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Madison Wrestling Getting Back to Work

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The first Madison mat session of the fall club is Tuesday, September 16th.

There will be practices at Madison on Tuesdays:

  • September 16th, 23rd, and 30th

  • The Madison High School Wrestling Club is a USA Wrestling charted club, with USA Wrestling certified coaches.

All Madison wrestlers will have their individual USA Wrestling membership paid for by the program. This is a full membership, good for an entire year.

There are also practices every Monday and Thursday, 6 – 8 PM and Saturday, 1 – 3 PM, at Beat the Streets.

Beat the Streets is located in Manhattan at 145 Thompson Street, just south of Houston. You will need a completed BTS Parent Authorization Form when you show up for the first time.

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IN SEASON practices start on November 1st. We practice every school day and Saturday in November. Competitions start in December.

All new wrestlers will need a pair of wrestling shoes. It is not necessary to spend a lot of money, there are many decent shoes available that are far less expensive than the sneakers you are probably wearing.

All new wrestlers will need headgear. This is to prevent cauliflower ear, and headgear is mandatory for all matches during the season. Sharing headgear with another wrestler is not an option. Hygiene is important.

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There are also many opportunities to compete this fall:

  • September 21st, the Steeplechase Individual Tournament at Petrides, Staten Island.

  • October 21st, the Columbus Day Duals at TBA

  • October 26th, the NYC Pre-Season Duals at Cardozo High School, Queens.

  • November 1st, the Easton Elite Duals in Easton Pennsylvania.

You can register for these events with Beat the Streets,


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Coach Campbell at

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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.

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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: A Regular Season Recap

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The Madison wrestlers defeated divisional opponents Grady and Goldstein last Tuesday, before travelling to Midwood on Thursday for their concluding divisional match. Defeating Midwood 50-21, Madison secured another divisional title, and guaranteed themselves a home playoff match on February 6th.

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Two days later, the team traveled to Long Island for the Sewanhaka West Dual Meet Tournament, at Elmont High School. The Golden Knights earned five wins over Hicksville (60-24), Sayville (75-6), Mineola (46-36), Sewanhaka West High School (42-34), and New Rochelle, in a close match that ended in a tie after Nikita Ignatenko at 120 pounds secured the fall to get Madison even with New Rochelle, 39-39. As neither team had any unsportsmanlike or misconduct penalties, the match was decided by most bouts won, which was in Madison’s favor, 8-7.

This performance improved the team’s overall dual meet record to 22-6.

Undefeated on the day for Madison were Alex Troshyn (126), Mirlan Jumabaev (145), Konstantin Parfiryev (160), Javaughn Grant (195), and Anand Munkhjargal (285).

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On this same day, three Madison wrestlers placed in the PSAL Freshman-Sophomore Championships, at Brooklyn Tech. Taking 1st place at 160 pounds was freshman Thomas Tatesure. Also placing were sophomores Angel Tapia, 3rd at 152 pounds, and Howie Wang, 2nd at 120 pounds.

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Angel, Thomas, and Howie

The following day seven Madison wrestlers took to the mats again in the MLK Invitational Tournament at Wingate High School. Taking 1st place were Konstantin Parfiryev and Javaughn Grant, who were both a perfect 8-0 for the weekend.

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Anand Munkhjargal took 2nd place at 285 pounds, Mirlan Jumabaev bounced back to take 3rd at 145 pounds, and first year wrestler Alex Vidyaev battled hard for a 4th place finish.

All of this work was to best prepare themselves for the Mayors Cup this weekend, January 25th and 26th, at Columbia University.

The PSAL Team Championships will begin on February 6th, with the remainder of the matches to be wrestled on one day, February 8th at a location yet to be announced.

The PSAL City Individual Championships will take place on February 15th, also at a location to be announced.

Madison Supports Middle School Wresting

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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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Pre Season Schedule

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With a challenging season of 32 dual meets, and four individual tournaments, our preparations must begin early.

This is the pre-season schedule for Madison Wrestling.

The first day of our USA Wrestling charted club is Monday September 9th.

The club will run every week, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 3 – 6 PM. Keep up to date on any changes with the facebook group, Madison Golden Knights Wrestling.

All Madison wrestlers will have their individual USA Wrestling membership paid for by the program. This is a full membership, good for an entire year.

Madison will be hosting a middle school wrestling jamboree on Saturday, October 19th. ALL wrestlers are expected to attend and support the middle school wrestlers.


Any help you can lend to support the concessions stand, our primary means of fund raising to offset the costs of USA Wrestling memberships, and tournament registration costs, is greatly appreciated, and much needed.

Pre-season competitions:

There will be Thursday night matches at the Beat the Streets Manhattan Training Center every Thursday in October.

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Beat the Streets Parent Waiver

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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,