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altIn a departure from previous years, Beat the Streets has adopted a new format for the Junior League's primary competition schedule: the jamboree. The first such event took place Sunday, November 20th at George Wingate Educational Campus in Brooklyn. With nearly 200 competitors from 18 teams, over 100 matches were completed between the two, roughly 2.5-hour sessions.


Dual meets at this level are rife with forfeits, preclude many kids from wrestling at all if their competition doesn't field enough wrestlers of the appropriate size, and creates an extremely unbalanced set of matchups with teams of four sometimes taking on teams of 17 or more -- if you're guaranteed a loss, it's hard to maintain the fun. The jamboree changes all that.

The beauty of this format is that, with as many as 30 teams gathering in one gym with three-plus mats down, there is a much greater probability that every kid will have not only another competitor his or her size, but one who has a similar experience and skill level, as well. With no forfeits, these events move very quickly, everyone is guaranteed at least one match, and if time permits, those wanting additional matches can be accommodated with a variety of opponents to boot.

Given the impressive numbers, the excellent parent turnout, and the anecdotal evidence -- it looks as though this format has staying power. Check out the pictures from the event below.

A big thank you goes out to Wingate HS Head Coach Steve Flanagan, his staff, and his team for taking on the responsibilities of setting up and organizing everything the host team needs to do -- in spite of having their own scrimmage meet against Monsignor Farrell in the middle of everything. Extremely well done, to everyone.

2008 World Champion Clarissa Chun visited the Manhattan Training Center on Monday, November 14th, for a 2-hour clinic. Check out photos below!


What started off as a way to help coaches learn skills and tactics for leading better practices turned into a challenging workout and an insight into the mindset of three champions. Jake Herbert, Zeke Jones, and Bobby Douglas paid a visit to the 2011 BTS Coaches Summit being held at the NYAC on Saturday evening. A collegial dinner followed.


Along with host, organizer, and BTS Board Trustee, Noel Thompson, Herbert led the coaches in attendance through a series of warm-up exercises, skill-building drills, and advice on how to keep kids interested and motivated at all levels of the sport. For the younger kids, "It's gotta be fun," Herbert repeatedly said, reinforcing the idea that kids aren't there to be Olympic Champions - at least not yet. So keeping them engaged and involved is a matter of fun and entertainment. One way to do that is to make everything a competition or a game - that small change of perspective can transform horrible, awful sprints into a fun, exciting race. The framing is key. Meanwhile, the skills are being honed and the drive is building.

After the coaches were put through their paces, Bobby Douglas came on to take questions about motivating wrestlers, garnering administration support for the team, and the importance of wrestling for the inner city youth. "Without wrestling, I'd be in jail," Douglas said simply. His incredible background story is captured in his book, a limited number of copies of which are available in the BTS office for free to coaches and wrestlers.

Zeke Jones then spoke about putting together a successful program for years to come, the critical importance of sending kids to wrestling camp, and engaging those who can help the team, from parents to administrators to donors. Jones said the key to building a successful program, off the mat, is to engage and cultivate a family amongst alumni, parents, and donors, "Communications, operations, alumni relations, and development. Those are the four areas. That's  the model for wrestling." Building those areas will give you the support for a program to flourish.

Once the coaches got showered up and changed into their jackets and collared shirts, an awesome dinner spread was set up on the 12th floor of the Club with a terrace overlooking Central Park. The food was great, the views were amazing, and the night was crisp. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday evening.


Beat the Streets would like to thank Jake, Zeke, and Bobby for coming down and spending time with our coaches, and Noel for putting everything together and emceeing the event. As always, thank you as well to USA Wrestling for everything you do.


Thursday, November 10th, 2011 - BROOKLYN, NY -- With over 200 wrestlers, coaches, and guests in attendance, USA Wrestling's Head Freestyle Coach, Zeke Jones led a clinic at Grand Street Campus. Afterwards, a contingent of Team USA wrestlers competed against a group of Monglian National Team members. The US came out on top, 5-4. See photos after the results below, and many, many more here on Flickr.

Video of the matches and interviews can be found here, thanks to USA Wrestling and

Beat the Streets would like to thank USA Wrestling and Coach Zeke Jones for coming out early for the NYAC Holiday Tournament and Russian dual Meet to make this happen. It should also be acknowledged and appreciated that this couldn't have happened without Ryan Murphy, the fine folks at SportsUnited in the U.S. Department of State, and the work they did to bring the Mongolian team to Brooklyn. 

