In their final weekend tuneup before their home invitational kicks on in six days, the Brunswick School wrestling team showcased its talent in a tri meet against Taft and Marvelwood yesterday.After the Bruins made quick work of Marvelwood, they did the same to Taft School, coming away with the 48-21 decision and proving that they were the deepest team at the meet. With the two victories, Brunswick upped its overall record to 12-2 on the season.
The Brunswick-Taft dual meet began with the 145-pound weight class and a highly anticipated match. Junior Evan Jonokuchi (11-6) took on a quality wrestler who had beaten him in an early season tournament. While Jonokuchi matched his opponent in terms of take-downs, reversals and escapes, the Taft wrestler was able to earn some crucial near fall points to earn the edge in the decision.
Four of the next five matches also ended in decisions three points or less, a statistic that reflects evenly matched athletes and hard-fought wrestling. Senior tri-captain Connor Kupersmith (13-5) won 5-4, junior Gregg Nabhan (8-3) won 4-1, senior Johnny Erdman (12-7) lost 5-2, and freshman Tyler McMillian (4-3) lost 6-4.
In his first match at the 220-pound weight class this season, senior Willy Rosato (4-1), who earned 20 wins at 220 lb. last season, faced a returning WNEISWA finalist. Rosato did not back down, but was pinned by the Taft captain.
Brunswick did not lose another match on the day, as freshman Jack Jones (4-6), junior Rohan Das (8-9), junior Owen Schubert (16-3), junior tri-captain Jimmy Bell (14-3), and senior tri-captain Petey Briggs (3-1) each pinned their Taft opponents. At heavyweight, freshman Joe Fervil (1-0) earned his first varsity win of the season.
Brunswick will head to Hackley on Wednesday for a dual meet before hosting the Brunswick Invitational Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 19.