Madison Wrestling sent nine qualifiers to York College this past weekend to compete in the 2017 NYC Mayors Cup Wrestling Championships. The event features the best 16 wrestlers in 15 different weight-classes from public, private, and parochial schools, going head to head on the mats for the right be recognized as a true NYC wrestling champion.
The Knights went 4-5 in the first round of wrestling, with freshman Shawn Muratov (99), seniors Elvin Guliyev (138) and Nikita Ignatenko (145), and junior George Grigalshvili (220) advancing to the quarter-final round.
Sophomore Valentyn Protsyuk (106) had to wrestle extra time for the win in sudden victory to stay alive, while senior Daler Ergashov advanced to the consolation quarter round with a 3rd period pin. Junior Dean Blafford (120) also won his match to move on for a chance to take 5th place.
In the quarter-final rounds of the championship bracket, Muratov came up short in a 7-2 decision against Fallon of Petrides.
In a much-anticipated rematch between Guliyev and Santos from Grover Cleveland – the two had wrestled each other only weeks earlier with Santos winning a close decision. This time it Guliyev came out on top with a tough 5-4 decision in sudden victory.
Ignatenko would work some 3rd period magic in his match against Hughes from Fordham Prep. Trailing by 4 late in the 3rd period, Ignatenko hit a reversal followed by two quick near falls to take the lead with less than 30 seconds left in the match.
Both wrestlers would come up short in their semi-final bouts to the eventual gold medal winners. Guliyev was defeated by Perullo from Brooklyn Tech, and Ignatenko lost to Isaac from Monsignor Farrell. But, making it to the semi-final round allowed them the chance to wrestle for a 3rd place finish. Only Guliyev would earn bronze though, doing so with a 3rd period pin over Jackson from Susan Wagner.
Grigalshvili lost in sudden victory in his semi-final match up against Truman’s Jacob Putter. In his 3rd place contest, Grigalshvili earned bronze with a win over Jaleel Herrar from Wingate.
Shawn Muratov would finish the day with an 8th place finish.
All the Madison place finishers are currently working towards a 30 plus win season.
The team earned a 7th place finish overall with 66 points. Madison was book-ended by FDR in 8th place with 57 points, and Eagle Academy in 6th place with 85.5 team points.
Earning 1st place overall was Farrell, trailed by 2nd place Brooklyn Tech and Poly Prep 3rd.
Madison will look to improve their overall city rankings starting February 1st when the PSAL Team Championship playoffs begin. Then the team looks to qualify a full slate of 15 wrestlers at the Brooklyn borough qualifiers for the City Individual Championships on Saturday, February 4th at Un-Common Charter High School.