Articles from October 2013

Madison Supports Middle School Wresting

BTS Jamboree at Madison

On Saturday, October 19th, Madison rolled out the mats for middle school wrestlers when they hosted a Beat the Streets Junior League Jamboree.

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In years past, the Junior League wrestled during the winter months, same as the high school teams. This year, the Junior League season was moved to the fall. This move was done to enhance, and expand the sport in New York City middle schools.

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Two former Madison Mayors Cup champions working the BTS Junior League Jamboree. Tournament Director, Steven Santimauro (2009), and on the mat is Konstantin Parfiryev (2013).

The fall season allows Beat the Streets to take advantage of better gym availability. With so many teams vying for gym space during the winter months, getting a middle school event to take place in a high school was all but impossible.

This change also gives the high school coaches a greater opportunity to watch more Junior League wrestling, and have an opportunity to build a relationship with middle school student-athletes, and hopefully get them to continue wrestling in high school. It also gives middle schoolers the opportunity to follow more closely along during the high school wrestling season, and build their interest in the sport year-round.

The event at Madison, one of five taking place that day, was attended by Eugenio Maria De Hostos (IS 318), Elite Wrestling Academy (Sheepshead Bay), Lincoln Terrace (PS 189), Riverdale Avenue School (PS 446), Seth Low (IS 96), and Wingate (IS 232).

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The Seth Low team with current Madison wrestler, Albi MIraka, who wrestled for Seth Low in middle school.

A special thanks to the Madison wrestlers who came out to support middle school wrestling. They gave up their Saturday morning to help set up, run, and referee the matches.

Madison wrestlers in support of BTS Jamboree

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Madison to Host a Beat the Streets Junior League Jamboree

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James Madison High School is proud to host a Beat the Streets Junior League Wrestling Jamboree on Saturday, October 19th. Wrestling will begin at 9 AM, in the 2nd floor gym.


Following the event, all participants and parents are invited to stay and watch the varsity football team take on Lafayette Educational Complex, with kick-off schedule for 12 noon. Admission is free for all middle school wrestlers, for adults it is 3 dollars.

Scales open for weigh-ins at 7:30 AM. Weigh-ins close at 8:15 AM.

There are no pre-set weight classes, wrestlers will be grouped by weight after weigh-ins are complete.

There will be five middle schools, and one junior league wrestling club, scheduled to compete:

Eugenio Maria De Hostos (IS 318), Elite Wrestling Academy (Sheepshead Bay), Lincoln Terrace (PS 189), Riverdale Avenue School (PS 446), Seth Low (IS 96), and Wingate (IS 232).


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Madison Hits the Road to Put in Work at Stevens Wrestling Clinic

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On a gray and misty Sunday morning, twelve dedicated Madison wrestlers made their way to Hoboken, New Jersey for the 7th Annual Fall Wrestling Clinic at Stevens Institute of Technology. Hosted by Stevens Wrestling, led by coach Mike Clayton, and supported by the assistant coaching staff of Pete Galea, Jeff Marsh, and Jeff Jacobs, along with many members of the Stevens team, Madison wrestlers were drilled in fundamentals, and learned many new techniques.

Walking on a college campus, and getting to work in a college wrestling room was a motivating experience for the Madison wrestlers. For most of them, it was their first time on a college campus. Following the clinic, walking back to the bus, many of them were heard commenting on how much they wanted to wrestle in college.

The trip was made possible by the generous support of Beat the Streets.

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Stevens Wrestling Head Coach Mike Clayton has accumulated a 61-49-1 (33-11 in the Centennial Conference) record over his six years, earning the 2008 National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Rookie Coach of the Year award, and 2009 Centennial Conference Coach of the Year recognition along the way.