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Cliff Keen Step into the Circle Fundraiser raises over $48,000 for Youth Wrestling

By Sara Andresen, 03/18/19, 4:00PM EDT


This year’s Cliff Keen Step into the Circle Adult Fundraising Tournament was a success raising $48,641! Held in Dumbo, Brooklyn on St. Patrick’s Day, there was plenty of fun to go around from the “Still Fit Baby!” weight class to the “Beer and Wings Diet” division. With 47 wrestling participants, both wrestlers and spectators alike had a blast.   

Here’s a list of our tournament champions:  



Weight Division 

Christopher Amendola 

Msgr. Farrell Alumni 

Still Fit Baby! 

Brendan Buckley 


Close to College Weight 


Midwood Wrestling Alumni 

Yeah, I Still Work Out 

Steven Keith 


Gained A Little 

Markus Scheidel 


Gained a Little More 

Simon Dunham 

Twin Towers Wrestling Club 

Future Heavyweight 

Jon Schleifer 

Princeton Old Tigers 

Gained a Lot 

Jared Barrick 

Team UPS 

Diet Coke 

Matt Kaminer 

Washington and Lee Alumni 

Beer and Wings (Diet) 


The top fundraiser for the event was Matt Kaminer, winner of the Beer and Wings Division. As the top fundraiser for the tournament, he was awarded two VIP tickets to our 2019 Annual Benefit Grapple in the Garden in May where this year’s NCAA Champions will face off against Team USA. Kaminer was also named King of the Mat.  For the first time in the event’s history, the top fundraiser also earned the wrestling honor. 

Beat the Streets would like to extend a special thanks to all of our event sponsors.  

Adding to the day’s fun, this event also included a raffle for several prizes: 

  • 2 tickets to Grapple in the Garden 
  • A Skateboard deck provided by Margot 
  • A Distillery tour and 2 tokens for drinks from the Kings County Distillery 

Thank you to all our participants, donors, and volunteers. This event could not have been a success without your support. We hope that you will come back next year to Step into the Circle to support youth wrestling and continue to build the wrestling community in NYC.  

Beat the Streets Wrestling is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. If you would like to support our mission to improve the lives and futures of New York City public school students by giving them the opportunity to wrestle, please click the donate button below: