Feb 16 — Greens Farms Academy Roundup
Greens Farms Academy junior Griffin Seyfried and freshman Nico Provo won Western New England Prep School wrestling championships over the weekend at the Taft School.
Provo won his title at 106 pounds while Seyfried took first at 120 pounds. The Dragons placed third as a team, earning 164 points. Brunswick won the event with 282 points with Trinity Pawling placing second at 239.
Seyfriend went 4-0 on the day, capping his title with a 19-3 tech fall decision. He earned pins in the Round of 16 (2:20), quarterfinals (2:35) and semifinals (2:43) to make it to the title match. Provo went 3-0 in his three matches, including his pin at 1:25 to claim his championship. He notched pins in his other two matches, as well, going 1:48 in the quarterfinals and just 40 seconds in the semifinals.
C.J. Shea and Conrad White both earned WNEPS runner-up status by finishing second in their respective weight classes. Shea had a first-round bye and earned a forfeit win in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, he pinned his opponent in 2:47 to advance to the championship match. In the final, he was beaten 15-0.
White, wrestling at 170 pounds, won his first match in an action-packed 12-10 decision. In the semifinals, he pinned his opponent in 1:31. Then, in the finals, White was pinned in 2:45.
Senior Sam Stuart of Fairfield, placed third at 126 pounds. After a first-round bye, Stuart won his quarterfinal match with a pin in 1:45. He lost in the semifinals by a 5-0 decision, but bounced back in the consolation final with a 17-2 technical fall.
Nick Attai, wrestling at 138 pounds, also earned a third-place showing. He pinned his opponent in 1:53 in the quarterfinals, but fell in the semifinals when he was pinned in 2:54. Attai bounced back to win the consolation finals in a pin in 2:25.
At 152 pounds, JC Foster placed fifth. He won his final match by a 7-3 decision. He had opened the meet pin in 45 seconds to advance to the quarterfinals. During that next match, though, he was pinned in 3:15. Adler Viton placed sixth at 182 pounds. He won his opening match by a 6-3 decision before falling by pin at 3:40. He rebounded for another win before falling in the fifth-place match, by pin in 3:33.
Sixteen teams took part in the event.
The Dragons returned from their third-place showing at Nationals and jumped right into its annual town rivalry match with Staples, pulling out a 6-1 win over the Wreckers. John Selkowitz, Dude Voldman, Will Mackle, Blake Newcomer, Patrick Howard and Piero Panariello each picked up victories for the Dragons.
In one of its most balanced efforts of the season, Greens Farms Academy hit the road for a contest at King and came away with a 74-52 victory. Henry Holzinger and Teddy Brown led the Dragons with 12 points each while Fairfield’s Greg Lawrence added 11 more. Fairfield’s Cole Prowitt-Smith chipped in with seven while Bennett Close, Max Mitchell and David Basich all added six points. Twelve of 13 Dragons scored in the game. Brown hauled in 10 rebounds, Prowitt-Smith had four assists and Holzinger had three steals.
Next, arch-rival St. Luke's came to town and the Dragons lost 81-69.
Holzinger and Prowitt-Smith scored 21 points each for GFA while Lawrence added 19 points and 17 rebounds. Holzinger chipped in with seven assists while Prowitt-Smith added six assists.Prowitt-Smith scored 10 points and dished out four assists to pace the Dragons effort in a 61-38 loss to Choate Rosemary Hall. Holzinger added eight points in defeat.
The Dragons went on the road to Ethel Walker, where they fell by an 83-62 score. Katherine Marcus poured in 34 points for GFA while freshman Georgie Grabowski netted 12.