2012 Beat The Streets Gala Recap

          The 2012 Beat the Streets Gala was a Blast! 

74kg World Champ Jordan Burroughs

For the second straight year, Beat the Streets held their annual event at Times Square right in the heart of New York City.  A gala at the world famous Roseland Ballroom followed the wrestling card.


60kg Olympic Preliminary – Reece Humphrey vs Coleman Scott
The event kicked off with a match between Reece Humphrey and Coleman Scott to determine who would take on Shawn Bunch for the 60kg spot on the US Olympic Freestyle team.  Scott was able to defeat Humphrey 1-0, 0-1, 1-0 without the benefit of a single takedown with both of his scores coming off of ball draws. 

BTS Youth and HS Matches
The crown of several thousand was treated to some exciting matches between the young wrestlers who are the very essence of the Beat the Streets program.  Make no mistake about it, NYC (or the PSAL) is the “sleeping giant” of New York State high school wrestling.  This past year season, we saw 5 PSAL wrestlers finish in the top six of their weight…. the most ever from the PSAL.  The Beat the Streets program assures that this season was not a fluke but rather just a sign of things to come!

60kg Olympic Wrestle-Off – Shawn Bunch vs Coleman Scott – Match #1
Scott, a PA native, is able to defeat Bunch by a score of 1-0, 0-1, 7-0.  This was the first time that Scott had ever defeated Bunch on the freestyle circuit.  It would prove to be a huge confident boost for the Oklahoma State grad.

Women’s Exhibition Match – Helen Maroulis vs Ashley Hudson
Before the US/Russia match, the fans were treated to an exhibition match between Helen Maroulis and Ashley Hudson.  In one of the most action-packed matches of the entire event, Maroulis was able to defeat Hudson by a score of 4-0, 2-1.

USA vs Russia – 55kg, 60kg, and 66kg
55kg – Artas Sanaa (Russia) dec. Sam Hazewinkel (USA), 1-0, 2-0; Hazewinkle was game but slightly over-matched by the young, flamboyant Russia.
60kg – Logan Stieber (USA) dec. Akhmed Chakaev (Russia), 1-3, 7-0, 5-4; Nobody told Steiber, a 2012 NCAA champion as a freshman who was just filling this spot while the weight is being wrestled off, that he was supposed to lose….what an absolute barn-burner!
66kgJared Frayer (USA) dec. Dzalaludin Kurbanaliev (Russia), 5-0, 0-2, 1-0; Check out the highlight of this match courtesy of FloWrestling…please notice the two insane guys in  suits (me and Al Bevilacqua) who are letting the official know that it was a “five” (like he could have missed it).

USA leads 2 matches to 1 against the mighty Russians!!!! 

60kg Olympic Wrestle-Off – Shawn Bunch vs Coleman Scott – Match #2
With a second period ball draw and a third period push out, Bunch, who wrestled at Edinboro, was able to defeat Scott and force a third and decisive match!

USA vs Russia – 74kg, 84kg, 96kg, and 120kg
74kg – Jordan Burroughs (USA) dec. Kamel Malikov (Russia), 8-0, 5-0; absolute domination by NJ native Burroughs; 4 double legs, 3 push-outs, 1 super-duck plus exposure….he’s on a mission!
84kg – Andrey Valiev (Russia) dec. Keith Gavin (USA), 5-0, 3-2; very impressive 5-point throw by the Russian ended the first; slick 3-point arm throw in the second.  Gavin, a PA native, was just filling in for US team member Jake Herbert, also a PA native, who is nursing a minor injury.
96kg – Shamil Akhmedov (Russia) dec. J.D. Bergman (USA), 1-2, 1-1, 2-0; Bergman, filling in for US team member Jake Varner, started of strong winning the first off two high doubles.  His Russian opponent made adjustments though and won the next two periods tying the team score at 3 matches each with one match remaining!!!
120kg – Tervel Dlagnev (USA) pin Eduard Bazrov (Russia), 0:25; After an exciting scramble, the American was able to pin the Russian giving team USA the 4-3 decision!  USA! USA! USA!

