Greenwich wrestling gets better of Brunswick in town crown

Greenwich High School's Jack Benenson tries to get Brunswick School's Sandro Mariani's shoulder down during the 120-pound weight class battle in the annual Town Crown. — Scott Mullin photo

Greenwich High School’s Jack Benenson tries to get Brunswick School’s Sandro Mariani’s shoulder down during the 120-pound weight class battle in the annual Town Crown. — Scott Mullin photo

Having one of the best matches of the season, the Greenwich High school wrestling team traveled across town to Brunswick School and came away with the 42-27 victory earlier today.

“This was outstanding for us,” Greenwich High head coach George Albano said. “We knew going into it that it as two evenly-matched teams. We knew that we had the advantage in some matches and they knew they had the advantage in other matches. Ultimately it came down to a few swing matches where either team could win. We stepped up in those matches and that was the difference.”

From the start, the Cardinals set the tone, as three of their first four victories on the day were via pinfall. Starting the match was Brandon Aguda at 106 and he scored the 14-3 victory over Brunswick’s Andrew Hennessey.

Starting the run of three consecutive pinfall victories for GHS was Alex Margeotes at 113, as he pinned Rohan Das 1:38 into the match. Greenwich’s Jack Benenson had the same result in the 120-pound weight class, as he was able to net the pinfall victory over Sandro Mariani at the 4:28 mark of the match.

Finishing the streak of pins was Mike Ceci at 125, as he pinned Brunswick’s Jack Jones with two seconds remaining in the match.

Big Red got two additional pinfall victories in the heavyweight divisions. Competing in 220 was Erik Menchaca, who pinned Brunswick’s Daniel Hughes 5:43 into the match. In the 285-pound weight class, Greenwich’s Chris Fischer got the pinfall victory over Joe Fervil at the 1:58 mark.

In addition to the pins, GHS netted two addition decisions, as Justin Montier won the 170-pound weight class with a 8-0 blanking over Michael Keating. Earlier in the match, Jack Freiheit won the 152-pound weight class with a 9-0 shutout over Brunswick’s Griffin Thomas.

Brunswick was able to get victories from their senior leaders, as Jimmy Bell, Owen Schubert, Evan Jonokuchi and Gregg Nabhan each won their matches.

In the 132-pound weight class, Bell was able to get the better of Big Red’s Alex Jarombek and came away with the 11-5 decision. Up next was Schubert in the 138-pound weight class and he came away with the pinfall victory over Ethan Ross at the 3:52 mark of the match.

Keeping the good times rolling for Brunswick was Jonokuchi, who was in a battle with Greenwich’s Bryce Stanback in the 145-pound weight class. However it was Jonokuchi who came away with the 18-11 decision.

Rounding out the Brunswick seniors that came away with the victory was Nabhan at 160, as he netted the 13-5 decision over Daniel Gutman.

Other Brunswick winners were Alex Russel at 182, as he took care of Greenwich’s Thomas Williams with a pinfall victory at the 1:51 mark. In the 195-pound division, Matt Marvin got the technical falls victory over Mitchell Nethercott with the 16-1 final.

With the victory, Greenwich High improved to 11-4 on the season and will be back in action Saturday when they travel to Wilton High School for the Wilton Duals.

“We aren’t there yet,” Albano said. “We are heading in the right direction. Today was a big step towards getting there. Some of our kids are starting to realize the potential that they have. FCIACs and States will be very similar to today, where they are hard-fought against talented kids. Matches like today only help us for those postseason tournaments.”

Brunswick will return to the mat tomorrow afternoon when they host both Canterbury School and Iona Prep.

“The atmosphere in these matches are always amazing,” Albano said. “It was outstanding. The whole community comes out to support both teams. Both student bodies were represented. It was nice for all the kids to wrestling in that vibe because a lot of the time they are working hard in practice but only get a handful of parents at their matches. To show up like they did on the stage they had was great for both teams.”

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