Brunswick School’s wrestling team posted an impressive 4-1 record at Saturday’s FAA Duals, which resulted in a second-place finish at the annual event.
The Bruins, who hosted the FAA Duals, defeated Greenwich Country Day School, Hamden Hall, Hopkins and Rye Country Day School. Their lone loss came against eventual champion Greens Farms Academy. GFA, which went 5-0 in the tournament, is the FAA champion for the 2021-2022 season.
Four Brunswick wrestlers earned All-League honors: Quinn McGraw (106 pounds), Enzo Vera (132 lbs.), captain Kyle Karas (138 lbs.) and captain Cliff Belknap (285 lbs.).
Brunswick opened the day with a decisive victory over a young Greenwich Country Day squad. Patrick O’Donahue (113 pounds), Carter Bagaria (120), Vera (132 lbs.), Karas (138 lbs.), Kaden Saad (152 lbs.), Will MacGillivray (160 lbs.) and captain Will Donovan (170 lbs.) all earned wins by pinfall for the Bruins.
Charlie McGraw (126) was pinned by his opponent. GCDS forfeited the remainder of the matches and Brunswick posted a 78-6 win.
The Bruins won the second match of the day against a solid Hopkins team. Kyle Pagnani (145) opened the match with a pinfall victory. Saad took a forfeit at 152. MacGillivray and Donovan each lost by decision to tough Hopkins opponents. Wylie Ocken was pinned in the 182-pound match and 182, while Tomas Delgado won by forfeit at 195, as did Belknap (285).
Michael Neviera pinned his opponent in the 220-pound match for the Bruins. Vera won a 10-5 decision at 132, while Karas (138) followed with another win by pin to close out the match, which Brunswick won, 51-24.
Brunswick’s winning streak stopped against champion Greens Farms Academy. At 152, Saad lost by decision, 10-8. MacGillivray (160) lost by pinfall and Donovan (170) was victorious by a 7-4 decision.
Ocken (182), Delgado (195) and Neviera (220) were all pinned by their GFA opponents. Belknap earned an overtime pin for Brunswick in the heavyweight match. McGraw (106) pinned his Greens Farms opponent, and O’Donahue (113), Bagaria (120), and Charlie McGraw (126) all lost by pin. Vera (132) and Karas (138) scored pinfall victories and Pagnani (145) lost by technical fall. Greens Farms won the match, 50-27.
Brunswick rebounded against Rye Country Day, earning a 66-15 victory. MacGillivray (160) opened the match with a pin and Donovan followed by pinning his opponent for the Bruins.
Ocken was pinned at 182, while Delgado took a forfeit win at 195. Neviera pinned his RCDS foe with less than one second remaining in the match at 220, while Belknap won by forfeit (285). Pagnani earned a win when his opponent defaulted, while Saad was edged in a tough 5-3 decision to close out the match.
The final match of the day pitted Brunswick against a small Hamden Hall team. Only three matches were actually wrestled. Bagaria lost a 6-2 decision at 120, while Enzo Vera at 132 and Kyle Karas (138) each earned first-period pins. Brunswick won the match, 72-9.
Up next for the Bruins is the Western New England Independent School Wrestling Association (WNEISWA) or “state” tournament, which will be held at Greens Farms Academy on Feb. 12.