Brunswick School

Brunswick wrestling team wins its own tournament, behind four weight-class champions; Greenwich places fifth in tourney, Greenwich Country Day 9th

Photo by David Fierro: Tomas Delgado, top, wrestles Brunswick School teammate Vilas Sogaard-Srikrishnan in the 190-pound championship match at the Brunswick Invitational at Brunswick School on Jan. 21, 20223.

Depth is a significant factor in all team sports and in wrestling it can not only lead a team to dual meet victories, it can also power a squad to tournament wins.

Displaying its depth at nearly every weight class, the Brunswick School wrestling team produced a lot of impressive performances en route to another memorable day at its own tournament.

Boasting four weight-class champions and plenty of top-four finishes, Brunswick was once again, second to none at its very own Brunswick Invitational Tournament on Saturday.

The Bruins amassed 405 team points to win the ultra-competitive 11-team tournament. Noble and Greenough was the tournament’s runner-up with 241 points, followed by Trinity-Pawling School (196), Episcopal Academy (188) and Greenwich High School (156.5 points). Greenwich Country Day School finished ninth with a team score of 61 points.

Photo by David Fierro: The Brunswick School wrestling program gathers after they won their own tournament – The Brunswick Invitational, held on January 20, 2023, in Greenwich.

“It was awesome, every year coach says it’s a wrestling holiday,” Brunswick senior captain Tomas Delgado said. “We came out here, we got some fans and we got to wrestle three, four, five matches. One thing coach has us pride ourself on is wrestling back. We have two guys in every weight class, so that second guy if you wrestle back, you get just as many points if you are pinning guys and winning matches.”

Senior Enzo Vera (138-pound class), freshman Alex Harned (144-pound division), freshman Carlo Tucci (157) and Delgado (190) each won their respective weight classes at Saturday’s BIT.

Brunswick’s first weight class title came in the 138-pound weight class. Vera defeated Greenwich High School junior Thomas Andruss by pinfall in the championship match 3:03 The top-seeded Vera received a first-round by and posted a 3-0 record in the tournament. He pulled out a tough victory against Max Dubner of Greenwich Country Day School in the semifinals after trailing 11-5 in the third period.

Tomas Delgado, right, wrestles teammate Vilas Sogaard-Srikrishnan in the 190-pound final at the BIT.

“The first two rounds went pretty smoothly, then I went down 11-3 and got a pin late in the third,” Vera said of his semifinal-round match. “The finals, I got an early shot in and got a pin in the second.”

“I have got to give credit to the coaches, they put in a great game plan, we work on pinning every day,” Vera continued. “Coach O gives us great opportunities, a great game plan. Everyone was out here giving it their all, wrestling back when they lose, pinning and going for extra points. It’s always a pleasure going out there and competing as a team and winning a team championship.”

Andruss, one of Greenwich’s captains, finished with a 3-1 record in the Brunswick Invitational. Seeded third, Andruss pinned his Hopkins opponent in 3:31 in the semifinals.

“Going into this tournament, I didn’t know what to expect,” Andruss said. “I think I did very well, I went 3-1 today, which was nice. The experience was very nice. Just being in Greenwich and performing in town was a nice feeling.”

Emil Sogaard-Srikrishnan of Brunswick, top, wrestles against Nobles and Greenough at the Brunswick Invitational.

“Going into it, I knew he was going to be a tough tournament,” Andruss noted. “It was a good tournament, it was different from anything I’ve done this season, competing against prep school/private schools.”

Brunswick’s next title at the tourney came in the 144-pound division, where freshman Alec Harned pinned Trinity-Pawling School’s Joe Tumola in 3:39. Harned, a freshman, was the tournament’s No. 1 seed and registered a 3-0 record, improving his mark on the season to 14-2.

In the 157-pound championship match at the BIT, Bruins freshman Carlo Tucci took the title, topping Greenwich senior captain Kane Erhhart by pinfall in 2:29 in the finals.

Seeded first, Tucci, was 3-0 in the tourney. He advanced to the title match by defeating his opponent from Trinity-Pawling by pinning him in `1:23. Ehrhart went 3-1 in the tournament and won his match against Foran School by technical fall, 16-1, in 4:21.

Brunswick won its annual Brunswick Invitational Tournament in convincing fashion.

