Spring Freestyle Season: The Fives are in the Air

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As the winter season of folk style wrestling comes to an end, the dedicated wrestler beings to look forward to “fiving” his opponents over the spring season.

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Take the Five!

In Freestyle, and Greco-Roman wrestling, a five point throw is one in which a wrestler is thrown with grand amplitude, hips over hips, feet in the air, and directly to danger. It is a throw not allowed in the winter folk style season, so with the advent of spring wrestling, many will now ask, “Got fives?”

In a play on the Madison mantra, “Take the Pain,” many will now state, “Take the Five!”

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During the spring season, there are many opportunities for the year round wrestler to train in the art of freestyle. With the support of Beat the Streets, there are numerous Neighborhood Training Centers, and of course, there is the Manhattan Training Center with practices four days a week.

Neighborhood Training Centers are up and running at Grand Street Campus and James Madison in Brooklyn, Grover Cleveland in Queens, Eagle Academy in the Bronx, and Tottenville on Staten Island.

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Throughout the spring, there are also many chances to compete.

Calendar of upcoming events:

Wednesday, March 26th, April 2nd, and 9th at the Manhattan Training Center, 145 Thompson Street, between Houston and Prince.

Beat the Streets Boys Freestyle Match Nights



Saturday, April 12th at Petrides High School, 715 Ocean Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301

New York State Freestyle Qualifier



Saturday, April 19th at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Gotham City Freestyle Duals: A Cadet and Junior Wrestling Tournament



Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th at East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Northeast Regional Championships



Friday, May 9th – Sunday, May 11th at Broome County Community College, 907 Front St #1, Binghamton, NY 13905

New York State Freestyle Championships



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Madison Wrestling 2014: The Tradition Continues


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.

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Alex Troshyn

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.

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Marc D’Chiutiis

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.


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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.


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Finally, Senior Konstantin Parfiryev plowed his way through the competition, and earned his second consecutive undefeated PSAL Championship.

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Konstantin with a rare smile

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.

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Four years together: Konstantin, Coach Campbell, Marc and Javaughn.

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.


2014 Madison Wrestling Team

Madison Wrestling Places Four at the NYC Mayors Cup

This past weekend four Madison wrestlers placed at the NYC Mayor’s Cup Invitational Wrestling Tournament.

Leading the way for the Golden Knights was Konstantin Parfiryev, who earned his second NYC Mayors Cup title, taking 1st place at 160 pounds, shutting out his opponent 10–0.



Sophomore heavyweight Anand Munkhjargal took 2nd place dropping a close decision to Monsignor Farrell’s Mazan Hassan by a score of 2-1.


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At 195 pounds, Javaughn Grant placed 4th and Marc D’Chuitiis finished 6th at 152 pounds.


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Marc D’Chuitiis

Madison, with only five wrestlers scoring any points, placed 8th in a field of 51 teams.

Next up for the Madison wrestlers is the first round of the PSAL Team Championships. The Golden Knights will take on the Grand Street Campus, at home, on Thursday, February 6th at 5 PM.
The quarter final matches, through the finals, will all take place on Saturday, February 8th at a location yet to be determined.

Madison Sends Seven to the 2014 NYC Mayors Cup

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Seven Madison wrestlers will have the chance to earn “Best in the City” honors this weekend at the 2014 NYC Mayors Cup Wrestling Championships.

In a change from past years, the tournament will have only the best 16 wrestlers per weight-class competing, with nine from the PSAL, four from the Catholic schools, and three from the independent schools.

The Madison wrestlers* ranked in the top nine of the PSAL are as follows:

  • Alex Troshyn (24-6) at 126 pounds
  • Eugene Khalabudnyak (17-9) at 138 pounds
  • Mirlan Jumabaev (25-8) at 145 pounds
  • Marc D’Chiutiis (27-5) at 152 pounds
  • Konstantin Parfiryev (27-4) at 160 pounds
  • Javaughn Grant (26-5) at 195 pounds
  • Anand Munkhjargal (23-3) at 285 pounds

*Brandon Santiago (22-4) at 120 pounds had to be pulled from the tournament after suffering a sprained knee at the Sewanhawka West Team Duals. He is expected to be back for the PSAL Team Championships and the PSAL City Tournament.

The NYC Mayor’s Cup Invitational, 25-26 January

Venue: Columbia University Levien Gymnasium West 120th Street and Broadway (entrance on the southeast corner) Manhattan, NY 10027

Saturday, January 25th

7am – 8am Weigh-ins for the first eight weight classes (99 – 145 lbs.)

9am – 12:30pm Preliminary rounds and quarterfinals (99 – 145 lbs.)

10:30am – 11:30am Weigh-ins for the second seven weight classes (152 – 285 lbs.)

12:30pm – 4pm Preliminary rounds and quarterfinals (152 – 285 lbs.)

