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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.

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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.

Seven Knights Will Wrestle on the Last Day of the Season.


Nine Madison wrestlers traveled to the Bronx today for the 2016 PSAL Individual Championships.

Seven of them earned the opportunity to do it again tomorrow for a chance to place in the Elite Eight of their weight classes.

Juniors Daler Ergashov (113) and Nikita Ignatenko (138) will wrestle for 7th, while senior Howie Wang (152) and freshman Feruz Telmanov (99) will wrestle for 5th.

William Harris (132), a junior, and sophomore George Grigalishvili (220) will wrestle for the 3rd spot on the podium.

Finally, Senior Antonio Sanchez is in the finals at 182 pounds.

Also competing tomorrow for the Golden Knights in the Freshmen and Sophomore Championships will be freshmen Suren Atashkaryan, Valentyn Protsyuk, and Michael Khalabudnyak along with sophomores Anthony Maisano, Pasquale Benincasa, Steven Sahadeo, and Samuel Guerrier.

Madison Wrestling Sends Two to the City Championships Finals

Madison’s Brandon Santiago and Albi Miraka will wrestle for a city title in the PSAL Individual Championship Finals on Tuesday, February 10th. The matches will be held at MLK High School in Manhattan, with wrestling to begin at 6 PM.

The Madison juniors look to secure a first place finish and a chance to compete at the NY State Tournament at the end of February.

The road to the finals for Santiago was quite steep. In the quarters he faced Mott Haven’s Yahteek Williams in a tight match that was finally decided in the ultimate tie-breaker overtime when Santiago scored an escape from the bottom, getting him the win by a score of 4-3.

In the semi-final match, Santiago would square off against Mayor’s Cup Champion Abdul Rabbani from Grover Cleveland. In another close match, Brandon was able to find a way to win 2-1 with a 3rd period takedown.

This is Brandon Santiago’s second city championship match. Falling short last year at 120 pounds, Brandon is poised to improve on his 2nd place finish with a win over fellow Brooklyn wrestler, Demetri Koutsidis from Brooklyn Tech. The two battled in early December at the Xaverain Clipper Classic Tournament, with Santiago coming up with the win by decision, 2-0.

Brandon Santiago has a perfect record this season with 20 wins. Brandon won the Xaverian Clipper Classic, B-Tech Open, and Monsignor Farrell’s Ironman tournaments this season.

Albi Miraka had to once again wrestle Tottenville’s David Roman, who posted a 31-7 record coming into the tournament. This was the 3rd time this season the two heavyweights clashed on the mat, with Albi Miraka coming up with close wins of 1-0 and 3-2. This match would be tied 0-0 going into the 3rd period, when Miraka turned it on with an escape and two quick takedowns to advance with a 5-1 win.

Albi Miraka has notched 24 wins this season with 3rd place finishes at the NYC Mayors Cup and Monsignor Farrell’s Ironman. and 1st place at Xaverian’s Clipper Classic and the B-Tech Open.

Miraka will wrestle Jacob Jones from Grand Street Campus for the right to be the PSAL “Big Man” in Albany.

Madison sophomore Alex Troshyn went 4 and 1 on the day to earn 3rd place. Troshyn would come up just short in the semi-finals against Cardozo senior Steven Kim by a score of 7-4. Troshyn quickly bounced back though, with a 12-0 win over Jeremy Hofkin, Francis Lewis, and then a 9-5 win over Elijah Vasquez, Grand Street Campus.

A Strong Week for Madison Wrestling

The Golden Knights had a strong week which included large margin divisional wins over near-by Goldstein (57-2l) and Sheepshead Bay (73-6) high schools. Madison Wrestling is now 7-0 in their division and 9-2 overall. The Knights would add to their mid-week success by placing 4th overall at the Brooklyn Tech Invitational tournament.

Nine Knights would take the mat at the tournament which held huge implications for the PSAL Individual City Championship. Among the competing schools were some of the city’s best teams, Grand Street Campus, Tottenville and the returning PSAL champion Brooklyn Tech. Several notable ranked wrestlers would compete in the tournament from the above schools as well as from Midwood, Brooklyn International and Wingate to name a few.

The Madison Knights would have five wrestlers qualify for the medal rounds and finish a perfect 5 for 5 in those rounds. Brandon Santiago (126), Mirlan Jumabaev (170), and Albi Miraka (285) would earn gold while Angel Tapia (152) and George Grigalashvili would both get their hand raised for the bronze medal.

