Madison Girls Freestyle Sends Two to Fargo

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Madison Girls Freestyle Wrestling standouts Christina and Victoria Alloggio saw plenty of success throughout the season starting with a 1st and 2nd place finish respectively at the Revolution in Springfield Tournament in Massachusetts.

In addition to posting 20+ wins this season, the Alloggio sisters were both selected to represent Team New York at the Fargo National Tournament in mid-July. This is a huge accomplishment, made all the more spectacular given Christina and Victoria just started to wrestle this spring.

Christina has won so many matches, her mother is forced to build a trophy case for her. She captured 1st place at the Francis Lewis Patriot Open and 2nd place at the prestigious Gotham City Girls Open, an international competition including competitors from Canada, Mexico, Italy, and various U.S. States. Christina also placed 3rd at the Bryant Owl Open and the Grover Cleveland Tiger Tournament. She had her finest day at the PSAL City Championship Tournament, starting off with a pin fall over Murrow’s Ayomide Adeoye. In the semi-finals, she faced Nyasia Jennings of Taft Educational Campus, the #2 seed who had defeated Christina twice in as many meetings throughout the year. Christina pulled off what some consider the biggest upset of the day by pinning Jennings in the first period. She later fell to Truman’s Shanique Reid in their fourth meeting to finish the year with a PSAL 255 lb. silver medal.

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Vengeance would be an appropriate word to describe Victoria’s season. Victoria’s season began at 255 lbs with a loss to Fashion Industries’ Ashley Mason in Madison’s first competition. After her cut to 198 lbs. she began to see some success, though she didn’t see many wins until late April. Her first break-through came at the Bryant Owl Open tournament where she posted pin-falls over a pair of Francis Lewis opponents. She finished that tournament at 2-2. At the Gotham City Girls Open, she pinned Ashley Mojica, an opponent she lost to earlier in the year at the Patriot Open. At the Tiger Tournament, she posted a pin-fall over MLK’s Breann Castillo to capture 3rd place. Castillo had also beaten Victoria at the Patriot Open. Ashley Mason could not escape Victoria’s war-path either as she surrendered the 3rd place bout to Victoria via pin-fall at the Murrow Mats Tournament. Victoria’s season ended with a 3rd place PSAL finish at 198 lbs via the pin-fall over Benjamin Cardozo’s Yae Ram Cho – appropriately, the same girl who had knocked Victoria down to the consolation bracket in the quarter-finals earlier that same day.

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Three months is a very short amount of time in the world of wrestling, but Madison’s girls have learned many lessons and have had many victories. The season began with a non-league victory over the High School of Fashion Industries, an established program in the PSAL. The lows would come over the next week, finishing in last place at the season’s first tournament at Flushing, followed by a 35-15 loss to eventual 3rd place City finishers Wingate Educational Campus.

Led by Captain Laura Fescenko, the Madison girls put up a big win over division rival Sunset Park 40-15, and a huge win over High School of Construction 43-1. Construction, being a new program just like Madison served to highlight how competitive the Knights have become in a short period of time.

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Fescenko joins the Alloggios as the only wrestlers with a winning record on the year. She finished the season at 12-8 with a pair of 121 lb. Bronze medals at the Patriot Open and the Owl Open. Her performance at Bryant High School helped Madison to finish a season best 7th place at the tournament. Laura’s friendship with her teammates was instrumental in Madison’s quick improvement on the mat. She would take teammates to optional practices at Colombia and at Poly Prep.

Madison’s other place-winners include Lena Elkin, Ominakhon Nazarzoda, and Petal Bartholomew. Lena took 3rd place in the Cadet division at the Gotham City Girls Open. Omina and Petal both placed 3rd at the Tiger Tournament.

Led by Coach Santimauro, the James Madison girls freestyle wrestling will be back next season with more experience and greater determination.

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