Sunday, January 26th

7am – 8am Weigh-ins for all weight classes

9am – 12pm Semifinals & consolation matches 12:00pm 3rd, 5th and 7th place matches

2:00pm Championship matches

The tournament is produced as a collaborative effort between NYC & Company, Beat the Streets and the Metropolitan Wrestling Association.

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Madison Wrestling: A Regular Season Recap

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The Madison wrestlers defeated divisional opponents Grady and Goldstein last Tuesday, before travelling to Midwood on Thursday for their concluding divisional match. Defeating Midwood 50-21, Madison secured another divisional title, and guaranteed themselves a home playoff match on February 6th.

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Two days later, the team traveled to Long Island for the Sewanhaka West Dual Meet Tournament, at Elmont High School. The Golden Knights earned five wins over Hicksville (60-24), Sayville (75-6), Mineola (46-36), Sewanhaka West High School (42-34), and New Rochelle, in a close match that ended in a tie after Nikita Ignatenko at 120 pounds secured the fall to get Madison even with New Rochelle, 39-39. As neither team had any unsportsmanlike or misconduct penalties, the match was decided by most bouts won, which was in Madison’s favor, 8-7.

This performance improved the team’s overall dual meet record to 22-6.

Undefeated on the day for Madison were Alex Troshyn (126), Mirlan Jumabaev (145), Konstantin Parfiryev (160), Javaughn Grant (195), and Anand Munkhjargal (285).

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On this same day, three Madison wrestlers placed in the PSAL Freshman-Sophomore Championships, at Brooklyn Tech. Taking 1st place at 160 pounds was freshman Thomas Tatesure. Also placing were sophomores Angel Tapia, 3rd at 152 pounds, and Howie Wang, 2nd at 120 pounds.

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Angel, Thomas, and Howie

The following day seven Madison wrestlers took to the mats again in the MLK Invitational Tournament at Wingate High School. Taking 1st place were Konstantin Parfiryev and Javaughn Grant, who were both a perfect 8-0 for the weekend.

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Konstantin Parfiryev

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Anand Munkhjargal took 2nd place at 285 pounds, Mirlan Jumabaev bounced back to take 3rd at 145 pounds, and first year wrestler Alex Vidyaev battled hard for a 4th place finish.

All of this work was to best prepare themselves for the Mayors Cup this weekend, January 25th and 26th, at Columbia University.

The PSAL Team Championships will begin on February 6th, with the remainder of the matches to be wrestled on one day, February 8th at a location yet to be announced.

The PSAL City Individual Championships will take place on February 15th, also at a location to be announced.

Madison Wrestling: A Mid Season Review

Entering the Christmas break, the Madison Golden Knights Wrestling Team is at the top of their PSAL division, with a 3-0 record, following an impressive win over New Utrecht by a score of 48-33.

The win over New Utrecht was the team’s seventh win in a row, and improved their overall record to 13-6.

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Recently, seven Madison wrestlers travelled to Herricks High School on Long Island to participate in a round robin tournament. In 30 matches wrestled, Madison came out on top 24 times. An impressive showing in a tournament full of quality Section VIII and Section XI wrestlers.

On December 29th, Madison is proud to host the 7th Annual Paul Goddard Tournament. This is a round robin format, and 17 Madison wrestlers will be competing, along with 14 other PSAL teams.

The New Year will start off with a bang, as Madison will travel to Monsignor Farrell for the always tough Dave Ironman tournament on January 4th. Konstantin Parfiryev will be looking to repeat as an individual champion, and hoping to join him on the podium this year will be Marc D’Chiutiis, who is closing in on his 20th win this season.

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eugene readyMadison’s next dual meet is against FDR on January 8th.

For more details on the team, and individual wrestlers, check out the NWCA Team Scorebook.

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Madison to host the Paul Goddard Round Robin Tournament

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On Sunday December 29th, Madison plays host to the 7th Annual Paul Goddard Tournament, which will be a round robin format this year. The tournament is named for the founder, and former coach, of Nazareth High School Wrestling.

There are 15 PSAL teams participating:

New Utrecht, Beacon, Murrow, Midwood, Maspeth, Gaynor, Francis Lewis, MSIT, WC Bryant, Hillcrest, Mott Haven, BK Tech, Tottenville, A.P. Randolph, and Madison has 16 wrestlers registered to compete.

You can check out the weightclasses at Gimp Software.

Wrestling is scheduled to start at 9:30.

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Madison Places 7th in the 16 Team PSAL Holiday Duals Tournament

Sunday morning, Madison wrestlers travelled to the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden, to take on Horace Mann in the final round of this year’s PSAL Holiday Tournament. The match was scheduled to take place at 8 AM, as part of the day long festival of wrestling, Grapple in the Garden.