60kg Olympic Wrestle-Off – Shawn Bunch vs Coleman Scott – Match #3
Not much action in the first period.  Scott wins the ball draw and takes the first period after the bully double.  Period two was one for the ages!  Scott in deep; Bunch defends with a front headlock and is trying for exposure; Scott then lifts Bunch up and sends him to his back for a takedown with exposure; Bunch’s corner challenges the call; after a much heated discussion the officials have made their decision….”5″ for Scott….match over and Coleman Scott is your 60kg Olympic Team member!!!

Beat the Streets Gala In Times Square Set For Thursday 6/7 Live Webcast Starting at 6:00 PM (Link Below)

Event Will Feature USA vs. Russia Freestyle Dual, 60KG Olympic Team Wrestle-Off, Exhibitions Matches and More!!!!

This Thursday, June 7th, at the Duffy Square section of Times Square in NYC, Beat the Streets will host their 2012 Gala – The Grapple in the Big Apple!  For the past few years, fans who attend this event walk away saying that it will be impossible for the BTS organizers to “top” what they just watched…..each year, they have been wrong!  This year’s event is no exception.

The 2012 Beat the Streets Gala will feature an exciting freestyle dual meet between the US and Russia, an Olympic team wrestle-off at 60kg, exhibition matches including one with 3X NCAA champion and NY native Kyle Dake, and an Awards and Reception Banquet at the famed Roseland Ballroom.

1:00 PM – U.S. Olympic Trials Wrestle-off at 60 kg – Humphrey vs. Scott preliminary  
3:00 PM – Beat the Streets youth wrestling exhibition matches  

6:00 PM – U.S. Olympic Trials Wrestle-off at 60 kg – Bunch vs. Humphrey/Scott winner  
6:10 PM – 55 kg women’s freestyle exhibition – Maroulis vs. Hudson  
6:40 PM – USA vs. Russia freestyle dual meet – 55 kg, 60 kg, 66 kg matches  
7:10 PM – 74 kg men’s freestyle exhibition – Dake vs. Gentry  
7:25 PM – U.S. Olympic Trials Wrestle-off at 60 kg – Match 2 – Bunch vs. Humphrey/Scott winner  
7:40 PM – USA vs. Russia freestyle dual meet – 74 kg, 84 kg, 96 kg, 120 kg matches  
8:20 PM – U.S. Olympic Trials Wrestle-off at 60 kg – Match 3 – Bunch vs. Humphrey/Scott winner

USA vs. Russia match-ups and biographies (themat.com)
Beat the Streets website including ticket info

Live Webcast Beginning at 6:00 PM
Link to Intermat Wrestling – Coverage Provided NBC/Universal Sports

Click Here for Webcast

Cuccolo Finishes 2nd and 3rd at FILA Cadet Nationals

Congratulations to Pine Bush sophomore Chris Cuccolo for placing in the top 3 in both freestyle and Greco-Roman at the 2012 FILA Cadet Nationals this weekend in Akron, OH.  Cuccolo, wrestling at  42KG, finished 2nd in freestyle and placed 3rd in GR.  Click below for a link to TheMat.TV where you can get all of the results for both the Cadet Nationals as well as the ASICS University Nationals.  Great job Chris!

           TheMat.TV – 2012 ASICS University Nationals & FILA Cadet Nationals


All-American Wrestling Camp @ Delaware Valley

Hosted By: Delaware Valley HS & Tin-Man Wrestling Club
July 9-12, 2012 (Monday-Thursday)
10-12 pm
1-3 pm
AGE GROUP (3rd-12th Grade)
Camp is intended for wrestlers with Experience

 Cost: Commuters only
$120 per athlete for all sessions
$90 Additional Siblings

Mail Form & Check to Delaware Valley HS
Attn: Lou DeLauro
102 Rim Rock CT.
Milford, PA 18337

