Beat the Streets Detroit

Board of Directors

Mark Churella Sr

President Mark Churella

Churella was raised in Farmington, Michigan. As a student at Farmington High School, he was selected as a High School All-American in wrestling in 1975 and won was a state champion three years. He has been inducted into the Farmington High School Sports Hall of Fame.  Churella attended the University of Michigan where he was a member of the Michigan Wolverines wrestling team from 1976 to 1979. As a wrestler at Michigan, Churella compiled a record of 132–13; his .910 winning percentage is the second highest in University of Michigan wrestling history. He won the NCAA national championship in 1977 and 1978 and as a senior in 1979.  His freshman year, he placed third in the tournament. Churella was selected four times as a collegiate wrestling All-American and was also named the most outstanding participant in the 1978 NCAA Division I wrestling championships. Churella also received the 1979 Big Ten Medal of Honor for proficiency in scholarship, athletics and community service. When he graduated from the University of Michigan in 1979, Churella was the school’s all-time record-holder in career wins, single-season wins and career falls.  Churella’s collegiate success foreshadowed his qualification for the 1980 Summer Olympics, but the US’ boycott of the event prevented the opportunity.  After graduating from Michigan, Churella served as the head wrestling coach at UNLV from 1979 to 1984. While holding that position, Churella established the Las Vegas Collegiate Invitational Tournament, later renamed the Cliff Keen Invitational. After UNLV discontinued its wrestling program, Churella returned to the University of Michigan as an assistant coach from 1985 to 1987. Churella later went into the insurance services business and became the president and CEO of FDI Group, in Novi, Michigan. Three of his sons, Mark, Jr., Ryan and Josh were wrestlers at the University of Michigan. Churella returned to the program as an assistant coach from 2007 to 2008.  Son Josh Churella joined the Michigan Wolverines wrestling coaching staff in 2012. Churella was inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor in 1996 and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1999.[12][13] He was also a charter member of the Michigan Wrestling Hall of Fame.[2] In 2012, he received the Bob Ufer Award for outstanding service to the University of Michigan Athletic Department.  Churella is married and has 3 sons and X grandchildren.

Mike Cox

Vice President Mike Cox

Cox graduated from Detroit Catholic Central High School in 1980. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1980 to 1983. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1986 and earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1989. He worked for the Oakland County Prosecutors’ office from 1989 to 1990, then the Wayne County office from 1990 to 2002, before being elected Attorney General. Cox successfully ran for re-election in 2006, after receiving the Republican party nomination at the August Michigan Republican Party Convention. Cox left office in 2010 due to term limit. In 2011 he joined the Detroit law firm, Dykema Gosset and in 2012 Cox recently left Dykema Gosset to start The Mike Cox Law Firm. Mike is married and has 4 children and 2 grandchildren. Both of his boys wrestled while attending Detroit Catholic Central and his eldest daughter and youngest son both have served their country in the Marine Corps and Navy respectively.
Mindy Herrmann

Wrestling Team Leader/Executive Director Mindy Herrmann

Mindy Herrmann serves as the Executive Director for Beat the Streets Detroit. She is a United States Naval Academy graduate where she rowed Varsity Crew for 4 years. After graduation, she served as an officer in the Marine Corps for 28 years and is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. Mindy and her husband Fred have 2 daughters; Annelie, a 2018 Harvard College graduate who is in her first year at the University of Michigan Medical School and Emma, who is a senior and a cross country team captain at Williams College. Mindy is a true believer in what wrestling can do for a child. “We can agree that all sports are good,” she says, “but nothing can develop grit, self-reliance, tenacity and a solid work ethic like the sport of wrestling.” Mindy relays that one of her biggest goals for the 2019-2020 season is to develop more partnerships throughout the community to better help kids achieve each individual’s full potential – not just from an athletic perspective but also academically and from a life-skills perspective as well. “We love wrestling, to be sure… but ultimately we love this sport for what it does for a kid after he or she steps off the mat.”
Mark Churella Jr

Secretary Mark Churella, Jr.