Brandon Santiago would dominate his weight class, posting a pin fall over Brooklyn Tech’s Ishara St. Phard, a Major decision over Midwood’s Colin Dowd, and a 7-2 victory over Jonas Marrello of the tournament’s only Long Island team – Center Moriches.

Mirlan Jumabaev’s path to gold saw its toughest trial in the semi-finals against Center Moriches’ Joe Adams. The Madison 170 pounder would prevail in a 10-7 decision. Jumabaev’s final match ended with a foot sweep to the pin-fall over Robert Wagner high school’s Robert Delgaso.

Starting the day in the semi-finals, Albi Miraka would wait for hours before securing a 3-2 come from behind victory over Tottenville’s David Roman. The win would send Madison’s big man into the finals where he would earn an injury default victory over Grand Street’s Jacob Jones.

Following a first round loss, Madison’s 152 pounder, Angel Tapia, would battle back in the consolation bracket to earn his second 3rd place finish in as many tournaments. His consolation matches included a pin fall over Tech’s Chris Panagakos and a major decision against Tottenville’s Michael Obrian in which Tapia scored a flurry of takedowns. Tapia would finish the day with a pin fall over Robert Wagner’s Bryan Serrano.

George Grigalashvili would begin the day with a pin fall over Tottenville’s Dabrowski before losing to Wingate’s eventual champion, Judens Claude. Dropping down to the consolation semi-finals, the Madison freshman would pin Grand Street’s Odean Gray & Xaverian’s Carrol in order to finish in 3rd.

While he didn’t place in this tournament, an honorable mention is deserving for team captain Howard Wang. Starting the day with a tough 7-8 loss to Grand Street’s Demitreus Henry, the 132 pounder would win the next two. Wang’s consolation bouts would include an 11-4 victory over Center Moriches’ Tim Delgado and a 10-3 victory over Murrow’s Horace Trim. Howard’s day would end in the consolation semi-finals when he lost to Baruch stand-out Jean Marti.

Each Madison wrestler won at least one match at the Tech Invitational. Those wins would prove essential to Madison’s 4th place finish at the tournament (a mere 7 points behind 3rd place Brooklyn Tech).

Madison’s next competition will be on the road on Tuesday, January 20th when they face rival Midwood. The “Battle for Bedford” will determine the division’s winner as both teams will enter the day undefeated. January 22nd will be the PSAL season finale vs. 6-1 New Utrecht at home.

On Saturday the 24th, Madison will travel back down Bedford for the Midwood Duals. It will be a dual meet competition including host Midwood, Brooklyn Tech, Edward R. Murrow, Bronx Science, and Staten Island’s Curtis high school.


Madison Starts the New Year Strong

Madison Wrestling started off the new year at the Ironman Tournament at Monsignor Farrell. Nine wrestlers competed, with Brandon Santiago taking 1st place at 126 pounds. Albi Miraka placed 3rd at heavyweight.

In dual meets, the Knights started of the second half of their season with wins over local teams Lincoln and FDR. The team is now 5-0 in their division, and 7-2 overall.

Two Golden Knights earned the privilege to represent NYC Wrestling at the Eastern States Classic over the past weekend. This tournament has over 500 wrestlers from eight different states competing, with many matches broadcast live.

Alex Troshyn (138) and Albi Miraka (285) earned spots on the team with their 3rd place finishes at the NYC Mayors Cup last month.

Alex was selected by Beat the Streets as an alternate at 138 pounds. The primary wrestler was David Nemirovsky from Midwood, who placed 2nd at the Mayors Cup. The two Bedford Brawlers would met in the consolation bracket, with Alex coming out on top in a close decision, 3-1.

Alex has 16 wins on the season, and has his eyes firmly set on taking 1st at the Brooklyn Tech Open Tournament on January 17th.

Staying busy in Brooklyn, 16 Madison wrestlers competed at the Edgar R. Murrow Wrestling Tournament.

Taking 1st place for the Knights were Umarbek Rakhmatov (99), Mirlan Jumabaev (170), Antonio Sanchez (195), and George Grigalashvili (220).

Howard Wang (138) placed 2nd, and earning 3rd place in the consolation bracket were Corey Feliciano (120), Nikita Ignatenko (132), Angel Tapia (152), and just coming up short in the 3rd place bout was freshman Temur Yakhshilikov (145).