Everyone at BTS is most grateful!

  • Women’s 72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Odonchimeg Badrakh (Mongolia) dec. Melissa Simmons (USA), 5-3, 6-0
  • Men’s 55 kg/121 lbs. –Bekhbayar Erdenebat (Mongolia) dec. Sam Hazewinkel (USA), 5-5, 5-4
  • Women’s 48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Clarissa Chun (USA) dec. Davaasuren Bayarmagnai (Mongolia), 4-0, 6-6
  • Men’s 60 kg/132 lbs. –Mandakhnaran Ganzorig (Mongolia) dec. Reece Humphrey (USA), 4-1, 4-0
  • Women’s 55 kg/121 lbs. – Helen Maroulis (USA) dec. Byambatseren Sundev (Mongolia), 1-0, 4-0
  • Men’s 66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Brent Metcalf (USA) dec. Ankhbayar Batchuluun (Mongolia), 3-3, 9-3
  • Women’s 63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Veronica Carlson (USA) dec. Tumentsetseg Sharkhuu (Mongolia), 4-0, 7-1
  • Men’s 74 kg/163 lbs. – Andrew Howe (USA) dec. Unurbat Purevjav (Mongolia), 1-0, 1-0
  • Women’s 72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Burmaa Ochirbat (Mongolia) dec. Melissa Simmons (USA), 4-0, 3-0

Parental Permission Slip - All participants under 18 need to have one on file

Free Clarissa Chun clinic flier, 11/14 5:30pm-8:00pm 145 Thompson St. New York, NY

NEW YORK, New York (November 1, 2011) – Beat the Streets Wrestling, Inc. announces that it will sponsor an International Dual Meet between National Team Members from the USA vs. National Team Members from Mongolia.

The match will take place on Thursday, November 10th, 2011 at 6:00 PM at Grand Street Campus High School in Brooklyn. 

“This is an exceptional opportunity for us to host such a high-level event at one of our marquee programs,” said Beat the Streets Board Chairman, Michael Novogratz. “Not only will our kids be able to see international-caliber competition up close, but they have an opportunity to learn from the Olympic team coach, Zeke Jones. We’re excited about it.”


Competition will be held in both Men’s and Women’s Freestyle and will feature some of the best wrestlers in the country: 2011 World Team member Reece Humphrey, 2010 member Brent Metcalf, as well as Sam Hazewinkel and Andrew Howe, both 2011 World Team runners-up.

On the Women’s side, participants include 2008 World Champion Clarissa Chun, 2005 World Champion Iris Smith, 2011 Pan-Am Champion Helen Maroulis, 2009 Junior World Bronze Medalist Veronica Carlson, and 7-time Age Group National Champion Melissa Simmons.


The Mongolian team will also be very talented and experienced.

The women’s team will feature 2009 World silver medalist Burmaa Ochirbat at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. and 2009 World bronze medalist Odonchimeg Badrakh at 72 kg/158.5 lbs., plus 2010 Junior World silver medalist Davaasuren Bayarmagnai at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. The men’s team will include two members of its 2011 World Team, Mandakhnaran Ganzorig at 60 kg/132 lbs and Unurbat Purevjav at 74 kg/163 lbs.

Prior to the match, National Team Coach Zeke Jones will conduct a practice for Beat the Streets Junior Olympic Athletes from grades 6 through High School at Grand Street. “Beat the Streets has a history of putting on really top-notch events and we’re very happy to be working with them again on this one,” Jones said.

Mitch Hull, USA Wrestling Director of National Teams, said, “It’s always a special opportunity when you can bring a team from halfway around the world and set up a competition in the middle of Brooklyn. That doesn’t happen too often.”

The members of the Mongolian National Freestyle Team are in the U.S. on a U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) SportsUnited Sports Visitor Program.  During the recent visit of Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj to the U.S., Ambassador Adam Ereli, the Bureau's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, presented President Elbegdorj with a USA Wrestling jacket and announced the upcoming exchange.

Beat the Streets wrestlers and coaches will be admitted for Free. General Admission is only $5.00 at the door.

Grand Street Campus High School is located at the corner of Grand St. and Bushwick Ave in Brooklyn and is easily accessible from the “L” Subway Line. See for more information.

