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Girls Freestyle Places 4th at the Flushing Thaw

IT is spring and that means the PSAL girls freestyle season has begun. The expectations for the Madison Golden Knights Girls Freestyle team were high for the “Flushing Thaw,” the PSAL’s first Girls Freestyle tournament of the year. The Golden Knights had five returning wrestlers from last year’s inaugural season, coupled with Liliya and Salma who joined during the winter wrestling season. This experience paid off in the season opener.

Senior Captain and returning city qualifier Omina started the day off on the right foot, posting a pin fall in Madison’s first bout of the day. The 105-pounder bounced back nicely from a 2nd round tech fall loss to Brooklyn Tech’s Siew with a tech fall of her own over Bronx Science’s Lyn, then a pin fall over Wingate’s Webster. This pin would prove crucial as Omina fell 16-6 to Truman’s Villamil, resulting in a 3-way tie for 2nd place in the round robin group. The first tie-breaker is the number of pins. Since Omina had pinned Webster, she won the tie-breaker and earned her first silver medal.

When she wasn’t wrestling, Omina stayed busy helping her teammates prepare for their matches, and she video-taped matches and provided feedback to the wrestlers.

Madison’s other two captains, Christina and Victoria Alloggio picked up where they left off last year. Both sisters wrestled last year and represented Team New York at the National tournament in Fargo, North Dakota. They did not disappoint in their first tournament of the PSAL Girls Freestyle Season.

Christina swept her weight class with 3 wins and 3 pins against noticeably larger opponents. A senior, Christina placed 2nd in the 2016 City Championships at 255lbs. She is looking to improve upon that performance and become Madison’s first PSAL City Champion. Christina is off to a great start.

 Victoria, a junior, also had a perfect day. She was 4-0 with three pins and a tech fall, earning her first gold medal at 198 lbs. Last season, she placed 3rd at 198 lbs. Victoria was the “road warrior” in the 2016 season, typically running through the consolation bracket and winning bronze medals. She capped off the 2016 year earning All-American status at the Fargo Cadet National Tournament. This year, she is in the driver’s seat and has set her expectations high for PSAL titles and another trip to Fargo.      

The 112-weight class held much in store for Melany Espinosa in her senior campaign. She is a returning wrestler who remained at her 2016 weight class, Melany suffered a first-round loss to Truman’s Brown, but improved as the day moved on. She wrestled back with two straight pin falls over Brooklyn Tech’s Xu and Francis Lewis’ Lin. This performance put her into the 3rd place bout, again against Brown from Truman. Brown would get the best of Melany once more, dropping her to a 4th place finish.

Making her freestyle debut, Salma Kasymova had a nice 3-2 finish in the 121 lbs. bracket. Her first match was an important pin fall over division rival Dufrense from Wingate. Following a loss to CSI’s Campbell, Salma stormed back in the consolation bracket by earning two straight pin falls over Bronx Science’s Cham Nancy and Brooklyn Tech’s Anna Ho. Salma’s quest for a 3rd place finish fell in a re-match against Campbell of CSI.

Parvina Eshonkulova found herself in a six girl round robin at 172 lbs. Another returning wrestler, Parvina had her ups and downs in the season opener. Starting off right, Parvina had a quick pin over Bronx Science’s Fatema. Parvina fell to Brooklyn Tech’s Poux in the 2nd round, but would pin Poux’s teammate Ye in the 3rd round. Parvina lost her next two matches to Francis Lewis’ Arroyo and AP Randolph’s Soliman to finish the day at 2-3 for a 4th place finish. Though a disappointing day for Madison’s senior, Parvina’s wins by pin fall would fuel the Golden Knights’ best tournament finish.

Madison’s newcomers saw some success today as well. Yasmeen Campos (130 lbs.) and Melanie Rodriguez Ferrei (148 lbs.) both earned their first wins in their first competition. Yasmeen and Melanie both lost their first-round match, but won their next one. Yasmeen posted a pin fall over Brooklyn Tech’s Liu while Melanie pinned Bronx Science’s Prova.

