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.
Beat the Streets wrestlers make themselves known all over the world. This past summer, Antonio Brito (Senior, Metro Campus) brought New York City’s reputation for tenacious competition to the Dominican Republic as he spent a week training with the country’s best and refining his skills.
Beat the Streets Wrestling™ is proud to announce the addition of Jesse Jantzen to our board. A financier and champion college-level athlete, Jantzen brings many kinds of expertise to the organization's mission to improve the lives and prospects of New York City youth.
Tavakolian, born in Iran and raised primarily in the United States, was essential in coordinating the 2016 Beat the Streets gala where Team USA met in friendly competition with the top wrestlers from Iran.
Beat the Streets Wrestling took a team of thirteen boys to the Waterway Duals on Saturday, September 10 in Oxford, PA. This team competition held at the Oxford Area High School saw the BTS team hold their own against competitors from four different states.
Wrestler Steven Isaac praised the competitive lineup of the NYC team. “We had four Fargo All-Americans in our lineup, as well as very talented wrestlers such as John-Luke (Destefano), Daniel Bogie, myself and many others representing BTS.”
The New York City Wrestling Officials Association will hold referee-candidate training classes this fall starting on Tuesday, September 20th from 6-8pm.Classes will run for seven consecutive Tuesdays. The classes will take place at the High School of Applied Communication (30-20 Thompson Ave. Long Island City, NY. 11101)
Beat the Streets alumni are known to fight hard and achieve a great deal, but it’s not every day their ambitions send them all the way to Africa. Sara Andresen is living proof that if you’ve made it here, you can make it anywhere.
Andresen graduated from Hunter College High School and now studies political science and international relations at UMass Amherst. She chose those fields as someone with a love of travel and the diverse cultures of the globe. Being mixed race herself, she felt fortunate to meet so many people of different backgrounds growing up here. “ I simply love seeing the way other people see the world,” Andresen said.
The same day Olympians were duking it out in Rio for the gold, New York City kids put their summer’s worth of practice to use at the Big Apple Games Tournament. The all-day tournament was held at the Novogratz Center for Athletics at Poly Prep High School in Brooklyn on Thursday, August 18 and had roughly sixty NYC youth participate.
The tournament was conducted in the dual meet style where teams face off against one another and strive to win by attaining the most points from all of their individual matches. Kids could sign up as a team, or individuals could arrive and be placed on a team with other single wrestlers.
On Sunday, July 31, Beat the Streets sent a bus to the Long Island Summer Heat Folkstyle Tournament held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. 20 kids used BTS transportation, and about ten more attended with a parent or a coach.
Beat the Streets had one champion, one second, and several third and fourths in a tournament that only placed the top four contenders.
Beat the Streets is once again hosting watch parties for the Olympics, this time to cheer on Team USA as they vie for the gold in the Rio games. Save the following dates: Thursday Aug 18 at 3:00 PM for Women's Freestyle matches, and Friday Aug 19 at 3:00 PM for Men's Freestyle. BTS will be hosting these watch parties at The Grayson in East Village. There will be a happy hour special on drinks and food, and we will have a designated space in the backroom. Come out and see the world's best wrestlers with fellow patrons of the sport.
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On Thursday, September 15, we invite you to come enjoy an evening of drinks, good company, and entertainment to support Beat the Streets. Your ticket will directly support our Junior League program, which is the top wrestling program for middle school youth in the city. Not only are you providing an opportunity for personal growth and advancement to these children, but you're helping to put a coach - a supportive adult who cares about them - in their lives.
Throughout July, Beat the Streets funded trips for over 300 New York City wrestlers to summer camps across the country. These young student-athletes enjoyed learning new wrestling techniques, training and drilling methods, tips about the college application process, and making new friends in the wrestling world in locations such as Princeton, Cornell, and Penn State.
The boys are back in town, and with accolades to show for their hard work. Beat the Streets helped send 22 boys to the Asics/Vaughan Cadet & Junior National Championships in Fargo, ND. An account of the success of the 31 girls who also attended was published last Friday.
In the Cadet Greco-Roman division, Dove Bonjean Alpart from Poly Prep took 5th place in the 106 lb weight class. In the Cadet Freestyle competition, Terry Adams from Monsignor Farrell placed 8th at 100 lbs, and Jayson Gomez from Eagle Academy took 7th at 285 lbs.
New York City girls put on a powerful performance at the national tournament in Fargo, ND, with two new champions and a handful placing high enough to receive All-American honors.
“The overall tournament, we had a very young team, experience-wise,” said BTS head girls coach Jacque Davis. “The group was definitely the best I’ve worked with at Fargo. They were all on the same page, picked each other up and pushed each other forward.”
Josh Ferenczy, center left. Via Liberty University Wrestling Facebook.
Beat the Streets alumnus Josh Ferenczy placed second this year at the 2016 National Collegiate Wrestling Association Club National Championship. Ferenczy, a Staten Island native who attended practices at the Manhattan Training Center growing up, is a wrestler at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.
Ferenczy’s wrestling career started in 2007 when he was a freshman at Curtis High School. He started attending Beat the Streets’ practices and was a regular throughout his time in high school. “I have always tried to study under as many different coaches as possible and then take their best techniques and add them to my arsenal,” he said.
For the past two weeks, middle and high school boys and girls have set off to the Top of the Podium Camp at Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, NY. In the first week, 44 middle school boys, 10 middle school girls, and 48 high school girls went to camp. The second week saw 110 high school boys take over the mats and commit to learning more about wrestling and other helpful life skills.
Both sessions were jam-packed with fun, learning, and lots of wrestling, all staffed by BTS alumni. Each day the campers participated in three wrestling sessions, a life skills class, and recreation time.
Starting on Monday, July 11, Beat the Streets will be taking part in the Public School Athletic League’s Big Apple Games. This program accommodates children from grades 4 through 12, including students with special needs, providing recreational opportunities for youth across New York City.
Photo via Fargomoorhead.org
From July 16 to 23, wrestlers from New York City will be facing off against competition from across the country in the Asics/Vaughan Cadet & Junior National Championships in Fargo, ND, known to the wrestling world as the Fargo tournament.
Beat the Streets is planning to send twenty-two boys and thirty-one NYC girls, from ninth graders to new high school graduates, who will be wrestling a mix of freestyle and Greco-Roman competition. There will be additional boys and girls from all over the state joining our NYC wrestlers to make up Team New York.
On Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, five BTS members faced off against participants from twenty-three states at the Freestyle Cadet National Duals in York, Pennsylvania. This tournament was special in that it showed the relative strength of New York City’s wrestling culture, with NYC kids making up almost half of the lineup of a state team.
The Beat the Streets competitors were Terry Adams (Monsignor Farrell, 9th grade), Dove Bonjean-Alpart (Poly Prep, 8th grade), David Berkovich (Poly Prep, 9th grade), Deshawn Herbert (South Shore, 9th grade), and Zacc Romero (Brooklyn Tech, 9th grade).
From June 6 to 8, Beat the Streets leadership attended an educational course hosted by United World Wrestling designed to help coaches learn how to teach one another. The course was held at the Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, where Executive Director Brendan Buckley and head girls coach Jacque Davis were in attendance.
On the first day of class, instructors wasted no time getting right to the first “practical,” where each attendee had to get in front of the group and play the role of an educator. At this point, the instructors had not yet explained the role of an educator, so it was a chance for the coaches to act on what they thought was expected of the role.