Churella was raised in Novi, MI and attended Novi High School where he was a 3-sport athlete (Soccer, Wrestling & Baseball). Churella attended the University of Michigan and was a member of the Wolverines wrestling team from 1998 – 2002. After graduating from Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, he joined the family insurance business of FDI Group in 2003. Churella has served in various roles within FDI Group and currently is the EVP/COO of George B. Ford Agency, Inc. and VP of FDI Group respectively. Churella is married with 2 children.
Fermin Miguel Mendez

Board Member Fermin Mendez

Coach Fermin Miguel Mendez is a Newark, NJ native, a Detroit resident, and corporate attorney. He began his wrestling career at the age of 14 at Delbarton High School. From there, Coach Fermin went on to become a three time varsity letter winner on Harvard University’s Division 1 Wrestling Team. He has trained athletes at a range of levels, from youth to university level wrestlers in both New Jersey and Michigan. With a passion for coaching, Coach Fermin joined BTS Detroit while attending University of Michigan Law School. Now, he is in his fourth season and serves as our Patton Park Head Coach. He believes in the positive impact that wrestling can have on an individual and a community. Coach Fermin is thankful for the opportunity to serve the youth of Detroit, who come in every day, tenacious, energetic, and ready for a challenge.

Beat the Streets Detroit

Wrestling Coaches

Lauren Birks

Coach Lauren Birks

Coach Lauren Birks is originally from Dallas, Texas, where she joined the wrestling team her freshman year. She placed at Freestyle Wrestling Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota all four years of high school and was a three-year national placer for the United States Girls Wrestling Association Folkstyle Nationals, held in Livonia, Michigan. Lauren attended The University of Texas at Austin, in which she obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology and teacher certification in middle grades math. From 2014-2016 Lauren served as a Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer in Costa Rica. She moved to Michigan to attend the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and completed her master’s in social work in 2017. Throughout college Lauren would help out with her high school’s wrestling team and has always wanted to get back involved in the sport. Now, Coach Birks is a school social worker at Hamtramck High School and serves as the head high school wrestling coach there as well as leading the Beat the Streets Detroit community-based program in Hamtramck. Lauren believes that wrestling teaches valuable, transferable skills from the mat to real life – perseverance, determination, focus, leadership, and flexibility, just to name a few. Coach Birks is looking forward to being part of the BTSD community, as she wants to be able to share her passion for wrestling with more youth and to show more girls that they can, and should, wrestle too!
Jake Brock

Coach Jake Brock

Coach Jake Brock grew up in Southfield and Detroit and started wrestling in 10th grade at Southfield High School. He was the captain of his team both his junior and senior years and earned recognition as the team’s “Most Valuable Player” in the 12th grade. That year he also wrestled in the state championship and went 5-1 at the Virginia Beach National Duals post season. Coach Brock is an electrician working throughout the metro Detroit area and as a member of the IBEW local 58 Union. The most important thing he wants to accomplish with his work with kids in the Beat the Streets Detroit program is to inspire our wrestlers to have a post high school plan. Regardless of whether they pursue college or a skilled trade such as plumbing, carpentry, HVAC, millwright, electrical and the like, Coach Jake wants them to have a goal (or two) and be equipped with the skills necessary to accomplish their goals. Says Coach Brock, “I want our kids to use the name of our program – ‘BEAT THE STREETS” – as a call to action. I literally want them to ‘beat’ the lure of the streets and most definitely don’t want them to fall victim to a negative inner-city lifestyle.” Coach Brock believes that if our wrestlers use the tangible and peripheral skills they gain while wrestling, not only will they be successful, but they will also be motivated to give back to those younger kids who will follow. Along with every member of the Beat the Streets team, Jake believes in the unique power of wrestling to change lives for the better. Says Brock, “I want to see wrestling at EVERY high school in Detroit Public Schools (not just Mumford). Detroit needs their own conference because there is just an overwhelming amount of talented and athletic kids who currently don’t have the opportunity to participate outside of Beat the Streets Detroit.
Mike Conflitti

Coach Mike Conflitti

Coach Mike Conflitti was a student/athlete at the University of Findlay, where he was an All-American wrestler and team captain. In 1999 Mike was the assistant coach of the National Runner up Findlay Wrestling team and graduated with a degree in Sports Science. He is also a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.). Mike’s passion has been and continues to be wrestling. He is one of the top wrestling coaches and instructors in our area and has been involved in youth and high school wrestling for over 25 years. After coaching at Muskegon Community College which was the 2000 #1 ranked junior college in the nation, he moved back home to take charge of the Hazel Park HS program. From 2001-2010 Mike was the head coach of Hazel Park HS which reached the Division 2 Team State Championships three times. In 2013 Mike took 7 local wrestlers and started a summer training system and a national team called the Roughneck Wrestling Club. Mike is married and has one child, Luca.
Peter Cunningham