Petal Bartholomew, Caryssa Perez, and Lena Elkin also deserve recognition for their support today. Though they were not competing in the tournament, they still showed up to Flushing to cheer on their teammates. This was a strong showing for Madison as a team and shows a strong sense of unity, which is essential in a team sport.

James Madison had nine wrestlers compete (there are 13 weight-classes total) at the Flushing Thaw. Every win, pin, tech, and medal contributed to Madison’s team-high 4th place finish.

The Knights look to build on this successful start with a competition at home on Wednesday, March 29th against the High School of Fashion Industries. Then on Saturday, April 1st is the first girls’ wrestling tournament hosted at James Madison High School. It will be a team round robin event.


Madison Girls Freestyle Sends Two to Fargo

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Madison Girls Freestyle Wrestling standouts Christina and Victoria Alloggio saw plenty of success throughout the season starting with a 1st and 2nd place finish respectively at the Revolution in Springfield Tournament in Massachusetts.

In addition to posting 20+ wins this season, the Alloggio sisters were both selected to represent Team New York at the Fargo National Tournament in mid-July. This is a huge accomplishment, made all the more spectacular given Christina and Victoria just started to wrestle this spring.

Christina has won so many matches, her mother is forced to build a trophy case for her. She captured 1st place at the Francis Lewis Patriot Open and 2nd place at the prestigious Gotham City Girls Open, an international competition including competitors from Canada, Mexico, Italy, and various U.S. States. Christina also placed 3rd at the Bryant Owl Open and the Grover Cleveland Tiger Tournament. She had her finest day at the PSAL City Championship Tournament, starting off with a pin fall over Murrow’s Ayomide Adeoye. In the semi-finals, she faced Nyasia Jennings of Taft Educational Campus, the #2 seed who had defeated Christina twice in as many meetings throughout the year. Christina pulled off what some consider the biggest upset of the day by pinning Jennings in the first period. She later fell to Truman’s Shanique Reid in their fourth meeting to finish the year with a PSAL 255 lb. silver medal.


Vengeance would be an appropriate word to describe Victoria’s season. Victoria’s season began at 255 lbs with a loss to Fashion Industries’ Ashley Mason in Madison’s first competition. After her cut to 198 lbs. she began to see some success, though she didn’t see many wins until late April. Her first break-through came at the Bryant Owl Open tournament where she posted pin-falls over a pair of Francis Lewis opponents. She finished that tournament at 2-2. At the Gotham City Girls Open, she pinned Ashley Mojica, an opponent she lost to earlier in the year at the Patriot Open. At the Tiger Tournament, she posted a pin-fall over MLK’s Breann Castillo to capture 3rd place. Castillo had also beaten Victoria at the Patriot Open. Ashley Mason could not escape Victoria’s war-path either as she surrendered the 3rd place bout to Victoria via pin-fall at the Murrow Mats Tournament. Victoria’s season ended with a 3rd place PSAL finish at 198 lbs via the pin-fall over Benjamin Cardozo’s Yae Ram Cho – appropriately, the same girl who had knocked Victoria down to the consolation bracket in the quarter-finals earlier that same day.


Three months is a very short amount of time in the world of wrestling, but Madison’s girls have learned many lessons and have had many victories. The season began with a non-league victory over the High School of Fashion Industries, an established program in the PSAL. The lows would come over the next week, finishing in last place at the season’s first tournament at Flushing, followed by a 35-15 loss to eventual 3rd place City finishers Wingate Educational Campus.

Led by Captain Laura Fescenko, the Madison girls put up a big win over division rival Sunset Park 40-15, and a huge win over High School of Construction 43-1. Construction, being a new program just like Madison served to highlight how competitive the Knights have become in a short period of time.


Fescenko joins the Alloggios as the only wrestlers with a winning record on the year. She finished the season at 12-8 with a pair of 121 lb. Bronze medals at the Patriot Open and the Owl Open. Her performance at Bryant High School helped Madison to finish a season best 7th place at the tournament. Laura’s friendship with her teammates was instrumental in Madison’s quick improvement on the mat. She would take teammates to optional practices at Colombia and at Poly Prep.

