Preceding an exciting college dual meet between Rutgers and Princeton University in the battle of Jersey, the Beat the Streets NYC girls had the opportunity to face off against New Jersey girls with 20 freestyle matches. It was an important event to demonstrate the growing power of women’s wrestling and how far it has the potential to go.
The NY vs. NJ Girls Dual included 11 girls from Beat the Streets coming from 7 different schools in New York City, as well as four other girls from upstate New York. The New York girls who participated in this dual meet are as follows:
A very dedicated team of Coaches accompanied these girls at the dual meet including: Emma Randall (BTS Girls Coach), Josh Lee (Taft), Ted Cook (Truman), Andrew Dos Santos (Inwood), Stefan Pryce (Inwood), and Steven Santimauro (Brooklyn Landmark). It is thanks to the support and opportunities that these excellent coaches give to their athletes that they are able to excel in this challenging sport.
Although the battle of states ended with a loss from team NY, this meet helped to grow a sense of identity for the NY wrestling girls and perhaps may even be the start of a friendly rivalry with NJ. As young female wrestlers, this was also an incredible opportunity to watch high quality college wrestling from two top twenty ranked teams as they stayed to watch the Rutgers vs. Princeton dual meet. This dual helped to spread awareness about how much women’s wrestling has grown for all spectators of the day.
“After the match, we talked about what this dual meant in terms of significance. Although neither Princeton or Rutgers has a women's wrestling team today, they may choose to add one in the future. The girls that wrestled today have helped lay a pathway for future young women to wrestle at a NCAA D1 level.” –Emma Randall, Beat the Streets Girls Coach
“I noticed how the sport is growing more and more in even more places.” -Crystal Flores, Student at Truman
“The NY vs. NJ Dual in the Rutgers Gym was a novel experience for the competitors, the coaches, and the audience. It shows how far the women's wrestling has grown and how it continues to grow. Needless to say, we enjoyed every second of it. Looks like the start of great rivalry between our states.” -Andrew DosSantos, Middle School Coach at Inwood
“I think the greatest lessons our girls learned from wrestling at the RAC is hard work pays off, every opportunity to compete is an opportunity to learn, and most importantly of all, to take the time to appreciate the journey and all the destinations along the way.” -Stefan Pryce, Coach at Inwood
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