Notes: Limited to the first 100 wrestlers. Open to all ages. Bring Your Lunch. Direct any questions to Lou DeLauro- ld2364@yahoo.com or 570-677-2759 Location: Delaware Valley High School
252 Route 6 & 209
Milford, PA 18337

Camp Director:
Lou DeLauro-   Delaware Valley HS Varsity Wrestling Coach
Tin-Man WC Head Coach
     PA Team State Top 8 Finish

Guest Clinicians:
    Joe Kennedy                      Robert Hamlin            Justin Accordino
Lehigh 197                                Lehigh 184                        Hofstra 149
All-American                          2X All-American               All-American

     Registartion Information and Flyer

The Match Against Leukemia Youth Tournament

The NY Titans Wrestling Club in Albany, NY is hosting an individual youth tournament this Saturday, May 26 at the Albany Academy Fieldhouse.  All proceeds from the tournament will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Team Vinny V tee shirts will be available for purchase with proceeds going to the Vespa family.  Click on the links below for more information about this great event.

     NY Titans Match Against Leukemia Website             Tournament Flyer


National Power To Conduct 2-Day Clinic In Westchester May 25th & 26th!!!

Do not miss out on this rare opportunity to learn the techniques that have made Cornell Wrestling a perennial national powerhouse!  The clinic will take place at the Askren Wrestling Academy in Somers, NY.

  AWA Website Including Registration Information

Some of the counselors will be:
   Rob Koll – NCAA Champ, Head Wrestling Coach of Cornell
   Damian Hahn – 2X NCAA Champ, Assistant Coach at Cornell
   Kyle Dake – 3X NCAA Champ, 2X NYS Champ, Lansing – Section 4
   Troy Nickerson – NCAA Champ, 5X NYS Champ, Chenango Forks -Section 4
   Steve Bosak – NCAA Champ
   Cam Simaz – NCAA Champ


Saugerties Grad Bermudez Notches 1st UFC Win

Congratulations to Saugerties HS graduate Dennis Bermudez for earning his first career UFC victory at UFC on Fox Diaz vs. Miller.  All three judges scored the fight 30-27 for Bermudez who used three slams and superior stand-up to control all three rounds.  Bermudez, who was a division 1 college wrestler for Bloomsburg, fights in the 145 pound featherweight division.  Click below to listen to Bermudez’s post-fight interview.

                                      Dennis Bermudez post-fight interview


New Facility In Middletown Will Provide Another Training Option For Wrestlers!!!

Renzo Gracie MMA Academy offers specialized instruction for men, women, and children including MMA fitness classes , as well as top-notch training for the serious fighter!!!

                                                     Grand Opening Event This Weekend!!!
                              Come Meet the Legends…Free Clinics…Q&A… Autographs

     –  Renzo Gracie – UFC Legend and member of the first family of MMA
     –  Jimmy Pedro – Olympic Medalist ans 2012 Olympic Judo Coach
     –  Ron Jones – 2X NCAA All American and former Rutgers Wrestling Head Coach

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     Date/Time:  Friday May 4th from 12:00 pm until 10:00 pm
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Palacio Chooses Cornell

2012 NYS Champion Dylan Palacio has decided to continue his wrestling career at Cornell University.  The senior from Long Beach High School in Long Island (Section 8 ) has had one of the most dominating seasons in New York high school wrestling history.  Just a few of Palacio’s highlights from 2011-2012 include: 

      –  Eastern States Classic champ @ 152 defeating fellow Cornell recruit Brian Realbuto
      –  NYS D1 champ @ 160 
      –  pinned undefeated NJ state champ Raamiah Bethea @ NY/NJ Charity Challenge
      –  NHSCA Senior National Champion at Virginia Beach.
Palacio is now training hard in the Olympic styles because his next goal is to take home the gold from Fargo in July.  Congratulations on choosing Cornell and good luck in the future Dylan!!!

For a great article about Palacio’s college selection check out Besty Veysman’s article at newyorkwrestlingnews.com