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PSAL Finishes with 5 medals and 7 placewinners.

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    Cheick Ndiaye
    2nd Place - Cheick Ndiaye (Brooklyn International) - Division 2, 106 lbs
    • First PSAL finalist since 1989
  • 3rd Place - McZiggy Richards (Wingate) - Division 1, 182 lbs
  • 4th Place - Patryk Kopczynski (Brooklyn Tech) - Division 1, 220 lbs
  • 5th Place - Abubakarr Sow (Brooklyn International) - Division 2, 126 lbs
  • 6th Place - Cristian Masaya (Brooklyn Tech) - Division 1, 152 lbs
  • 7th (tie, no medal) - Keanu Thompson (Grand Street) - Division 1, 120 lbs
  • 7th (tie, no medal) - Adis Radoncic (Riverdale Kingsbridge) - Division 2, 145 lbs

Other items of note:

  • Brackets: Division 1, Division 2
  • Best-ever performance by the PSAL. The highest number of medalists in a year before this was two.
  • Set records for Section scoring - Division 1 with 51 and Division 2 with 42.5
  • There were 105 Division 1 schools which scored points
    • Brooklyn Tech placed 28th (tied)
    • Wingate placed 44th (tied)
    • Grand Street placed 61st (tied)
    • FDR placed  79th (tied)
    • Curtis placed 94th (tied)
    • Tottenville placed 101st (tied)
  • There were 104 Division 2 schools which scored points
    • Brooklyn International placed 12th (tied)
    • Riverdale-Kingsbrige placed 66th (tied)
    • Baruch placed 82nd (tied)
    • Petrides placed 97th

On Sunday, 2/12/12 at Petrides High School on Staten Island, 30 PSAL wrestlers were crowned city champs and will travel to Albany for the New York High School Wrestling State Championships. 

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There were a number of milestone achievements at this year's tournament:

  • Jorje Jimenez (image at right, in his semi-final match) (Sr. Grand Street Campus, 160 lbs.) became the first 4x state qualifier in PSAL history with his fourth city title.
  • Santo Curatolo (Jr. Tottenville, 113 lbs.) and C.J. Rodriguez (Sr. Curtis, 138 lbs.) each won their third titles.
  • Curatolo was also named Most Valuable Wrestler (MVW) for the Division I Large Schools
  • Adis Radoncic (So. Riverdale-Kingsbridge Academy, 145 lbs) was named MVW for the Division II Small Schools

Individual Champions - Division I Large Schools
Brackets

99 – Josh Antoine, Grand Street Campus
106 – Zin Lynn Htoo, Brooklyn Tech
113 – Santo Curatolo, Tottenville
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126 – Mike Gannone, Tottenville
132 – Ahmed Elsayed, Wingate
138 – C.J. Rodriguez, Curtis
145 – Emin Aliyev, Abraham Lincoln
152 – Cristian Masaya, Brooklyn Tech
160 – Jorje Jimenez, Grand Street Campus
170 – Anatoliy Anchakov, Grand Street Campus
182 – McZiggy Richards, Wingate
195 – Andreas Kokkoros, Brooklyn Tech
220 – Patryk Kopczynski, Brooklyn Tech
285 – Leon Gonzalez, FDR

Individual Champions - Division II Small Schools
Brackets

99 – Dolan McColgan, Petrides|
106 – Cheick Ndiaye, Brooklyn International
113 – Edwin Uruchima, Robert F. Wagner
120 – Metin Vrlaku, Petrides
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132 – Paul Schoenberg, Baruch
138 – Anthony Padulo, Baruch
145 – Adis Radoncic, Riverdale-Kingsbridge Academy
152 – Max Zhang, Baruch
160 – Tyson Simon, Petrides
170 – Isaiah Blake, Baruch
182 – Nathanael Rose, Eagle Academy
195 – Miguel Perez, Eagle Academy
220 – Christopher Durazzo, Petrides
285 – Elvin Gervacio, Brooklyn International

The Mayor's Cup Results from the Harlem Armory at 143rd Street (January 28th/29th 2012):

Results from the Boys' Tournament

First Place: Monsignor Farrell

Second Place: Grand Street Campus

Third Place: Brooklyn Tech.