About Beat the Streets

Beat the Streets Wrestling, Inc. works directly with the New York City Department of Education in a public-private partnership to help New York City's student-athletes achieve their athletic and personal goals. Since the institution of the first Beat the Streets program in 2004, New York City has seen over 100 new Middle School, High School, and Club wrestling teams begin, in all five boroughs. BTS programs provide a safe, positive atmosphere in which thousands of disadvantaged and at-risk youth can learn the essential life lessons of personal responsibility, physical fitness, education, and teamwork. The goal of fostering strong, dedicated, and optimistic kids is delivered through tutoring, after-school programs, mentoring, and coaching. More information can be found at

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Lions - 37 
Wolves - 31

3rd Place Match

Beat the Streets wrestlers and coaches after the 2011 NYC Club Duals. (Photo: Philip Rufo)
Beat the Streets wrestlers and coaches. (Photo: Philip Rufo)

Madison - 40
Wingate - 35


Lions - 40
Madison - 31

Wolves - 42
Wingate - 28

Preliminary Round Results

Breakthrough 38, CSI/M 27
Warriors 36, Eagle 34
Wingate 46, Breakthrough 25
Wingate 55, Curtis 3
Wolves 65, CSI 12
Lions 76, Warriors 0
Wolves 38, Breakthrough 30
Madison 59, Warriors 23
Lions 72, Eagle 0

Wow! What a year this is going to be. If this first month of action is any indication, we are in for an amazing year.

The 2011 PSAL Wrestling Season officially kicked off with practices beginning Tuesday November 1st! More updates are on the PSAL Wrestling home page.

There is a whole lot of anticipation brewing with lots of smack-talking on Facebook and the newly created and the forums existing therein. In a hotly-contested preseason dual meet tournament on Sunday, October 23rd, the Lions Club -- comprised of mostly Monsignor Farrell grapplers -- beat the Wolves -- mostly Grand Street Campus -- 37 to 31 in the finals. It was an epic battle with a lot of great matches. In the Consolation finals, Madison took down Wingate 40-35. 


Additionally, November is shaping up to be a HUGE month for wrestling in NYC with the following big events coming up:

Click on the links above for more information and check back for updates as they become available!

This is shaping up the be the biggest year in NYC Wrestling history!

altThe Eagle Academy for Young Men will be hosting Hofstra University Head Coach Rob Anspach for a clinic on Saturday 10/15/11 from 12:00 - 2:30pm.

Anspach, a 2001 Hofstra alumnus became the 11th Head Wrestling Coach in Hofstra history on March 25, 2011. His tenure on the Pride coaching staff, which began in 2001-02, has resulted in a 112-58-6 dual meet record, eight conference championships and 33 league champions. A total of sixty-three wrestlers have reached the NCAA Championships during his nine years on staff including 13 that earned All-America honors.

The cost will be $10 (cash only) and wrestlers must have a USA card. There are only 40 open spots, so hurry!

Please respond with wrestlers' names and USA Wrestling Card Numbers as soon as possible. Email

John McGarry
Eagle Academy for Young Men

4143 3rd Ave
Bronx, NY 10457

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3rd Annual Wrestling Coaching Clinic


Drexel Assistant Coach Todd Schavrien will be doing a clinic at Eagle Academy on Saturday, 10/22/11 from 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm. The event will cost $10 and wrestlers must have their USA Wrestling Card.  If wrestler doesn't have, they can purchase the day of. Eagle Academy is located at 4143 3rd Ave Bronx NY 10457.

If you have any questions please contact Eagle Head Coach John McGarry at 516 582 1784 or by email at

About Todd Schavrien

altTodd Schavrien joined the Drexel coaching staff in June of 2011 after a distinguishing wrestling career at the University of Missouri. While at Missouri, he was the Big XII Champion in 2011 and was an All-American at 141 pounds. Schavrien was a captain as a senior and was a three-time NCAA qualifier. He transferred to Missouri after spending his first two seasons at Arizona State. Schavrien, a Poway, CA native, was a two-time High School All-American. He graduated in May of 2011 from Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies.





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Bronx, NY 10457

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altEagle Academy for Young Men will be hosting Brown University Assistant Coach John Clark for a clinic on Saturday 9/17/11 from 12:00 - 2:30pm.

Clark was a two-time All-American and a four-time NCAA qualifier. A 2004 graduate of Ohio State, Clark has spent one season each coaching at Stanford and Lehigh. At Brown, he serves as the recruiting coordinator and works with wrestlers from 157 pounds up.The cost will be $10 (cash only) and wrestlers must have a USA card (available here). There are only 40 open spots, so hurry!

