Articles from June 2018

Madison Wrestling Class of 2018: Ready for “What’s Next”

Madison Wrestling Class of 2018 ready for “What’s Next” after taking the pain as a Mad-house wrestler. The five graduating seniors played an enormous role in the success of the 2018 folkstyle and freestyle seasons.

Class of 2018 Madison Wrestlers: George Grigalishvili, Temur Yakhshilikov, Anthony Maisano, and Dean Blafford

In the winter it was team captains Dean Blafford, George Grigalishvili, and Anthony Maisano – all were 4th-year wrestlers, along with Temur Yakhshilikov getting 95 match victories for the team this past season.

Dean Blafford collected 84 wins over his four seasons and made it to the All-City podium with a 3rd place finish. A constant presence and a year-round wrestler, Dean was a constant contributor to the team’s success over his four years in the starting lineup. Perhaps his greatest moment was hitting a lat drop in the 3rd period during his match against Cardozo in the playoffs. That pin secured the team win and another trip to the playoff quarter finals.

Dean Blafford

Dean will attend Brooklyn College in the fall.

George Grigalishvili earned a place on the Madison “100 Win Club” amassing 117 career victories, and placed twice at the NYC Mayors Cup, with a trip to the State tournament his junior year.

George Grigalishvili

George is planning on wrestling with the Finger Lakes Wrestling Club, a feeder to the Cornell program.

Anthony Maisano was having a banner year before breaking his hand mid-season. Anthony took 1st place at the Eagle Academy Jay Alvarez Memorial Tournament, beating a tough upstate opponent from Section 2 in an exciting triple overtime match. That win sealed a 3rd place team finish.

Anthony Maisano

Anthony will attend John Jay University and plans on studying forensic psychology.

Temur Yakhshilikov missed two seasons due to a severe injury just prior to the start of his sophomore season. Despite the two years away, Temur came back this season and got 32 wins for the team. Much of the team’s tournament success was due to Temur’s tenacity on the mats.

Temur Yakhshilikov

Temur is also John Jay bound and will pursue a degree in criminal justice.

In the spring freestyle season, it was Victoria Alloggio; a rock of the freestyle team, competing since the inaugural season in 2016 and serving as the captain since 2017. She was an immediate difference maker and a large part of the success of the girls’ team every season. Victoria is the very first PSAL Freestyle City Champion from James Madison.

Victoria Alloggio

Victoria is going to pursue an undergraduate degree in business management at the University of Central Florida.

To each graduating senior, congratulations and good luck. Be successful and stay in touch.

All the best on your individual “What’s Next” challenge.

Former Madison Grappler Matthew Goldberg Earns a Ph.D.

Former Madison grappler Matthew Goldberg Earns a Ph.D. in Psychology from the CUNY Basic and Applied Social Psychology program.

Matthew Goldberg at the CUNY Graduate Center

Former Madison standout wrestler Matthew Goldberg has gone from being brolic on the mats to being brolic in the classroom! A member of the Madison Golden Knights wrestling team (2007-2009) Matthew was an “All-City” wrestler and a big part of the team’s successful 3rd place finish at the NYC Mayors Cup and a trip to the PSAL Team Championships.

Matthew Goldberg senior year

A member of the James Madison much esteemed Law House, Matthew was an exemplary student who was determined before the end of his junior year he was going to be a Ph.D. someday. He was true to his word.

Matthew earned his Ph.D. in Psychology and successfully defended his thesis this past spring. His work, entitled An Informational Influence Perspective on (Non) conformity: Perceived Knowledgeability Increases Expression of Minority Opinions is available on line at the following link:

Since donning his doctoral robe Matthew has accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University where he will conduct research at Yale’s Program on Climate Change Communication.

Matthew’s athletic pursuits were not ignored during this academic pursuit. Recently Matthew completed the New Jersey Spartan Ultra. A 31-mile course with 65 obstacles and close to 10K ft. of elevation gain over punishing terrain.

Still Brolic at the NJ Ultra Spartan Race

Congratulations Matthew Goldberg. The entire Madison community is very proud.

NYC Mayors Cup finalists 2009