Results from the Girls' Tournament

First Place: Curtis High

Second Place: Hunter College HS

Third Place: Wingate Educational Complex

517 wrestlers. 74 Teams. 15 champions to be crowned, on Sunday, January 29th.

And handing out all that hardware will be none other than 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist Kendall Cross, who is in town to take part in the festivities following the conclusion of the 2012 NYC Mayors Cup Wrestling Championships Varsity and Girls divisions on Sunday, January 29 at the 369th Harlem Armory at 40 W. 143rd St. in Harlem.
 
Kendall is a good friend of Beat the Streets, having been the featured guest clinician at the 2010 BTS summer camp and having attended several of the BTS galas. 
 
Girls preliminary rounds and varsity semifinals are slated to begin at 9:00 AM with girls finals at 1:00 PM and Varsity finals at 3:00 PM.
 
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Kendall shows Wingate Senior Reginald Lominy a foot sweep technique.
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Kendall & Reginald.
 

Event: NYC Mayor's Cup Wrestling Championships
Venue: 369th Harlem Armory, 40 West 143rd Street, Manhattan MAP

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

7:00AM: Weigh In
9AM - 4PM: Varsity Preliminary Rounds

Sunday, January 29, 2012

7:30AM: Weigh In
9:00AM: Girls Preliminary Rounds & Varsity Semifinals
1:00PM: Girls Finals
2:15PM: Girls Awards Ceremony
3:00PM: Varsity Finals
5:30PM: Varsity Awards Ceremony

Description: More than 450 of the City's best male and female high school wrestlers from the Public School Athletic League, Catholic High School Athletic Association and independent schools will compete in the NYC Mayor's Cup Wrestling Championships for a chance to be crowned the Best in the City. The NYC Mayor’s Cup Wrestling Championships, created in 2004 through a collaborative effort between NYC & Company, Beat The Streets and the Metropolitan Wrestling Association has grown into one of the largest events of its kind in the metropolitan area.

2011 Results

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Deuly Espinal putting the team score out of reach.

In a dramatic turn of events, Grand Street Campus took down defending champion Brooklyn Tech by a final score of 46-27. Not only was this a rematch of last year's final, but it also avenged a Dec. 21st defeat where Brooklyn Tech was victorious 45-34 -- in Grand Street's home gym, no less. This match was held at neutral site John Bowne High School in Queens. Prior to the final, the consolation final saw Wingate Campus overtake Eagle Academy with a pin in the last match to win 36-34. 

Fresh off the exciting finish to the 3rd-place match, the energy in the gym was palpable as the two teams warmed up and got down to business. But with victories in the first three matches to take a 13-0 lead, Grand Street took off and never looked back.

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altNatalie Cortez, the current Beat the Streets Intern, ran a wrestling clinic with the help of Coach Adam Starr, Beat the Streets Girls Wrestling Program’s Up2Us Grant Recipient for 2011-2012. On January 4th, Natalie and Adam ran a clinic for a class of about 20 middle school girls through the Girls, Inc. Program at the The Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women in downtown Brooklyn. While apprehensive at first, when shown what the sport of wrestling actually was and given the chance to try it, the girls were excited about wrestling, and eager to participate.

For the rest of the article, continue on to NYCWomensWrestling.com...

 

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McZiggy Richards took 2nd at 182 lbs, with Deuly Espinal placing 8th at 132 lbs and Patryk Kopczynski placing 5th at 220 lbs.

McZiggy Richards' quarterfinal match against #2 seed, Matt Lashway from Queensbury. Lashway was the 2011 NY State Division I runner-up at 171 pounds.

Watch more video of Eastern States 2011 (Flo Major) on flowrestling.org

alt New York City Public school teams are making some noise at one of the toughest tournaments in the northeast.

PSAL Wrestlers are 24-12 thus far with 9 pins, 1 tech fall, and 3 major decisions. "The decision to create a travel contingent is bearing real fruit at this year’s Eastern States," said Bill Crum, Beat the Streets COO. "In a tournament that is often said to be tougher than the states, the BTS/PSAL contingent brought 12 wrestlers. All 12 have won at least one match. Nine are still alive for the second day; two are in the quarterfinals."