Next up for the Madison Golden Knights Wrestlers is Goldstein and Sheepshead Bay, both divisional opponents, and then the Brooklyn Tech Open Wrestling Tournament on Saturday the 17th.

Madison Sends Seven to the 2014 NYC Mayors Cup

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Seven Madison wrestlers will have the chance to earn “Best in the City” honors this weekend at the 2014 NYC Mayors Cup Wrestling Championships.

In a change from past years, the tournament will have only the best 16 wrestlers per weight-class competing, with nine from the PSAL, four from the Catholic schools, and three from the independent schools.

The Madison wrestlers* ranked in the top nine of the PSAL are as follows:

  • Alex Troshyn (24-6) at 126 pounds
  • Eugene Khalabudnyak (17-9) at 138 pounds
  • Mirlan Jumabaev (25-8) at 145 pounds
  • Marc D’Chiutiis (27-5) at 152 pounds
  • Konstantin Parfiryev (27-4) at 160 pounds
  • Javaughn Grant (26-5) at 195 pounds
  • Anand Munkhjargal (23-3) at 285 pounds

*Brandon Santiago (22-4) at 120 pounds had to be pulled from the tournament after suffering a sprained knee at the Sewanhawka West Team Duals. He is expected to be back for the PSAL Team Championships and the PSAL City Tournament.

The NYC Mayor’s Cup Invitational, 25-26 January

Venue: Columbia University Levien Gymnasium West 120th Street and Broadway (entrance on the southeast corner) Manhattan, NY 10027

Saturday, January 25th

7am – 8am Weigh-ins for the first eight weight classes (99 – 145 lbs.)

9am – 12:30pm Preliminary rounds and quarterfinals (99 – 145 lbs.)

10:30am – 11:30am Weigh-ins for the second seven weight classes (152 – 285 lbs.)

12:30pm – 4pm Preliminary rounds and quarterfinals (152 – 285 lbs.)

Sunday, January 26th

7am – 8am Weigh-ins for all weight classes

9am – 12pm Semifinals & consolation matches 12:00pm 3rd, 5th and 7th place matches

2:00pm Championship matches

The tournament is produced as a collaborative effort between NYC & Company, Beat the Streets and the Metropolitan Wrestling Association.

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Admission is free.



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.


Madison Wrestling Is Looking Forward To Winter

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Madison Wrestling is excited about the team’s  up to date schedule being posted.

The big changes are the PSAL Holiday Tournament, and the Sewanhaka (Section VIII) Dual Meet Tournament.

This year’s PSAL Holiday Tournament will be a team, dual meet format. It will also be held much earlier than in years past. The first match, of a total of five, will take place on Tuesday, November 26th.

Madison will host a re-match of last years consolation finals with MLK, November 26th, at 5 PM.

Then, three matches will be wrestled on Saturday November 30th. The two host sites are Farrell, and Madison. These contests will determine the match-ups for the following day –  for final team placement in the tournament – at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, December 1st.

The Sewanhaka Dual Meet Tournament takes the team out to Long Island, for five matches, on Saturday, January 18th.

This will be a busy year for Madison’s Golden Knights Wrestling Team.

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Madison Wrestling to Host the Paul Goddard Tournament








On Saturday, December 29th James Madison High School Wrestling, along with the support of Beat the Streets-NYC, will host the 6th Annual Paul Goddard Wrestling Tournament.

The tournament honors former Nazareth High School wrestling coach, Paul Goddard, who started the wrestling program at Nazareth in 1975, and served as the team’s coach until 1980.

Madison Wrestling is excited about hosting this tournament. The chance to roll out three mats, to completely cover the big gym’s basketball court with mats, is the best!

Scales open at 7:30 AM, with wrestling scheduled to start at 9:30 AM.

James Madison High School is located at 3787 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11229


Pre-Season Wrestling at Beat the Streets

Beat the Streets – New York City, is excited about hosting a pre-season match up between two PSAL contenders.

Madison High School Wrestling took it on the chin last year with a season ending playoff loss to Eagle Academy Wrestling. This year, Madison hopes to avenge that loss in a pre-season match up.

The two USA Wrestling chartered club teams will meet in a rematch of last years PSAL Team Playoffs, with a pre-season dual meet on Wednesday October 24th, at the Beat the Streets Manhattan Training Center.

The match is scheduled to start at 6 PM.