Two of Amityville Memorial High School’s varsity wrestlers have enjoyed amazing seasons this winter.
Sophomore and second-year wrestler Cristian Maldonado has found phenomenal success on the mat. Last year, he suffered an injury a week before the league tournament, which kept him from competing in the postseason. Since then, he has put in a tremendous amount of work that has led him to a county tournament this year.
“Cristian doesn't miss a day of practice and always shows up ready to work,” said wrestling coach Dan Manley.
Cristian is currently 26-10 and will be wrestling on Feb. 10 at Stony Brook University in the 124-lb. division of the Suffolk County Section XI Division 1 Championship Tournament after placing third in the League VI Championships on Feb. 3.
“He has had an impressive season and a great career to look forward to,” Mr. Manley said. “We are very proud of his success, but more importantly, the effort he puts in daily to make it possible.”
Madelyne Martinez is a junior and second-year wrestler who placed fourth at the Long Island Girls' Wrestling Championships on Feb. 4.
“She is a talented actor and singer who still finds time to work hard throughout the season,” Manley said. “She is a tough wrestler who has beaten both male and female opponents over the last two years.”
Last year, Madelyne became the first female wrestler from Amityville to ever win a tournament when she went 3-0 and captured the title in the girls' division of the Frank Giampaolo Cyclone Wrestling Tournament at South Side High School. This year, she placed third in that same tournament. By placing fourth this past weekend, she has earned All-County and All-Long Island honors. Mr. Manley said that she was in a tough weight class this year and will return next year as a contender for a county title.
The Amityville School District commends both wrestlers on their success and wishes them the best of luck in their future competitions.