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On Friday, May 5, Dr. Coyte Cooper held Life Skills: Goal-Setting for 42 BTSNY student-athletes at the UPS Center. Through his roles as an author, coach, and speaker, Dr. Cooper is "committed to helping people pursue their highest aspirations so that they can live remarkable lives." Additionally, as a former wrestler who has experienced significant success on and off the mat, Dr. Cooper was able to speak to the young wrestlers with a perspective unique from other professors or motivational speakers. 

Read more: Dr. Coyte Cooper Encourages Goal-Setting and...

Pictured from left to right: Edwin Kent, Brandon Nunez, Wilver Mariano-Peralta; Credit to Chris Barr

Philadelphia, Providence BTS Chapters Represented In Opponents; Austin DeSanto vs. Daton Fix Special Event Also To Be Held As Part Of May 17 Event; Three Girls Match-Ups To Be Announced Shortly

NEW YORK–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 Philadelphia and Providence, R.I., at its annual benefit on Wednesday, May 17 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 p.m., prior to the NYC PSAL Girls Dual Meet Championships and world-class wrestling matches between members of Team USA and Team Japan.

Read more: Six NYC Boys Selected To Compete In Youth...

New York City – The 2017 PSAL Girls Wrestling Championships will kick off with the quarterfinal round on Tuesday, May 9th

Read more: Truman snags the top seed in the 2017 PSAL...

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Selection of Seven To Men’s Squad Completes Roster for May 17 Event

NEW YORK–The United States men’s freestyle team, which will compete against Japan at the 2017 Beat the Streets Benefit on Wednesday, May 17, has been finalized, with the additions of seven standout wrestlers. They include 2016 Olympic champion Kyle Snyder (Woodbine, Md./Titan Mercury WC) at 96 kg/213 lbs.; 2012 Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs (Lincoln, Neb./Sunkist Kids/Nebraska Wrestling TC) at 74 kg/163 lbs.; Tony Ramos (Chapel Hill, N.C./Sunkist Kids/Tarheel WC) at 57 kg/125.5 lbs., James Green (Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska Wrestling TC) at 70 kg/154 lbs.; David Taylor (State College Pa./Titan Mercury WC/Nittany Lion WC) at 86 kg/189 lbs.; Nick Gwiazdowski (Raleigh, N.C/Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC) at 125 kg/275 lbs.; and Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa./Nittany Lion WC).

Read more: Olympic Champions Snyder, Burroughs Lead Strong...

Aileen Gonzalez being presented with the 2016 Lady Liberty Award by Kyle Snyder, Haley Augello, and Elena Pirozhkova

The Beat the Streets Annual Benefit, East Meets West: 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.   

This annual BTS tradition will award 12 individuals on a range of contributions, on and off the mat, including in the classroom. The BTS staff faced a tall order, but they managed to whittle down 413 nominations to 12 award winners. Nominations came from student-athletes, coaches, parents, and peers, all vouching for why their nomination was the most worthy. The descriptions for each award can be found here. 

Read more: Congratulations to our 2017 Beat the Streets...


(Photo Credit to Excelle Sports and Plainview Daily Herald)

Two-Time Junior World Champion Anthony, 2016 Olympic Team Trials Champion Mensah On Board For May 17 Competition; Maroulis Opponent Changed

NEW YORK–Two standout champions will join an Olympic gold medalist on Team USA when two-time Junior World champion Victoria Anthony and 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials champion Tamyra Mensah complete the American women wrestlers squaring off against Japan in the annual Beat the Streets Benefit on Wednesday, May 17, at New York’s Times Square alongside 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Helen Maroulis, who last week was named to the team. All three won the U.S. World Team Trials event in Las Vegas this past weekend.

Read more: Victoria Anthony, Tamyra Mensah Join Olympic...

From Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30, 22 BTSNY wrestlers traveled to East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, New York for Northeast Regionals. This was the Northeast qualifier for Cadet and Junior Nationals, with the top four in each weight class going to Fargo. 11 BTSNY wrestlers qualified, with Brandon Nunez (1st in Freestyle, 2nd in Greco) and Jayson Gomez (3rd in Freestyle, 1st in Greco) placing in both Freestyle and Greco. Three were the Greco champs at their weight (Jayson Gomez, Demetrius Henry, and Deshawn Herbert) and one was a Freestyle champ (Brandon Nunez). The full list of qualifiers is below. 

Read more: 11 BTSNY Wrestlers Qualify at Northeast...

Pearl Fletcher, a senior at Harry S. Truman, is gaining a lot of accolades on and off the mat these days. She'll be attending SUNY Cortland in the fall on a C.U.R.E scholarship. 

Read more: Pearl Fletcher, Future NYC Educator and BTS...

All photography by Jon, IG: @whoisdamaster

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...

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