Coach Peter Cunningham

Coach Cunningham is a math teacher at Huron High School in Ann Arbor and a member of the Coaching Team at Mumford High School in Detroit. He is a graduate of Tecumseh High School in Tecumseh, MI and earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology from the University of Toronto where he wrestled and was co-captain during the 2003-2004 season. He holds a master’s degree in teaching from Oakland University.

Before coaching wrestling, or even teaching, Coach Cunningham was a journalist and worked at the Ann Arbor News as a sportswriter/editor from 2009-2014. Around that time, he made a bold decision to change courses completely and pursue a teaching career through the AmeriCorps program “Teach for America.” In large part, that decision was born from a motivation to truly make a positive difference in young people’s lives through coaching wrestling.

Coach Cunningham started the Mumford High School wrestling program in 2014 and started working with Beat the Streets in 2016 with the goal of expanding the high school program to include interested younger kids. The result is that the Beat the Streets Detroit / Mumford program has become a beacon of hope and is a true community-based program. The program was even featured recently in an ESPN article. Mumford High School is currently the only school in the Detroit Public School Community District that offers wrestling.

The Mumford wrestling team won its first ever MHSAA district championship in 2019 and also had four regional qualifiers and two state qualifiers. Since 2017, Mumford has had one all-state wrestler (4th), three state qualifiers and six regional qualifiers. The Mumford wrestling team has graduated 100 percent of its senior athletes in its five years as a program, with several going on to college

Coach Cunningham lives with his wife Katie and two daughters, Joy and June, in Ann Arbor.

Tony Durocher

Coach Tony Durocher

Coach Tony Durocher started wrestling in the 9th grade and as a senior in high school, placed 7th in the State. He graduated from Eastern Michigan and has worked the past 25 years for the Chrysler Corporation. During that time, Coach Durocher coached the Melvindale High School Wrestling team where his team won 8 district titles. He has coached 45 individual qualifiers to the state meet, 12 of whom placed. 4 of his student athletes were runners-up and 3 were State Champions. Suffice it to say that Coach Durocher knows what it takes to make a champion wrestler, but even more importantly, he knows how to educate young wrestlers on how to use the skills they learn while wrestling and translate them into success beyond the mat.

Coach Durocher had previously retired from coaching but found that he missed working with young people and inspiring them to reach for the stars. A dedicated technician of the sport, Coach Tony has the largest collection of coaching videos of any of our coaches and believes that in wrestling, as in life, details matter. “Take care of the little things and the big things take care of themselves.”

Robert Embree

Coach Robert Embree

Coach Embree has both Assistant and Head Coach experience at the high school level and as a former coach for the Marshall Arts Submission Hybrids program. He possesses a passion for wrestling that he instills in all of his student-athletes at all levels.

Since 2013, Coach Embree has served as the Head Coach of the Warren Lincoln competitive component of the Beat the Streets Detroit youth wrestling program. He also leads the Michigan USA Regional Training Center of Warren as the Director. Coach Embree has coached national level competitors, including his son Jelani who is a freshman Division 1 wrestler at the University of Michigan. He has three children that all participate in sports.

Lisa Gonzalez

Coach Lisa Gonzalez

Coach Lisa Gonzalez started wrestling when she was 14 and went on to win the Texas State High School Championship for her weight class in 2013. She is a 2-time collegiate All-American and a 2-time US Open Top 6 contender. In 2016, Coach Gonzalez competed in the Olympic Trials.

Coach Gonzalez found Beat the Streets Detroit after moving to Michigan where she works as a personal trainer. Because of the huge impact wrestling has had on her life, Coach Gonzalez wanted to continue her journey in wrestling in a way that most benefits others, and for her this means working with children as they learn the sport. “I enjoy working with Beat the Streets Detroit,” she says, “because I didn’t have any clubs like this when I grew up. I am happy to be able to help out our kids and our community – especially because it has a wide range of different people, and I am especially proud to see they way the sport has grown in popularity for young girls/women.”