Arriving at 6:45 AM, the wrestlers made their way to the scales, and then prepared themselves in the tunnel. Coming off of three losses the day before against Brooklyn Tech (2nd place), Fordham Prep (3rd place), and Poly Prep, the Madison wrestlers girded themselves to take to the mats, bounce back, and finish the tournament with a victory.









With impressive wins by Mansur Bulatov at 132 pounds, Mirlan Jumabaev at 152 pounds, and Brandon Costantino at 106 pounds, Madison bested Horace Mann by a score of 45 – 35. The two teams will face each other again on Friday, December 13th, at the Horace Mann Duals.


Madison Wrestling will begin their PSAL schedule this week with matches against Wingate, and Stuyvesant, before travelling to Petrides for the Staten Island Dual Meet Tournament on December 6th and 7th.

Madison Wins Home Opener Against MLK

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In a re-match of last year’s PSAL Team Dual Championships 3rd place contest, Madison hosted MLK in the 1st round of the PSAL Holiday Tournament. Jumping to an early 12 point lead with falls at 160 by team captain Marc D’Chiutiis, and at 170, in his varsity debut, Corey Joseph, Madison never looked back.

The marquee event was a match-up between Konstantin Parfiryev and Alex Palmer. Moving up two weight classes to challenge Palmer of MLK, Konstantin found a way to win a closely contested match, 2 – 0. The gym was completely silent as these two tough wrestlers battled for 6 minutes. The difference was a technical violation, and an escape in the 2nd period.

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At 126 pounds, MLK’s Danny Amancio scored a major decision over freshman Alex Troshyn from Madison. Then, at 138 pounds yet another tight, six minute match that was decided at the very end. In a signature win, over a ranked opponent, Madison’s Eugene Khalabudnyak scored a decision over Ramel McIntosh, 10 – 8.

In the last match of the night, Mirlan Jumabaev scored a 10 – 3 victory, over Orlando Villarrega of MLK, at 152 pounds.

On Saturday, Madison is hosting the 2nd day of the PSAL Holiday Tournament, and will take on Brooklyn Tech, Poly Prep, and Fordham Prep, at 10, 12 noon, and 2 PM, respectively. The final matches, for placement in the tournament, will take place at Madison Square Garden, on Sunday morning. These matches will culminate the PSAL Holiday Tournament, and kick-off the Grapple in the Garden; a full day of wrestling  at the world’s most famous arena.

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Winter is Here: Madison Wrestling is Back on the Mats for the 2013-2014 Season

Take the Pain M darkIn a re-match of last year’s tightly contested 3rd place PSAL Team Championship bout, Madison wrestling will begin the season with Martin Luther King Jr. High School, at home, on Tuesday, November 26th, at 5 PM.

In addition to being the home opener for the Golden Knights, this is the 1st round of the PSAL Holiday Tournament, which will culminate on Sunday morning at the Grapple at the Garden, at Madison Square Garden.

Graduating seniors Louis Cigliano, Youssef Eliali, and Kujtim Nikq, left behind some big shoes to fill, but with some strong new additions, and many returning starters from last year’s line-up, the Madison team is looking to pick up right where they left off last year.

Three of the four returning Seniors are 4th year wrestlers for Madison. Leading the group are team Captains Marc D’Chiutiis, and Konstantin Parfiryev. Marc is a two-time city finalist, and Konstantin is a returning City Champion, and State place finisher. These wrestlers combined for over 70 wins last year. Also coming back for his 4th season, is Senior Javaughn Grant, who had 23 wins for the team last year. Sanjar Alimukhammad, who was quite the impact wrestler last year, is also back in the starting line-up. His strength, and mental toughness prevented him from ever losing by pin.

Rounding out the returning roster of wrestlers, and expected to have a big season this year are Juniors Mirlan Jumabaev, and Eugene Khalabudnyak, along with Sophomores Albi Miraka (7th at 220, and only 1 win shy of a 20 win season), Angel Tapia, and Brandon Santiago.

As any successful coach will tell you, if you can get points from new arrivals, you will have success as a team. This year’s crop of new wrestlers for Madison will prove that point. Umarbek Rakhmatov, Alex Troshyn, Alex Denisov, and Anand Munkhjargal will all be featured in the starting line-up.

Rounding out the starting line-up will be Brandon Costantino, Corey Jospeh, and Mansur Bulatov, along with 1st year wrestlers Nikita Ignatenko, Corey Feliciano, Alex Vidyaev, Antonio Sanchez, and Thomas Tatesure.

Last year, James Madison High School Wrestling finished the season with a 15 and 3 overall record, and a 3rd place finish in the PSAL Team Dual Championships. This year’s team is expected to improve upon that record. With 30 dual meets scheduled, along with numerous individual tournaments, the team will have plenty of opportunities to put in the necessary work, gain the much needed experience, and improve, all for the chance to wrestle last at the PSAL Team Championships on Saturday, February 8th.

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