Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

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.

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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.

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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    

McZiggy Richards
Quarterfinalist, 2-0 record

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

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.

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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.

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.


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.

(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 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.

Zhang (l. to r.), Blake, Padulo.
Image courtesy of Carter Berg.
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Coach Ned Campbell hoisting trophy.
Image courtesy of Dan Oved.
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."

Photo courtesy of Mike Torriero.
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).

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.

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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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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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