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Thursday’s Beat the Streets Annual Benefit, titled “Rumble On The River,” brought together the wrestling community for an unforgettable display of the sport and show of support for the mission of our organization. Over 1,400 fans, athletes, and supporters from across the city, country and globe gathered atop Seaport District NYC’s newly opened Pier 17 to watch a wide-ranging exhibition and help BTSNY raise nearly $1.1 Million for the wrestling student-athletes of New York City.

YOUTH MATCHES
The Benefit kicked off around 2:30 p.m. by showcasing the next generation of the sport in 15 different contests across 12 weight classes. The first two matches and three of the first five included members of the Newtown, Conn. / Sandy Hook community, who were special invited guests of BTSNY.

Max Malitsky of Newtown earned the first victory of the event with a 10-4 decision over BTSNY’s Eric Bocanegra at 55 lbs. Match two – a head-to-head against Sandy Hook Elementary wrestlers – saw Jake Maddox defeat Antonio Arguello by decision (8-7) at 65 lbs. The final Newtown representative, Luca Manfredi, was defeated by tech fall in the fifth youth match by Cameron Mayfield of BTSNY(Eagle), 15-4 at 75 lbs.

Matches three and four went to the opponents of BTSNY competitors as BTS Baltimore’s Lebron Pendles (12-11 decision over Michael Adams @ 95 lbs) and Gaby Conte of Upstate N.Y.’s Total Force WC (second period pin over Sara Jacobs @ 60 lbs) picked up wins over the city hosts.

Mayfield’s win over Manfredi was one of two back-on-back triumphs for BTSNY, as Nathaly Pichardo (Inwood) made short work of BTS Providence’s Nayanna Carvalho with an early first period pin in their 115-lb match.

Zaire Crawford and Zamire Rice earned BTS Philadelphia’s two wins on the day – Crawford won by decision (10-7) over BTSNY’s Mitchell Barcus (Eagle) at 125 lbs and Rice claimed a 10-0 tech fall at 120 lbs over Terry Adams (Monsignor Farrell) in the quickest boys’ match of the card.

New York pulled away from the competition by winning seven of the last nine bouts, with all but one coming by either tech fall or pin. Getting their hands raised at center mat were Nyah Colon (Rocco Laurie, 95 lbs); Isaias Torres (Upper Ten, 115 lbs); Alessandra Elliott (Tottenville, 130 lbs); Carlos Guzman (RKA, 130 lbs); Demitreus Henry (Grand Street, 165 lbs); Terrance Parks (St. Benedict’s, 170 lbs); and Jayson Gomez (Eagle, 230 lbs).

PSAL GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIPS
The momentum of an excellent slate of youth matches rolled perfectly into the next portion of the Benefit, the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) Girls Wrestling Championships between top-seeded Bronx Division champion Harry Truman and second-seeded Brooklyn Division champ Edward Murrow.

After four of 11 matches, Murrow – a first-time finalist - held a 15-5 advantage over the defending champions. However, Truman would take six of the final seven contests, including the final four in a row, to pull away for a 34-20 victory and their second consecutive PSAL crown.

MAIN EVENT PRE-SHOW
After the PSAL dual, Beat the Streets recognized the youth winners of its yearly organizational awards and the recipient of the Become Your Own Dream Scholarship. Each award winner received their trophy from BTSNY Executive Director Brendan Buckley, Olympian Jake Herbert and PSAL Executive Director Donald Douglas. The BYOD scholarship was presented by founders Hooman “Mo” Tavakolian, Lorelei Martin-Tavakolian & Jon Tush. BTSNY’s coaching awards were presented at the Rumble on the River after party. A full list of the honorees can be found HERE (http://bit.ly/bts-awards-18).