Ken Kaercher

Coach Ken Kaercher

Coach Ken Kaercher grew up in Warren and attended Warren Lincoln High School where he was an undefeated State Champion. Throughout four years of high school wrestling, he amassed an incredible 123 win – 9 loss record. Coach Kaercher attended the United States Military Academy (Class of 1986) and upon graduation served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army. In 1987, he earned 2nd place in the AAU National Greco Championships and was a Michigan Open Bench Press Champion. In 1988 Coach Kaercher was assigned to the US Olympic Team and was in a training group with the legendary Pavel Katsen.

Since leaving the Army, Coach Kaercher continues to serve his country by serving his community. As a Coach, he has over 30 years’ experience and has coached 30 All-State wrestlers. Four times, he has coached the Regional Championship Team and four times he has coached Individual State Champions. He has also coached wrestlers that now attend Harvard Medical School and The University of Michigan Law School.

Professionally, Coach Kaercher is a mechanical engineer and in addition to coaching the youths who participate with Beat the Streets Detroit, he also adds to the curriculum by conducting various STEM (Science, Technology, Math, Engineering) symposiums for the kids at each of the Beat the Streets locations. In 1990, he was the published author of “Volumetric Analysis” and in 2015 of “Periodic Table = Flat Map.” Beat the Streets Detroit is extremely fortunate to have Coach Kaercher on its staff – for not only his wrestling expertise, but also for his love of learning which, as one of his own passion’s, he enthusiastically inspires in all of our wrestlers.

Beat the Streets Detroit

Coach Tony Kreucher

Coach Tony Kreucher is a coach for Beat the Streets Detroit at the Detroit Cristo Rey location.  He attended Hope College and has been a high school teacher for 6 years.  He began wrestling as a freshman in high school for the renowned Mike Rodriguez at Detroit Catholic Central.  Previously, he has coached at Catholic Central, Divine Child, and Canton High School; the 19-20 season will be the first season that Detroit Cristo Rey will have a varsity wrestling team.  Anthony uses wrestling to teach athletes a mindset of perseverance and determination that they can apply in many other areas of their life.  Starting a new program can be difficult but, “once you’ve been a wrestler, everything else in life is easy.”
Fermin Miguel Mendez

Coach Fermin Mendez

Coach Fermin Miguel Mendez is a Newark, NJ native, a Detroit resident, and corporate attorney. He began his wrestling career at the age of 14 at Delbarton High School. From there, Coach Fermin went on to become a three-time varsity letter winner on Harvard University’s Division 1 Wrestling Team. He has trained athletes at a range of levels, from youth to university level wrestlers in both New Jersey and Michigan.

With a passion for coaching, Coach Fermin joined BTS Detroit while attending University of Michigan Law School. Now, he is in his fourth season and serves as our Patton Park Head Coach. He believes in the positive impact that wrestling can have on an individual and a community. Coach Fermin is thankful for the opportunity to serve the youth of Detroit, who come in every day, tenacious, energetic, and ready for a challenge.

Jose Ramirez

Coach Jose Ramirez

Coach Jose Ramirez is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University where he earned a degree in education, he later attended Wayne State University and earned a master’s degree in administration. He is currently the Dean of School Climate and Culture at the Academy of the Americas located in Southwest Detroit.

Coach Ramirez will lead Detroit Cristo Rey High School in their inaugural season this winter as a varsity sport. He previous coached at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School, Grosse Pointe South High School and ran a youth wrestling club called Detroit Wrestling Academy. His passion for wrestling started late as he didn’t start wrestling until his junior year of high school, “I fell in love with the sport immediately and excelled in a short period of time, I had the opportunity to continue my wrestling career at Eastern Michigan University where we won the MAC Conference Championship In 1996. Wrestling has provided so many opportunities in my life, I would not be where I am now without wrestling. That is why I feel so strongly about the work we are doing through Detroit Beat the Streets. We are teaching more than just wrestling, we are creating opportunities and transforming lives through this great sport. Together we will help the kids of Detroit, Beat the Streets!”

