Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

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.”

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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.

Read more: BTS Student-Athletes Push Through and Complete...

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.

Read more: BTS Life Skills Class Teaches NYC Kids Time...

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. 

Read more: Kids show competitive advances in Junior League...

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.

Read more: Uzbek Student-Athletes Stick Together at...


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.

Read more: BTS Welcomes Jeff Marsh as Chapter Relations...

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.

Read more: BTS Board Member Hooman 'Mo' Tavakolian to be...

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.

Read more: The Wrestling Motto: Life Lessons from Wrestler...

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.

Read more: NYC Wrestlers Score Top Spots at Danbury...

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.

Read more: BTSNY Welcomes New Training Center Coordinator...

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.

Read more: NYC Kids Learn about Nutrition at BTS Life...

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.

Read more: BTSNY App Free to Download in Apple App Store

“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.

Read more: Melanie Lalman: A Multi-Talented Wrestler...

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.

Read more: Italian Olympian Michele Liuzzi Teaches BTS Clinic

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.

Read more: BTS Seminar Brings New Skills to NYC Coaches

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!

Read more: BTS Announces Middle School to High School...


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.

Read more: BTS Launches New Life Skills Program with...

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.”

Read more: BTS Kids on the Rise at Columbus Day Duals

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.

Read more: William Yee: A New Coach, Inspired to Give Back

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.

Read more: BTS Coach Jacque Davis Accompanies Girls US...

More Articles...

