Articles from December 2012

Madison Wrestling Takes First at the 6th Annual Paul Goddard Individual Tournament

This past Saturday, James Madison High School was the proud host of the 6th annual Paul Goddard Individual Tournament . The tournament is named for the founder, and former coach, of Nazareth High School Wrestling.

On hand were many former wrestlers of Coach Goddard, along with many former wrestlers from Madison Wrestling. With three mats down in the big gym, and eleven teams competing, the Madison wrestlers repeated their performance of last year, and once again, won the tournament with 151 points, over New Utrecht (138), and Wingate (134).

Taking 1st place in the tournament for Madison were Louis Cigliano at 152 pounds, Javaughn Grant at 195 pounds, and Kujtim Nikq at heavyweight. Also placing were Youssef Eliali, Aaron Payton, Oskar Raimbek, and Mark Ifraimov.

The Most Outstaning Wrestler award went to Nigel Williams (145#) from Eagle Academy.

The Golden Knights will open up the 2nd half of their schedule against undefeated New Utrecht, in a dual meet on January 4th. The team then travels to Monsignor Farrell the next day for the always tough Dave Ironman Tournament.



Madison Wrestling Finishes the First Half 8-2

Going into the Christmas break, the Madison Wrestling Golden Knights are undefeated in their PSAL division, and are 8 and 2 overall.

Following the first week’s big win over Horace Mann, the Madison wrestlers then fell in a close match to a strong Cardozo team, 39-36. This is a team Madison can face again in late January during the PSAL Team Championship playoffs. If the two teams do match up again, look for the re-match to be even more closely contested.

After another tough loss to Poly Prep the next day, the Knights rebounded in the 3rd week with big wins over Flushing and Sheepshead Bay high schools.

Next up for the Golden Knights is the 6th annual Paul Goddard Individual Tournament on December 29th. Madison hopes to repeat their performance of last year, and once again place 1st at this Brooklyn wrestling classic.

In January, the team will face an undefeated New Utrecht wrestling team on the 4th, then travel to Monsignor Farrell the next day for the always tough Dave Ironman Tournament.

Madison Wrestling to Host the Paul Goddard Tournament








On Saturday, December 29th James Madison High School Wrestling, along with the support of Beat the Streets-NYC, will host the 6th Annual Paul Goddard Wrestling Tournament.

The tournament honors former Nazareth High School wrestling coach, Paul Goddard, who started the wrestling program at Nazareth in 1975, and served as the team’s coach until 1980.

Madison Wrestling is excited about hosting this tournament. The chance to roll out three mats, to completely cover the big gym’s basketball court with mats, is the best!

Scales open at 7:30 AM, with wrestling scheduled to start at 9:30 AM.

James Madison High School is located at 3787 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11229


Madison Wrestling Starts Strong

The James Madison High School Wrestling Team opened up their season last Thursday with a win, on the road, over defending PSAL Team Champions, Grand Street Campus by a score of 45-37. Senior Kujtim Nikq got things going for the Golden Knights with a quick pin at heavyweight. Also recording pins were team captains Marc D’Chiutiis and Konstantin Parfiryev, along with Javaughn Grant, who secured the victory with his pin at 220 pounds.

The following day, at the Horace Mann Duals, Madison Wrestling defeated White Plains High School (Section I), 68-3 in the first round. Then, against W.C, Bryant (PSAL), they rolled to a 77-3 victory, setting up a final round match-up for first place against the host school, Horace Mann.

In a hard fought, and very close contest, Madison was able to prevail with key wins by Marc D’Chiutiis at 145 pounds with a 3-2 decision over Brian Chen, and in a six minute battle at 285 pounds, Kujtim Nikq bested previously undefeated Andrew Schwartz, 8-2. Finally, at 113 pounds, it was Madison freshman Brandon Santiago who came up huge for the Golden Knights with a major decision, and four team points. It was that one extra point which turned out to be the difference, and gave Madison the win over Horace Mann, 34-33.

Madison Wrestling has their home opener on Monday December 10th. In a double header of wrestling, Madison will take on divisional rivals Lincoln High School and Erasmus Hall Campus. The Golden Knights will then travel Wednesday to Cardozo High School, and Poly Prep the next day, Thursday December 13th.