This Thursday, June 16, Beat the Streets will be hosting practices coached by Georgios Koutsioumpas and Kostas Koutsioumpas, brothers and two national Greek wrestling champions. They will be joining BTS at their regular practice time at 6:00 PM at the Manhattan Training Center located in SoHo.
On Saturday, June 11, the 2016 PSAL Girls Wrestling Championships were held at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Queens. 117 girls from NYC high schools competed in the tournament which marked the end of a strong season for girls wrestling.
On Wednesday, June 8, United Parcel Service (UPS) will be holding a career fair in partnership with Beat the Streets at 6 PM at the UPS 43rd Street Facility in Manhattan. UPS, a Fortune 500 company that has existed for 109 years, seeks to add to its current level of support for BTS by offering by offering career opportunities directly to students, coaches, and parents.
“We feel that UPS looks for the same great qualities in our employees that BTS develops in their kids: toughness, work ethic, positive attitude and grit,” said Kevin Beinhacker, a manager with UPS. “We feel that UPS and BTS can have a very productive partnership, and we want to provide a great living for the wrestling community.”
On Thursday, May 19, wrestling fans from around the world gathered in historic Times Square to show their support for everything Beat the Streets does for the kids of New York City. This year’s annual gala, “United in the Square,” featured world-class wrestling matches between some of the top men and women wrestlers from the United States, Iran, Canada, and South Korea. There were also thrilling exhibition matches between local Beat the Streets kids and those from Baltimore and Philadelphia, and the PSAL Girls Freestyle Dual Meet Finals between Brooklyn Tech and Truman High School. All of these exciting matches were followed by a gala celebration in the PlayStation Theater.
On Saturday, May 21, five girls from Beat the Streets competed at the Body Bar Nationals, a Cadet/Junior World Team Trials tournament in Irving, Texas.
Head girls coach Jacque Davis says that there were several impressive accomplishments this year. “Last year, we only had one athlete receive All-American honors and she was a senior. What is exciting to me is that the two youngest athletes we brought out were the two that received All-American honors. For me, knowing that Hailey Cancelleri and Michaela Beck will be around for the next two years and that they will be becoming the leaders in their groups, means that NYC has an extremely bright future with the growth and quality of our female athletes coming after them.”
On May 20, around fifty wrestlers came to The BTS Brooklyn Training Center at Poly Prep Country Day School for the first-ever Beat the Streets College Combine, an event to help connect college-bound wrestlers to schools that may help them pursue higher education. Of that number of wrestlers, about forty of them were Beat the Streets members, with the remainder being from outside of New York City.
This past weekend, almost sixty Beat the Streets kids displayed their skill at the NY Freestyle and Greco State Tournament at the Hudson Valley Sports Dome in Milton, NY. This tournament, a qualifier for the National tournament in July, was also a display of dedication for the student-athletes and their coaches, many of whom made the drive of over two hours and took their weekend to travel and coach their kids.
This article is reposted from PRLog.org.
NEW YORK, May 16, 2016 – Robby Smith, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling heavyweight, has become a fan favorite worldwide because of his exciting style of wrestling, and his outgoing and enthusiastic approach to the sport and to life. There is no doubt that when he is in front of the media and the general public, he is very inspiring and entertaining.
Smith will put those communication skills to work on Thursday as he serves as one of the emcees for the 2016 Beat the Streets “United In the Square” international wrestling event, which will be held in historic Times Square.
Wrestlers from Baltimore and Philadelphia will travel to Times Square to take part in matches against New York City student-athletes Thursday, May 19
NEW YORK, May 12, 2016 – Beat the Streets is pleased to announce that it will be featuring matches between highly accomplished student-athletes from New York City and visitors from Baltimore and Philadelphia at its annual gala on Thursday, May 19 in Times Square. The gala is Beat the Streets’ annual fundraiser that helps provide wrestling equipment and opportunities to 3,000 kids across the five boroughs every year. The youth match-ups will be held starting at 3:30 PM, before the world-class wrestling matches between members of Team USA and top international competitors from Iran, Canada, and South Korea.
NEW YORK, May 11, 2016 – The four Junior match-ups between the United States and Iran in freestyle wrestling have been finalized for the 2016 Beat the Streets international competition, which returns to New York City’s Times Square on Thursday, May 19.
This will feature talented stars from the USA and Iran in the UWW Junior age-group level, which is between 17-20 years old. It will be historic, as the first international age-group matches featured in a Beat the Streets event in Times Square.
All four of the U.S. wrestlers competing in Times Square were champions at their weight classes at the recent UWW Junior Nationals held in Las Vegas, Nev., April 29-30. This includes one college wrestling star and three of the nation’s best high school talents.
