Brunswick School’s wrestling team was represented by six athletes at the ultra-competitive 2023 National Prep Wrestling Championships in Maryland over the weekend.
Carlo Tucci, a freshman, led the Bruins by reaching the Round of 12, also known as the Blood Round, in the 157-pound division at the National Prep Championships. Tucci, who was unseeded entering the tournament, earned three wins, highlighted by a dominant 5-2 win over ninth-seeded John Coll from Maryland.
Tucci closed out his outstanding freshman season with a record of 28-8, including 17 pins. Tucci, who also plays on Brunswick’s football and baseball teams, won his weight class title at the Rhino Rumble, finished first at the Brunswick Invitational, where he won the Most Pins in the Least Time Award, was second at the Western New England Championships and had a fourth-place finish at the New England Championships.
Tomas Delgado, a senior three-sport captain for the Bruins (football, wrestling, lacrosse), concluded his wrestling career in style. Before being eliminated from the tournament, Delgado, who competed in the 190-pound bracket, earned pinfall wins by pin over against wrestlers from Peddie (N.J.) and Hill School (Pa.) to bring his pin total on the year to 20. Delgado, who finished his senior season with a 27-11 record, won the Brunswick Invitational, took third at the Western New England Championships and was sixth at the New England Championships.
Patrick O’Donahue, a sophomore, who also qualified for Nationals last year as a freshman, earned one win at this year’s tournament in the 126-pound class. After falling to the No. 1 seed from Blair Academy (N.J.) who is a Cadet World Champion and a multiple-time National Prep champion, O’Donahue pinned his opponent from All Saints Episcopal (Texas). O’Donahue then took another loss, closing out his sophomore season with a 26-10 record and top three placements at four tournaments: Battle on the Bay, Brunswick Invitational, Western New England Championships and New Englands Championships.
Additionally, sophomore Christian Yanoti (106-pound weight class) junior Michael Accetta (132-pound) and senior Enzo Vera (138-pound) made the trip to Maryland and each went 0-2 in the tournament.
Yanoti finished his sophomore season with a 23-12 record, including 13 victories by pinfall and placement at four tournaments. Accetta closed out his junior season with a 29-10 record, with 22 pins and top-four placement at five tournaments. Vera ended his senior season as the pin leader of the team with 23 wins by pinfall. Vera won two tournaments and placed in three others, compiling a 30-10 record.
Overall, it was another highly successful and memorable season for the Bruins, who besides, excelling at the numerous tournaments they competed in, registered an impressive regular season record of 15-3.
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