Last weekend saw two Beat the Streets groups travel out-of-state to take part in a pair of high-level competitions.
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A dozen boys wrestlers made the trip with BTS coach and Junior League Director Penn Gottfried to the Pumpkin Classic and the group walked away with an impressive haul of finishes in a quality field: 11 top-five finishes, nine top-three placers and three titles.
"This tournament was the perfect pre-season tournament for our kids,” said Gottfried. “They all got at least three matches and really got to work on the things they needed to before the season starts. Coming into this school year in September, our kids knew they had to work on bottom. We have made that an emphasis in practice and it paid off as our kids were moving and getting out on bottom. Pennsylvania is usually known for their good top/bottom wrestling, so for our kids to not only compete, but to succeed in this position was a huge confidence booster going into the season.”
Winning their varsity weight class were Jayden Cardenas of Grand Street Campus (138-141), David Correa of Tottenville (132-136), and Michael Babbcort of Wingate (215-231).
The remaining top-five placers were as follows:
Prior to the tournament, the group connected with Beat the Streets Philadelphia board member and former UPenn wrestler Gary Baker, who hosted a BTS-only clinic to help prepare for the event. BTS Philly also had an impressive showing at the Classic, putting several of their wrestlers on the same podiums as their NYC counterparts.
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Beat the Streets Coach and Girls Development Director Emma Randall led a group of nine girls wrestlers down to Sunday’s Super 32 tournament, which was hosting a high school girls division for only the second time ever. Despite the limited history of the girls’ bracket, the tournament was filled with nationally ranked and elite-level wrestlers. The higher level of competition limited the BTS group’s tangible success at the event but Randall saw improvement across the board that will only help the girls moving forward.
“It's really important that our athletes have the opportunity to see what the best competition looks and feels like,” Randall said. “The brackets at Super 32 were competitive and filled with exceptional athletes. Each match, our athletes became more confident in their ability to compete with the top girls. We always have areas to improve, but I'm proud of the way they stepped up to the challenge this weekend.”
The trip was a joint effort between BTSNY and BTS Providence, which was led by former BTSNY Girls Development Director Jacque Davis. Randall and Davis, along with the wrestlers from both programs, traveled, competed, and bonded together throughout the weekend. Before returning north, the full group made an additional stop at Ferrum College in Ferrum. Va. The program, which is led by former National/World team member and BTS Philadelphia coach Jessica Medina, hosted the BTS girls overnight and put on a clinic before the group left for home.
"The tournament was great exposure for me before the season starts. It allowed me to see my strengths and see what weaknesses I have to work on for the upcoming season." - Wingate senior Michael Babbcort
“My favorite part of the trip was the different competition I was put up against. It was not like New York in the slightest. Overall, I had a great weekend.” - Curtis senior Deston McFarlane
"I had a very great time and learned a lot this tournament. It was a great learning experience and better prepared me for this upcoming season. " - Tottenville junior David Correa
“While the results were not quite what the girls hoped for, they return home with a better understanding of how they stack up against out-of-city competition. In addition, having the opportunity to talk to BTS alumni that are currently wrestling in college helps to show our current girls all of the opportunities that are available to them because of wrestling.” - Truman head coach Ted Cook
"I'm proud of the resilience shown by the team. No one cared who they were going up against, they just went and wrestled. Even if we came up short, we went out and tried.” - Brooklyn Tech junior Kai Poux
"I really enjoyed staying with the college kids because they told me about the college from their point of view what it's like to be a college student-athlete." - CSI junior Natalie Dunn
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