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20th annual NYC Mayor's Cup Wrestling Championships canceled

The tournament was canceled due to public safety concerns.

Beat the Streets Wrestling has issued the following statement regarding the 20th annual NYC Mayor’s Cup Wrestling Championships:


Due to public safety concerns because of ongoing extreme cold temperatures and unanticipated mechanical failures of the heating system at the Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park gymnasium in Manhattan, the tournament was canceled Sunday.

The decision to cancel the tournament was made in consultation with Beat the Streets Wrestling, the Metropolitan Wrestling Association (MWA), the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL), the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA), and the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS).

Beat the Streets Wrestling, Executive Director Brendan Buckley 

“We were very disappointed to have to make the call to cancel the tournament, considering it required such a large commitment from numerous groups including the PSAL, NYSAIS, and CHSAA, and especially since it was only six weeks ago that it did not appear the Mayor’s Cup would take place this year. That said, we understood the concerns surrounding competing in such a cold arena and respected the decision to cancel.” 


Since being founded in 2005, Beat the Streets has pioneered a movement that now includes 150 individual wrestling programs, a youth league and the first girls high school league.


Beat the Streets works to develop the full human and athletic potential of the urban youth and strengthen the NYC wrestling culture. We aim to make a lifelong impact on student-athletes through the lessons learned on the wrestling mat – discipline, perseverance, self-reliance, humility, and a strong work ethic. To learn more, visit



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