On Friday, May 6, Excelle Sports published a profile about Beat the Streets' head girls coach Jacque Davis and the Columbia Women's Wrestling Club that she has helped to coach. This profile draws attention to wrestling's status as the fastest growing sport for girls in New York City and the dedication of Beat the Streets in helping to successfully bring wrestling culture to more schools and girls. Excelle, a leader in news and features about year-round women's sports coverage, detailed Davis' history and coaching style in the article written by Adele Jackson-Gibson:
“Wrestling is just aggressive chess,” says Davis. For her, getting out of an armbar is more like solving an intricate puzzle. “You have to be methodical about stuff.”
As the Girls’ Head Coach at Beat the Streets and the New York National Team Chair, Davis is “annoyingly persistent and pushy,” she says, when it comes to growing her sport. If that means spending nine hours at a high school to conduct clinics in gym class, so be it. If that means driving all the way to Buffalo to recruit girls, game on.
It’s Davis’ passion that attracts girls to wrestling. Ask phys ed teacher Dave Kantrowitz, who last year started the first boys and girls wrestling programs at the Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists. When the students saw 5’1” Davis take down their teacher, the girls were enamored.
National and local wrestlers and coaches to be honored at 2016 “United in the Square” Gala Celebration in Times Square on Thursday May 19
NEW YORK, May 10, 2016 – Beat the Streets is pleased to announce that it will be presenting its 2016 Man of the Year award to champion international wrestler Kyle Snyder and its Lifetime Achievement Award to former NFL star Ray Lewis at its annual Gala celebration in Times Square on Thursday, May 19.
Kyle Snyder became the youngest American to win a Senior World title when he captured the 97 kg gold medal at the 2015 World Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas at age 19. Snyder came out of Olympic redshirt and won the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships in Madison Square Garden as a sophomore for Ohio State, defeating two-time NCAA champion Nick Gwiazdowski of NC State in a classic heavyweight finals. In April, Snyder defeated 2012 Olympic champion Jake Varner in the finals of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials to earn a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team at the age of 20. In 2014, Snyder was selected to represent Team USA as the youngest-ever member of the Beat the Streets All-Star team.
J’Den Cox, Jordan Burroughs, Andy Bisek at the U.S. Olympic Team presentation in Iowa City, Iowa. Photos by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors
Competing against tough opponents from Iran in men’s freestyle will be 2012 Olympic champion, three-time World champion and 2016 Olympian Jordan Burroughs at 74 kg and 2016 Olympian and two-time NCAA champion J’Den Cox at 86 kg.
Two-time World bronze medalist and 2016 Olympian Andy Bisek will battle an Olympic and World champion from Korea at 75 kg.
Burroughs will face 2105 Asian champion Peyman Yarahmadi, who won bronze medals at the 2013 Junior World Championships and 2012 Cadet World Championships. Yarahmadi won the highly respected Takhti Cup held in Iran in 2015 and has also won a silver and a bronze at that tournament in other years.
This past weekend, twenty-one New York City kids closed out the month of April with some high-caliber wrestling at the Northeast Regionals at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
“Beat the Streets kids were competitive and fighting for every position,” said BTS coach Penn Gottfried. Almost every NYC youth in attendance won at least one match. “Our team showed a lot of fight and I think our hard work is paying off. In Freestyle and Greco, a wrestler can be on the verge of getting teched and then come back to win. We never gave up and due to our determination and grit pulled some matches out that we should not have won.”
Coming up on Friday, May 20, Beat the Streets will be hosting its first-ever College Combine, bringing together over a dozen schools to meet wrestlers from New York City and show these student-athletes what these colleges and universities have to offer. The event will take place at the Poly Prep Country Day School, 9216 7th Avenue, Brooklyn.
The event will be sponsored by Reebok and Paul Froio, the Vice President of Retail for the company in North America. Thanks to Froio, the event will have Reebok-branded shirts, bags, and water bottles for the attendees.
Thirteen schools are on board to participate, including Williams College, NYU, Case Western, Western New England, Trinity, Muhlenberg College, Roger Williams College, Campbellsville, Mount St. Vincent, LIU Post, UCM, Manchester University, and Rhode Island College.
Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Riccio
This article is reposted from FloWrestling.
AUSTIN, TX (April 24, 2016)- For the second straight year FloSports is excited to announce that FloWrestling will once again stream Beat The Streets New York City Gala, Thursday, May 19, in Times Square, as part of the annual fundraising Gala.
This year's event, dubbed “United In The Square," will feature wrestlers from three Beat the Streets' city programs in addition to the main event: USA vs. Iran.
Starting on Saturday May 7, the Gotham City Girls Open tournament will begin at Columbia University’s Dodge Fitness Center. The tournament, which is entering its third year, is expected to be even larger than last year’s successful event.
Previously, the tournament was a small local city affair with only NYC girls. Later it grew from four to six mats and was moved to Truman High School in the Bronx.
Last year the tournament had 125 girls compete, representing eleven different states and two countries. Because things ran so smoothly last time, tournament officials are expecting between 150 and 200. Girls are expected to come from eighteen states in addition to New York, as well as Canada, Mexico, Italy, and possibly South Korea.