Chris Ray

Coach Chris Ray

Coach Chris Ray will tell you that he started his adolescent life on the wrong path, making a lot of decisions that could have negatively shaped his future. In the 10th grade, he made the decision to get himself back on track. He began to purposefully distance himself from those who were headed in the wrong direction. In the 11th grade, he went into the wrestling room and there met other challenges. He had problems with authority figures yelling and telling him what to do; struggled with being grabbed by other boys and being thrown down, and the thought of wearing a singlet was, as he puts it, “a hard no.”

After quitting the team, one of the assistant coaches took over as the head coach and began an aggressive campaign to recruit Coach Ray back. It worked! Once he came back, the coach made a focused effort to speak Coach Ray’s language and also made the effort to understand the culture he was raised in. That coach saw his struggles to separate himself from the previous company he kept and helped him to increase that distance. Coach Ray became loyal to that coach and the coach prepared him to lead. Coach Ray’s commitment to the sport paid off. In his short high school wrestling career, Coach Ray became an All-State Wrestler and got his picture in the school’s “Hall of Fame.” His team rallied behind him and pushed him to increase his grades above a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Coach Ray was voted Senior Class President, and Homecoming King – outcomes that directly resulted from his initial decision to step onto a wrestling mat.

After graduating from High School, Coach Ray felt an obligation to give back to others, as others had done for him. “I want to be the coach who inspires kids to reach their full potential,” says Coach Ray. To that end, he coached wrestling at his former high school as the Assistant Coach for 4 years and as the Head Coach for 6. During that time, teaching wrestling important, but secondary to teaching wrestlers the life skills which had helped him tremendously – how to be humble, to plan, to set goals, work hard and make better decisions. “In wrestling,” Coach Ray says, “we try to give kids the freedom to make decisions, while simultaneously helping to them to think about the effects and consequences of their decision(s) before they make them. Only a sport thought of as “a physical game of chess,” can do this so well.”

Coach Ray is extremely proud that within his program, kids who were already young fathers learned to better prioritize their lives, kids who were gang-affiliated, learned to question the decisions they made before making them, kids who came from homes where they were the provider for their younger siblings, learned how to better manage their time. Multiple All-State wrestlers were produced, and many of his wrestlers while in Saginaw turned into collegiate athletes and ultimately into productive citizens.

Coach Ray moved to Warren in 2016 and found Beat the Streets Detroit. He is thrilled to serve the same type of children he was involved with back at his home in Saginaw. Coach Ray says that “wrestling is a ladder for success in life, and I want to teach kids to climb it!”

Will Rewitzer

Coach Will Rewitzer

Coach Will Rewitzer grew up in Warren and graduated from Warren Lincoln High School. He attended classes at both Oakland Community College and Michigan State University. He started wrestling at age 5 and proudly can claim that he has not taken a season off since. In high school, Coach Rewitzer was a 3x all state wrestling earning 8th, 4th, and 1st place in the State Championship. Coach Rewitzer has been with the Beat the Streets program since 2014. He says, “BTSD has been wonderful for our community. The program has allowed us to reach many young individuals who sometimes have had no one else to turn to at various rough periods in their lives. Through BTSD, we are able to teach students the fundamentals of a sport which offers the opportunity to excel at one’s own pace. We also are able to impress upon our students the importance of education and we provide assistance through tutoring, food assistance or really, any other help they need.” Coach Rewitzer is very proud of the “addendum services” Beat the Streets Detroit offers. “We teach kids proper nutrition values, and expose them to various STEM-related opportunities they may not otherwise have known existed. BTSD has allowed us to reach out to those individuals in our community who absolutely need us the most.” Coach Rewitzer knows that with the help of BTSD, their coaching staff gets the pleasure of watching each and every kid who participates in the program walk across stage and graduate high school. “I am very proud of our 100% graduation rate within our program,” he says.
Chris Saadatjoo

Coach Chris Saadatjoo

Coach Chris Saadatjoo attended Seaholm High School with his twin brother, Michael. Coach Saadatjoo was a 4-time varsity letter winner, 2-year team Captain and 2-time League Champion. At the time of his graduation, he had the 3rd most wrestling wins in Seaholm’ history. Upon graduation, Coach Saadatoo joined the United State Marine Corps as a Combat Engineer. He is currently a reservist and assigned to Detachment B of Marine Wing Support Group 471 at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Mt. Clemens Michigan. When not performing his Marine Corps duties, Coach Saadatjoo is a licensed firefighter and EMT. He is also currently enrolled in a paramedic program.

