Over the past few years, Beat the Streets Philadelphia wrestlers have increasingly found success in Freestyle/Greco-Roman wrestling and this year was no different. After an exciting spring season of regional qualifiers, dual tournaments, weekend clinics, & practices, BTSP was able to take a team of 28 wrestlers to Central Mountain High School in Mill Hall, PA to compete in the Wrestling State Championships.
At the state tournament, the top three finishers at each high school weight class qualify for the USAW Freestyle/Greco-Roman National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota! All of the kids wrestled incredibly well & as a result, a record-high 9 BTSP wrestlers qualified for the Fargo National Championships this July! A summary of results is listed below:
- Shermuhammed Navruzov (3rd GR) @ 132
- Reynaldo Garcia (2nd FS / 3rd GR) @138
- John Colburne (3rd FS / 2nd GR) @ 182
- Tatyana Ortiz (1st FS / 2nd GR) @ 106
- Steven Foster (2nd FS / 1st GR) @ 106
- Grigol Khochishivili (2nd FS / 2nd GR) @ 152
- Angel Garcia (1st FS / 1st GR) @ 170
- Jameel Coles (1st FS / 1st GR) @ 195
- Daishawn Tilghman (2nd GR) @ 220
Additionally, BTSP wrestlers had great success at the youth & middle school level. Below are the results for our young wrestlers:
- Sanaa Rahming (3rd FS / 1st GR) @ 49
- Mark Effendian (2nd FS / 2nd GR) @ 135
- Leo Petroski (3rd FS / 3rd GR) @ 125
- Bekhruz Navruzov (1st FS / 1st GR) @ 136
- Patrick Daly (3rd GR) @ 149
Lastly, Beat the Streets would like to thank all of the coaches who helped make this weekend possible! David James, JP Rosney, Mike Rahming, Tony Tolbert, Saviddin Navruzov, Khasha Mahdavi, & Ed Schneider. Also, we would like to thank coach Asror Mukhitdinov of Uzbekistan. Coach Asror is an internationally recognized wrestler & won this years’ Dave Schultz Classic!
Thank you to everyone who worked so hard all season long to provide kids with high-level wrestling experiences and a fun team environment to be a part of! In coming weeks, we’ll plan to do a ‘spotlight’ on each individual heading to Fargo this July so stay tuned!
Final results can be found below:
The past few weeks have been eventful here at Beat the Streets; to say the least. This past month alone, wrestlers traveled to New York City to wrestle in the Rumble on the River (hosted by BTS NY), to Chambersburg, PA to compete in the PAWF State Tournament, and participated in 2 freestyle/greco clinics hosted by BTSP! Below are just a few key highlights from each of these events!
The Rumble on the River was an absolutely incredible experience for the kids. Each year BTSNY wrestles a lineup against all other BTS programs in an exhibition format. This year, 3 BTSP wrestlers were selected to compete: Zimire Rice, Zaire Crawford, and Angel Garcia. Zimir and Zaire both won matches by TF, while Angel lost a close match to a tough opponent in Terrance Parks. Following the exhibition matches, the kids were invited to stay for the main event as Team USA took on Team Cuba! We were all very thankful to have had out kids included in the days events and want to congratulate Beat the Streets New York on running yet another fantastic event!
The following morning, 23 wrestlers traveled from Philadelphia to Chambersburg to compete in the PAWF Freestyle/Greco State Championships. At this arduous 3-day affair, the goal was simple; survive and advance. A top 3 finish at this tournament qualifies athletes for the Fargo National Championships, while a top 4 finish qualifies athletes for the PRTC. Everyone wrestled extremely tough and should be proud of their efforts this weekend. For many of our kids, this was their 1st season of freestyle/greco and it was very rewarding to see them grow. There’s so much young talent here, it’s going to be fun to watch the kids compete. For the 1st time in BTSP history, 5 members of Team PA will be members of our organization! With that said, we would like to congratulate & recognize the individuals who performanced exceptionally well this weekend:
2018 Fargo Qualifiers
- Angel Garcia; 3rd FR, 1st GR
- Tatyana Ortiz; 1st FR(W), 3rd GR
- Zimir Rice; 2nd GR
- Grigol Kochsivielli; 3rd GR
- Steven Foster; *UWW NE Regional place winner
- Luis Morales; 4th GR
- Jordan Tarlton; 4th GR
- Jihad Phillips; 4th GR
2018 Youth Wrestling Medalists
- Julie Ortiz; 3rd FR
- Mark Effendian; 3rd FR, 2nd GR
In large part, what made the success at the state tournament possible was the support of the local wrestling community. On May 5th & 12th, BTSP hosted freestyle/greco clinics open to all at the PAL Center in Port Richmond. Wrestlers from the surrounding area were welcomed in to train with BTSP and learn from high-level clinicians. Chase Pami (PRTC), Garrett Hammond (DREX), & Coach Savi (CRS), were all very generous in giving up their time to show some great technique and help to prepare the kids to face elite competition. Not only are these individuals amazingly talented wrestlers, they’re fantastic role models for the kids to look up to.
While all of this sounds like a lot of programming, there is still much more ahead of us. In just a few short weeks, BTSP will be preparing to send our 5 wrestlers to Fargo & a few others to wrestling camps. In order to support our kids in reaching their goals, we need your help.
This year, we’ve created a Summer Programming fund to support the programming our kids take part in over the next few months. If you have the capacity to give, your support will help kids travel to North Dakota and compete for a National Championship, travel to day camps sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania, and more.
Thus far, the 2017-18 season has been a year of tremendous growth for the Philadelphia Public League! A record-high 29 PPL wrestlers will make the trip this weekend to Bethlehem Liberty High School to compete in the PIAA Northeast Regional Tournament. Congratulations to all PPL qualifiers; you continue to make us proud!
