NEW YORK-As an organization existing in the lives of 3000 youth throughout the five boroughs, Beat the Streets serves as witness as our members pass through various chapters of their lives.
While Sulayman Bah may be entering the next chapter of his educational career venturing outside NYC, he will always remain a member of the Beat the Streets family.
Sulayman Bah exhibits strength in all aspects of his life: an exceptional student, a talented wrestler, a leader amongst his peers. Beginning his journey with Beat the Streets in sixth grade, eighth grader Bah has accomplished leaps and bounds, with a limitless future ahead of him. Following a sixth-grade season that did not meet his expectations, Bah continued to fight for his goals leading to a breakthrough year in seventh grade. In his final season with the Beat the Streets Junior League, Bah took first place in the Youth State Championships, leading to a sixth place finish at the NHSCA National Championship in Virginia Beach. Bah has continued to rack up accolades, recently named Junior League Male Athlete of the Year and receiving all-tournament recognition at the Schoolboy National Duals.
“Beat the Streets has helped bring out the best in me,” Bah said, “With the support system they’ve built for me, I’ve been able to improve and learn things from people with more experience, such as Brandon Nunez and Wilver Mariano Peralta.”
Nunez, a legend amongst the five boroughs and PSAL wrestling community, was the PSAL’s first ever New York State Division I wrestling champion. Peralta has added accolades of his own, securing a New York City Championship title.
Sulayman and the MS 129 program are coached by two-time Junior League Coach of the Year, Tyrone Webb. Webb has routinely produced high-level athletes, including 2018 City Champions Peralta and 2019 Become Your Own Dream scholarship winner Adrian Rosario Beato. Webb’s athletes consistently pursue high school educational opportunities that include wrestling.
Off the mat, Bah continues to chase success. A student at MS 129, a BTS sponsored program, Sulayman has maintained a rigorous academic schedule in conjunction with his on-the-mat goals. He is a member of the Saturday Academy, an academic program with MS 129 that attends school Monday through Saturday in order to receive additional preparation for the New York State Exams. This academic tenacity has led him to another milestone, a full scholarship to The Kiski School, an elite all-boys boarding school located outside of Pittsburgh.
Academically, Bah continues to set lofty goals. “I’m extremely ready for the rigor. My goal is to be the best student at my school, with the goal of going to an Ivy League Division I school.”
While he will be moving on from New York City schooling, Bah has left an impact on the local wrestling community that will not be forgotten. We look forward to his return to the BTS room each summer.
Junior League Individual Championships
On December 15th, 2019, Beat the Streets hosted the annual Junior League City Championships at Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx. Featuring over 300 wrestlers from 30 teams throughout the five boroughs, a tight team race took place in both the Girls and Boys Standard divisions. In the Girls division, Coach David Roman’s Lighthouse Wrestling Club in Staten Island, took home the top honors by edging out Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy (RKA), coached by Nariman Asambaev (an alumnus from the very same school). The Bronze medal went to Queens’ Leonardo DaVinci, led by first year coach Michael Leighton. In the Standard Boys division, the Eagle Academy in the Bronx, coached by Jonathon Khoury, claimed its third consecutive championship title. Manhattan’s Robert F. Wagner, coached by Sean Coffin and Andy Martinez, returned to their winning ways by taking second place. In just their second year, Coach Jonathon Alicea’s Cornerstone Academy in the Bronx, claimed the Bronze medal.
This year’s Junior League Championships served as a testament to the growth of New York City wrestling as well the impact that Beat the Streets is having on the community. Among the 30 Junior League teams that participated this fall, ten were led by Beat the Streets alumni that are now giving back to the wrestling community. Furthermore, there were hundreds of friends and family in attendance cheering on their loved ones which made this event a family affair. Beat the Streets would like to thank all of the coaches, kids, parents and fans for their continued support throughout the season and throughout the year. We know that next year will be even better!
