Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

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The BTS 2017 Gotham City Girls Open Championship, sponsored by Cliff Keen Athletic and the PSAL, took place this past weekend at Columbia University’s Dodge Fitness Center from Saturday, April 22 through Sunday, April 23. Based on the state, national, and international accolades many of these girls have already collected, the Dodge Fitness Center was teeming with wrestling talent-- several National Champions, Pan Am competitors, World Team Champions, and All-Americans were competing! 

Read more: 385 Competitors, 19 States, Three Countries--...


Helen Maroulis at the 2016 Benefit (Stephen Alvarado Photography)

2016 Gold Medalist In Rio To Compete At New 58 kg Weight Class; First U.S. Woman Announced For May 17 Will Battle Japan’s World Champion Chiho Hamada; 

NEW YORK–For the fifth-consecutive year, Helen Maroulis (Sunkist Kids) will compete in the Beat the Streets Benefit, and it will be the first time she takes the mat in Times Square as an Olympic gold medalist.

Read more: Olympic Champion Helen Maroulis To Wrestle In...


We are extremely excited for the 2017 Gotham City Girls Open Championship, sponsored by Cliff Keen Athletic, being just three days away! The Open will be taking place at Columbia University’s Dodge Fitness Center from Saturday, April 22 through Sunday, April 23.

Read more: Gotham City Girls Open This Weekend!


Bayard Rustin Education Complex hosted the Beat the Streets Spring Break Training Camp from Monday, April 10 through Thursday, April 13.  Approximately 150 dedicated youth wrestlers attended each day, between the morning and afternoon sessions, three Life Skills Workshops, and a clinic by Olympic Bronze medalist Frank Chamizo. The kids who attended clearly understand what it takes, on and off the mat, to become a better wrestler.

Read more: Spring Break Training Camp: Four Days of...

On Sunday, April 9, 50 BTSNY youth wrestlers participated in the South Plainfield Freestyle/Greco-Roman Developmental Tournament at the South Plainfield PAL Recreation Center. This co-ed tournament was a great opportunity for competitive training and development in two styles for a variety of ages, divisions, and weights. As USA Wrestling New Jersey described, "training and competitive situations will greatly improve your wrestling skills and knowledge. No matter what level of wrestling you are, no matter what your skills are, the key to success is constantly striving to learn more." 

Read more: Youth Competitively Improve in Freestyle and...

(Photo by Kyle Robertson)

Reigning World Champion At 61 kg/134 lbs. First Announced To Compete May 17 

NEW YORK–Reigning 61 kg/134 lbs. World champion Logan Stieber is set to compete at the 2017 Beat the Streets Benefit that will feature a talented U.S. squad against world power Japan in Times Square, the heart of New York City, on May 17.  Stieber will be paired against Japan’s Shingo Arimoto, who was a member of the 2016 Japanese World Team, in the 61 kg men’s freestyle tussle.

Read more: World Champion Logan Stieber To Participate In...

The Beat the Streets Annual Benefit: USA vs. Japan in Times Square on Wednesday, May 17 won't just be about the world class wrestling on the mat—it'll also be about recognizing athletes and coaches for the contributions they've made to the New York City wrestling community.  

Read more: 2017 Beat the Streets Awards Nomination Form...

On Saturday, April 1, 12 female student-athletes competed in the 7th Annual Girls New England Freestyle Wrestling Championship, which took place at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, Massachusetts.   

Read more: BTSNY Girls take Second at Revolution in...

On March 1, 2017, the Positive Coaching Alliance announced their 2017 Double-Goal Coach Award National Winners. Over 2,000 nominations were whittled down to 150 finalists, and were further reduced to the 50 national winners. Among the 50 names on the winners' list was BTS Junior League coach and Unity Prep English teacher, Joe Eassa.

Read more: Joe Eassa, 2017 Double-Goal Coach Award...


BTSNY boys and girls traveled to Virginia Beach and Oklahoma City, respectively, to wrestle against some of their best peers from across the nation. 

Read more: BTSNY Wrestlers Go National, NHSCA Nationals...


