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The Third Annual Beat the Streets Cliff Keen Step Into the Circle took place on Sunday, March 11 at 26 Bridge in DUMBO, Brooklyn. This year's adult wrestling tournament was the most successful yet, raising $61,365! Teams were made up of recent BTS alumni, former NCAA All-Americans, and wrestlers who haven't wrestled competitively in decades. The top fundraising team was Team UPS ($11,530) and the top fundraising individual was Yoshi Nakamura ($7,344), who was representing Team UPenn. 

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On Sunday, March 11, 44 Junior League wrestlers headed to Johnson City Middle School for the 2018 USAW Youth State Championships. 

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Team USA vs Team Japan at the 2018 BTS Benefit, featuring Tamyra Mensah (USA) dec. Miwa Morikawa (Japan). Photography by Stephen Alvarado

Strongest Women’s Team From Africa Will Become First From The Continent To Compete At Beat The Streets

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On Sunday, March 4, 80 Junior League wrestlers headed to Bayshore High School for the Youth State Southern Super Regional, which is a qualifying tournament for the Youth State tournament next weekend. Beat the Streets had 28 out of 80 boys qualify for the State tournament. Of the boys who qualified, Amir Avazov of David A. Boody took 1st in the Novice Division, while Mikey Adams of Lions Wrestling Club, Isaias Torres of Upper Ten Eyck, and Alex Semenenko of David A. Boody all took 1st in the Schoolboy Division. Girls didn't participate in this tournament since they automatically qualified for the Girls Folkstyle Youth State Championships, which is also taking place next weekend. 

Read more: Strong Performances at Southern Super Regional...

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NYC wrestlers used this past weekend to demonstrate what they're made of. From Friday, February 23 to Saturday, February 24, the city's top performers competed in the NYSPHSAA Boy's High School State Championships at the Times Union Center in Albany and the National Prep Championships at Lehigh University.  

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On Sunday, February 18, 60 BTSNY youth competed in the 1st Annual Harlem Jets Tournament, which was held at Riverbank State Park. Coach Eric Palmer of the Harlem Jets was the mastermind and organizer behind this tournament, which attracted over 200 youth wrestlers. 

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On Saturday, February 17, 95 girls from across the state competed in the PSAL Girls State Championships, which was held at Harry S. Truman High School. This championship was held for all girls from 9th-12th grades who are weight certified and wrestled during the winter on a boys team. The tournament was sponsored by the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL), one of the four High School Athletics governing bodies in the state of New York, making it the first sanctioned New York Girls State Wrestling Tournament.  

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BTSNY kids attended two collegiate dual meets this past weekend.

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On Friday, February 16, seven BTS student-athletes headed to Columbia University for a comprehensive college visit. 

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Select American Stars To Take On International Squad At Newly-Renovated Pier 17 In Ninth Annual Event; Youth Wrestlers And High School Wrestlers Take The Mat; Benefit Celebration Follows

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From Thursday, February 8 to Sunday, February 11, four current BTSNY girls and one recent alum went to Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, PA to attend a USAW Developmental Camp. The following five athletes trained at the camp: Hailey Cancelleri (senior at Curtis High School), Nia Crosdale (senior at Truman High School), Natalie Dunn (sophomore at College of Staten Island High School), Alessandra Elliott (7th grader at Tottenville), and Katrin Pokalyukhin (freshman at Stevens Tech/recent Brooklyn Tech alumna).

Read more: BTSNY Girls Train at USAW Developmental Camp

On Saturday, February 3, 56 BTSNY Junior League Wrestlers headed to West Orange High School in West Orange, NJ for the King and Queen of the Mountaineer Tournament. Several Junior League wrestlers medalled, with at least four gold and two silver medalists.   

