Steven Santimauro, a former Madison wrestler and currently the co-coach of the Madison Golden Knights, is also the head coach of the middle school wrestling team at Cunningham Middle School. Santimauro’s Cunningham crew of wrestlers are already enjoying some success on the mats this season.
Cunningham wrestling looked to improve upon last week’s performance at Wingate with some more wins in the second jamboree of the season. The team brought 11 wrestlers to Bayard Rustin Educational Campus (BREC) in Manhattan. Ibrahim Abbas, Farhan Rahman & Ardasher Mirzokhadzaev competed in the “ankle band” competition which is a modified version of wrestling that enables new wrestlers to focus on balance, positioning, re-attacks, and an entertaining amount of creativity. Score is not kept in this format of wrestling. The remaining eight wrestlers competed in the standard wrestling division.
The standard division in the Beat the Streets Junior League wrestling jamborees has the same rules as high school wrestling except for a few differences. One major difference is that the periods are one minute long rather than two minutes. Eight of Cunningham’s wrestlers competed in the standard division. Asadbek Alamov, Anas Shahbaz, Damir Shavkatov, and Mavlon Ruziyev made their debut, competing in the standard division for the first time. Anas and Mavlon drew tough matches, ending the day at 0-2, but with encouraging signs of improvement throughout the day. Damir came just shy of a perfect day, ending at 1-1. His cousin, 7th grader Asadbek, was able to achieve what he could not. Alamov finished 2-0, pinning both of his opponents in the first period. He would be Cunningham’s only undefeated wrestler of the day.
Returning wrestlers Anusher Mirzokhadzaev, Mirzo Mirzavaliev, Ulises Rosales, Timur Yuldashev also hit the mats once again. Lightweight Anush continues to draw fierce competition as he would finish 0-2, though he had excellent improvement against his Elite Wrestling Club opponent, Aliaksandr Kikiniou. Getting pinned in their first encounter last weekend at Wingate, Anush would cut the difference to a 0-6 decision loss at BREC. Mirzo and Ulises, a couple of 7th graders, both went 1-1 at the jamboree with Ulises making his 2016 debut. Lastly, Cunningham standout Timur Yuldashev finished 2-1 in a 4 person round robin. Timur is one of two Cunningham 8th graders who are entering their 3rd year of wrestling.
An excellent start to the middle school season. Keep up the great work Coach Santimauro.
Coach Santimauro is also the head coach of Madison’s girls spring freestyle wrestling team.