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Two-Time Olympian Sosuke Takatani Leads Team Of Eight Senior Men’s, Three Senior Women’s Freestylers Competing Against Team USA Squad TBD

NEW YORK–World wrestling power Japan will compete in the Beat the Streets Benefit event for the first time, it was announced today by Beat the Streets Wrestling, Inc. and USA Wrestling. The Japanese team brings a squad of eight Senior men’s freestyle wrestlers and three Senior women’s freestyle wrestlers. This year’s event will take place in Times Square’s Duffy Square (between 46th and 47th streets) on Wednesday, May 17 in the seventh annual wrestling celebration. Competitors for Team USA, which will include members of the 2016 Olympic team as well as other elite stars, will be announced in April.

Read more: Japanese Olympian, World Champions Selected To...

On Sunday, March 12, Johnson City High School hosted two tournaments that Beat the Streets wrestlers, boys and girls, competed in. 13 middle school boys competed in the NYS Boy's Youth Championships and  42 middle and high school girls competed in the Girl's Folkstyle State Championships. 

Read more: Jam-packed Weekend: Boys at Youth States and...

(All photography by Chris Barr)

On Saturday, March 11, the second annual Step Into the Circle (SITC) took place at Baruch College. The adult wrestling tournament, whether through the 15 teams and 46 wrestlers who stepped into the circle or the supporters who donated to their teams, displayed a strong commitment to not only NYC youth wrestling, but to the extended family that's been created by the NYC wrestling culture. 

Read more: 2017 Step Into the Circle, a Great Support for...



Select American stars to take Japanese wrestlers in first-time New York dual meet; Youth Wrestlers and High School Wrestlers take The Mat; Benefit Celebration Follows

NEW YORK– Beat the Streets Wrestling, Inc. and USA Wrestling announced today that the men’s and women’s national wrestling teams of the United States and Japan will square off in New York City’s Times Square on Wednesday, May 17 in the seventh annual wrestling celebration. This year’s event will take place in Times Square’s Duffy Square (between 46th and 47th streets). Competitors for Team USA, which will include members of the 2016 Olympic team as well as other elite stars, and their Japanese opponents will be announced in the coming weeks.

Read more: USA Men’s And Women’s Wrestlers To Face...

The New York Youth Southern Super Regional took place this past weekend, from March 4 to March 5, at Bay Shore High School. 53 young wrestlers competed in this co-ed competition, which was a qualifier for the Youth NY State Championships that will take place this coming weekend. The top 4 from each weight class qualified for states. 

Read more: 19 Young Wrestlers Will Continue to the Youth...

On Sunday, March 5, 54 student-athletes attended Beat the Streets NY’s March installment of Life Skills. Evan Siegel was the speaker for Computer Literacy, which was held at Curtis High School in Staten Island. 

Read more: Student-Athletes Learn Computer Literacy for...

Following the 2017 New York Federation State Wrestling Tournament the PSAL state tournament student-athletes, coaches, and administrators enjoyed a post tournament BBQ meal at the Times Unions Center in Albany, NY. The meal, which was provided by Beat The Streets NYC, has become a state tournament tradition for the PSAL team following the grueling two day tournament. 

Read more: PSAL Wrestling Team Enjoys State Tournament BBQ

The Public Schools Athletic League set several records at the 2017 New York Federation State Wrestling Championships!

Read more: Nunez Becomes First PSAL Wrestler to Win a...

On Tuesday, February 21, Gene and Jeff Zanetti (aka The Zanetti brothers) stopped by BTS offices to give 10 BTS coaches a Wrestling Mindset session. For several of the coaches in attendance, this seminar on wrestling-focused mental training was timely, coming just a few days before the 2017 New York State Championships.

Read more: Wrestling Mindset Seminar for BTS Coaches Just...

On Sunday, February 20, 56 student-athletes attended the February installment of the Beat the Streets Life Skills series. Maria Falzone, a popular safe sex speaker, gave a comedic, honest, and relatable lecture she calls Sex Rules!

Read more: Maria Falzone Gives Sex-Ed Lecture for February...