Junior League Dual Meet Championships
On February 1st, 2020, for the first time in eight years, Beat the Streets hosted the Junior League Dual Meet Championships. Eagle Academy, Robert Wagner, Cornerstone Academy and Excellence Charter School each fielded a squad to compete, and they did not disappoint. In the semifinals, number one seed, Eagle Academy downed the number four seed, Excellence Academy. On the bottom half of the bracket, third seed, Cornerstone Academy edged out a victory over the number two seed, Robert Wagner. In the finals, Cornerstone completed the upset with a victory over the Eagle Academy to claim the title as Junior League Dual Meet Champions.
“Wrestling is definitely becoming more popular on Staten Island. The number of kids on my team have quadrupled since the 2017 season...I even had to stop letting kids join and send them to Tottenville’s team! It was great seeing my returning wrestlers help the new kids and guide them towards success, especially for the girls.” - David Roman (Head Coach, Lighthouse Wrestling Club)
“I believe Cornerstone wrestled tremendously this year. Having a core group of kids who are beyond dedicated is truly contagious both on and off the mat. It’s fair to say that everyone’s hard work and effort paid off when it mattered most” - Jon Alicea (Head Coach, Cornerstone Academy)
Boys: 1st- Eagle Academy, 2nd- Robert F. Wagner, 3rd- Cornerstone Academy
Girls: 1st- Lighthouse Wrestling (Myra S. Barnes), 2nd- Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy, 3rd- Leonardo DaVinci
Novice: 1st- Roosevelt Island, 2nd- East Harlem, 3rd- Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy
Boys Standard Division
70 lbs: 1st- Eric Bocanegra (Elite WA/Harlem Jets), 2nd- Laziz Erkinjonov (K-Wrestling), 3rd- Qu Dir Lloyd (Eagle)
75 lbs: 1st- Ty Sun Gilliard (Eagle), 2nd- Nathaniel Gonzalez (Cornerstone), Josiah Hannah (American Youth)
80 lbs: 1st- Oumar Tounkara (MS 129), 2nd- Andrew Bonita (Wagner), 3rd- Alan Biktayov (K-Wrestling)
85 lbs: 1st- Kimoni Giles (Eagle), 2nd- Maxim Belousov (K-Wrestling), 3rd- Jadiel De La Cruz (Cornerstone)
90 lbs: 1st- Rasul Kakhramonov (K-Wrestling), 2nd- Jonibek Astonov (K-Wrestling), 3rd- Engher Cabral (Eagle)
95 lbs: 1st- Sobir Salimov (Elite WA), 2nd- Alex Amorosino (Elite WA), 3rd- Mohamad Kakhramonov (K-Wrestling)
100 lbs: 1st- Tyler Fromm (American Youth), 2nd- William Bruce (Harlem Jets), 3rd- Kristopher Sanchez (Cornerstone)
108 lbs: 1st- Merlin Dilone (MS 129), 2nd- James Gathers (MS 129), 3rd- Jaemin Kim (Hunter)
113lbs: 1st- Idel Mendez (Cornerstone), 2nd- Muhamadou Kabbeh (MS 129), 3rd- Niegel Gladden (Harlem Jets)
120 lbs: 1st- Brandon Dougbey (Excellence), 2nd- Justin Daniyan (Wagner), 3rd- Jaden Lugo (Robert Van Wyck)
128 lbs: 1st- Dwayne Harris (Upper Ten Eyck), 2nd- Kingston Dasilva (American Youth), 3rd- Rashad Michel (Eagle)
