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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‐streets.org.

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 themat.com.

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

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(The piece focusing on Mr. Novogratz begins at 21:15.)

For the full story, see the article at themat.com.

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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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Last Updated: 2:02 AM, June 18, 2011
Robert Cole

altThe only thing William Vera knew about wrestling was the WWE's version, where outlandish characters are as liable to grapple as they are to hit each other with steel chairs. So when then-Bryant coach Pete Maliarakis approached him three years ago there was immediate confusion.

“I didn’t know what a point was,” Vera said. “I didn’t know what wrestling was at all. It was funny because I asked my coach, ‘Are there any chairs involved?’ I didn’t know anything about it.”

He ended up learning pretty quickly. Vera went 5-2 that first season, but lost just one more PSAL match thereafter and won the PSAL individual title at 135 pounds over the winter.

On Monday night, he was honored with the PSAL Wingate Award, given annually to the best senior in a given sport at a ceremony at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. Vera was also the one of the first recipients of the Become Your Own Dream wrestling scholarship, which puts $1,000 toward college.

“It’s amazing and I’m very grateful, because [the scholarship] opens many doors,” Vera said. “I don’t come from a lot of money and that really helps me a lot.”

He was equally honored to earn the Wingate. Back during his freshman season, after Maliarakis discovered Vera working out in the gym instead of going to lunch like his classmates, Bryant’s team captain at the time spoke about the Wingate Award and its prestige. On the way to St. Francis College on Monday night, Vera phoned his old friend to tell him he was thinking about the speech he heard three years ago.

“I never paid it much attention then,” Vera said. “He told me what a great honor it was to have it.”

It was current coach Fred Dreier who told Vera about the scholarship. He will use it next year at Mount St. Vincent, where Vera will be part of the Riverdale school’s first wrestling team.

After college, he has thought about training in mixed martial arts. He attended a wrestling camp in Somers, N.J., with current UFC star Urijah Faber and has followed the former World Extreme Cagefighting champion’s career since then.

“A lot of people told me that, 'why don’t you do MMA?'" Vera said. “Who knows? I watch it on TV. I love it.”

And he knows now: no steel chairs necessary.

mraimondi@nypost.com

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Due to facilities conflicts, practice at the Manhattan Training Center has been cancelled for Thursday, June 2nd, 2011.

Due to Memorial Day, practice at the Manhattan Training Center has been cancelled for Monday, May 30th, 2011.

Yesterday, Sunday, May 22nd, 2011, Beat the Streets held its first club freestyle dual meet championship at the Rochdale Community Center in Jamaica, Queens.

Eight of our 12 Spring Clubs participated in the event, with representatives from over 20 different High Schools.  The Madison Knights from Brooklyn took home the first place trophy followed by Wingate, Grand St. and the Gladiators. Deuly Espinal from Grand St. Campus was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.

BTS Program Manager Ryan Cooley set up and ran the entire event, in cooperation with the South East Queens Wrestling Association (SEQWA).

The event was held on four mats beginning at 11am and each team wrestled four matches.  The entire tournament and awards ceremony wrapped up by 3:15pm.

Many thanks to Ryan and SEQWA for a great afternoon.  We plan to do a Folkstyle club duals in October.  We will keep you posted.

Several members of the Iranian National Team are leading a clinic at the BTS Manhattan Training Center Friday, May 27th, 2011 from 5:00pm-7:30pm, sharp (the gym is being used following the clinic, so punctuality will be necessary). The clinic is free for both student-athletes and coaches, and all are encouraged to attend.

Latecomers will not be permitted inside, due to the rigidity of the schedule.

Who is coming:

Reza Yazdani – 96kg World Medalist
Sadegh Goudarzi – 74kg World Medalist
Davood Rakhshhorshid – 120 kg Iranian National Champ, National team member
Gholamreza Mohammadi – National Head Coach, World Medalist
Mohsen Kaveh – National Assistant Coach
Mehdi Kaveh – 1996 World Cup Champion & OW

 

BTS would like to congratulate the following State Champions:

Santo Curatolo, Tottenville - Cadet Greco-Roman, 119 lbs.
McZiggy Richards, Wingate - Junior Freestyle & Greco-Roman, 189 lbs.
Abubakarr Sow, Brooklyn International - Junior Freestyle, 125 lbs.
Emin Aliyev, Lincoln - Junior Greco-Roman, 140 lbs. 

As well as the other 14 individuals who qualified for Fargo! Well done, Section XII-NYC! See the entire list here.

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