NYC Public School Results

99 Lbs  #5 Bryan Lantry,  Wayne  Dec  Josh Antoine,  Grand Street Campus  9-7; Ot
99 Lbs  Josh Antoine,  Grand Street Campus  Dec  Tony Recco,  Lyndonville  9-2

106 Lbs  #2 Krishna Sewkumar,  Long Beach  Major  Cheick Ndaye,  Brooklyn Intrntl  12-4     
106 Lbs  Cheick Ndaye,  Brooklyn Intrntl  Major  Ryan Moore,  Lasalle  21-8     
106 Lbs  Cheick Ndaye,  Brooklyn Intrntl  Fall  Jake Yankloski,  Wayne  F 2:24     
106 Lbs  Cheick Ndaye,  Brooklyn Intrntl  Fall  Branden Wheeler,  Greene  F 2:14

113 Lbs  Santo Curatolo,  Tottenville  Fall  Jimmy Leach,  Eastport- S Manor  F 1:56     
113 Lbs  Troy Feniger,  North Rockland  Dec  Santo Curatolo,  Tottenville  12-10     
113 Lbs  Santo Curatolo,  Tottenville  Dec  Luis Andreakis,  Washingtonville  9-2     
113 Lbs  Santo Curatolo,  Tottenville  Fall  Corey Mccormick,  Johnson City  F 1:56     
113 Lbs  Santo Curatolo,  Tottenville  Fall  Austin Acquard,  Iroquois  F 1:36    

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McZiggy Richards
Quarterfinalist, 2-0 record

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Patryk Kopczynski
Quarterfinalist, 1-0 record

113 Lbs  Jesse Porter,  Shenendehowa  Fall  Johnny Marquez,  Flushing  F 1:25
113 Lbs  Johnny Marquez,  Flushing  Tf  Mason Rabideau,  Burnt Hills  15-0;4:22
113 Lbs  Johnny Marquez,  Flushing  Dec  Alex Baum,  Monroe Woodbury  8-4
113 Lbs  Kevin Mauro,  Rocky Point  Fall  Johnny Marquez,  Flushing  F 1:31

126 Lbs  Abubakarr Sow,  Brooklyn Intrntl  Fall  Freddy Medina,  Long Beach  F 2:22
126 Lbs  #1 Dom Malone,  Wyoming Seminary  Fall  Abubakarr Sow,  Brooklyn Intrntl  F 2:31
126 Lbs  Abubakarr Sow,  Brooklyn Intrntl  Fall  Skyler Way,  Gouverneur  F 2:19

132 Lbs  Deuly Espinal,  Grand Street Campus  Dec  Dan Circelli,  Monroe Woodbury  7-0
132 Lbs  #5 Thomas Dutton,  Rocky Point  Dec  Deuly Espinal,  Grand Street Campus  6-3
132 Lbs  Deuly Espinal,  Grand Street Campus  Major  Marcus Torres,  Amsterdam  12-0

132 Lbs  Ahmed Elsayed,  Wingate  Fall  Dan Destefano,  Suffern  F 4:47
132 Lbs  #7 Nick Cegelski,  Penfield  Dec  Ahmed Elsayed,  Wingate  8-2
132 Lbs  Ahmed Elsayed,  Wingate  Dec  Jimmy Duncan,  Brewster  4-2; Ot

138 Lbs  Tom Grippi,  Fox Lane  Major  Barry Hart,  Wingate  9-0
138 Lbs  Barry Hart,  Wingate  Dec  Vinny Sperling,  Shoreham  8-1
138 Lbs  Shane Jennings,  Danbury  Dec  Barry Hart,  Wingate  6-1

138 Lbs  Dylan Muller,  Port Jervis  Dec  Emin Aliyev,  Lincoln  1-0
138 Lbs  Emin Aliyev,  Lincoln  Dec  Peter Berman,  Edgemont  8-4
138 Lbs  Emin Aliyev,  Lincoln  Dec  Ray Isales,  Cornwall  6-4; Ot
138 Lbs  Emin Aliyev,  Lincoln  Dec  Tom Grippi,  Fox Lane  5-3

