Once again, the Brunswick School wrestling team got the better of the competition at the Battle of the Bay tournament.
The Bruins won the Battle of the Bay tournament at Tabor Academy for the third straight season, finishing with a team score of 182.5 points.
Northfield Mount Hermon was the runner-up (163.5), followed by Belmont Hill School (154). Trinity-Pawling (143) and Hopkins School (109) rounded out the top-five teams in the tournament.
Brunswick boasted three individual champions, among its nine top-six finishers. Senior Luca Errico, junior Chris Perry and senior Clayton Ostrover each won their respective weight class title for the Bruins.
Errico won the 145-pound division, edging Owen Finn of Northfield Mount Hermon, 9-8, in the championship match.
Selected as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler, Errico finished with a record of 4-0 at the Battle of the Bay competition.
Perry claimed the 138-pound championship. In the finals, Perry won by major decision against Northfield Mount Hermon’s David Barrett, 12-2. The top-seeded Perry was 4-0 in the tournament.
Ostrover was the winner of the 195-pound class. In the championship match, Ostrover pinned Peyton Rose of Noble and Greenough in 2:55 to claim the title.
Brunswick senior Nadji Ngbokoli placed second in the 170-pound class at the tourney. He lost to Eamon Garrity-Rokous of Phillips Andover Academy, 12-7, in the finals.
Ngbokoli advanced to the finals by posting an 11-6 victory against Jack Weldon in the semifinals.
Nick Bell placed third in the 160-pound division for the Bruins, while William MacGillivray (126) and Jackson Wolfram (132) each placed fourth in their respective divisions for Brunswick.
Alex Burdick (182) and Kyle Pagnani (106) each placed fifth for the Bruins.
Relying on freshman goalie Brendan Holahan to fill in during the final three minutes, Brunswick notched a 4-3 win over St. Sebastian’s Saturday at the St. Sebastian’s Tournament.
A major penalty call resulted in Bruins starting goalie Alexander Rohlf to go to the penalty box with three minutes left to play in the third period.
Holahan stepped in and the Bruins maintained their lead. Supporting Holahan was the fine play of the team’s defensmen, who worked out to block shots. Defenseman Shayam Farjam layed out to block a shot late in the game, according to Bruins coach Mike Kennedy.
Holahan also made several saves. Trailing 2-0, Brunswick tied the score at 2-2 in the second half (the matchup was played in halves.
Henry Foster tallied and Jakub Tepley scored with Brunswick on a power-play, making it 2-2.
Trailing 3-2, the Bruins evened the score again, with Michael Salandra tallying at the 6:41 mark of the second half. Andon Cerbone and Matthew McGroarty set up the tying tally with precision passing. With the score tied, Brunswick defenseman Henry Dale picked off a clearing attempt and snapped a shot inside the post to give the Bruins a 4-3 win. The Bruins play in the tournament’s championship game Sunday at 3 p.m.
GREENWICH ACADEMY HOCKEY
Greenwich Academy placed second at the St. George’s School Tournament up in Rhode Island on Friday and Saturday, registering a record of 2-1.
In the championship game on Saturday, the Gators were defeated in a shootout, 2-1. The shootout was a marathon as it went to 12 rounds, with both team’s goalies excelling.
Greenwich Academy took a 1-0 lead on St. George’s when Ava Butz scored off an assist from Hamilton Doster with 5:42 remaining in the second period. Host St. George’s tied the score at 1-1 with 15:22 left in the third period.
Following a scoreless overtime session, the game was decided by a shootout. Liana Seeley made 25 saves during the three periods and overtime and numerous more in the shootout.
GA began action in the tournament by skating to a 4-1 victory over Hebron Academy on Friday. Doster got the Gators on the board first with a goal at the 1:07 mark of the first period.
Hebron Academy knotted the score at 1-1 on a goal from Lindsey Deiche with 3:30 to go in the opening period.
Greenwich Academy pulled away with three goals in the final period. Eliza Bowman scored the go-ahead goal with 9:00 remaining off a feed from Ada Shaffer.
With 5:10 left Kayla Ketchabaw tallied. Shaffer assisted on the goal. Bowman sealed the win, notching her second goal of the game with 4:20 to play. Doster and Grace Schulze each assisted on the power-play goal.
Emily Greenhaw made 15 saves for GA.
“It was good to get our first win in the tournament in our first game,” GA coach Erin Brawley said. “We put three goals in the last 10 minutes of the period, which was great to see.”
In Greenwich Academy’s second game on Friday it edged North Yarmouth Academy, 3-2, in a shootout.
Schulze, Doster and Ketchabaw each scored in the shootout to lead the Gators to victory.
In regulation, Bowman scored at the 7:37 mark of the second period and Doster tallied with 5:55 left in the third period.
Stephanie Ianescu made 21 saves in goal for the Gators.
“The team is starting to come together, which is exciting to see,” Brawley said. “They keep coming back and are battling for every point.”
The Bruins went 0-3 at the competitive 2019 NEPSAC Class A Winter Classic at Phillips Exeter Academy, which was held on Friday and Saturday.
Brunswick lost to St. Paul’s School, 77-49 and Williston Northampton, 77-50, on Friday. They dropped a 60-48 decision to Deerfield Academy on Saturday.
Against St. Paul’s on Friday, six 3-pointers in the first half enabled St. Paul’s to take a 42-27 lead on Brunswick.
James Seeley scored a career-high 18 points to pace the Bruins. Khari Wilson added 10 points and Kevonne Wilder had seven points for the Bruins.
In Brunswick’s matchup against Williston Northampton, Colin Mulshine led the team with 15 points. Wilson had 13 points, while Dan Arnold and Sealey scored seven points apiece.
Brunswick held a 31-29 lead on Deerfield Academy in Saturday’s game at the tournament. Wilson scored 12 of his team-high 15 points in the first half. Deerfield outscored the Bruins, 31-17, during the second half for the win.
The Bruins (2-5) return to action on Jan. 7 with a home game against FAA foe St. Luke’s.