138 lbs: 1st- Diego Tlatelp (Wagner), 2nd- Hunter Colon (American Youth), 3rd- Dan Jackson (Lighthouse)
148 lbs: 1st- Corey Brown (MS 129), 2nd- Kai Darrell (American Youth), 3rd- Steve Delacruz (Robert Van Wyck)
160 lbs: 1st- Joseph Guevarra (Eagle), 2nd- Behruz Toshkulov (Robert Van Wyck), 3rd- Ben Goldberg (Wagner)
175 lbs: 1st- Cristian Solano (Eagle), 2nd- Marvellous Johnson (Excellence), 3rd- David Robinson (Robert Van Wyck)
200 lbs: 1st- Chris Cordero (Wagner), 2nd- Sba Mushkudiani (Elite WA), 3rd- Shawn Stewart (Leaders of Tomorrow)
265 lbs: 1st- Michael Dunn (Wagner), 2nd- Kemar Morgan (Leaders of Tomorrow), 3rd- Adonis Snow (Excellence)
Girls Standard Division
70 lbs: 1st- Amira Watson (Count Basie), 2nd- Adunade Okeyemi (BLES)
75 lbs: 1st- Alexis Hartje (Lighthouse), 2nd- Stacie Luciano (Inwood), 3rd- Estelle Smith (BLES)
85 lbs: 1st- Aracelli Rodriguez (Truman), 2nd- Paulina Pham (Elite WA), 3rd- Gertie Angel (Harlem Jets)
97 lbs: 1st- Kylie Raczy (Harlem Jets), 2nd- Jamely Ramsammy (Truman), 3rd- Alicja Leciey (Lighthouse)
101 lbs: 1st- Enalyse Pacheco (RKA), 2nd- Katherine Jarama (IS 61), 3rd- Nevaeh Zuninga (RKA)
112 lbs: 1st- Ellianne Fernandez (RKA), 2nd- Darianny Grullon (MS 129), 3rd- Persya Perez (Roosevelt Island)
123 lbs: 1st- Fiona Bolotti (RKA), 2nd- Keyara Torres (Robert Van Wyck), 3rd- Kimberllee Marrero (BEES)
136 lbs: 1st- Hannah Baker (Lighthouse), 2nd- Michelle Morocho (IS 61), 3rd- Priscilla Garcia (Unity)
155 lbs: 1st- Courtney Brown (Cornerstone), 2nd- Jana Shabaan (Lighthouse), Jelene Graham (East Harlem)
175 lbs: 1st- Arianna Sanchez (Robert Van Wyck), 2nd- Myrie Grady (Upper Ten Eyck)
Boys Novice Division
61 lbs: 1st- Alex Suarez (Roosevelt Island), 2nd- Michael Cummin (Cornerstone), 3rd- Cobl Cofield (BLES)
70 lbs: 1st- Arlo Sherr (LREI), 2nd- Alessandro Alessandro (Roosevelt Island), 3rd- Tyler Price (Harlem Jets)
76 lbs: 1st- Jacob Burgos (RKA), 2nd- Dean Butler (Harlem Jets), 3rd- Ahmad Rasheed (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
83 lbs: 1st- Eric Ivry (Elite), 2nd- Carmelo Valentine (Roosevelt Island), 3rd- Robert Payne (Leaders of Tomorrow)
88 lbs: 1st- Marlon Bravo (East Harlem), 2nd- Jalen Jeanlouis (Nathaniel Hawthorne), 3rd- Eddie Perez (Roosevelt Island)
103 lbs: 1st- Nasiah Seabrook (RKA), 2nd- Darryl Braun (Robert Van Wyck), 3rd- Nysani Benedith (Excellence)
107 lbs: 1st- Jadun Blackman (PS 189), 2nd- Miguel Soto (Lighthouse Wrestling Club), 3rd- Gabe Mason (Leaders of Tomorrow)
113 lbs: 1st- Nelsandro Landa (Roosevelt Island), 2nd- Kevin Mckinley (East Harlem), 3rd- Khari Madir (Upper Ten)
118 lbs: 1st- Aidan Santiago (BEES), 2nd- Fares Delvalle (RKA), 3rd- Deangelo Hunt (Roosevelt Island)
130 lbs: 1st- David Liffey (Wagner), 2nd- George Stankov (Nathaniel Hawthorne), 3rd- Daniel Kim (Hunter)
140 lbs: 1st- Elijah Greene (East Harlem), 2nd- Giovanny Gonzalez (East Harlem), 3rd- Daniel Laino (RKA)
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