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On Saturday, February 17, the PSAL Girls State Championships will be held at Harry S. Truman High School. This championship will be for all girls from 9th-12th grades who are weight certified and wrestled during the winter on a boys team. Although this is not a state sanctioned event through New York Public High School Athletic Association (NYPHSAA), this is the first Girl's State Tournament to be sponsored by a governing body of New York Athletics (PSAL).

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We are three months away from the 5th annual Cliff Keen Gotham City Girl’s Open. A tournament that started as a humble event hosted in a local high school gym has now grown to become THE premier girl’s freestyle event on the East Coast.  

Read more: Registration is OPEN for the 2018 Cliff Keen...

The 2018 NYC Mayor’s Cup Cliff Keen Wrestling Championships took place this past Saturday, January 20 at Queens College. The Mayor’s Cup was a chance for 240 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.” 

Read more: Riveting Matches at the 2018 Mayor's Cup Cliff...

Eight New York City student-athletes participated in a college visit at the prestigious New York University. The visit took place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and we at Beat the Streets felt that this was a great way to honor the great civil rights activist. Students from Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and the Bronx got the luxury of hearing from the Dean of Admissions himself. Shawn Abbott tailored the admissions education specifically for our group, and it was great to hear directly from the Dean.

Read more: 8 BTS student-athletes visit NYU

New York City Wrestlers, 16 from the PSAL sponsored by BTS, competed very well over the weekend at one of the Northeast’s premiere tournaments, the Eastern States Classic. In 2017, NYC landed four individuals on the podium; this past weekend saw that number climb to six people earning a medal. Seven seemed to be the magic number for the City of New York as five of six individual medal winners from the PSAL, the NYSAIS, and the Catholic School League placed 7th at their respective weight classes. The field was stacked with seven nationally ranked wrestlers from 166 different high schools and six different states. Also, unlike the public-school state championships in Albany next month, this tournament matches competitors from both Divisions I & II against one another.

Read more: Six from NYC medal at the Eastern States Classic

On Sunday, January 14th Beat The Streets brought a squad of 40 wrestlers to the Matthew P. Sapolin Memorial Islip Tournament.  These wrestlers, in grades 1st through 8th hailing from six different schools representing all five boroughs, battled it out in Long Island against some tough competition. 

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On Sunday January 14, 20 BTS girls traveled to Newburgh, NY to compete in the 2018 Shogun Championships. The team of girls, representing four middle schools and six high schools, participated in three different divisions of the tournament: middle school, high school, and the college open. At the end of the day, Team BTS brought home four Championship Samurai Swords, four runners up, and two third placers.

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On Sunday, January 7, 32 Junior League wrestlers headed to Somers High School for the Somers Youth Wrestling Tournament The Beat the Streets team participated in three of the five brackets: Midget, Novice, and Schoolboy.  While BTS placed third and second in Midget and Novice, respectively, the team had a strong win for the Schoolboy division. This allowed Beat the Streets to win the team championship across all divisions. The overall record for BTS was 75-27. 