Please respond with wrestlers name and USA Wrestling Card Number as soon as possible. Email

John McGarry
Eagle Academy for Young Men

4143 3rd Ave
Bronx, NY 10457

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We are happy to announce that several positions are available and we are looking to add to our team and stengthen our ability to make a difference in the lives of thousands of New York City boys and girls!

Click here for job descriptions!

Rosemary Flores goes 3-1 in her biggest stage to date. For the full article, click this link:

altRosemary Flores won a Cadet National Championship on Saturday night in Fargo, ND, becoming the first national champion in Beat the Streets history. Fellow Staten Island-resident Kim Cardenas also became an All-American with a 4th place finish at 88 pounds.

"No words. I feel so proud," said Flores, who is going to be a Junior at Curtis High School on Staten Island. "Hard work pays off, it really does." She was quick to point out the cost of such achievement, however, saying, "Coach Hirsch had us wrestling four practices a day at camp. The last practice, I was so exhausted - I was crying!"

Wrestling at 124 pounds, Flores compiled a 4-0 record with all four victories coming by pin off of her signature move, a devastating headlock. Three of the falls were in the first period, including the finals match against Areana Villeascusa of Arizona which ended in a mere :42 seconds.

Flores is the flagship wrestler for the fledgling Beat the Streets Girls Wrestling Program headed up by Coach Cheryl Wong. 

"Beat the Streets and the New York City Department of Education, along with the Public School Athletic League, are looking to expand the Girls program this coming school year," said BTS Board Trustee Kyra Tirana Barry. "Cheryl is doing an incredible job with these girls, and we're very excited about increasing opportunities for girls to compete and participate in our successful program."

Flores will now compete in the Junior Women's tournament starting on Tuesday.

The Cadet age group is for those wrestlers who are turning 15 or 16 this calendar year, while the Junior division is for those born September 1, 1991 and after, who are also currently enrolled in grades 9-12.

Beat the Streets Wrestling, Inc. works directly with the New York City Department of Education in a public‐private partnership to help New York City's student‐athletes achieve their personal and athletic goals. Through the operation of wrestling programs in middle and high schools in the five boroughs, BTS and the DOE provide a safe, positive atmosphere in which disadvantaged and at‐risk youth can learn the essential life lessons of personal responsibility, physical fitness, education, and teamwork. The goal of fostering strong, dedicated, and optimistic kids is delivered through tutoring, after‐school programs, mentoring, and coaching. More information can be found at www.beat‐the‐

Rosemary Flores (blue) competes in the finals of the 124 lbs. weight class at the Cadet Women's Freestyle National Championships on Saturday, July 16th, 2011 in Fargo, ND.

Rosemary Flores (blue) competes in the finals of the 124 lbs. weight class at the Cadet Women's Freestyle National Championships on Saturday, July 16th, 2011 in Fargo, ND.

Rosemary Flores competes in the finals of the 124 lbs. weight class at the Cadet Women's Freestyle National Championships on Saturday, July 16th, 2011 in Fargo, ND.

Rosemary Flores is interviewed by USA Wrestling's Gary Abbott after her gold medal-winning performance in the 124 lbs. weight class at the Cadet Women's Freestyle National Championships on Saturday, July 16th, 2011 in Fargo, ND.

Rosemary Flores is interviewed by USA Wrestling's Gary Abbott after her gold medal-winning performance in the 124 lbs. weight class at the Cadet Women's Freestyle National Championships on Saturday, July 16th, 2011 in Fargo, ND.

altCurtis High School's Rosemary Flores continued her impressive emergence on the national and international stage with a Silver Medal-winning performance in the Pre-Junior division of the Canada Cup on Sunday, July 2nd, in Guelph, Canada. She helped the US win the team title.

For complete coverage, check out the article at

Man of the Year goes to Mike Novogratz, Chairman of BTS:

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Fifteen year old Cheick Ndiaye, the only individual representing New York City at the 2011 USAW Cadet Duals (Freestyle) wrestled in the 105 lbs. weight class for the New York State National Team.

Despite a 1-6 personal record at the tournament, Ndiaye was indisputably fortunate in gaining an experience the likes of which we city wrestlers covet throughout our careers. What sets the rest of the country apart from us, says Cheick, is that “they like to shoot a lot. New York kids don’t get low enough.”

Looking towards the future with a positive mentality, Ndiaye seems to accept his shortcomings and leaves us with the plain truth – “I need to do more than what they do – if they work hard, I need to work harder.”

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