Brunswick’s fourth title of the day came courtesy of Delgado, who met teammate Vilas Sogaard-Srikrishnan, a senior in the 190-pound final. In hard-fought match, the top-seeded Delgado scored several take downs to register a 6-2 win.

“It was a l ot of fun being out there, we go head-to-head every day in practice,” Delgado said of his title match against his teammate. “It was a blast to go head-to-head with him. This was my third BIT and it felt good to win the title.”

Greenwich High received a victory from sophomore captain Anthony Panarella in the 99-pound division. Panarella won a 2-0 decision against Hopkins School’s Eric Fusscas in the final. He made it to the finals by defeating Dunhy Hopkins from Episcopal Academy in the semifinals, 5-0.

“I came out really excited after getting third last year and just wanting more this year,” Panarella noted. “I was really pumped up before the match. Especially after taking a tough loss on our team’s Senior Night the other day, I was really eager to do really well today.”

Brunswick had a lot of strong performances at its own Brunswick Invitational Tournament.

Panarella went 3-0 in the BIT, while Brunswick’s Christian Yanoti placed fourth in the 99-pound class.

“The championship match, I had an underhook headlock on him,” Panarella said. “I kept going on a move called cement mixer, but it wasn’t working out. I felt him aggressively driving to me and he was on his back for a while, then I just readjusted until he was flat on his back.”

In the 106-pound final, Brunswick eighth-grader Silas Corveddu was the runner-up. Jack Signor of Episcopal Academy won the title match against Corveddu by decision.

Greenwich Country Day School had a champion in Ross Thayer in the 113-pound division. Thayer pinned John Berland of Trinity-Pawling in 3:08 for the 113-pound title. Thayer registered a record of 4-0 in the tourney.

Photo by David Fierro: Senior Tomas Delgado was the 190-pound winner at the Brunswick Invitational.

In the 120-pound division, Brunswick freshman Quinn McGraw placed third and the 126-pound class saw Bruins sophomore Patrick O’Donohue finish a strong second. O’Donohue was pinned by Noble and Greenough’s Charles Wang in 2:44.

The Bruins also put a finalist in the 132-pound class, as Michael Accetta advanced. Accetta lost a tough 4-0 decision to Fernando Loor from Episcopal Academy in the title bout.

Greenwich Country Day’s Max Dubner made a strong run to the championship match of the 138-pound class. Dubner finished third overall at 138, which was won by Vera.

In the championship match of the 165-pound bracket, Brunswick senior captain William MacGillivray was edged by Trinity-Pawling’s Christian Tacoque, 3-1. MacGillivray, seeded second, won his first three matches by pinfall to make it to the final.

Brunswick’s Enzo Vera won the 138-pound weight class at the Brunswick Invitational Tournament.

“I think we all showed up today prepared to wrestle hard,” Delgado said. “It was a good team effort.”

Bruins sophomore Emil Sogaard-Srikishnan made an appearance in the 175-pound final, where he lost a hard-fought 8-5 decision to Colby Bloch from Noble and Greenough.

Greenwich freshman Colin Falla, who wrestled five matches on the day, took fourth in the 190-pound bracket.

Photo by David Fierro: Greenwich High School’s Anthony Panarella was the 99-pound champion at the BIT.

Michael Marini, a Brunswick freshman placed third (215-pound bracket), while seniors Jake Pisacreta and Drew Falla were third and fourth, respectively for the Cardinals (285-pound bracket).

For Brunswick, sophomore Jack Degl was third (150) and Matias DeBono (113), a freshman, was fourth.

Photo by David Fierro: Greenwich’s Jake Pisacreta, left and Drew Falla lock up during a match at the BIT.

For the season, Delgado sports an impressive 14-4 record and Tucci has a 17-2 mark and received the tournament’s Most Pins In Least Amount of Time Award. Harned is 14-2 on the season for the Bruins.

Brunswick boasted four weight-class champions at its own tournament.
Photo courtesy of Maggie Ybarra: Brunswick and Greenwich wrestle at the Brunswick Invitational.
Photo by Maggie Ybarra: Brunswick and Greenwich wrestlers get ready to lock up during the Brunswick Invitational.
Photo by Maggie Ybarra: Greenwich and Greenwich Country Day School wrestlers compete at the Brunswick Invitational.

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