The Brooklyn United Marching Band, a fan favorite among Beat the Streets Benefit attendees, returned for Rumble on the River and put together a lively musical and dance performance that signaled the final countdown to the main event. Five BTSNY student-athletes were selected to bear the flags of the five nations represented at the Benefit – the United States, Nigeria, Cuba, Toghrul Asgarov’s Azerbaijan and Frank Chamizo’s Italy. The four visiting flags were stationed at the mat corners and the American flag was held at the northern-most point of center mat as the U.S. team gathered on the west and the other nations came together on the east. After the playing of the National Anthem, an exchange of handshakes and gifts and the first appearance of Master of Ceremonies and Olympian Robby Smith, World Class Wrestling was underway.

WORLD CLASS WRESTLING
The opening matchup of the main event was a 130-lb high school super match that pitted two of the three best scholastic wrestlers in the nation against each other: top-ranked Patrick Glory of Delbarton (N.J.) and third-ranked Gavin Teasdale of Jefferson Morgan (Pa.). The two elite recruits – headed to Princeton and Penn State, respectively – showed why they are each so highly touted but Glory emerged victorious with a 16-3 tech fall win over Teasdale in the second period.

The first senior matches saw Team USA’s Megan Black & Tamyra Mensah-Stock battle against Adeniyi Aminat & Blessing Oborududu of Nigeria. Aminat was able to edge Black via pin with nearly one minute left in the first period, while Mensah-Stock emerged from an evenly matched battle with a 2-1 decision over Oborududu.

The next six matches comprised the U.S. men’s lineup against their opponents from Cuba. Reineri Andreu Ortega struck first for the Cubans with a strong 5-2 decision over Josh Rodriguez at 57kg but it would be the only loss the Americans suffered the rest of the way.

After Rodriguez’ match, James Green evened the team tally with 2-1 decision over Franklin Maren Castillo at 70kg, Kyle Dake scored the most dominant victory of the main event with a 13-1 tech fall over Livan Lopez Azcuy at 79 kg, J’den Cox held off Yurieski Torreblanca Queralta for a 2-1 decision at 92 kg, Kyle Snyder rallied back from an six-point deficit to earn a 9-8 win at 97 kg over Reineris Salas Perez, and Nick Gwiazdowski finished things off with a 9-1 decision over Yudenny Alapajon Estevez at 125 kg.

The last bout before the two super matches turned into a rubber match for the U.S. and Nigeria as Helen Maroulis went up against Odunayo Adekuoroye to break their teams’ stalemate. Adekuoroye went into the second period with a slim 1-0 lead but Maroulis tied the match less than 30 seconds into the second period and picked up three more points in the final 50 seconds to take the match.

SUPER MATCHES
Jordan Oliver and Asgarov faced off in the first of two super matches and wrestled arguably the closest match of the night. Oliver picked up a takedown halfway through the first period and led 3-1 in the second before Asgarov tied the match at 3-3 with 40 seconds left. The bout ended deadlocked at 3-3 but the edge was given to Oliver on criteria.

The final match of the evening, the highly anticipated faceoff between Jordan Burroughs and Frank Chamizo lived up to all the hype surrounding it. Chamizo came out as the aggressor, grabbing four quick points in the first minute of the contest and pushing his lead to 5-2 in the second. Burroughs, however, would not be denied. After fending off a near takedown by Chamizo – keeping Chamizo at bay while in a full split – Burroughs would score six straight points over the final 70 seconds to move his undefeated record at Beat the Streets events to 8-0.

OTHER NOTES
- As much as Rumble on the River was a showcase of wrestling as a sport, the event continuously shed a light on its true purpose – the advancement of Beat the Streets as an organization and betterment of the youth of New York City. Throughout the event, guests were presented with videos that told the story of Beat the Streets and heard from two BTSNY products, Fatou Waggeh of Bronx Studio and Justin Ebron of Eagle Academy, about the impact Beat the Streets has had on their lives.
- Beat the Streets selected Ric Flair as the recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award this year. Flair was unfortunately unable to attend but his award and a custom painting were accepted on his behalf by professional wrestling legends Gerald Briscoe, John Bradshaw Layfield and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat.
- Olympic wrestling icon Kaori Icho was in attendance and spoke briefly to the crowd and shared her thoughts about the sport. Icho and Herbert are holding clinics this week in conjunction with the Benefit.

