In a re-match of last year’s PSAL Team Dual Championships 3rd place contest, Madison hosted MLK in the 1st round of the PSAL Holiday Tournament. Jumping to an early 12 point lead with falls at 160 by team captain Marc D’Chiutiis, and at 170, in his varsity debut, Corey Joseph, Madison never looked back.
The marquee event was a match-up between Konstantin Parfiryev and Alex Palmer. Moving up two weight classes to challenge Palmer of MLK, Konstantin found a way to win a closely contested match, 2 – 0. The gym was completely silent as these two tough wrestlers battled for 6 minutes. The difference was a technical violation, and an escape in the 2nd period.
At 126 pounds, MLK’s Danny Amancio scored a major decision over freshman Alex Troshyn from Madison. Then, at 138 pounds yet another tight, six minute match that was decided at the very end. In a signature win, over a ranked opponent, Madison’s Eugene Khalabudnyak scored a decision over Ramel McIntosh, 10 – 8.
In the last match of the night, Mirlan Jumabaev scored a 10 – 3 victory, over Orlando Villarrega of MLK, at 152 pounds.
On Saturday, Madison is hosting the 2nd day of the PSAL Holiday Tournament, and will take on Brooklyn Tech, Poly Prep, and Fordham Prep, at 10, 12 noon, and 2 PM, respectively. The final matches, for placement in the tournament, will take place at Madison Square Garden, on Sunday morning. These matches will culminate the PSAL Holiday Tournament, and kick-off the Grapple in the Garden; a full day of wrestling at the world’s most famous arena.