GFA roundup: Wrestling competes at FAA meet
Updated 2:55 pm, Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The Dragons (8-2) competed in the FAA championships last weekend at Hamden Hall. While not able to end Brunswick's streak as FAA champs the Dragons went 3-1 on the day, defeating league opponents Hopkins, Hamden Hall and Rye Country Day. While unable to win the dual meet format primarily due to forfeits, the Dragons still crowned six league champs, more than any other team.
Winning FAA titles were freshman Hans Forland (106 pounds), junior Ben Holcomb (138), junior Riley Grady (126), junior Jad Qaddourah (152), sophomore Seth Henriquez (170), and senior Alex Mirza (220).
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GFA (8-2) defeated Hopkins 75-51 on Jan. 25. The Dragons got out to a 36-21 halftime lead and never looked back. Freshman Sunday Okeke had 19 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks in the win.
Although RCDS was able to get an early 17-7 lead, the Dragons fought back and trailed by three points at the half behind strong play from junior Daly Naughton and a last second shot by freshman Lexi Kimball. To start the second half, the two teams exchanged baskets, but eventually, it was RCDS that was able to pull away. Kimball finished with 11 points and three steals, while Naughton had 10 points.
The Dragons (2-7), who were missing three of their top five players, lost 7-0 to Canterbury School Jan. 22. GFA came out fighting strong despite having three players from the top five out sick or injured.
The GFA Fencing team faced off against Central High School last week. In the dual meet, the teams competed in both Foil and Épee (girls and coed). In the girls' competitions, the Foil won 8-1 and the Épee won 7-2. In the coed competitions, GFA's Foil lost 6-3 and Épee won 7-2. Sophomore Taylor Nunn fenced on both the coed and girls Épee teams. She walked away with five victories and zero losses, cumulating a score of 22 hits landed and 10 hits received.
Sophomore Lauren Telesz and freshman Shira Friedson won all their matches taking home three more victories for the girls' Épee team.