Beat the Streets – Building the Base

The NYC Beat the Streets program takes another giant step towards state wide competitiveness as BTS wrestlers competed in the New York State Kids championships and earned medals.

ks-podium…another Giant Step Towards Statewide Competitiveness

The competition opened on Saturday with the Novice and Intermediate age groups. 7 BTS novice wrestlers placed. At 120 Pounds Yshiem Hicks of MS 72 took 2nd, Isaiah Forde of Wagner took 3rd, and John Volpetti of the Lions took 5th. at 130 Pounds Matthew Quinones of Baruch took 4th. At 140 pounds Cameron Chapelle of the Harlem Jets finished in 3rd and his teammate Jacob Folayan 5th.

BTS took home its 1st state title of the weekend at 165 pounds where Elijah Scott of the Harlem Jets placed 1st.

On Sunday in the schoolboy division, 8 BTS wrestlers earned state medals. At 136 pounds Shateek Palmer of Roosevelt Island placed 5th and Alex Palmer of Seth Low placed 6th. At 144 pounds Cooper Weaver of the Giants placed 6th. At 175 pounds BTS placed 3 wrestlers in the top 5, Rich Sisti of Monsignor Farrell placed 1st, Bryant Mora of MS 577 placed 3rd and Alexis Solano of MS 577 placed 5th. Finally at 190 pounds Pavel DeBruskin of RKA took 3rd and Kevin Zhang of Baruch placed 6th.

Brian Giffin (President & Executive Director) reported to the Board of Directors “NYC first state champions crowned this past weekend. Huge weekend for BTS………..85 kids, 15 coaches, 15 place winners including 2 State Champs!

The past few weeks have led us to this point with intensive training and dedication from both coaches and kids. I must say, one of the most gratifying weeks of work leading up to Kids States.

Fantastic team effort from all that made this a reality.

We’re rolling right into our FS season that will be launched with our FS clinic on March 27, Brandon Slay (USA Wrestling National Resident Coach -2000 Olympic Champion) and Zeke Jones (USA national Team Coach-World Champion Olympic Silver Medalist) as our headliners.

We have 14 programs dedicated to the expansion of FS and Greco/Roman wrestling. Anticipate several hundred kids on the mat ranging from 6th to 12th grade. Girls team is also wrestling away and taking the region by force, Steve Flannigan and Cheryl Wong, leading the efforts.”


Weight Name Team Place
120 Yshiem Hicks MS 72 2nd
120 Isaiah Forde Wagner 3rd
120 John Volpetti Lions 5th
130 Matthew Quinones Baruch 4th
140 Cameron Chapelle Harlem Jets 3rd
140 Jacob Folayan Harlem Jets 5th
165 Elijah Scott Harlem Jets 1st


Weight Name Team Place
136 Shateek Palmer Roosevelt Island 5th
136 Alex Palmer Seth Low 6th
144 Cooper Weaver Giants 6th
175 Rich Sisti Lions 1st
175 Bryant Mora MS 577 3rd
175 Alexis Solano MS 577 5th
190 Pavel DeBruskin RKA 3rd
190 Kevin Zhang Baruch 6th

One thought on “Beat the Streets – Building the Base”

  1. Dear Bill,
    Thanks for your support and the continued support of the Long Island Wrestling community for its openness and help with the Beat the Streets initiative for the last 6 years.
    Many of our contributors and supporters are Long Island people and they were there when we needed funds to help initiate the program in 2005.
    The high school coaches have also opened their school’s wrestling events and supported our tournaments, clinics etc. to our new teams. We hope to become a competitive partner in developing and expanding New York State and USA Wrestling in the near future. Wrestling needs more kids!
    We are making plans for our Annual Gala Event in May,that last year attracted over 400 guests, that contributed over $400,000 to send 900 NYC wrestlers to a summer wrestling camp. Hope you can make it!
    Al Bevilacqua- Beat the Streets Wrestling Inc. Founder & Board Member

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