SPECIAL THANKS
Asics, Ken Berger, Brooklyn United Marching Band, Cliff Keen, FloSports, Kind Snacks, PVH Corp., Resilite Sports Products, Inc., USA Wrestling.

 

BEAT THE STREETS ANNUAL BENEFIT – “Rumble On The River”
At Pier 17/Seaport District NYC
New York, NY - May 17, 2018

Rumble On The River Results
High School SuperMatch at 57 kg - Patrick Glory (Delbarton HS, NJ) tech. fall Gavin Teasdale (Jefferson Morgan HS, PA), 16-3
Women’s 59 kg - Adeniyi Aminat (Nigeria) pin Megan Black (USA), 1:50
Women’s 68 kg - Tamyra Stock (USA) dec. Blessing Oborududu (Nigeria), 2-1
Men’s 57 kg - Reineri Andreu Ortega (Cuba) dec. Josh Rodriguez (USA), 5-2
Men’s 70 kg - James Green (USA) dec. Franklin Maren Castillo (Cuba), 2-1
Men’s 79 kg - Kyle Dake (USA) tech. fall Livan Lopez Azcuy (Cuba), 13-1
Men’s 92 kg - J’den Cox (USA) dec. Yurieski Torreblanca Queralta (Cuba), 2-1
Men’s 97 kg - Kyle Snyder (USA) dec. Reineris Salas Perez (Cuba), 9-8
Men’s 125 kg - Nick Gwiazdowski (USA) dec. Yudenny Alapajon Estevez (Cuba), 9-1
Women’s 57 kg - Helen Maroulis (USA) dec. Odunayo Adekuoroye (Nigeria), 4-1
Super Match Men’s 70 kg - Jordan Oliver (USA) dec. Toghrul Asgarov (Azerbaijan) , 3-3
Super Match Men’s 74 Jordan Burroughs (USA) dec. Frank Chamizo (Italy), 8-5

Youth Matches
55 – Max Malitsky (Newtown, CT) dec. Eric Bocanegra (BTSNY), 10-4
65 –Jake Maddox (Newtown, CT) dec. Antonio Arguello (Newtown, CT), 8-7
95 –  Lebron Pendles (BTS Baltimore) dec. Michael Adams (BTSNY), 12-11
60 – Gaby Conte (NJ) dec. Sara Jacobs (BTSNY), 9-4
76 – Cameron Mayfield (BTSNY) tech. fall Luca Manfredi (Newtown, CT), 15-4
115 – Nathaly Pichardo (BTSNY) pin Nayanna Carvalho (BTS Providence), 1st period
125 – Zaire Crawford (BTS Philadelphia) dec. Mitchell Barcus (BTSNY), 10-7
95 – Nyah Colon (BTSNY) pin Crystal Saucedo (BTS Chicago)
115 – Isaias Torres (BTSNY) tech. fall Joshua Butler (BTS Chicago), 11-1
130 – Alessandra Elliott (BTSNY) pin Giselle Martinez (BTS Providence)
130 – Carlos Guzman (BTSNY) tech. fall David Manjarrez (BTS Chicago), 10-0
120 – Zamire Rice (BTS Philadelphia) tech. fall Terry Adams (BTSNY), 10-0
165 – Demitreus Henry (BTSNY) tech. fall Ayomide Onajide (BTS Providence), 11-0
170 – Terrance Parks (BTSNY) dec. Angel Garcia (BTS Philadelphia), 14-7
230 – Jayson Gomez (BTSNY) tech. fall Pablo Tellez (BTS Chicago), 11-0

PSAL Girls Freestyle Wrestling Championships Bout
Harry Truman HS (Bronx) 34, Edward R. Murrow HS (Brooklyn) 20

 

 

 

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