160 Lbs  #8 Jorje Jimenez,  Grand Street Campus  Major  Dan Decarlo,  Port Jervis  8-0
160 Lbs  Joseph Cataldo,  Macarthur  Inj Default #8 Jorje Jimenez,  Grand Street Campus  Def
160 Lbs  Pat Sause,  Pine Bush  Forfeit #8 Jorje Jimenez,  Grand Street Campus  For

182 Lbs  #7 Mcziggy Richards,  Wingate  Dec  Pat Argast,  Fordham Prep  10-9
182 Lbs  #7 Mcziggy Richards,  Wingate  Dec  Jagger Rebozzo,  Half Hollow Hills-West  4-0

220 Lbs  #3 Patryk Kopczynski,  Brooklyn Tech  Fall  Brad Pierson,  Watervliet  F 3:52

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One of the graduates of the first year of the Beat the Streets Girls’ Wrestling Program, Ruth Leger, has gone on to do some great things in college. Ruth Leger, for example, was ranked Top 8 at her weight by the Women’s College Wrestling Association this past month. Beat the Streets Volunteer Writer, Ember Kane Lee, caught up with Ruth for her take on her recent achievements.

Click here for the Interview with Ruth Leger by Ember Kane Lee at NYCWomensWrestling.com...

altFormer First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” 

For one very special student-athlete,  George W. Wingate High School campus senior, Ahmed Elsayed, no truer words have ever been spoken.

Read the rest of the article at GothamCityWrestling.com...

 

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Rosemary Flores, the 2011 USA Wrestling Cadet National Champion at 124lbs and Junior National Champion at 123lbs, was interviewed this month by MSG Varsity. The video is below.


 
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BTS Staten Island Girls Wrestling Team
Top Row: Rachell Para, Rosemary Flores, Leah Cruz, Caoch Angel Mercado. Middle Row: Nicole Ng, Karen Koag, Shannon Henry, Mishal Saeed, Jaritza Lima. Bottom Row: Leslie Schoberl, Ana Espin, Estrella Velez, Jehan Alam.

Congratulations to Rosemary on the hard work and dedication she’s putting into her sport year-round.

Beat the Streets and the BTS Girls’ Wrestling Program are extremely proud of you, and we hope you continue to represent yourself, New York City, and Girls’ Wrestling in the way that you currently do.

Brooklyn Tech was a developmental program just four short years ago. Now, they are the defending City Champions.

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In 2010-11, they swept the major PSAL team competitions, winning the Larry Cantor Award as the highest-scoring public school team at the Mayor’s Cup tournament, dominating the competition en route to winning the dual meet team championship, and taking home the first-place trophy at the City Championships to end the season.

This offseason, in part due to their meteoric rise amongst the PSAL wrestling ranks, they were rewarded with a brand new wrestling room, complete with branded wall padding and custom-fitted mats.

altAssistant Coach Chris LaCarrubba arrived at Brooklyn Tech in the middle of this ascension, in 2009. A product of New Jersey wrestling powerhouse High Point Regional High School, he is no stranger to what it takes to create a winning program – and the formula might surprise you.

“Focus on the family that you create – the coaches, the parents, the principal. Make it something that people want to be a part of,” he says.  And once they want to be involved, “take input from everyone.”

Getting those pieces in place, in addition to the actual wrestling, is what makes success possible.

Culture is Critial: “We recruit hard. We put up posters and have kids walk around with their sweatshirts on to increase awareness.” LaCarrubba explains, “Kids are looking for an identity, to feel a part of something special and bigger than themselves.”

While they certainly benefit from a large population of kids – Brooklyn Tech has seen this year’s enrollment swell to 5,400 students – the success and the culture surrounding the team go beyond mere participation. Look to parents, for example.