  1. BTS Wrestler Experiences Culture in Dominican Republic
  2. Harvard Wrestling's Jesse Jantzen Joins BTS Board
  3. BTS Board Member Hooman 'Mo' Tavakolian Profiled in InterMat Wrestling
  4. BTS Team Shows Vigor at Waterway Duals Tournament
  5. Interested in Becoming a NYC Wrestling Referee?
  6. BTS Grad Sara Andresen Serves The World in Africa and Beyond
  7. Kids Experiment with Newfound Skills at Big Apple Games Tournament
  8. BTS Kids Put Practice to Use in Summer Heat Tournament
  9. BTS Announces Olympic Wrestling Watch Parties
  10. Buy Tickets to September 15 Fall Fundraiser for BTS
  11. Over 300 BTS Kids Enjoy Summer Camps Across the Country
  12. NYC Boys are Top Performers at Fargo National Tournament
  13. Two BTS Girls Crowned Champions at Fargo National Tournament
  14. Pure Toughness: BTS Alumnus Josh Ferenczy Makes Waves in College Wrestling Scene
  15. Top of the Podium Camp Offers Valuable Wrestling Technique and Life Skills Lessons
  16. Big Apple Games Practices Begin Monday July 11
  17. Beat the Streets to Send 22 Boys, 31 Girls to Fargo National Tournament
  18. BTS Comprises Almost Half of NY's Freestyle Cadet National Duals Team
  19. BTS Leadership Learns New Approaches to Making New Coaches at UWW Educational Course in Los Angeles
  20. Greek Olympian Georgios Koutsioumpas to Coach BTS Practice Thursday, June 16
  21. Truman Crowns Three Individuals, Brooklyn Tech Claims Team Title at 2016 PSAL Girls Wrestling Championships
  22. BTS, UPS to Hold June 8 Job Fair for Students, Parents, Coaches
  23. Beat the Streets 2016 Benefit a Smashing Success in Times Square
  24. Trials and New Courses at Girls' Body Bar Tournament in Irving, TX
  25. Beat the Streets College Combine Connects NYC Kids to Higher Ed Opportunities
  26. United in the Square Streaming Live on FloWrestling
  27. Nearly Sixty BTS Kids Show Off Skills at NY Freestyle and Greco States
  28. 2016 Olympian Robby Smith to Emcee Beat the Streets Event in Times Square Thursday
  29. Beat the Streets Announces Youth Match-Ups with Baltimore, Philadelphia for Annual Gala
  30. USA Junior stars Fix, McKee, Hall, and Valencia to wrestle Iranians at Beat the Streets on May 19
  31. BTS Head Girls Coach Jacque Davis Profiled by Excelle Sports
  32. Beat the Streets Announces Man of the Year Award for Kyle Snyder and Lifetime Achievement Award for Ray Lewis among 2016 Benefit Award Winners
  33. 2016 Gotham City Girls' Open Results
  34. USA Olympians Burroughs, Cox and Bisek receive international opponents for Beat the Streets “United In The Square,” in Times Square on May 19
  35. BTS Kids Qualify for Fargo at Northeast Regionals
  36. First BTS College Combine to Connect Student-Athletes with Higher Education
  37. 100 Days Out: The Road to Rio Pre-Olympic Celebration in Times Square on Weds., April 27
  38. 2016 Benefit to be Streamed Live on FloWrestling
  39. Third Annual Gotham City Girl's Open Tournament Set for May 7 - 8
  40. Ray Brinzer to Coach at BTS Spring Break Training Camp Scheduled for April 25th- April 29th
  41. Marcus Mendoza: Giving His All, on Stage and on the Mat
  42. BTS Girls Perform and Place at Revolution in Springfield Tournament
  43. 'From the Basement to the Penthouse': W.C. Bryant Wrestling's Path to the Championships
  44. Wearing the Orange - Positive Reinforcement Improves Sportsmanship in NYC
  45. BTS Alumni Give Back as Coaches at Successful Boys Club Tournament
  46. Girls Raise Each Other to New Heights at OKC Folkstyle Nationals
  47. John Bowne Rising: How a Coach and a Wrestler Revitalized Their Program
  48. John Bowne Rising: How a Coach and a Wrestler Revitalized Their Program
  49. BTS Girl Wrestlers Excel and Bond at Mohawk Valley Tournament
  50. 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
  51. Josh Antoine and Deuly Espinal, All-Americans and Beat the Streets Alumni
  52. First Step into the Circle Tournament a Major Success
  53. John Hughes Clinic Set for Wed., March 16
  54. Beat the Streets Announces New Executive Director
  55. At Youth States, BTS Kids Noted as Top Placers and Good Sports
  56. Women’s Wrestling Week: Each One Bring One
  57. Beat the Streets Regular Places at States
  58. BTSNY Wrestlers Make a Strong Showing at Youth States Qualifier
  59. 2016 PSAL Invididual Championships - Winners and Brackets
  60. Bronx Science Wins Inaugural PSAL Blended Wrestling Championships
  61. Read all about the PSAL's new Blended Wrestling League in the New York Times!
  62. Cross-team Comradery In Abundance at 2016 Mayors Cup
  63. Top Four Seeds Advance to PSAL Blended Wrestling League Semifinals - NFHS Network to Livestream Finals
  64. BTSNY Coach Davis Says Managing Expectations is About Incremental Goals
  65. PSAL Dual Meet Championships Kick Off Championship Month
  66. Final Brackets and Team Scores - 2016 Mayors Cup
  67. Bronx Science is the Top Seed Heading into the PSAL Girls & Boys Wrestling Playoffs
  68. 2016 NYC Mayor's Cup Rescheduled for SATURDAY, Jan 30
  69. NYC Wrestlers Show Grit at Eastern States Classic
  70. BTS Middle School Grapplers Compete in Garden State Classic
  71. Support BTSNY Alumni at Columbia Dual Meets this Saturday
  72. Beat The Streets Winter Break Training Camp with Coach Hrovat a Huge Success
  73. 2016 Benefit Donations
  74. Bryant Wrestling Team Travels to United States Military Academy
  75. Wrestling Builds Confidence and You Can Help!
  76. Seeing is Believing - Watch How BTSNY Supports Coaches
  77. UNC vs. ARMY Dual Meet in Brooklyn this Saturday
  78. NYC Wrestlers Place in Long Island Beach Tournaments
  79. BTS JV Match Afternoon Kickoff Shows Tremendous Growth
  80. #GivingTuesday: Celebrate BTSNY Coaches
  81. Graduated Grappler: Keanu Thompson
  82. BTSNY Head Girls Coach Takes on a New Role in NY USA Wrestling
  83. 2015 BTS Junior League Championship Results
  84. BTSNY Girls Hit the Road for 2015 Pocono Rumble
  85. Katie Couric features Beat the Streets!
  86. Columbia University hosts Lee Kemp Wrestling Clinic
  87. Shop at our Online Store for Holiday Gifts!
  88. Graduated Grappler: Joshua Antoine
  89. Graduated Grappler: Steven Santimauro
  90. Adeline Gray Shares Secrets of Success and Perseverance with BTSNY Youth
  91. Graduated Grappler: Barry Hart
  92. BTSNY Alumnus Juarez and Current Wrestler Merkin See Success in the South this Past Weekend
  93. BTSNY Alumnus Jennifer Juarez Selected to Wrestle in 2015 NWCA All Star Classic
  94. Graduated Grappler: Addrian Ferrarie
  95. Junior League Competitions Kick off with Four Jamborees
  96. Graduated Grappler: Arkey Barnett
  97. 3x World Champion Adeline Gray to Host Clinic Thursday, 11/5
  98. Merkin and Nunez Lead Columbus Day Duals 5-0
  99. Graduated Grappler: Tracy Smith
  100. Graduated Grappler: William Yee
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