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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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!
On Tuesday, October 4, Beat the Streets held its first Life Skills Workshop of the season, starting with a class on college access. The new Life Skills Program offers workshops on a monthly basis throughout the school year. Student-athletes who want to earn a scholarship to a sleep-away Summer Camp or Junior Nationals in Fargo must attend a minimum of five workshops and successfully complete five hours of BTS volunteer service.
On Sunday, October 9, 20 BTS kids went to the York Expo Center in Pennsylvania to take part in the Columbus Day Duals, a co-ed tournament open to middle and high schoolers.
“Overall, we had an extremely young team for both middle and high school,” said coach Penn Gottfried. “For high school, it was much younger than Waterway Duals,” Gottfried said, referring to the tournament from last month. However, “this did not stop our kids from winning every match they could and working as hard as they could.”
One thing we’ve noticed about Beat the Streets kids is how often they’re inspired to give back as adults. Former BTS wrestler William Yee is an outstanding example of this: the current student at John Jay College will be assistant coaching at Brooklyn Tech this school year.
The US World Team in front of a statue of King David the Builder, Tbilisi, Georgia. Picture courtesy US Women's Wrestling.
You can take wrestling places, but if you’re a coach heading to ex-Soviet Georgia for a world-class tournament, wrestling takes you. This month, BTS head girls coach Jacque Davis was taken to the 2016 UWW Cadet World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia to help train and support the girls on the US World Team. Girls freestyle rounds began on September 15th, and the tournament ran through the 18th.