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Madison is a Big Apple Wrestling Site this Summer

Madison is a Big Apple Wrestling Site this summer and that means you can get in some quality time on the mats in preparation for next season. The Big Apple Games run start on July 9th and end on August 9th. The mats will be rolled out in gym 2 (on the 3rd floor) every Monday THRU Thursday from 5 – 7pm with Head Coach Steven Santimauro.

Coach Steven Santimauro

The Big Apple Games kick off on Monday, July 9th. There is training opportunities in all five boroughs Monday – Thursday, with Friday Morning Matches running from 9:30 – 12:30 at Seward Park in Manhattan.

The Big Apple Games provide a FREE opportunity for your wrestlers to get a lot of training and a lot of matches over the summer. Please let your wrestlers know about this tremendous opportunity.

The full Big Apple Games Wrestling ONLY Schedule can be found HERE

The full PSAL Big Apple Games Schedule is searchable by borough and sport, and can be found HERE


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

Madison Wrestling Prepares for a New Year

Madison wrestling prepares for a new year beginning Tuesday, September 12th with a team meeting for all boys and girls wrestlers.

New York City public schools start classes on Thursday, September 7th. That is a full day of classes and instruction. Madison wrestling will hold a pre-season meeting for all boys and girls wrestlers. The meeting will be after school, 3 PM and the room for the meeting is to be determined.

It is expected that all wrestlers have a new – properly completed and signed – parent consent forms and medicals.

Parent consent


You can expect club practices to start in October. Details will be shared in the team’s Facebook group.


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 Places Four at Mayors Cup


Madison Wrestling sent nine qualifiers to York College this past weekend to compete in the 2017 NYC Mayors Cup Wrestling Championships. The event features the best 16 wrestlers in 15 different weight-classes from public, private, and parochial schools, going head to head on the mats for the right be recognized as a true NYC wrestling champion.

The Knights went 4-5 in the first round of wrestling, with freshman Shawn Muratov (99), seniors Elvin Guliyev (138) and Nikita Ignatenko (145), and junior George Grigalshvili (220) advancing to the quarter-final round.


Sophomore Valentyn Protsyuk (106) had to wrestle extra time for the win in sudden victory to stay alive, while senior Daler Ergashov advanced to the consolation quarter round with a 3rd period pin. Junior Dean Blafford (120) also won his match to move on for a chance to take 5th place.

In the quarter-final rounds of the championship bracket, Muratov came up short in a 7-2 decision against Fallon of Petrides.

In a much-anticipated rematch between Guliyev and Santos from Grover Cleveland – the two had wrestled each other only weeks earlier with Santos winning a close decision. This time it Guliyev came out on top with a tough 5-4 decision in sudden victory.

Ignatenko would work some 3rd period magic in his match against Hughes from Fordham Prep. Trailing by 4 late in the 3rd period, Ignatenko hit a reversal followed by two quick near falls to take the lead with less than 30 seconds left in the match.

Both wrestlers would come up short in their semi-final bouts to the eventual gold medal winners. Guliyev was defeated by Perullo from Brooklyn Tech, and Ignatenko lost to Isaac from Monsignor Farrell. But, making it to the semi-final round allowed them the chance to wrestle for a 3rd place finish. Only Guliyev would earn bronze though, doing so with a 3rd period pin over Jackson from Susan Wagner.

Grigalshvili lost in sudden victory in his semi-final match up against Truman’s Jacob Putter. In his 3rd place contest, Grigalshvili earned bronze with a win over Jaleel Herrar from Wingate.

Shawn Muratov would finish the day with an 8th place finish.

All the Madison place finishers are currently working towards a 30 plus win season.  

The team earned a 7th place finish overall with 66 points. Madison was book-ended by FDR in 8th place with 57 points, and Eagle Academy in 6th place with 85.5 team points.

Earning 1st place overall was Farrell, trailed by 2nd place Brooklyn Tech and Poly Prep 3rd.

Madison will look to improve their overall city rankings starting February 1st when the PSAL Team Championship playoffs begin. Then the team looks to qualify a full slate of 15 wrestlers at the Brooklyn borough qualifiers for the City Individual Championships on Saturday, February 4th at Un-Common Charter High School.

Madison Coach Santimauro Develops Middle School Wrestlers

Steven Santimauro, a former Madison wrestler and currently the co-coach of the Madison Golden Knights, is also the head coach of the middle school wrestling team at Cunningham Middle School. Santimauro’s Cunningham crew of wrestlers are already enjoying some success on the mats this season.


Cunningham wrestling looked to improve upon last week’s performance at Wingate with some more wins in the second jamboree of the season. The team brought 11 wrestlers to Bayard Rustin Educational Campus (BREC) in Manhattan. Ibrahim Abbas, Farhan Rahman & Ardasher Mirzokhadzaev competed in the “ankle band” competition which is a modified version of wrestling that enables new wrestlers to focus on balance, positioning, re-attacks, and an entertaining amount of creativity. Score is not kept in this format of wrestling. The remaining eight wrestlers competed in the standard wrestling division.

The standard division in the Beat the Streets Junior League wrestling jamborees has the same rules as high school wrestling except for a few differences. One major difference is that the periods are one minute long rather than two minutes. Eight of Cunningham’s wrestlers competed in the standard division. Asadbek Alamov, Anas Shahbaz, Damir Shavkatov, and Mavlon Ruziyev made their debut, competing in the standard division for the first time. Anas and Mavlon drew tough matches, ending the day at 0-2, but with encouraging signs of improvement throughout the day. Damir came just shy of a perfect day, ending at 1-1. His cousin, 7th grader Asadbek, was able to achieve what he could not. Alamov finished 2-0, pinning both of his opponents in the first period. He would be Cunningham’s only undefeated wrestler of the day.

Returning wrestlers Anusher Mirzokhadzaev, Mirzo Mirzavaliev, Ulises Rosales, Timur Yuldashev also hit the mats once again. Lightweight Anush continues to draw fierce competition as he would finish 0-2, though he had excellent improvement against his Elite Wrestling Club opponent, Aliaksandr Kikiniou. Getting pinned in their first encounter last weekend at Wingate, Anush would cut the difference to a 0-6 decision loss at BREC. Mirzo and Ulises, a couple of 7th graders, both went 1-1 at the jamboree with Ulises making his 2016 debut. Lastly, Cunningham standout Timur Yuldashev finished 2-1 in a 4 person round robin. Timur is one of two Cunningham 8th graders who are entering their 3rd year of wrestling.


An excellent start to the middle school season. Keep up the great work Coach Santimauro.

Coach Santimauro is also the head coach of Madison’s girls spring freestyle wrestling team.


Next Season

Take the Pain M dark

Before the pre-season practices begin in the fall, there will be a team meeting after school on September 13th.

All wrestlers will need a valid PSAL medical form on file. Without this, no wrestler can even walk on the mats.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.

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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.