Hunter’s All-American wrestler, Terry Madden, has added another title to his growing list of championships. Only days after graduating with a degree in psychology, he traveled to Guelph, Ontario, Canada, where he captured a gold medal at the international Canada Cup games by winning the freestyle 185-pound class.
Madden had four victories on the way to his gold medal, including wins against wrestlers from Puerto Rico, South Africa and Canada. In the championship match he defeated fellow American Alton Lucas, who wrestles for Hofstra University.
Shortly before making the journey to Canada, Madden, who hails from Staten Island, was named the Wrestler of the Year by the New York State Collegiate Wrestling Coaches Association. He is the first Hunter student to receive the award and just the fifth Division III wrestler to be so honored.
At the NCAA wrestling championships in Dubuque, Iowa, last March, he captured the national title in the 184-pound weight class, which won him All-American honors for the second year in a row and led Hunter to eighth place in Division III, its highest finish ever. The victory also gave him a perfect 12-0 record for the season and a career record of 30-6.
Madden, who plans to pursue a career in nursing, also gives time to community service. For the past two years, he has assisted his Hunter coach, Bob Gaudenzi, as one of the wrestling instructors at the Beat the Streets High School Developmental Training Program.