Feb. 23 - Greens Farms Academy roundup
Two Greens Farms Academy wrestlers and one coach left the 2018 NEISWA Prep Tournament with some hardware over the weekend.
Freshman Nico Provo at 106 pounds, and junior Griffin Seyfried at 120 pounds both won New England championships at their respective weight classes. Adding to the spoils of a successful weekend was GFA coach Jack Conroy earning New England Independent School Wrestling Association Coach of the Year honors.
“It’s validation from my peers that we are doing something,” Conroy said. “That all the hard work by the team is showing on the mats.”
The Dragons placed sixth overall with 91 points. Belmont Hill won the title with 187 pounds while Brunswick was second with 170. GFA’s two championships matched four other schools for most in the tournament.
“Although sixth isn’t where we wanted to finish up, it is a strong performance for the team,” Conroy said. “In order to get to the top of the podium, we are going to have to continue what we are doing and keep getting better.”
Provo was dominant all weekend. He went 4-0 in the tournament, pinning all four of his opponents. In fact, it only took him 16 seconds to pin his opponent in the championship match. Provo only spent two minutes and 17 seconds on the mat over his four matches, winning in pins of 58 seconds (Round of 16), 30 seconds (quarterfinals) and 33 seconds (semifinals) leading up to the championship match.
Seyfried, meanwhile, also went 4-0 on the day, with three pins, all in less than a minute. He won the title in dominant fashion, though, earning a 13-1 major decision.
At 113 pounds, CJ Shea placed second. He was pinned in 36 seconds in the final. He won by two pins (58 seconds, 3:03) in the first two rounds before notching a 5-3 decision to advance to the championship match.
Senior Sam Stuart of Fairfield, finished eighth at 126 pounds.
Seeded seventh, Stuart won his opening match with a pin at 5:05. In the quarterfinals, though, he was pinned in 2:11, falling into the consolation bracket. Stuart captured his first wrestleback with a pin at 2:54 but fell by 10-3 decision to end his day.
Nick Attai went 1-2 at the 138-pound division.
The Dragons bounced back from back-to-back losses to end the regular season with a victory on Senior Day. The Dragons topped The Gunnery 72-64 at Coyle Gym. Henry Holzinger tossed in six 3-point shots en route to 26 points while Bennett Close and Jackson Boolbol were also honored before and after the game.
Fairfield’s Cole Prowitt-Smith, a junior, poured in 30 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out eight assists to lead the Dragons effort. Holzinger also had five assists.
After playing one of its best games against the league’s top team at home earlier in the week, the Dragons hit the road and fell at Brunswick, 65-56. Prowitt-Smith tossed in 23 points while Holzinger added 13 and Close 11. Close had nine of GFA’s 16 rebounds while Prowitt-Smith had five assists.
The Dragons sent their four seniors out as winners on Coyle Gym, celebrating Senior Night with a 47-32 win over Hopkins.
Hannah Kozdeba, Alex Wagner, Bella Litt and Molly Mitchell played their final games at the Coyle. Katherine Marcus led GFA with 24 points while Georgie Grabowski added 13. Litt finished with five, Kelly van Hoesen had three and Sarah Peltier tallied two for GFA, which raced out to a 30-9 halftime lead.
Van Hoesen had 10 rebounds for GFA while Marcus (3 assists, 3 steals) and Grabowski (3 steals, 3 blocks) had seven rebounds each. With the win, GFA qualified for the FAA Tournament.
Earlier in the week, against Hamden Hall, the Dragons fell behind by a 13-0 score, only to bounce back to take a 31-30 lead before the host Hornets pulled away down the stretch for a 72-46 win. Marcus once again led the Dragons in scoring with 22 points. Van Hoesen added nine points.