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  1. Brooklyn Tech Holds Off Petrides to Claim 2017 PSAL Boys Wrestling Championship
  2. Bronx Science Claims 2017 Blended League Wrestling Championships
  3. Live Stream of the PSAL Blended League Championships, Tues 6:30 PM
  4. NYC City Championships See Local Winners Off to States
  5. PSAL Wrestling Championship Weekend – Div 1 Finals to be Livestreamed Sunday, 3:30
  6. For Student-Athlete Rieanna Duncan, an Accomplishment: The NYT Scholarship Semifinals
  7. Sabrina Cheng, Townsend Harris Senior and BTS Wrestler, is MIT-bound!
  8. 2nd Annual Step Into the Circle Adult Wrestling Tournament Announced!
  9. At Stevens vs. NYU Dual, NYC Kids Watch and Learn from Top College Contenders
  10. PSAL Wrestling Dual Meet Championship Brackets Released
  11. 2017 NYC Mayor's Cup--Battle for Best in the City
  12. Hoboken Youth Tournament— a Promising Experiment through Edge Hoboken Partnership
  13. NYC Wrestlers Compete at Eastern States Classic, Nunez Becomes Champ of 99 lbs
  14. The NYC Mayor’s Wrestling Championship is less than 10 days away! Watch the finals LIVE on Facebook
  15. BTSNY teams up with The Door for Life Skills: SAT Prep
  16. Simon Chee: NYC Student-Athlete Set to Wrestle for Wesleyan
  17. 2017 Gotham City Girls Open Championship Registration Now Up and Gear Info Announced
  18. Wrestlers Perez, Diforte Receive PSAL Scholar Athlete Awards
  19. Young Wrestlers Shed Blood and Sweat at BTS Winter Break Training Camp
  20. BTS Life Skills Class Teaches Young NYC Wrestlers How to Make Good Decisions
  21. NYC Coaches Learn Moves and Systems at BTS Seminar
  22. Nunez leads PSAL Wrestling Contingent at the Sal Difazio Holiday Tournament
  23. Hard Work Pays: BTS Alumnus Joseph Roy Wrestles at Johnson and Wales
  24. BTS Junior League Wrestlers Begin “Students In Action” Training Through Jefferson Awards Foundation Partnership
  25. BTS Launches College Clinic Series with NYU vs Hunter Matchup
  26. BTS Wrestlers Saluted at Long Beach Gladiator Tournament
  27. Gotham City Girls Open Returns to NYC, April 22-23
  28. Bryant Winter Dual Classic Promises Excitement, Dec 3-4
  29. Jaden Olivier: Wrestling and Leading at an Early Age
  30. BTS Rocks the World's Most Famous Arena at Grapple at the Garden
  31. NYC Kids Witness Top College Wrestling at Princeton-Rutgers Dual
  32. BTS Student-Athletes Push Through and Complete Spartan Edge Race
  33. BTS Life Skills Class Teaches NYC Kids Time Management Skills
  34. Kids show competitive advances in Junior League City Championships
  35. Uzbek Student-Athletes Stick Together at Cunningham Junior High
  36. BTS Welcomes Jeff Marsh as Chapter Relations Coordinator
  37. BTS Board Member Hooman 'Mo' Tavakolian to be Inducted into National Wrestling Hall of Fame
  38. The Wrestling Motto: Life Lessons from Wrestler and Future Doctor Ahmed Elsayed
  39. NYC Wrestlers Score Top Spots at Danbury Tournament
  40. BTSNY Welcomes New Training Center Coordinator Jaime Gray
  41. NYC Kids Learn about Nutrition at BTS Life Skills Class
  42. BTSNY App Free to Download in Apple App Store
  43. Melanie Lalman: A Multi-Talented Wrestler Teaches Kids Karate
  44. Italian Olympian Michele Liuzzi Teaches BTS Clinic
  45. BTS Seminar Brings New Skills to NYC Coaches
  46. BTS Announces Middle School to High School Festivals
  47. BTS Launches New Life Skills Program with College Access Workshop
  48. BTS Kids on the Rise at Columbus Day Duals
  49. William Yee: A New Coach, Inspired to Give Back
  50. BTS Coach Jacque Davis Accompanies Girls US World Team to Nation of Georgia
  51. BTS Wrestler Experiences Culture in Dominican Republic
  52. Harvard Wrestling's Jesse Jantzen Joins BTS Board
  53. BTS Board Member Hooman 'Mo' Tavakolian Profiled in InterMat Wrestling