“Barbara Pook, she’s just been phenomenal,” LaCarrubba said of one of the wrestler’s mother, who, along with another active mother, puts in a significant amount of time to fundraise and develop the underpinnings of the Brooklyn Tech Wrestling culture.  “Those pictures couldn’t have happened without the parent club and their fundraising.”

alt“Those pictures” are the huge posters that adorn the walls on the stage in the new wrestling room – “Business As Usual” being last year’s themed team shot (two years ago, at left). Putting together such an elaborate production may seem extraneous, and they weren't his idea, but LaCarrubba disagrees with that sentiment: “It’s about creating that community, that culture.”

And that’s a huge part of what makes wrestling thrive at Brooklyn Tech. “It’s become a wrestling school. At first, it was hard to get one girl to be our manager. This year I had to interview 20 girls to be the manager.  It’s pretty cool.”

That sort of following pays dividends in many ways. Uniting forces that increase school spirit catch the attention of administrators and can lead to increased support from principals and athletic directors. In Brooklyn Tech’s case this has been particularly important.

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(l. to r.) New Head Coach Todd Bloom, Assistant Coach Vitaly Simkin, LaCarrubba oversee conditioning.

There have been three head coaches in three years. Fortunately, current head coach Todd Bloom has blended in perfectly, raising the bar for the program as a whole. That seamlessness is a testament to the stability and attention paid by Principal Randy Asher and Athletic Director Jim DiBenedetto, says LaCarrubba: “Principal Asher’s support has been pivotal. He and Mr. DiBenedetto are always on the lookout for coaches that put the kids first and have an interest in guiding the scholar-athlete."

Once all those pieces are in place, all those resources having come together behind a positive movement, it’s important to utilize that energy. Stressing the importance of giving voice to shareholders, LaCarrubba says, “You can’t be a one-man army. You really need to have a collegial atmosphere. That’s why we have three volunteer coaches on staff. We work together.”

And he’s not talking mere lip service, either. “The parents that do get involved, they gotta feel like they’re just as important a part as the coaches. It could be as simple as what the sweatshirt is going to look like. These things are hashed out over months and months and months, because you gotta hash it out and compromise.”

While all this cohesion and teamwork is being forged behind the scenes, the coaches are also paying close attention to the reason for it all: the wrestling.

“We don’t compromise on the system. We have a way we run practice.” But not to say ‘my way or the highway;’ in fact, variety is a key component of how they run things in the room. “The system allows for different styles of coaches, because one can show moves a different way, or a different series that helps  a kid in a different way. Because each kid has a different skill set, a different way of moving, different challenges, you gotta tailor your approach to each kid.”

After all that work is put in, ultimately the kids have to perform. And perform they have. “That responsibility to do right by the other members of their family, that gives them the extra motivation to go beyond what they thought they were capable of.” LaCarrubba gives them the bulk of the credit in fact, saying, “The system, the traveling, the gear - it wouldn't mean anything with the exceptional character and sacrifices these kids make. They really make all of us look good.”

So what’s next? LaCarrubba continues, “The model that [BTS is] moving towards – competing outside of NYC – is kind of what we’ve been doing the last couple of years. There comes a point in time where the only way you’re going to get better is to wrestle better programs. The booster club has given us the opportunity to go out of state and to go upstate. We’ve been able to rent busses.” Quick to qualify, LaCarrubba adds, “But it’s not like we have tons of money. We have contacts. We’ve talked to coaches about having their kids host our kids.” So they find a way to make it work.

But even if you have a supportive administration, involved parents, enthusiastic, talented kids, there is one last customer that needs to be satisfied.

“It’s hard on our families. You have to have really understanding wives and kids and friends.”

LaCarrubba says matter-of-factly, “If you want to be successful, it takes sacrifice. It’s not a secret.” 

Brooklyn Tech just finished the PSAL regular season undefeated for the second year in a row, culminated by a packed-house victory against a loaded Grand Street lineup, at Grand Street Campus. In past weekends, they beat the #2-ranked team in Nassau County and placed 3rd against tough Long Island competition at the Sprig Gardner Tournament, crowning three individual champions in the process. January features the City Dual Meet Tournament and the Mayor's Cup. Stay tuned to www.beat-the-streets.org for continuuing coverage.

