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Beat the Streets' Oumar Tounkara takes 6th place at 2023 Journeymen Fall Classic

Five BTS students placed in the secondary bracket.

Courtesy photo: Emily Fox Photography

Beat the Streets student Oumar Tounkara earned sixth place at 106 pounds at the Journeymen Fall Classic this past weekend at the Impact Center in Halfmoon, New York.

Tounkara won 10-6 in pool play to advance to the championship bracket, where he went 1-2 with a fall to claim sixth place.

Five more BTS students advanced out of pool play to the secondary bracket and placed. Marieyls Lugo and Ashanty Peralta each took 10th in their respective weight class, and Siri Hyde grabbed 12th in the girls division. In the boys division, Kerolos Gorgy and Leo Gao took 14th and 16th, respectively.

Gorgy won 3-1 in pool play, while Lugo and Peralta both scored a fall in bracket play.

BTS students Firdavs Ahmadzoda, Christian Cruz and Dean Gray had at least one victory in the overflow division.


10th: Marieyls Lugo, Ashanty Peralta

12th: Siri Hyde


6th: Oumar Tounkara

14th: Kerolos Gorgy

16th: Leo Gao

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.

BTS works to develop the full human and athletic potential of New York City urban youth and strengthen the city's wrestling culture. BTS 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. Discover how you can make a meaningful contribution to BTS' work at



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