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.