Brunswick wrestling team eyes another standout season

After a stellar 2012-13 campaign, the Brunswick School wrestling team looks to keep the good times rolling this season. — John Ferris Robben photo

After a stellar 2012-13 campaign, the Brunswick School wrestling team looks to keep the good times rolling this season. — John Ferris Robben photo

With a core group of seasoned veterans and a plethora of talented youth, the Brunswick School wrestling team will be once again looking to dominate the competition.

Last season, the Bruins had another stellar season. They won their Brunswick Invitational Tournament, beat cross-town rival Greenwich High School in thrilling fashion, finished the regular season 22-2, went a perfect 13-0 in the WNEISWA and won the Fairchester Athletic Association championship for the 16th consecutive season.

However just when it seemed as if Brunswick would once again reclaim the state championship, something the Bruins have been trying desperately to accomplish since they last won in 2010, a February blizzard canceled the event.

“We want the state championships,” Brunswick senior captain Greg Nabhan said. “That’s the number one goal for us. You feel for the seniors that never had the opportunity, but we need to keep moving forward. With the talent that is on the team, I think we can do it. It’s always a possibility with this team. We have a good-looking squad.”

While it won’t be easy, the Bruins are more focused than ever on, not only winning the BIT and the FAA championship once again, but to claim the state title.

“I see talent, but it’s a lot of kids that have been in the program for four years and now it’s evolved where it’s their time to step it up and shine,” legendary Brunswick head coach Tim Ostrye said. “It’s all about match-ups. For us to win tournaments or dual meets, we have to match up correct. We are playing four to five rookies in the lineup. We have a great nucleus, but we are hoping our good kids match up with their good kids and we end up doing well. We are very enthused.”

This season, Brunswick will be led by four senior captains. Jimmy Bell will be in the 132-pound weight class, Owen Schubert will wrestle at 138, Evan Jonokuchi is in the 145-pound weight class and Nabhan will be in the 160-pound division.

Ostrye said that he needs his senior captains to be solid in all aspects of wrestling, whether it’s takedowns, being good on the mat, getting away on the bottom, breaking the opposition down on top or pinning the opponent.

“They are all kids that have been in the program for four years and are seasoned veterans,” Ostrye said. “They are really our go-to guys. We are going to look for them to place really high in the state and to be awesome captains. They are going to lead by their work ethic in the wrestling room and their example in a wrestling match to show these other kids what is expected of them. So far they’ve done that.”

At the 106-pound weight class, Andrew Hennessy and Emmet Bell will be battling it out for the starting job. At 113 will be Rohan Das, however due to injury, Bell will take over the position at the 113-pound division until Das heals up.

Once again, the Bruins will have two grapplers fighting for a spot, as Sandro Mariani and Alex Tucker, two athletes that saw varsity time last season, will be looking to fill the 120-pound weight class slot.

Jack Jones, who competed a few weight classes down last season, moved up and will be competing in the 126-pound weight class.

The spot that will be hotly contested on Brunswick’s roster will be at the 152-pound weight class, as Kyle Davis, Lucas Bell and Griffin Thomas, who just came back after being a semester abroad, will compete for the starting role.

In addition to Nabhan at the 160-pound weight class, senior Michael Keating will move down a weight class and compete at 170. Sophomore Alex Russell, who missed all of last season due to a lacrosse injury, is healthy and will wrestle in the 182-pound division.

Returning at the 195-pound weight class is junior Matt Marvin, while Daniel Hughes, who is filling in for Michael Rosato, will be in the 220. Filling in for senior Nick Ulanoff at heavyweight and rounding out the roster will be sophomore Joe Fervil.

“What makes it fun to be on this team is the passion of all the kids here,” Nabhan said. “Everybody wants to wrestle and everybody wants to be in the lineup. Everybody works hard during practice and that motivates me to become a better wrestler. We are all friends, so that makes it that much better.”

During last year’s FAA championship, Das, Bell, Schubert, Nabhan, Jonokuchi, Marvin, Rosato and Ulanoff all went 4-0 and were named to the All-FAA team. In addition, Jones, Schubert, Bell, Rosato and Ulanoff were named to the All-New England team and competed at the National Prep School Wresting Tournament.

“It’s a mixture with this team,” Ostrye said. “We have a bunch of young kids, but also have a lot of talented veterans on the roster. Six out of the 14 kids are young, and that’s great for the future, but those kids need to get to the same level as our experienced wrestlers. The older guys are going to have to pick it up when our younger guys have a bad day. We need everybody to step up in every match, but it’s going to take a while for the younger kids to become groomed.”

So far, Ostrye said that one of the team’s strengths is that his Bruins continue to be one of the best pinning teams in the Northeast.

“We spend a lot of time on it and understand that when you pin someone, you pick up six points instead of three,” Ostrye said. “You do that and you could possibly beat a team that’s better than you if you don’t get pinned and they do. It’s a pretty easy formula.”

In order for the Bruins to be successful down the stretch, Ostrye said that his team needs to consistently improve throughout the year.

“We have to progress nicely because if we are going to try and win a state championship, it’s not going to be done by those older kids,” Ostrye said. “We are going to need help from the guys that don’t win states, but place in the top six. That’s how you win. We are as knowledgeable and well-drilled against any team we go against, but I think we need to get a little tougher mentally. Guys like Jimmy Bell have it, but it needs to become infectious with everybody that goes out there. They need be aggressive and get after it.”

While the teams have changed for Brunswick during Ostrye’s tenure, the one consistent are the team’s goals. Like in the past, the Bruins are looking to bring home a bunch of postseason trophies this time around.

“We want to win our BIT and the FAAs again, but Greens Farms has improved tremendously,” Ostrye said. “They have been doing a lot of summer work and they are looking really good. We are going to have a crazy match with them, and that’s what we want. We want to win the state again, so it’s time to bring that trophy home.”

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