Lots of big news around the New York City wrestling world from this weekend. Several teams went to Long Island and the city's traveling team went upstate. We also had a huge Junior League Jamboree in Brooklyn. Here are some details!

Goddard Tournament

Madison wins team title with individual titles from Dean Yadid (113), Marc D'Chiutis (126), Azamat Raimbekov (182), Javaughn Grant (220), and Kujtim Nikq (285). Anthony Padulo from Baruch wins MOW at 138 to go along with Baruch titles from Max Zhang and Isaiah Blake.

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Zhang (l. to r.), Blake, Padulo.
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Coach Ned Campbell hoisting trophy.
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Warsaw Tournament

The Beat the Streets Travel Team took a trip up to Section V territory and the Warsaw Round-Robin Tournament. Winning titles were Santo Curatolo (120 - Tottenville), Abubakarr Sow (126 - Brooklyn International), and Xavier Thomas (152 - Eagle Academy). Curatolo also took home the lightweights MOW by downing a 2011 state placewinner in the finals.

Cheick Ndiaye (106 - Brooklyn International) and Johnny Marquez (113 - Flushing) took 2nd place while Dee Georgiou (113 - Xavier), Emin Aliyev (138 - Lincoln), Nigel Williams (160 - Eagle Academy), and Andrew King (195 - Flushing) all took 3rd.

Coach Mike Torriero said, "New York City represented well. It was a long trip, but worth it."

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Baldwin Cup

Wingate took a squad out to Baldwin on Long Island for some Section VIII action. Mcziggy Richards took home the title, wrestling strong at 182. Other big performances came from Kenton Greaves (5th at 120), Ahmed Elsayed (3rd at 138), Barry Hart (5th at 138), and Cedrick Stephens (2nd at 170). Overall, Wingate took 9th place. 

Head Coach Steve Flanagan said, "It was great. There were some tough teams there and our guys wrestled back really tough. They got tons of matches."

Sprig Gardner Tournament

Brooklyn Tech sought some Section VIII competition of their own out in Bellmore. In a huge win for the city, Patryk Kopczynski pinned the #2-ranked kid in the state on the way to a title at 220. Kopczynski was one match away from placing at last season's state tournament. Head Coach Todd Bloom said he "looked impressive."

Also winnning titles for Tech were Cristian Masaya (152) and Shaquille Williams (285), helping the team to a 3rd place finish overall. Other placewinners included Kevin Tynes (2nd), Zin Htoo (3rd), William Hernandez (5th), Ryan Pang (6th), Mariusz Andrzejewski (5th), Patrick Alcantara (3rd), Andreas Kokkoros (3rd), and Jose Dominguez (5th).

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Photo courtesy of Todd Bloom.

Huntington Tournament

Heading even further out on the island, Grand Street Campus ventured into Section XI territory for the Huntington Tournament. Jorje Jimenez took home the title at 160 in convincing fashion with two pins and a technical fall in the finals. Anatoliy Anchakov and Keanu Thompson both took 4th.

Junior League Jamboree

Week 3 of the Junior League Jamboree schedule saw 273 wrestlers hit the mats in 163 matches. Grand Street Campus hosted.

(Article shared from TheMat.com. Click HERE to see the original)



Joe Baranik, founder of the Award Winning Pennsylvania Wrestling Newsmagazine (PWN) in conjunction with the following nine wrestling organizations and media across America have declared December 5, 2011 the first annual National Wrestling Day. 

PWN, Beat The Streets, Riot Sports Marketing, National Wrestling Coaches Association, Takedown Wrestling Radio & TV, USA Wrestling, National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum, World Wrestling Resource, and the National Collegiate Wrestling Association are supporting this effort.

These groups are all thrilled to get the “Wrestling Season” started from elementary leagues, middle school and high school grapplers, collegiate wrestling, women’s wrestling and our Olympic level Team USA. 

It is time to roll out the mats and “Rumble and Tumble” from Maine to Florida and New York to California. 

We want to let the public know ‘Wrestling Season Has Arrived’ and will continue until the state and national tournaments in March 2012 and the Olympic Team Trials in April 2012.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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