Brunswick wrestling team gets two big wins today against Chase, Hotchkiss

The Brunswick School wrestling team moved to 21-2 on the season earlier today by beating both Chase Collegiate and Hotchkiss School.

Chase Collegiate came into the meet with a 10-9 record and it was Brunswick that opened up a 48-0 lead after the first nine matches and cruised to a 57-15 victory.

Freshman Griffin Thomas (6-5) started the day off with an important 4-2 overtime win against a solid wrestler.

Thomas, who has seen some limited time on varsity in both his eighth and ninth grade seasons, is now manning the 145-pound weight class spot for Brunswick. Senior tri-captain Petey Briggs will miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury sustained in the Greenwich High School match and junior Evan Jonokuchi has moved down to the 138-pound weight class.

Junior tri-captain Jimmy Bell (26-4) also wrestled well, knocking off two talented opponents. Bell won a dominant 12-5 decision over his Chase opponent who had a 16-3 record.

In the other match of the day, Hotchkiss took some risks with their line-up in an effort to give themselves the best chance to win the dual, but Brunswick’s depth carried them through, as the Bruins won 45-25. Junior Gregg Nabhan started the day wrestling Hotchkiss’ highly-tauted 152-pound grappler, who is now 20-1 on the season. Nabhan wrestled well and kept the match close but ultimately gave up a 2-1 decision. Hotchkiss then earned two pins and a major decision to open up a 19-0 lead.

Brunswick battled back with four straight wins of its own to go up 22-19. Brunswick’s lone first-year wrestler, sophomore Jack Jones (11-10), was able to keep working hard throughout the match to eventually earn a four-point major decision for his team.

Junior Owen Schubert (28-5) faced a Hotchkiss wrestler who brought a 17-1 record into the match. Schubert controlled the bout from the beginning and eventually pinned his man in the second period.

Junior Evan Jonokuchi (20-9) came back from a tough loss earlier in the day and outwrestled Hotchkiss’ senior captain.

Thomas then sealed the dual meet for Brunswick with another tactical close decision. Thomas’ superior riding abilities allowed him to control the match and win 3-1.

With the victories, Brunswick moved to 21-2 on the season. While the Bruins have one non-league dual remaining, they finish their WNEISWA dual meet season with a perfect 13-0 record including wins over Avon Old Farms, Suffield, Trinity-Pawling, Taft, Salisbury, and Canterbury.

Brunswick will close out its dual meet season by hosting Trinity School (NYC) on Tuesday at 5.

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