The Brunswick School wrestling team began its season with a first-place finish at the 2018 Rumble on the Hill, hosted by Hopkins School on Saturday.
The Bruins topped 13 other teams, with seven wrestlers winning their respective weight class. Brunswick’s Chris Perry earned Most Outstanding Wrestler accolades.
Brunswick totaled 264 team points, while Belmont Hill School placed second (158) and Choate Rosemary Hall finished third (156.5). Avon Old Farms School was fourth (133).
Perry won the 132-pound title for the Bruins, while Luca Errico was the 138-pound champion. Also winning their respective weight classes for the Bruins were: Nicky Bell (145), Nadji Ngbokoli (152), Harry Fett (160), Clayton Ostrover (182) and Tim Saunders (195). Placing second in their divisions were: William MacGillivray (106) and Dylan Reynolds (170).
In fourth place were Michael Neviera (170) and Cliff Belknap (heavyweight) and finishing fifth were Jackson Wolfram (120), Will Donovan (138), Kyle Karas (145) and Alex Burdick (160).
A scoring surge by senior defenseman Cooper Moore enabled Brunswick to erase a four-goal third-period deficit against New Hampton School and forge a 6-6 tie at the Phillips Exeter Invitational on Saturday.
Moore scored three of his career-high five goals in the third period. His goal gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead, but New Hampton countered with three straight goals to tak e a 3-1 advantage after the first period.
The second period began with Moore tallying his second goal on a power play, cutting the Huskies’ lead to 3-2. New Hampton followed with three consecutive goals to open a 6-2 lead, heading into the third period.
Brunswick’s impressive four-goal third period started with a Ryan St. Louis tally 43 seconds into the final stanza.
Nine minutes later, Moore tallied on a power-play, making it 6-4. Following Moore’s fouth goal two minutes later, the defenseman notched his career-best fifth tally 22 seconds later, tying the game at 6-6 with nearly five minutes left in regulation.
Despite a combined 12 goals in regulation, neither team scored during the five-minute overtime.
Brunswick returns to action Sunday, against Kimball Union at Phillips Exeter Academy at 2 p.m.