Beat the Streets traveled to its first tournament of 2019 last weekend as a group of 20 middle school student-athletes competed at the Honeoye Falls – Lima (HFL) High School Duals in Rochester, N.Y. The BTS team posted a 4-1 overall record and finished as runners-up at the tournament.
The roster of middle schoolers – led by Beat the Streets Youth Director Penn Gottfried and Training Center D that led the Beat the Streets team to such an impressive showing to begin the year was as follows:
"This trip was unique in that we don't often go on middle school overnight trips. It really gave the opportunity for our younger BTS kids to get outside of New York City and have an experience away from home. The wrestling was great, but more importantly, I think this allowed them to start to develop relationships that will last them all throughout their middle school and high school careers. They wrestled hard for their teammates and for NYC as a whole,” Gottfried sad of the experience.
Before the tournament, the group was able to attend a practice at Cornell University and observe the inner workings of an elite collegiate wrestling program. Cornell sophomore and NCAA champion Yianni Diakomihalis spoke to the group during their visit and emphasized the important of goal setting and finding balance between academics and athletics.
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