Madison’s Brandon Santiago and Albi Miraka will wrestle for a city title in the PSAL Individual Championship Finals on Tuesday, February 10th. The matches will be held at MLK High School in Manhattan, with wrestling to begin at 6 PM.
The Madison juniors look to secure a first place finish and a chance to compete at the NY State Tournament at the end of February.
The road to the finals for Santiago was quite steep. In the quarters he faced Mott Haven’s Yahteek Williams in a tight match that was finally decided in the ultimate tie-breaker overtime when Santiago scored an escape from the bottom, getting him the win by a score of 4-3.
In the semi-final match, Santiago would square off against Mayor’s Cup Champion Abdul Rabbani from Grover Cleveland. In another close match, Brandon was able to find a way to win 2-1 with a 3rd period takedown.
This is Brandon Santiago’s second city championship match. Falling short last year at 120 pounds, Brandon is poised to improve on his 2nd place finish with a win over fellow Brooklyn wrestler, Demetri Koutsidis from Brooklyn Tech. The two battled in early December at the Xaverain Clipper Classic Tournament, with Santiago coming up with the win by decision, 2-0.
Brandon Santiago has a perfect record this season with 20 wins. Brandon won the Xaverian Clipper Classic, B-Tech Open, and Monsignor Farrell’s Ironman tournaments this season.
Albi Miraka had to once again wrestle Tottenville’s David Roman, who posted a 31-7 record coming into the tournament. This was the 3rd time this season the two heavyweights clashed on the mat, with Albi Miraka coming up with close wins of 1-0 and 3-2. This match would be tied 0-0 going into the 3rd period, when Miraka turned it on with an escape and two quick takedowns to advance with a 5-1 win.
Albi Miraka has notched 24 wins this season with 3rd place finishes at the NYC Mayors Cup and Monsignor Farrell’s Ironman. and 1st place at Xaverian’s Clipper Classic and the B-Tech Open.
Miraka will wrestle Jacob Jones from Grand Street Campus for the right to be the PSAL “Big Man” in Albany.
Madison sophomore Alex Troshyn went 4 and 1 on the day to earn 3rd place. Troshyn would come up just short in the semi-finals against Cardozo senior Steven Kim by a score of 7-4. Troshyn quickly bounced back though, with a 12-0 win over Jeremy Hofkin, Francis Lewis, and then a 9-5 win over Elijah Vasquez, Grand Street Campus.