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  1. Register for 1st Annual Harlem Jets Wrestling Tournament
  2. 150 BTSNY Student-Athletes Keep Their Skills Sharp at 2017 Winter Break Training Camp
  3. Ashley Gomez Accepted to King University!
  4. 21 BTSNY Wrestlers Attend Camp and My House Open At Wyoming Seminary
  5. Team BTSNY Wins the Par-Troy Wrestling Club Holiday Duals
  6. Close Matches and Great Sportsmanship at The 2017 Junior League City Championships
  7. Impressive Performances at the Second Junior League Tournament of the Season
  8. 13 BTSNY Wrestlers Compete in FLCW Dual Meet Championships
  9. Three BTSNY Senior Wrestlers Make Weekend Visits to Wrestling Colleges
  10. 45 BTSNY Wrestlers Learn Technique from Royce Alger and Valentin Kalika
  11. 26 BTSNY Student-Athletes Visit Nassau Community College
  12. BTS Wrestlers From Different Chapters Connect and Learn at 2017 NWCA All-Star Classics
  13. Beat The Streets Needs You To Volunteer!
  14. BTSNY Youth Wrestlers Attend Kyle Snyder Clinic and TCNJ High School Open
  15. First Junior League Tournament of the Season Energizes Wrestlers
  16. Five BTSNY Athletes Compete in the First Girls Division of Super 32
  17. Coach Jacque Teaches Clinic at BTS Detroit
  18. Hundreds of Junior League Wrestlers Hosted at High Schools for First Match Night of Season
  19. 40 BTSNY Youth Bond and Hone Skills at Danbury
  20. 24 BTSNY Youth Visit Iowa Style Wrestling Club for College Combine and Clinic With Olympic Coach
  21. Coaches, Parents, and Youth Excited for the Year After BTS Junior League Kickoffs
  22. Columbus Day Weekend Packed with Duals and Rutgers Visit
  23. 44 Student-Athletes Attend First College Prep & Clinic
  24. Petrides to Host Steeplechase Open on October 14th
  25. $10,000 Raised at 2017 Tailgates & Tonics!
  26. 2017-2018 College Visit Lineup Kicks Off with Hofstra University and Stevens Technical Institute
  27. BTSNY Coaches Learn Mindset, Philosophy, and Technique at 2nd Annual Coaches Seminar
  28. What Will You Get Out of Your Neighborhood Training Center? Your Summer Wrestling Scholarship for Starters
  29. Apply for BTS Junior League Team!
  30. Apply for a Free SHSAT Prep Program Through BTS!
  31. Five BTSNY Youth Intern at Varonis This Summer
  32. John Martin-- BTSNY Summer Intern, Future Coach and Educator
  33. Beat the Streets National – Executive Director Search
  34. Two New Youth Wrestling Opportunities Coming This September!
  35. BTSNY Youth Wrestlers Take Advantage of 2017 Big Apple Games
  36. Fishing, Kayaking, and Top-Notch Wrestling: 118 BTSNY Youth Participate in Cornell Camp
  37. Join us On August 26 for the World Wrestling Championship Finals!
  38. Big Apple Games Wrestling – Borough Battle Set for Friday August 4th
  39. Justin Ebron, Determined Student-Athlete Discusses Wrestling and Summer@Brown
  40. 2017 Bill Claps Scholarship Recipients Announced
  41. Five BTSNY Wrestlers Achieve All American Honors at 2017 Fargo!
  42. Determined to Win: Joseph Roy's Battle Against Osteosarcoma
  43. Want to Become a NYC Wrestling Official? Certification Courses Begin on Tuesday, September 12th
  44. Good Luck to BTS Wrestlers in Fargo!
  45. 2017 TOP Camp Exemplifies Everything BTS is About
  46. BTSNY Impact Report
  47. Katherine Turchin is Heading Across the Pond to Oxford University!
  48. Zanetti Teaches Final Life Skills Workshop of the Year to 73 BTSNY Youth
  49. Coach Hamm Teaches "Internet Responsibility" to 42 BTSNY Youth
  50. Hudson Taylor Teaches 56 Student-Athletes the Importance of Being an Ally
  51. 2017 Benefit Film on History and Impact of Beat the Streets
  52. 17 BTSNY Girls Train, Camp, and Compete by the Hudson River
  53. 65 BTSNY Youth Gain Greater Understanding of Communicating With Law Enforcement
  54. UPS Equips BTSNY Youth with Job Readiness Skills
  55. Four BTSNY Wrestlers Place At Women's National Championships in Irving, Texas