As if that weren’t enough, Coach Saadatjoo is very involved with Beat the Streets Detroit and currently works with BTSD as a coach at our Mumford site. His main goal with coaching is to help develop discipline and accountability in the athletes’ lives. “I would like them to come to me one day and say that because of what we taught them while wrestling, they were able to get into their favorite college, got their dream job, or themselves made a positive difference in someone’s life.”

Coach Saadatjoo says that the way he acts and carries himself stems from what he learned while wrestling. “I took the habits and skills I learned through wrestling to the Marine Corps and it was evident how much more prepared mentally and physically I was over my peers.” By the end of recruit training, Saadatjoo not only earned the title “Marine,” but was the squad leader of his platoon and was also meritoriously promoted. Saadatjoo quips that Dan Gable (who is one of the worlds’ best wrestlers) once said, “once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.” “While I won’t go so far as to say boot camp was ‘easy,’ my wrestling experience sure made it a heck of a lot less hard!”

Coach Saadatjoo believes that by focusing on the small things, the big things will take care of themselves and he drills this philosophy into his young wrestlers. “To me, winning or losing is something I don’t particularly focus on.” He says that “kids learn discipline from wrestling, and that is a gift that keeps on giving as wrestlers will reap the rewards of that trait indefinitely and in all aspects of their lives.”

Galloway Thurston

Coach Galloway Thurston

Coach Galloway Thurston is starting his first year with Beat the Streets Detroit. Originally from Saint Ignace, Michigan, he compiled 212 wins and won two state championships in high school. At Brown University, Galloway competed on the varsity wrestling team for four years and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in Physiology at the University of Michigan, and currently works in pancreatic cancer research at the UM Cancer Center.

“No sport teaches the values of both individual effort and teamwork like wrestling.” he says. “My experiences in wrestling taught me how to push myself and others to a potential that we could not reach on our own. With Beat the Streets Detroit, I hope to help the kids channel their boundless energy into learning this great sport, and in turn instilling strong values, fostering a sense of community, and, most importantly, having fun!” Galloway firmly believes that the lessons learned through wrestling are lifelong and fully translatable to real-world skills, helping kids to become better students, mentors, coworkers, and leaders.

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Coach Mike Torriero

A transplant from New York City, Mike previously served as a program director/coach with Beat the Streets NYC, was an assistant coach at New York University, and head wrestling coach at the Renzo Gracie Academy in midtown Manhattan. Now living in Detroit full time, Mike is looking forward to volunteering his time to help see the organization realizes its vision of helping youth through the vehicle of wrestling.
Bryan Young

Coach Bryan Young

Coach Bryan Young is a graduate of Warren Lincoln High School and began wrestling in 8th grade. He started wrestling because of two reasons – he was cut from the boys 8th grade basketball team and also, his cousin who was on the high school team, convinced him to come to the wrestling room. Since the first day he walked into the room, Coach Young has never looked back. His freshman year, the team qualified for team states. He was a 4-year varsity wrestler at 140lbs and for three of those years, he wrestled alongside Will Rewitzer, fellow Beat the Streets Detroit Coach and current head coach of the Warren Lincoln High School wrestling team. Coach Young was state qualifier his junior year and was ranked 6th in the state his senior year. Coach Young has lived in south Warren all his life. He has worked for AkzoNobel in Pontiac for the past 10 years where, ironically, he works alongside Coach Rewitzer. Coach Young would most like to convey to BTSD kids that wrestling has the power to greatly change your life for the better. If you are willing to put in the time, stay patient, work hard, listen and give your absolute 110% everyday, not only will you be rewarded on the wrestling mat, but you will also achieve success in the classroom, and in relationships. Without a doubt the things you learn while wrestling will help shape and prepare you for adulthood.

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Beat the Streets Detroit exists to positively affect the lives of Detroit area youth through the sport of wrestling. All of our comprehensive services are made possible through generous donations and partnerships with individuals, charitable foundations and companies who want to make a great impact within Detroit. By investing in Beat the Streets Detroit, you invest in the future of this great city. We are currently in four Detroit neighborhoods supporting over 150 students.