Articles from January 2015



A Strong Week for Madison Wrestling

The Golden Knights had a strong week which included large margin divisional wins over near-by Goldstein (57-2l) and Sheepshead Bay (73-6) high schools. Madison Wrestling is now 7-0 in their division and 9-2 overall. The Knights would add to their mid-week success by placing 4th overall at the Brooklyn Tech Invitational tournament.

Nine Knights would take the mat at the tournament which held huge implications for the PSAL Individual City Championship. Among the competing schools were some of the city’s best teams, Grand Street Campus, Tottenville and the returning PSAL champion Brooklyn Tech. Several notable ranked wrestlers would compete in the tournament from the above schools as well as from Midwood, Brooklyn International and Wingate to name a few.

The Madison Knights would have five wrestlers qualify for the medal rounds and finish a perfect 5 for 5 in those rounds. Brandon Santiago (126), Mirlan Jumabaev (170), and Albi Miraka (285) would earn gold while Angel Tapia (152) and George Grigalashvili would both get their hand raised for the bronze medal.

Brandon Santiago would dominate his weight class, posting a pin fall over Brooklyn Tech’s Ishara St. Phard, a Major decision over Midwood’s Colin Dowd, and a 7-2 victory over Jonas Marrello of the tournament’s only Long Island team – Center Moriches.

Mirlan Jumabaev’s path to gold saw its toughest trial in the semi-finals against Center Moriches’ Joe Adams. The Madison 170 pounder would prevail in a 10-7 decision. Jumabaev’s final match ended with a foot sweep to the pin-fall over Robert Wagner high school’s Robert Delgaso.

Starting the day in the semi-finals, Albi Miraka would wait for hours before securing a 3-2 come from behind victory over Tottenville’s David Roman. The win would send Madison’s big man into the finals where he would earn an injury default victory over Grand Street’s Jacob Jones.

Following a first round loss, Madison’s 152 pounder, Angel Tapia, would battle back in the consolation bracket to earn his second 3rd place finish in as many tournaments. His consolation matches included a pin fall over Tech’s Chris Panagakos and a major decision against Tottenville’s Michael Obrian in which Tapia scored a flurry of takedowns. Tapia would finish the day with a pin fall over Robert Wagner’s Bryan Serrano.

George Grigalashvili would begin the day with a pin fall over Tottenville’s Dabrowski before losing to Wingate’s eventual champion, Judens Claude. Dropping down to the consolation semi-finals, the Madison freshman would pin Grand Street’s Odean Gray & Xaverian’s Carrol in order to finish in 3rd.

While he didn’t place in this tournament, an honorable mention is deserving for team captain Howard Wang. Starting the day with a tough 7-8 loss to Grand Street’s Demitreus Henry, the 132 pounder would win the next two. Wang’s consolation bouts would include an 11-4 victory over Center Moriches’ Tim Delgado and a 10-3 victory over Murrow’s Horace Trim. Howard’s day would end in the consolation semi-finals when he lost to Baruch stand-out Jean Marti.

Each Madison wrestler won at least one match at the Tech Invitational. Those wins would prove essential to Madison’s 4th place finish at the tournament (a mere 7 points behind 3rd place Brooklyn Tech).

Madison’s next competition will be on the road on Tuesday, January 20th when they face rival Midwood. The “Battle for Bedford” will determine the division’s winner as both teams will enter the day undefeated. January 22nd will be the PSAL season finale vs. 6-1 New Utrecht at home.

On Saturday the 24th, Madison will travel back down Bedford for the Midwood Duals. It will be a dual meet competition including host Midwood, Brooklyn Tech, Edward R. Murrow, Bronx Science, and Staten Island’s Curtis high school.

 

Madison Starts the New Year Strong

Madison Wrestling started off the new year at the Ironman Tournament at Monsignor Farrell. Nine wrestlers competed, with Brandon Santiago taking 1st place at 126 pounds. Albi Miraka placed 3rd at heavyweight.

In dual meets, the Knights started of the second half of their season with wins over local teams Lincoln and FDR. The team is now 5-0 in their division, and 7-2 overall.

Two Golden Knights earned the privilege to represent NYC Wrestling at the Eastern States Classic over the past weekend. This tournament has over 500 wrestlers from eight different states competing, with many matches broadcast live.

Alex Troshyn (138) and Albi Miraka (285) earned spots on the team with their 3rd place finishes at the NYC Mayors Cup last month.

Alex was selected by Beat the Streets as an alternate at 138 pounds. The primary wrestler was David Nemirovsky from Midwood, who placed 2nd at the Mayors Cup. The two Bedford Brawlers would met in the consolation bracket, with Alex coming out on top in a close decision, 3-1.

Alex has 16 wins on the season, and has his eyes firmly set on taking 1st at the Brooklyn Tech Open Tournament on January 17th.

Staying busy in Brooklyn, 16 Madison wrestlers competed at the Edgar R. Murrow Wrestling Tournament.

Taking 1st place for the Knights were Umarbek Rakhmatov (99), Mirlan Jumabaev (170), Antonio Sanchez (195), and George Grigalashvili (220).

Howard Wang (138) placed 2nd, and earning 3rd place in the consolation bracket were Corey Feliciano (120), Nikita Ignatenko (132), Angel Tapia (152), and just coming up short in the 3rd place bout was freshman Temur Yakhshilikov (145).

Next up for the Madison Golden Knights Wrestlers is Goldstein and Sheepshead Bay, both divisional opponents, and then the Brooklyn Tech Open Wrestling Tournament on Saturday the 17th.

Madison Sends Nine to Ironman

The 30th Annual Dave Ironman Invitational Wrestling Tournament will take place at Monsignor Farrell High School on Saturday, January 3rd. Many excellent teams will be represented, such as Columbia High School (Section 2), St. Benedicts Prep (New Jersey), St. Joseph By The Sea, along with Poly Prep and the host school, Monsignor Farrell, who will no doubt be looking to avenge their team loss to Poly Prep at the NYC Mayors Cup last month.

Leading the way for the Golden Knights, and looking to improve upon their 3rd and 5th place finishes at the Mayors Cup in December, are Albi Miraka (Jr.) at 285 lbs and Antonio Sanchez (Jr.) at 220 lbs. Also looking for a big day will be Brandon Santiago, (Jr.) at 126 pounds. Brandon is undefeated this season, and is looking to keep that perfect record intact at Ironman.

Also looking to come up big for Madison this year will be Howard Wang (Jr.) at 138 pounds, Angel Tapia (Jr.) at 160 pounds, and Mirlan Jumabaev (Sr.) at 170 pounds. Jumabaev is off to a hot start with a 7-0 record so far this season.

Also rounding out the line up for Madison Wrestling are Corey Feliciano (Jr.) at 120 pounds, freshman Temur Yakhshilikov at 145 pounds, and sophomore Steven Phelan at 132 pounds.

The Dave Ironman Wrestling Tournament is historically the most challenging tournament in New York City. To wrestle well at Ironman you must be a very tough and highly skilled wrestler. Madison hopes to demonstrate their toughness and skill, and start the new year off with a strong performance on the mats, at Ironman.

Madison Wrestling looks to improve upon their overall record of 5-2 in dual meets when they travel to Lincoln on Tuesday, January 6th for a 5 PM contest. The next day, Madison will host FDR, before participating in the Edward R. Murrow Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, January 10th.