Below are just a few of the most interesting storylines headed into the weekend:
106lbs–Tatiyana Ortiz (MBA)
Two years ago, Ortiz broke through barriers in the sport of wrestling by becoming the first female district qualifier in PPL history. In 2015, her qualification forced the Philadelphia Catholic League to change rules that barred Catholic school wrestlers from competing against females. Since that point, girls wrestling in the city of Philadelphia has grown tremendously; a large part of that is to her credit.
Fast-forward to this season and Ortiz is continuing to have a substantial impact on the sport. This weekend, Ortiz will become the first female wrestler to compete in the PIAA NE Regional Tournament as she is slated to face off against Matt Mayer of Bethlehem Catholic in the prelims. It will be interesting to see if the Archdiocese of Allentown follows suit with Philadelphia. A change to this ruling could be yet another step in the right direction for women’s wrestling!
126lbs–Reynaldo Garcia (MBA) & Zamire Rice (OVB)
126 is a LOADED weight class in the NE Region; with 5 guys ranked inside the top #15 by PA Power Wrestling. Within the weight class, however are two underrated wrestlers from the Public League with a lot of talent. Garcia & Rice have gone back and forth this season and given each other some great matches. This postseason, in fact, Rice’s only 2 losses have come at the hands of Garcia. It will surely be a lot of fun to see these two young guns put their aggressive styles to the test.
138lbs–Mike Rubino (NE)
At the beginning of the season, Mike won an appeal for a 5th year of eligibility with the PIAA. In his final season of high school wrestling Mike has shined with a 33-6 record. After a 3rd place finish at the District XII Tournament, it will be interesting to see if Rubino can continue to make the most of his senior season.
152lbs–Lucien Anderson (CEN)
A regional qualifier in 2017, Anderson hopes to make his first trip to Hershey this season. He has cruised to league and district titles thus far, and we are now anxiously awaiting this weekend to see if he can get over the hump.
160lbs–Angel Garcia (MBA)
Angel finished 5th in the region last year, only one win away from qualifying for the state tournament. This offseason, Garcia has worked as hard as anyone to improve his skills; highlighted by a 3rd place finish in Greco-Roman at the Fargo National Championships. While Garcia has seldom been challenged in a match this season, this weekend will truly show where he stands amongst the elite in this weight class.
195lbs–Daishawn Tilghman (OVB)
As a freshman Tilghman made the most of his 5th seed at the regional tournament and went 2-2 at regionals. After qualifying for Fargo this summer and truly dedicating himself to the sport, things feel different this season. After winning the 1st district title in Overbrook history in absolutely dominating fashion, Tilghman is primed for another deep run. A trip to Hershey is undoubtedly within reach.
220lbs–Jameel Coles (NE)
Jameel has been nothing short of spectacular this season and his record speaks for itself. With an unblemished 37-0 record, he won league and district titles with seemingly relative ease. Coles will look to continue that dominance this weekend, against a far tougher field of opponents. How high can Coles climb on the podium? Only time will tell.
Once again, congratulations to all PPL regional qualifiers and congratulations to all PCL qualifiers as well. Let’s go District XII!
To follow this weekend’s action, brackets/updates can be found here.
May’s wrestler of the month, Angel Garcia, has continued his excellent wrestling into June. Last week he accumulated a 15-1 record at the Cadet Duals wrestling for Pennsylvania Red. The team placed 3rd in the Greco-Roman portion of the tournament and 4th in Freestyle. Angel went 8-0 in Greco and made the “All Tournament Team”. In freestyle he went 7-1 only dropping his final match. Angel will be competing at the Freestyle and Greco National Tournament in Fargo, North Dakota later this July looking to bring home All-American honors.
Many Beat the Streets Philadelphia student-athletes have been working hard and training at our various offseason wrestling facilities. On April 17th BTSP sent 40 wrestlers to the Downingtown West Freestyle Tournament. There was a large turnout at the tournament, with nearly 200 Greco participants and over 300 Freestyle participants. Although the day was long, nearly 8 hours, the BTS squad brought home a haul of medals, including the Philadelphia Atheltic League’s Matt Oniel, who won the 50 lb. Bantam Freestyle Championship.
Beat the Streets Philadelphia will be hosting our first freestyle state tournament qualifier. The qualifier will be held on May 15 at South Philadelphia High School, the same location as the 2016 Philadelphia Public School League Tournament. The athletes that have been putting in the extra time in this offseason are looking to reap the benefits of their hard work and qualify for the Pennsylvania State Freestyle Tournament which runs the following weekend, May 20-22. This tournament is particularly exciting because it is the first BTSP tournament to include wrestlers from outside the Philadelphia area.
Beat the Streets Philadelphia was proud to be a part of the third annual Cougar Duals. Martin Luther King High School hosted 16 teams from 8 different districts, including some of the best wrestling in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Each team was guaranteed 4 matches on the day. Malvern Prep walked away with the championship by defeating Camden, Twin Valley, Marple Newtown, and West Chester Henderson. Rival district 12 St. Joseph’s Prep finished 3rd beating Marple Newtown in the consolation finals 41-15. Host Martin Luther King finished 8th out of 16 teams, beating Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in the first round 36-35 before being edged by Marple Newtown 41-37. MLK finished the tournament by falling to Twin Valley and Daniel Boone. Craig Duren (170 lbs) went undefeated on the day while DeAndre Maxwell (182/195 lbs) and Isaiah Webb (120 lbs) both went 3-1.
Martin Luther King wrestlers have had ups and downs all season but they continue to make significant progress on and off the mat. By hosting tournaments and events like the Cougar Duals they are continuing to build support and a fan base for wrestling in the city. Beat the Streets would like to thank coach Dom Castelli and Martin Luther King High School for hosting this event!