Monday, October 10, 2011

Dan Gable on BTH Tuesday 8pm (EST)

Wrestling Roots has posted a new item, 'Gable Profiled on BTN'


The greatest wrestling coach in NCAA history is has been given the profile treatment by the Big Ten Network. Dan Gable, who was a coach for 17 NCAA Championships and 21 Big Ten titles will be featured on the BTN program Big Ten Icons Tuesday at 8PM ET.


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Friday, July 15, 2011

Brute Wrestling donates the largest gift ever to the Beat the Streets USA initiative

Brute Wrestling donates the largest gift ever to the Beat the Streets USA initiative


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Brute Wrestling has donated over 3,400 singlets, 1,740 ear guards and 500 wrestling shoes to the Beat the Streets USA program. 

The Brute donation, valued at up to $125,000, provides essential equipment to newly created programs, which are vitally necessary to launch a new program. 

The mission of the Beat the Streets program is to expand wrestling by nationalizing the sport into every major city in America. 

The 2010 U.S. census reflects the growth of the population moving back cities, with over 62% of the country now living in the top 50 cities in America.

The last frontier for wrestling is Urban America. Wrestling needs more wrestlers and America needs Wrestling!

Beat the Streets USA Chairman Al Bevilacqua testifies to the importance of the gift on behalf of the entire Beat the Streets initiative.

“This equipment is very valuable in the development of any new program, especially in urban schools where the lack of resources has always been an excuse not to introduce wrestling into the curriculum or afterschool program,” he said. “In order to sell a city school system on wrestling we must take the finances off the table especially in today’s economic downturn. Mats and equipment are the largest budgeted items in beginning a program. 

“The Brute Wrestling donation helps other cities to consider joining the movement knowing that we have such great support from the wrestling community,” said Bevilacqua.

In the 2006, the New York City Partnership with the Department of Education, Mike Novogratz, the Chairman of the Beat the Streets Board in New York, made it abundantly clear that the organization would provide the mats, shoes, uniforms and other equipment. 

Beat the Streets-NYC only wanted access to the schools and was able to secure 1,200 donors from 29 states to help expand the program from one inaugural middle school in 2005 to over 120 middle and high school teams.

Since last year, Beat the Streets USA has received inquiries from many cities seeking information on how to join the movement. 

The cities involved now are New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Milwaukee, Columbus, St. Louis, Norfolk and Hartford.

It is a simple formula: “Wrestling Needs More Wrestling and More Fans.” To reach the goals of this program, we need more help!

“Now, 4,000 kids new to wrestling will wear a new singlet and a new ear guard this season thanks to Brute. You will be amazed how much this means to kids in Urban America,” said Bevilacqua.

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About Brute Wrestling

As the first U.S. company to sell wrestling products by mail order, Brute Wrestling originated in 1967 as the Henson Company, Inc. in the residence of its founder, Captain Josiah Henson. Today under the trade name, Brute Wrestling, the company continues to provide a complete line of top quality wrestling products and apparel to sporting goods dealers for amateur and professional athletic clubs and teams; and other buyers all over North America. For more information on Brute wrestling visit and follow Brute Wrestling on Facebook


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Does Summer Training Really Make Winners in the Winter?


Summer Camp Opportunities


We have a few slots remaining in our summer camp budget…please contact Bill Crum at the Beat the Streets Office…encourage some of your kids that aside from learning more wrestling skills, all the Camps provide Fun Activities everyday…..Great opportunity to leave a “hot city” and visit Colleges and Universities who host many of the camps in America.

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By Citadel Wrestling Coach Jeff Ragan

I took a much different approach to wrestling in high school then most high school kids. Since I hadn't really started wrestling until end of my 8th grade year I knew I had a lot of catch up work to do. My way of playing catch up was to wrestle year round.

Now many people may be surprised that in my first 4 years of wrestling I became a 3 x high school Florida state finalist, a 2 x Florida State champion, a 2 x Florida Outstanding wrestler, as well as become a runner-up in Freestyle Nationals my senior year but I owe my success to Summer wrestling.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Annual Fundraising Campaign

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

For Olympic Champion Henry Cejudo, wrestling was a way up, and out.

For Olympic champion Henry Cejudo, wrestling was a way up, and out.

"I was one of the Beat the Streets kids. Not necessarily here in New York, but I was a "beat the streets" in Phoenix. What I mean by that is that I was a kid that had to beat the streets before the, before the streets beat me, " said Cejudo, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist - Freestyle Wrestling.

And coach Bobby Douglas says "Beat the Streets" is making a measurable impact.

"If you take 8000 kids off the streets, you eliminate a big delinquent, delinquency problem, and I don't think your mayor understands that. This Beat the Streets program is, hey it's taking a bunch of kids away from the gangs, and it's keeping them out of prison, " he said.

And those who know wrestling say they know the sport brings discipline and focus to kids' lives.

"Once you've wrestled in life, everything else is easy. I mean if you go through a grueling hour and a half wrestling practice, these kids can do know, doing their homework, you know, getting there, uh, doing their chores, you know, doing just the simple things, that becomes easier, you know," said Herbert.

"Once you don't have a guy coming at you trying to put you and pin you down on your back. I mean, taking out, taking out the laundry, taking out the trash, that stuff's easy...So it teaches you to make the right decisions. It shows you need to be determined, you need to be focused, you need to be smart, all on the wrestling mat. So all that stuff hopefully carries on into, you know, other things in life, " he added.

Now, you might think these young athletes from tough city streets would be excited to wrestle under the lights on Times Square -- and they are -- but for them, Beat the Streets is about a whole lot more.

"You become a better student, much stronger, much faster, everything about you is going to change," said Zimba Hamm, a student at I.S. 129 Middle School in the Bronx.

And the focus that wrestling brings is no longer just for the boys. Today, ladies are also hitting the mats, and reaping the benefits.

"I have a lot more discipline. I'm a lot more organized. Um, I'm better at speaking now, public speaking. I'm much more of a leader, much more of a leader now. I wasn't much before, but now I am. I know how to channel all of my extra energy, " said Nyasa Bakker from the High School of Public Service in Brooklyn.

"It's really added structure to my life. My grades have been up. They've gone up since I started, " added Amanda Jackson, a student at Scholar's Academy High School in Queens

Thanks to Beat the Streets, street-fighting has taken on a whole new meaning in New York and inner-city communities throughout the United States, so don't be surprised if you see wrestlers down on the mats, but looking up, here at the crossroads of the world.


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