  56. 45 Student-Athletes Meet College Coaches at BTS College Combine
  57. Exciting Performances by BTSNY Wrestlers at the NYS Freestyle and Greco Championships
  58. Tottenville to Host Fundraising Wrestling Tournament “Under The Lights” on June 3rd
  59. 2017 Beat the Streets Benefit Rakes in $1.2 Million, a Great Fundraising Success for NYC Youth Wrestling
  60. East Meets West As Team USA Wrestlers Dominate Over Japan In Times Square
  61. Olympic Champions Maroulis, Snyder and Burroughs fuel U.S. over international foes at Beat the Streets Benefit in Times Square
  62. Truman Dominates Under the Bright Lights of Times Square, Claims 2017 PSAL Girls Wrestling Championship
  63. Truman Runs Away With the Team Title at the 2017 PSAL Girls Wrestling Tournament
  64. 2017 Beat The Streets Benefit To Stream Live On FloWrestling Wednesday, May 17
  65. Three NYC Girls Selected To Compete In Youth Match-Ups At Beat The Streets Benefit
  66. Olympian Elena Pirozhkova to guest commentate the 2017 PSAL Girls Wrestling Championships
  67. Dr. Coyte Cooper Encourages Goal-Setting and "Goal-Accomplishing" for Life Skills
  68. Six NYC Boys Selected To Compete In Youth Match-Ups At Beat The Streets Benefit
  69. Truman snags the top seed in the 2017 PSAL Girls Freestyle Championships – Finals will take place in Times Square
  70. Olympic Champions Snyder, Burroughs Lead Strong Men’s Team Against Japan At Beat The Streets Benefit
  71. Congratulations to our 2017 Beat the Streets Award Winners!
  72. Victoria Anthony, Tamyra Mensah Join Olympic Champion Helen Maroulis In USA Vs. Japan Beat The Streets Benefit In Times Square
  73. 11 BTSNY Wrestlers Qualify at Northeast Regionals for Fargo
  74. Pearl Fletcher, Future NYC Educator and BTS Coach in Our Midst
  75. 385 Competitors, 19 States, Three Countries-- 2017 Gotham City Girls Open Championship was Overflowing with Talent
  76. Olympic Champion Helen Maroulis To Wrestle In USA Vs. Japan Beat The Streets Benefit In Times Square
  77. Gotham City Girls Open This Weekend!
  78. Spring Break Training Camp: Four Days of Training, Three Life Skills, One Olympian-led Clinic
  79. Youth Competitively Improve in Freestyle and Greco at South Plainfield Developmental
  80. World Champion Logan Stieber To Participate In USA Vs. Japan Beat The Streets Benefit In Times Square
  81. 2017 Beat the Streets Awards Nomination Form Released!
  82. BTSNY Girls take Second at Revolution in Springfield, All 12 place
  83. Joe Eassa, 2017 Double-Goal Coach Award National Winner
  84. BTSNY Wrestlers Go National, NHSCA Nationals Virginia Beach and OKC Girls Folkstyle Nationals
  85. 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
  86. Jam-packed Weekend: Boys at Youth States and Girls at Mohawk Valley International AND Folkstyle State Championships
  87. 2017 Step Into the Circle, a Great Support for Youth Wrestling
  88. 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
  89. 19 Young Wrestlers Will Continue to the Youth NYS Championships!
  90. Student-Athletes Learn Computer Literacy for March Life Skills
  91. PSAL Wrestling Team Enjoys State Tournament BBQ
  92. Nunez Becomes First PSAL Wrestler to Win a Division 1 State Wrestling Championship
  93. Wrestling Mindset Seminar for BTS Coaches Just in Time for States
  94. Maria Falzone Gives Sex-Ed Lecture for February Life Skills
  95. Brooklyn Tech Holds Off Petrides to Claim 2017 PSAL Boys Wrestling Championship
  96. Bronx Science Claims 2017 Blended League Wrestling Championships
  97. Live Stream of the PSAL Blended League Championships, Tues 6:30 PM
  98. NYC City Championships See Local Winners Off to States
  99. PSAL Wrestling Championship Weekend – Div 1 Finals to be Livestreamed Sunday, 3:30
  100. For Student-Athlete Rieanna Duncan, an Accomplishment: The NYT Scholarship Semifinals
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