Beat the Streets Cleveland Past Events
Clinic #1 Event #1
Date: November 15th, 2014
Beat The Streets Cleveland’s first clinic was held at Cleveland Central Catholic High School, 6550 Baxter Avenue Cleveland, OH 44105. Coach Greenwood and Coach Hawald organized the event. The wrestling clinic was taught by Coach Danny Mitcheff previously an Olympic hopeful in Freestyle Wrestling from the Northeast Ohio Regional Training Center (NEORTC) who is currently an Assistant Wrestling Coach at his Alma Mater Kent State University (Ohio). Coach Mitcheff ran the clinic in classic folkstyle technique going over neutral on your feet wrestling and top techniques. Participants included wrestlers from Cleveland Central Catholic, Cuyahoga Heights, University School, and Akron Springfield. There were over 70 wrestlers and coaches in attendance.
Clinic #2 Event #2
Date: April 18th, 2015
Beat the Streets Cleveland hosted a clinic at Springfield High School, 2966 Sanitarium Rd Akron, Ohio 44312. The wrestling clinic was taught in two parts and focused on freestyle technique. The first session was run by the University of Akron (Ohio) Club Wrestling Team and Coaching Staff. The second session was taught by Head Coach Ben Stehura of Division-I Cleveland State University Wrestling (Ohio) and his coaching staff. The clinic was a success and was able to show two different levels of college athletics free of charge to 50 wrestlers from 16 different schools.
Clinic #3 Event #3
Date: November 6th, 2015
Beat the Streets Cleveland hosted another free of charge freestyle wrestling clinic at Beachwood High School, 25100 Fairmount Blvd Beachwood, OH 44122. The Clinic was taught by high level freestyle CoachSergei Kitaev. Sergei was a two time Junior National Champion in the USSR, a four time All-USSR Senior Level Wrestler, three time World Gran-Prix Alexander Medved Champion, a World Supercup Champion in Germany, and the Head Olympic Coach for Belarus from 2008-2012. He was aided by Coach Spencer Adams, the Head Wrestling Coach at St. Catharine College. Together, they worked on teaching leg attacks off wrist control to the 25 clinic attendants.
Club #1 Event #4
Dates: Tuesday and Thursday March 29th-May 3rd 2016
Beat the Streets Cleveland began a free of charge Freestyle Wrestling Club at the end of the folkstyle season. The club was ran and organized by Mark Hawald and Todd Gaydosh and was hosted at John Carroll University 1 John Carroll Blvd University Heights Ohio 44118. The program had over 30 middle school and high school participants working with 10 college wrestlers from John Carroll University. The purpose of the club was to teach young and developing wrestlers olympic freestyle technique and to further develop skills of those with experience by having college volunteers
Tournament #1 Event #5
Date: May 7th, 2016
The Rock and Roll Wrestling Fest (Now Rock and Wrestle Fest) Wrestling Tournament was held at John Carroll University, 1 John Carroll Blvd University Heights Ohio 44118 costing wrestlers only $15 to enter (an inexpensive cost compared to other tournaments). Prior to the 70 matches wrestled on one mat, over 30 participants from middle school, high School, and college participated in a rules clinic with the referee explaining current freestyle rules. Each of the participants received a headband and competed in a minimum of two matches. The purpose of the event was to get as much experience and time on the mat as possible for developing wrestlers and to spread awareness of Beat the Streets Cleveland. The tournament was ran through Trackwrestling.com and Amatuer Athletic Union (AAU) Wrestling.
Trip #1 Event #6
Date: May 20-21, 2016
Beat the Streets Cleveland made a trip to Chicago for the BTS Chicago Spring Wrestling Festival located at Quest Multi-Sport Arena, 2641 W Harrison, Chicago IL 60612. The team was made up of students from Tallmadge, Field, John Adams, John Marshall, Brooklyn, John F Kennedy, and Cleveland Central Catholic and the coaching staff that attended was Mark Hawald (John Carroll) Ed Suber (Tallmadge), and Andrew Romanchik (Ohio University and Lake Erie College). The high school student athletes competed in Freestyle and Greco wrestling against other Beat the Streets teams from Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Chicago.
After arriving in Chicago on Friday, team Cleveland visited the world famous Navy Pier and took a ride on the “Seadog” speed watercraft. After a fun Friday evening, Saturday was all business. The day began with a freestyle wrestling demonstration and meet and greet with wrestlers from Northwestern followed by a motivational talk from Olympic Gold Medalist Ben Peterson. In the competition, team Cleveland started strong winning their first two dual meets over Indianapolis and Milwaukee. In the third and final dual of the day, Cleveland lost to host team Chicago. For several wrestlers on the team, this was their first Freestyle or Greco-Roman competition (matches alternated between the two styles). In addition to gaining valuable experience by competing, the wrestlers had fun, made new friends, and were able to represent their city. BTS CLE hope that this trip is the first of many for team Cleveland. This trip, travel, food, expenses and activities, were funded by private donations so there was no cost to the team. We hope to continue this trend and provide more opportunities for little to no cost for the participants.
Clinic #4 Event #7
Date: July 7th, 2016
Beat the Streets Cleveland was fortunate to host Joey Davis a 4X NCAA Division II National Champion who finished his career undefeated at 133-0 for Notre Dame College at Villa Angela St. Joseph High School, 18491 Lake Shore Boulevard Cleveland, Ohio 44119. Joey taught skills on neutral wrestling position at the clinic while working with the 25+ youth participants. Joey recently signed with Bellator to compete in Professional level Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
- Joey Davis Runs BTS CLE Clinic Article