The 2017 PSAL Wrestling Dual Meet Championships will kick off on Wednesday, February 1st, with the Boys preliminary round matches and the Blended quarterfinal round match ups.
The 2017 NYC Mayor’s Cup Wrestling Championships took place this past Saturday, January 21 at York College. The Mayor’s Cup was a chance for 225 of New York City’s top high school wrestlers from the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL), the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA), and the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) to compete for the title of “Best in the City.”
On Monday, January 16, BTS partnered with Edge Hoboken to host the Hoboken Youth Tournament. 60 young BTS wrestlers, between fifth and eighth grades, showed up to compete.
BTS is proud to report that NYC wrestlers completed the Eastern States Classic with Brandon Nunez as a champion, Terry Adams as a runner-up, Demitreus Henry as a sixth-placer, and Victor Marzano as a seventh-placer! BTSNY funded the participation of 15 PSAL wrestlers in the tournament, which took place at SUNY Sullivan from January 13 through 14.
The 2017 NYC Mayor’s Wrestling Championships will be taking place at York College on Saturday, January 21st. Admission is free. Spectators can enter at 160-02 Liberty Ave. Jamaica, NY. 11451.
On Monday, January 9, 2017, Beat the Streets teamed up with The Door for Life Skills: SAT Prep. 24 BTS student-athletes were pleasantly surprised to find much more than SAT Prep awaiting them at The Door.
Simon Chee, a Beat the Streets wrestler, was recently accepted into Wesleyan University. He will continue his academic and wrestling career at the college in Middletown, CT in the fall.
We are extremely pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2017 Gotham City Girls Open Championship, sponsored by Cliff Keen Athletic! The Open will be taking place at Columbia University’s Dodge Fitness Center from April 22 through April 23.
Wrestlers Jose Perez (left) and Joe Diforte.
On December 13, the PSAL, in cooperation with the New York Yankees, honored 55 student-athletes from New York City at the 2016-17 MVP Scholar Athlete Awards, including several wrestlers associated with Beat the Streets. The dinner and ceremony, which took place at Yankee Stadium, was the seventh year.
For three days during winter break, young BTSNY wrestlers gathered at Brooklyn Technical High School for the BTS Winter Break Training Camp. Camp, which ran from December 28 to 30, provided as many as 150 participants opportunities to refine skills during the school break and exposed them to peers, female and male, of many ages and experience levels, across the city.
On Wednesday, December 28, Beat the Streets held its newest Life Skills installment-- Tough Choices, Good Decisions. The presentation, which was attended by 59 young wrestlers of varying ages, was taught by Coach Randy, an “international keynote speaker, workshop facilitator and edutainer” and CEO of Project NextGen. The event was held at Brooklyn Technical High School following the first day of Winter Break Training Camp.
On Thursday, December 29, about 20 coaches gathered at Brooklyn Technical High School to take part in the Beat the Streets seminar for coaches. Executive Director Brendan Buckley took to the mat in Brooklyn Tech’s wrestling room, demonstrating techniques from the top position as well as ways drills for the coaches to instruct their kids. The coaches put on their shoes and had a hands-on experience trying out the techniques as they were explained!
John Bowne Senior Brandon Nunez claimed the 99lb Championship at the Sal DiFazio Holiday Tournament at Half Hollow Hills East to lead the PSAL wrestling contingent during winter break competition. Nunez received a bye in the opening round before recording pins in the preliminary, quarter, and semifinal rounds. In the finals Nunez dominated on his feet, recording a 12-5 decision over Riverhead’s Mark Matyka.
Joseph Roy (right) at a NYC Mayor's Cup tournament.
Beat the Streets has produced a number of college wrestlers in the training rooms and tournaments at New York City. Joseph Roy, who currently attends Johnson and Wales in Providence, is one such student-athlete who got his wrestling start in the city.
On Sunday, December 11, Beat the Streets partnered with the Jefferson Awards Foundation for their “Students In Action” program. The Jefferson Awards Foundation provided a Fall installment of this program that was exclusive to a cohort of 40 BTS Junior League Wrestlers.
On Saturday, December 3, Beat the Streets launched the first installment of the College Clinic Series. Held at the Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, the clinic was preceded by a dual meet between the Hunter College and New York University wrestling teams. BTS student-athletes watched on as NYU won 46-12.
On Sunday, December 4, around 40 Beat the Streets kids took to the Long Beach Gladiator Youth Tournament. Not only did BTS student-athletes compete in this co-ed event, but they medaled in almost every weight class in which they wrestled.
“When wrestling out of the city, some of our kids can get a little phased or overwhelmed since they are usually wrestling more experienced kids that have already been wrestling for years by now,” said BTS coach Penn Gottfried.
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.
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.
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.