Madison’s other place-winners include Lena Elkin, Ominakhon Nazarzoda, and Petal Bartholomew. Lena took 3rd place in the Cadet division at the Gotham City Girls Open. Omina and Petal both placed 3rd at the Tiger Tournament.

Led by Coach Santimauro, the James Madison girls freestyle wrestling will be back next season with more experience and greater determination.


Girls Freestyle Thrives Under Coach Santimauro

A tremendous day yesterday for the Girls Freestyle team at the Grover Cleveland Tiger Tournament.

Omina, Petal, Victoria, and Christina all secured 3rd place medals. Victoria would battle back from a semifinal loss to secure two consecutive pinfalls for the Bronze.


With only six wrestlers competing, the team earned a 7th place finish. That means each and every wrestler won matches and wrestled back to the consolation finals.

This is the first year Madison has had a Girls Freestyle team, and in a very short time they have made tremendous progress.

Good job Coach Santimauro.

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.

Take the Five

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 Travels to NY-USA Wrestling States


Nine Madison wrestlers were selected to the Beat the Streets State Travel Team, and will represent New York City at the NY – USA Wrestling Freestyle & Greco State Championships, at Broome Community College in Binghamton, New York.


In the Cadet division, Madison will be represented by freshmen Brandon Santiago (120) and Albi Miraka (220), along with sophomore Eugene Khalabudnyak (138).

In the Junior division, Madison is led by team captains Konstantin Parfiryev (160) and Marc D’Chiutiis (145), along with Javaughn Grant (220), and Mark Ifraimov (285). Also wrestling in this division are sophomores Askar Raimbek (152) and Mirlan Jumabaev (145)



Best of luck to all New York City, Section XII wrestlers this weekend.

Bring home the gold, and qualify for Nationals at Fargo!


This past weekend, at the North East Regionals, in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Konstantin Parfirev and Mark Ifraimov qualified for the ASICS/Vaughan Greco National Championships, in Fargo, North Dakota.

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2013 New York State Junior & Cadet Freestyle State Qualifier Wrestling Tournament

This Saturday, April 20th, many Madison wrestlers will compete at the 2013 New York State Freestyle Qualifier at Petrides High School, 715 Ocean Terrace Staten Island, New York 1030.

Those wrestlers that qualify will then compete at the New York State Freestyle and Greco Championships over the weekend of Friday, May 10th – Sunday, the 12th at Broome Community College in Binghamton New York.

Scales open at 7:30 AM and close at 8:30 AM.

There is a 30 dollar registration fee per wrestler, this is used to support Section XII Wrestling, and help cover the travel costs of taking kids to States in Binghamton.

Registration: Weigh-in and skin check: 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Wrestling Clinic: 9:00 a.m.

Wrestling Begins: 9:30 a.m.

Requirements: 2013 USA Wrestling Competitors Card

Uniforms: Red and Blue singlet or Red/Blue reversible singlet

Entry Fee: $30

This tournament is open to all Junior and Cadet age group wrestlers.

Junior – High school students, grades 9-12, born September 1, 1993, and after

Junior Weight Classes: 100, 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195 220, 285

Cadet – Born in 1997-1998

Cadet Weight Classes: 88, 94, 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182 195, 220, 285

ALL weights in ALL divisions will have a 3 pound weight allowance.

For further information contact: Larry A. Cantor, USA Wrestling Chairman at


The Madison High School Wrestling Club is a USA Wrestling chartered club.  The club is active in both the fall and spring seasons. All wrestlers need a current USA Wrestling Membership card. You can get one, or renew your old one, at

Four Madison Wrestlers Place at NY-USA Freestyle-Greco State Championships

Four Golden Knights travelled to Binghamton New York this past weekend for the New York-USA Wrestling Freestyle and Greco State Championships.

They brought home seven medals!!!

Placing were

  • Oscar Raimbek
  • Marc D’Chiutiis
  • Konstantin Parfiryev

and Greco State Champion, Cadet Division at 285 pouinds, Mark Ifraimov!

Congratulations to all for a great job at States!!

