Brunswick wrestlers ready for annual BIT

With the team looking on, Brunswick School wrestling coach Tim Ostrye talks to one of his grapplers during a recent match. The Brunswick School wrestling team will be hosting its annual Brunswick Invitational Tournament Saturday.  — Dan Burns photo

With the team looking on, Brunswick School wrestling coach Tim Ostrye talks to one of his grapplers during a recent match. The Brunswick School wrestling team will be hosting its annual Brunswick Invitational Tournament Saturday. — Dan Burns photo

It won’t be too challenging for the Brunswick School wrestling team to get fired up for this weekend.

On Saturday, the Bruins won’t board a bus and visit another school’s gymnasium. Instead, Brunswick gets to enjoy the friendly confines of the King Street campus and host the Brunswick Invitational Tournament.

“Our goal is to try and get everybody to place and then we will see where we are at the end of it,” longtime Brunswick head coach Tim Ostrye said. “It’s going to be hard and I think it’s possible, but we have to have a good day. We can’t go in there and think other teams are going to lay down because we are Brunswick. That’s not the case. There are a lot of teams out there that want to dethrone us.”

Saturday’s event at Brunswick School will be the 39th overall. The BIT actually started out as the Fairchester Athletic Association tournament, but when it moved, Brunswick started the Brunswick Invitational Tournament and it’s been going strong for well over 25 years.

Last year, Brunswick took first place in the BIT with 328 points and beat 13 other schools. In fact the next closest school, Hackley School, was 121 points behind the Bruins. Brunswick finished with 15 grapplers placing and 69 wins. They finished the BIT with a tourney-leading 46 pinfall victories.

This year’s Brunswick Invitational Tournament has a slew of talented teams that will be competing, along with Brunswick, for the top overall squad. Suffield Academy has two New England champions that they are bringing to the BIT and Greens Farms Academy is one of the most improved teams in the area.

Ostrye said that Hackley has its best team in nearly a decade and Chase Collegiate, as well as Noble & Greenough, should be solid. The only exception in the mix is Tabor Academy, one of the teams in New England, as they had to drop out due to academic commitments.

“I think this year there is a lot of parity and I think Saturday will be very close,” Ostrye said. “Tabor would have been the team to beat, but there are five or six teams that can win the BIT. There’s going to be a lot of really good competition. It’s all about what weight classes match up well, who pins who and who puts guys in the finals. I’m not sure we are going to put as many kids in the finals as other teams, so we need to wrestle back really well.”

Andew Hennessey or Emmet Bell will be at 106, while senior Rohan Das will compete at 113. Last season Bell took third place in the 101-pound division, while Bell finished second in the 113-pound weight class. Freshman Alex Tucker will be looking to make noise in the 120-pound weight class, while Jack Jones will take up the 126-pound weight class.

During last year’s BIT, Jones competed in the 106-pound championship match and lost 14-8.

Brunswick has high hopes for senior captain Jimmy Bell at the 132-pound weight class and the same goes for fellow senior captain Owen Schubert at 138. Last year, Bell took second in the 132-pound weight class, falling to Hyde School in a 10-6 decision. Schubert also had a top three finish, grabbing third in the 126-pound weight class with a 4-2 decision victory.

Senior captain Evan Jonokuchi will occupy the 145-pound weight class.

The 152-pound weight class might have three Brunswick wrestlers competing. Leading the way will be Lucas Bell, Kyle Davis and Griffin Thomas will. Senior captain Greg Nabhan will be strong in the 160-pound weight class, while fellow senior Michael Keating will be at 170. Competing at 182 will be Alex Russel and Tommy Hull, while Matt Marvin will be one of the grapplers to beat at the 195-pound weight class.

Last year Hull finished third in the 170-pound weight class by picking up a pinfall victory, while Keating took fourth in the 182-pound weight class. Another fourth place finisher in last year’s BIT was Marvin in the 195-pound weight class.

Another Brunswick senior, Daniel Hughes, will be competing at 220 and Joe Fervil will be the team’s representative in the heavyweight division. Both grapplers were solid last year as well. Hughes took third in the 220-pound weight class, netting a pinfall victory in the consolation finals. Fervil did one better, taking the silver in the heavyweight bracket.

“We got a good group of seniors that have been here for four years and it would be nice to see them come out on top,” Ostrye said. “My four captains have been varsity players for four years and it would be great to see them come out on top in their final BIT. You don’t get a lot of home matches in wrestling, so it’s good for the sport of wrestling in general to have a lot of people here from all different schools enjoying a good day of wrestling.”

What makes the BIT so special for Ostrye is that the junior varsity wrestlers have the rare opportunity to help the varsity team score key points.

“It’s a huge tradition for us,” Ostrye said. “It’s good to have junior varsity kids wrestle in tournaments, but most of the time they aren’t able to help the team. The way we set it up is that they can score points. Junior varsity kids some times don’t score points, but it’s nice for them to feel like they are a contributing member of the team. That’s a tradition that we established and I couldn’t be happier with it.”

With four mats occupying the Brunswick School field house, that means Ostrye will be quite busy overseeing his team.

“John Martin and myself will be there coaching and we are going to be scrambling during a lot of the day,” Ostrye said. “But that’s a good thing because if we have that many kids wrestling, it means they aren’t knocked out of the tournament yet. But it’s a lot of fun for me.”

Brunswick’s host invitational starts a whirlwind schedule for the Bruins. After the BIT, the Bruins take a week off from athletics for exam week. Upon its return to action, Brunswick will play in the FAA tournament and battle Greens Farms for the crown. After that it’s the Town Crown against cross-town rival Greenwich High School, matches against Canterbury, Iona Prep and Chase Collegiate.

And that’s not including the two matches against Hackley and Trinity-Pawling that took place days before the BIT.

“We can’t be rusty coming back from exams,” Ostrye said. “We got a lot of matches to play and not a lot of time. The state championships will be here before you know it. We need to stay focused. We can’t look ahead. Between academics and all the matches going on, the kids have a lot on their plate. It’s a fun time of the year, but busy.”

By participating in the comments section of this site you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and User Agreement

© Hersam Acorn. All rights reserved. The Greenwich Post, 10 Corbin Drive, Floor 3, Darien, CT 06820

Designed by WPSHOWER

Powered by WordPress