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Beat the Streets alumnus Isaias Torres takes 7th place at NCAA Division III Championships

The Ithaca College sophomore earned NCAA All-American honors for the first time.

Beat the Streets alumnus Isaias Torres of Ithaca College at 2024 NCAA Division 3 Wrestling Championships at La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Beat the Streets Academy alumnus Isaias Torres took seventh place at 133 pounds to earn All-American honors at the NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday at La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin.


Torres, the No. 8 seed, won his first-round match by a 10-5 decision then dropped his second-round bout 10-5. The Ithaca College sophomore rebounded in the consolation round with a fall and a 7-3 decision to claim All-American honors for the first time in his career. He fell 12-5 in the next round then cemented his seventh-place finish with a fall.


"I've set this goal (of becoming an All-American) a while ago, so it's satisfying to accomplish it," Torres said. "I knew I had it in me with all the training from high school with BTS and my high school and all the hours put in at Ithaca. It came down to actually believing that I'm on that level and it came down to that in the later rounds. Now, I'm just looking forward to my next one and eventually my national title!"


Torres began his wrestling career in the BTS Junior League, New York City's only middle school wrestling league. He was a two-time New York state medalist for Grand Street Campus in Brooklyn.

Fellow BTS Academy and Grand Street Campus alumnus J.C. Cardenas (125) went 1-2 during the tournament. The three-time national qualifier finished his career at SUNY Cortland with a 75-16 overall record.


(Photo by Geoff Riccio)


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About Beat the Streets 

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 New York City urban youth and strengthen the city's wrestling culture. Beat the Streets aims 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. For more information about Beat the Streets, visit btsny.org and follow Beat the Streets on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and X.

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