Madison wrestling ended another successful season with a 23-7 overall record, and placing in the top 10 at both the NYC Mayors Cup, and PSAL Championships, with numerous Madison wrestlers placing in both tournaments.
At the NYC Mayors Cup, where all of the city’s wrestling teams, private, Catholic, and public, come to compete, Madison placed 8th as a team with four place finishers. Earning spots on the podium were Marc D’Chiutiis, Javaughn Grant, Anand Munkhjargal, and Konstantin Parfiryev, who won his second Mayors Cup title.
In the PSAL Team Championships, Madison defeated Grand Street Campus in the first round, before falling to Tottenville in the quarter-finals. This was the team’s seventh consecutive trip to the team playoffs, with a first round win, and finishing no lower than in the “Elite Eight.”
The season’s culminating tournament, the PSAL Individual Championships and State Qualifier, took place at Truman High School. Wrestlers from fifty PSAL wrestling teams made the trip to compete for the right to be a City Champion and earn a spot on the State team.
The team placed 6th overall, with five place finishers.
Freshman standout Alex Troshyn wrestled the maximum five matches, and took 5th place at 126 pounds. Alex finished the season with 29 wins, a tremendous accomplishment, and will no doubt be a big part of Madison’s wrestling fortunes next season.
Senior Marc D’Chiutiis, who placed 5th, earned his 100th career win at the tournament. Marc is only the second Madison wrestler to achieve membership in the “100 Win” Club.
Senior Javaughn Grant, persevering through a shoulder injury, earned a 3rd place finish with a reversal scored in the 2nd overtime with only 1 second remaining on the clock. A great example of never giving up, and taking the pain, Javaughn’s performance exemplified what Madison wrestling is all about.
Sophomore Brandon Santiago, having a breakout season, sailed to the finals before falling to Senior Danny Amancio from MLK. Brandon’s 2nd place finish capped off a 25 win season, and set the stage for future successes and championships.
Finally, Senior Konstantin Parfiryev plowed his way through the competition, and earned his second consecutive undefeated PSAL Championship.
Madison wrestling will be back to work in mid March, with the USA Wrestling chartered club back in session twice a week. Along with the opportunities to put in some quality work at the Beat the Streets Manhattan Training Center, look for Madison wrestlers to do well at NY Freestyle-Greco States in May.
As for next season, it will be tough to replace the losses of Marc D’Chiutiis, Javaughn Grant, and Konstantin Parfiryev who combined for 105 wins this season. But, with twelve returning starters to the lineup, including standouts Brandon Santiago, Alex Troshyn, and Anand Munkhjargal, along with Mirlan Jumabaev, Alex Vidyaev, and Nikita Ignatenko, plus freshmen and sophomore championship placewinners Thomas Tatesure (1st frosh 160), Angel Tapia and Howie Wang (soph 126 and 152 respectively), the future looks bright.