Articles from January 2013

Madison Rallies to Take 3rd Place in the PSAL Dual Meet Championships

James Madison High School Wrestling fell short in their quest for a PSAL Dual Meet Championship, losing in the semi-finals to Benjamin Cardozo, 41-24. In a change from previous years PSAL playoffs, the two teams which lost in the semi-finals would immediately square off against each other to take 3rd place. For Madison, that meant a tough match against MLK High School only moments after losing to Cardozo.

The semi-finals match up had everything a fan could want. There were many tough match-ups with ranked wrestlers going head to head, and a close score throughout, in fact, the score was tied 21-21 after ten bouts.

The match started at 126 pounds with Rex Villa setting the pace for Cardozo with a pin. Following some great marquee match-ups between Louis Cigliano at 152 pounds, who defeated Taquee Burns, 10-8, and Youssef Eliali with a 3-2 decision over Fabian Bramwell at 170 pounds, the score was knotted at 21. The heavyweight battle saw Madison’s Mark Ifraimov take care of Chijioke Ezenyilimba by a score of 7-6. That made it 24-21, in favor of Madison going back to the bottom of the weight classes. Starting at 99 pounds, Cardozo swept the next four bouts, earning 20 points and ending the match with a win and the chance to battle Brooklyn Tech for the Championship on January 29th.

Following this tough and disappointing loss, the Golden Knights had to quickly rally, and go back on the mat to take on MLK High School. That match started with a Madison win, as Askar Raimbek defeated PSAL ranked wrestler Jonathan Alicea by a score of 13-10. MLK would take the next two with decisions, and then Madison notched wins in six of the next eight bouts, earning falls in five of them.

With the score Madison 36 and MLK 35, it all came down to the last match at 126 pounds. Eugene Khalabudnyak sealed the win, and 3rd place overall for the team, with a fall in the 2nd period.

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. The team has five ranked wrestlers, all with 20+ wins on the season, and another two wrestlers look to join this circle of “20+ wins” this weekend at the 2013 NYC Mayors Cup.

Madison Advances to the Semi-Finals

On Tuesday, the wrestling team beat Grover Cleveland, 77-6, and Grand Street Campus, 49-36, to advance to the


 The Golden Knights Wrestlers are now 14 and 2 overall, and will wrestle in the semi-finals on Thursday against Benjamin Cardozo

The Madison wrestlers look to avenge their only PSAL loss this season with a win over Cardozo, and advance to Team Championships!!

Madison Takes Down New Utrecht, 50-30

On Friday, January 4th, Madison Wrestling defeated New Utrecht 50 – 30, taking the Utes down off the list of undefeated teams.

The dual meet started with a re-match at 132 pounds from the prior week’s Goddard Tournament, between Askar Raimbek of Madison and De Xuan Chen of New Utrecht. In a closely contested, back and forth match, Madison’s Raimbek once again bested Chen by a score of 13-10.

Madison dropped the next two bouts with decisions of 7-1, and 6-2, giving New Utrecht a 6-3 lead in team points going into the 152 pound weight class. Louis Cigliano got the Golden Knights going, taking control of the match right away, Cigliano recorded a 3rd period pin over New Utrecht’s Andrew Weitsman. That put Madison in the lead with a team score of 9-6, from which the Madison wrestlers would pulll ahead and never look back, as they took five out of the next six weight classes, making the score 39-12 before dropping back down to the 99# weight class.

New Utrecht’s Michael Brevetti scored a pin at 99 pounds, and his brother Louis Brevetti took a forfeit at 106 pounds, making the match 39-24 before Madison added 11 more points with a pin at 113, and a tech fall at 120 pounds. New Utrecht won the final bout of the evening at 126 pounds, making the final score 50-30, in favor of Madison.

Madison improved to 9-2 overall for the season, and remains undefeated in their PSAL Brooklyn division. The Golden Knights will finish out their regular season this week with home duals against Leon Goldstein and Midwood high schools on Wednesday January 9th, and then FDR on the 10th.