The Brunswick School wrestling team came into the annual Brunswick Invitational Tournament as a team on a mission.
And they didn’t disappoint. Having 16 wrestlers heading into the semifinals, the Bruins won its host tournament for the sixth consecutive season yesterday, netting 341.5 points. The next closest team was Suffield Academy and they scored 160 points. Hackley wasn’t far behind, finishing in third with 158 points.
“We showed up today,” Brunswick School head coach Tim Ostrye said. “It was a huge team effort. It was a major contribution by everybody. I believe that everybody that wrestled today for us won at least one match. The seniors came out with a good win and that’s huge.”
Brunswick had four wrestlers that dominated their respective weight class and came away with the championship.
Leading the way was senior captain Jimmy Bell. In the championship match in the 134-pound weight class, Bell pinned Storm King School’s Taehan Lee 2:31 into the match to claim the top spot. In fact, Bell dominated his way to the championship match.
After getting a first round bye, the Brunswick top seed pinned Greens Farms’ Kourosh Saghri 3:04 into the match. In the semifinals, Bell once again netted the pinfall victory, this time beating Hackley School’s Stephen Zak 2:45 into the match.
“This feels really good,” Bell said. “I’ve been to the finals twice and it’s the first time that I won it. Two years ago the BIT was canceled due to snow, so it’s nice that every year I have been in the finals here. It’s good to get the monkey off my back. I wanted to dominate everyone and send a message that I am here to win. When I shoot my offense, I lift and pop him up. Once he’s in the air, there’s nothing my opponent can do about it.”
Not to be outdone was Brunswick heavyweight Joe Fervil. Competing in the 285-pound weight class, Fervil advanced to the championship match against No. 1 seed Mike Yeradi of Suffield Academy. Last year at the BIT, the Suffield grappler got the better of Fervil, but not this time around, as Fervil exacted some revenge and came away with the 8-4 decision.
“It feels outstanding, especially since I had a tough loss last year,” Fervil said. “I got pinned in the first round and it was disappointing. This year it feels great. I tried to amp myself up as much as I could. I wasn’t going to lose this time. I came up with a game plan with coach Martin and executed it perfectly. It was outstanding and words can’t explain how I am feeling right now.”
It was only fitting that Brunswick started off the championship portion of the schedule with back-to-back top finishers. And it must be a happy time in the Hennessy household, as twins Andrew and Brooks Hennessy each won their respective weight class.
In the 101-pound weight class final, Brooks Hennessey was in front 5-2 when he took over the match. He cagught Hamden Hall’s Aenghus Manthous off-guard and grabbed the pinfall 2:28 into the match.
Not to be outdone was Andrew in the 108-pound weight class. Trailing 2-0, Andrew Hennessy scored back-t0-back take downs to grab the 4-2 advantage and cruised to a 8-4 victory.
For Andrew Hennessy, getting the victory was twice as nice. Not only did his twin brother grab gold, but he was able to get the victory against the same kid who beat Andrew Hennessy at the Canterbury Invitational.
“I was able to get my revenge and it was amazing,” Andrew Hennessy said. “We came into the finals as a team way out in front and had a feeling that we had a good chance to win. When my brother and I won to start the finals, that really pushed the team ahead.”
In addition to the four champions, Brunswick had two wrestlers finish second overall on the day.
In the 197-pound weight class, third-seed Matt Marvin started his day by pinning Hopkins School’s Will Lowrie 2:47 into the match. In the next round, Marvin kept the good times rolling, pinning IIya Lipshits of Marvelwood School 21 seconds into the match.
In the semifinal round, Marvin took care of No. 2 seed Trent Turner of Greens Farms, netting the pinfall 1:10 into the match. However in the championship match against Hackley’s Xavier Carmona, it was Carmona that came away with the championship.
In the 222-pound weight class, top-seeded Dan Hughes got the pinfall victory over Hackley’s Fess Michael 2:27 into the match, but fell to No. 3 seed Alex Mirza of GFA in the finals via pinfall.
While Brunswick had six grapplers finish in the top two of their respective weight class, the Bruins also had a plethora of other wrestlers that finished strong.
Emmet Bell (108), Owen Schubert (140), Evan Jonokuchi (147), Gregg Nabhan, Michael Keating (172) and Alex Russell (184) each picked up the bronze medal in their weight class.
Rohan Das (115), Sandro Mariani (122), Jack Jones (128) and Griffin Thomas (154) each finished fourth overall.
“I couldn’t be happier with our performance as a team,” Nabhan said. “We had four guys win the finals and 10 guys in the consolation finals. That says wonders about what we are doing here.”
With the victory at the BIT, Brunswick gets some well-deserved time off. In addition to Saturday’s all-day meet at the King Street Field House, Brunswick competed against Hackley School last Tuesday and then against both Trinity-Pawling and Salisbury School a day later.
“These kids are really getting ready to sleep in on Sunday,” Ostrye said. “They are tired, but today they showed up and were refreshed. They had energy, wrestled well. It’s a long night setting up for this and we here early in the morning. It’s good though.”
Please note: To read more about the BIT and see some extra photos, check out Thursday’s Greenwich Post