Freestyle and Greco-Roman Rules and Scoring Review

Those of us familiar with Folkstyle wrestling, the style we see in America in college and high school wrestling, can find the scoring of Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling a bit confusing at first. Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling involves a different set of rules and scoring. As the Olympic trials draw near, the oldest styles, and the international styles, of wrestling are about to take center stage.

A takedown can be worth between one to five points, depending on the level of danger an offensive wrestler places his opponent. Ties are sometimes broken with maneuvers called leg clinches or reverse lifts, or can be settled by which wrestler scored the last point or registered the highest-point value with one move.

The wrestler who wins the most periods – not necessarily the most points – wins!

To help familiarize yourself, or refresh your memory, of the differences, a quick review of the more important points is in order.

Match structure: Matches are broken down into a best-of-three period format with each period lasting two minutes. Any period that ends with a fall also ends the match.

Scoreless periods: Any freestyle period that ends scoreless goes to the leg clinch. An offensive wrestler in the leg clinch will be selected based on a ball draw. The referee will draw a blue or red ball from a bag and the wrestler wearing the corresponding singlet color will have the choice whether to select the offensive or defensive position. The offensive wrestler must score in 30 seconds to win the period. If there is no scoring, the defensive wrestler wins the period.

Scoreless periods after 1:30 in Greco-Roman go to the par terre or reverse lift position. One athlete is assigned the top position in the first period and bottom in the second. The third period goes to the ball draw to determine which wrestler is on top. The wrestler in the top position must turn his opponent in 30 seconds or the defensive wrestler wins the period.

Tiebreakers: If a period with points scored ends in a tie, officials first look at cautions. If one wrestler has been cautioned more times, the opponent wins the period. The next criteria is the highest value of points. (A three-pointer beats three one-pointers). The final tiebreaker is last point scored.

Technical fall: Unlike the 15-point mercy rule that stops folk style bouts, freestyle and Greco periods end when a wrestler accumulates a six-point lead.


Ball draw: After scoreless periods, the referee will reach into a bag to select one ball, either red or blue, to determine which wrestler receives the right to select a position in the tiebreaker.

Challenge block: The foam block thrown onto the mat by a coach desiring to challenge a call. Each wrestler is entitled to one challenge per match. If the refereeing body modifies its decision, then the wrestler can use another challenge again during the match. If the refereeing body confirms the decision, the wrestler loses the challenge and his opponent will receive one point.

Challenge tournament: The bracket leading up to the best-of-three final series.

Exposure: Wrestlers can score points by exposing an opponent’s shoulders to the mat.

Gut wrench: A popular hold used by a wrestler in the top position to turn an opponent for points.

Leg clinch: The freestyle tiebreaker used after a scoreless period. The offensive wrestler begins with a single leg and must finish a takedown or score a push out in 30
seconds to win the period.

Par terre: The ground position used after a takedown or in Greco-Roman after 90 seconds of scoreless wrestling. The top wrestler attempts to score points by exposing the defensive wrestler’s back to the mat.

Push out: A wrestler can score a point by pushing his or her opponent out of bounds.

Sit out: Term used to describe wrestlers who receive an automatic pass to the best-of-three final series.


Takedown: 1 point

Takedown with back exposure: 3 points

High amplitude throw: 5 points

Push out: 1 point

Reversal: 1 point

Exposure: 2 points for exposing the opponent’s back – the danger position – past 90 degrees when the wrestlers are in par terre.

Caution: 1 or 2 points.

SOURCE: “U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials 101,” by Andy Hamilton, Des Moines Register,

Madison Golden Knights Wrestling Begins Freestyle Season

Freestyle season has begun, and with it the Madison Wrestlers are back to work. We will be on the mats all spring, with competitions throughout, in preparation for the New York State USA Cadet & Junior Freestyle and Greco Championships at Binghamton, New York in early May.

Please check our tab, Golden Knights Wrestling Club for more details and our training schedule.

All wrestlers need a current USA Wrestling Membership card. To get a new USA Wrestling membership, or to renew your old one, please visit

Middle school wrestlers may particpate and will need both a valid USA Wrestling membership, and a completed Beat the Streets Parent Consent form,