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Beat the Streets Academy's Isabella Lorenzana wins Northeast Regional title

Six BTS Academy student-athletes placed in the top six of their weight class to qualify for nationals.

Beat the Streets Academy student-athlete Isabella Lorenzana captured an under-16 division girls freestyle title at the Phil Portuese Northeast Regional on Saturday in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


Lorenzana earned an 11-0 win by technical superiority in 2:14 in her opening match. The high school sophomore then overcame adversity in her next two matches to reach the top of the podium. Trailing 4-2 with less than a minute remaining in the match, Lorenzana scored a four-point throw for a 6-4 semifinal win. In the finals, she hit another four-point throw and added two critical step-outs in the final 90 seconds for a 6-4 victory to claim first place.


Lorenzana and five more BTS Academy student-athletes placed in the top six of their weight class to qualify for Team New York for the 2024 USMC Junior and 16U Nationals in July in Fargo, N.D.


Siri Hyde claimed sixth place in the 16U division, while Marielys Lugo and Lanxi Xu took second and sixth place in the junior division. Lugo scored back-to-back falls in under 30 seconds then fell by fall in the finals. Xu had two victories, one by fall (1:49) and a 12-2 technical superiority (5:27).


In the boys junior division, Oumar Tounkara claimed second place in freestyle and Firdavs Ahmadzoda was fifth in Greco-Roman.

Tounkara had three technical superiorities (11-1 in 2:51, 15-5 in 4:35, 10-0 in 1:30) to advance to the finals, where he fell 13-3 in 2:19. Ahmadzoda dropped his opening bout to the top-seed in his weight class then rebounded by going 2-1 to advance to the fifth-place match. In a high-scoring match, Ahmadzoda locked up a 20-11 win in 5:10 to take home fifth place.


BTS Junior League alum Kingston Daniells Silva earned first place in Greco-Roman and fourth place in freestyle in the junior division.


Girls Freestyle

16U: Isabella Lorenzana (1st), Siri Hyde (6th)

Junior: Marieyls Lugo (2nd), Lanxi Xu (6th)


Boys Freestyle

Junior: Oumar Tounkara (2nd), Kingston Daniells Silva (4th)


Greco-Roman

Junior: Firdavs Ahmadzoda (5th), Kingston Daniells Silva (1st)


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 btsny.org/donate.

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Colby Adkins
Colby Adkins
21 may

In her first match, Lorenzana won 11-0 thanks to her superior technical skills in 2:14. eggy car

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