling Championships
  89. BTS, UPS to Hold June 8 Job Fair for Students, Parents, Coaches
  90. Beat the Streets 2016 Benefit a Smashing Success in Times Square
  91. Trials and New Courses at Girls' Body Bar Tournament in Irving, TX
  92. Beat the Streets College Combine Connects NYC Kids to Higher Ed Opportunities
  93. United in the Square Streaming Live on FloWrestling
  94. Nearly Sixty BTS Kids Show Off Skills at NY Freestyle and Greco States
  95. 2016 Olympian Robby Smith to Emcee Beat the Streets Event in Times Square Thursday
  96. Beat the Streets Announces Youth Match-Ups with Baltimore, Philadelphia for Annual Gala
  97. USA Junior stars Fix, McKee, Hall, and Valencia to wrestle Iranians at Beat the Streets on May 19
  98. BTS Head Girls Coach Jacque Davis Profiled by Excelle Sports
  99. Beat the Streets Announces Man of the Year Award for Kyle Snyder and Lifetime Achievement Award for Ray Lewis among 2016 Benefit Award Winners
  100. 2016 Gotham City Girls' Open Results
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