  54. BTS Team Shows Vigor at Waterway Duals Tournament
  55. Interested in Becoming a NYC Wrestling Referee?
  56. BTS Grad Sara Andresen Serves The World in Africa and Beyond
  57. Kids Experiment with Newfound Skills at Big Apple Games Tournament
  58. BTS Kids Put Practice to Use in Summer Heat Tournament
  59. BTS Announces Olympic Wrestling Watch Parties
  60. Buy Tickets to September 15 Fall Fundraiser for BTS
  61. Over 300 BTS Kids Enjoy Summer Camps Across the Country
  62. NYC Boys are Top Performers at Fargo National Tournament
  63. Two BTS Girls Crowned Champions at Fargo National Tournament
  64. Pure Toughness: BTS Alumnus Josh Ferenczy Makes Waves in College Wrestling Scene
  65. Top of the Podium Camp Offers Valuable Wrestling Technique and Life Skills Lessons
  66. Big Apple Games Practices Begin Monday July 11
  67. Beat the Streets to Send 22 Boys, 31 Girls to Fargo National Tournament
  68. BTS Comprises Almost Half of NY's Freestyle Cadet National Duals Team
  69. BTS Leadership Learns New Approaches to Making New Coaches at UWW Educational Course in Los Angeles
  70. Greek Olympian Georgios Koutsioumpas to Coach BTS Practice Thursday, June 16
  71. Truman Crowns Three Individuals, Brooklyn Tech Claims Team Title at 2016 PSAL Girls Wrestling Championships
  72. BTS, UPS to Hold June 8 Job Fair for Students, Parents, Coaches
  73. Beat the Streets 2016 Benefit a Smashing Success in Times Square
  74. Trials and New Courses at Girls' Body Bar Tournament in Irving, TX
  75. Beat the Streets College Combine Connects NYC Kids to Higher Ed Opportunities
  76. United in the Square Streaming Live on FloWrestling
  77. Nearly Sixty BTS Kids Show Off Skills at NY Freestyle and Greco States
  78. 2016 Olympian Robby Smith to Emcee Beat the Streets Event in Times Square Thursday
  79. Beat the Streets Announces Youth Match-Ups with Baltimore, Philadelphia for Annual Gala
  80. USA Junior stars Fix, McKee, Hall, and Valencia to wrestle Iranians at Beat the Streets on May 19
  81. BTS Head Girls Coach Jacque Davis Profiled by Excelle Sports
  82. Beat the Streets Announces Man of the Year Award for Kyle Snyder and Lifetime Achievement Award for Ray Lewis among 2016 Benefit Award Winners
  83. 2016 Gotham City Girls' Open Results
  84. USA Olympians Burroughs, Cox and Bisek receive international opponents for Beat the Streets “United In The Square,” in Times Square on May 19
  85. BTS Kids Qualify for Fargo at Northeast Regionals
  86. First BTS College Combine to Connect Student-Athletes with Higher Education
  87. 100 Days Out: The Road to Rio Pre-Olympic Celebration in Times Square on Weds., April 27
  88. 2016 Benefit to be Streamed Live on FloWrestling
  89. Third Annual Gotham City Girl's Open Tournament Set for May 7 - 8
  90. Ray Brinzer to Coach at BTS Spring Break Training Camp Scheduled for April 25th- April 29th
  91. Marcus Mendoza: Giving His All, on Stage and on the Mat
  92. BTS Girls Perform and Place at Revolution in Springfield Tournament
  93. 'From the Basement to the Penthouse': W.C. Bryant Wrestling's Path to the Championships
  94. Wearing the Orange - Positive Reinforcement Improves Sportsmanship in NYC
  95. BTS Alumni Give Back as Coaches at Successful Boys Club Tournament
  96. Girls Raise Each Other to New Heights at OKC Folkstyle Nationals
  97. John Bowne Rising: How a Coach and a Wrestler Revitalized Their Program
  98. John Bowne Rising: How a Coach and a Wrestler Revitalized Their Program
  99. BTS Girl Wrestlers Excel and Bond at Mohawk Valley Tournament
  100. USA Wrestlers To Face Iran In Times Square In New York City May 19 In “United In The Square,” To Highlight Beat the Streets Annual Benefit Night
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