GFA roundup: Dragon grapplers shine at New England tournament
The GFA squad traveled to Bath, Maine, to participate in the New England Independent School Wrestling Association Championship tournament at the Hyde School.
Forland, a senior, and Stuart, a junior, were joined by junior Nick Attai as Dragons qualified for the tournament last weekend at the Western New England tournament.
Attai qualified for the tournament in only his second year.
Representing the Dragons, Forland and Stuart followed up their championship performances in last week’s state tournament by each capturing an individual title, Stuart at 106 pounds and Forland at 126.
Forland redeemed his loss in the finals of last year’s tournament by defeating a highly regarded opponent 3-1 in the finals in one off the tournament’s toughest weight classes.
Stuart faced a familiar opponent he wrestled three times previously, and did not disappoint in their fourth match, prevailing 7-1 to capture the title.
Crowning multiple champions at the New England tournament was a historic achievement for GFA and the first time a Dragon wrestler has won the tournament since GFA Head Wrestling Coach Jack Conroy won it himself in 2005.
Of the 73 schools competing, GFA was one of just three with multiple champions.
Forland and Stewart head to the National Prep Wrestling Tournament at Lehigh University next weekend looking to add to their postseason honors.
The Dragons capped off their regular season with a 61-44 win over Brunswick, snapping a three-game losing streak and sending themselves into the postseason on a positive note.
Sunday Okeke added to a record-breaking season by hauling in 25 rebounds, giving him 1,111 for his career. That passes the mark of former GFA star Sean Obi ’13, who had 1,090 career boards. Okeke also had 19 points to pace GFA’s offensive effort.
Last Monday during a road trip to Hamden Hall, the Dragons dropped their third straight close game, falling to the host Hornets 72-69 in overtime.
Greg Lawrence and Prowitt-Smith ’19 led the GFA charge with 17 points each. Okeke and Holzinger added 13 points each. Roteman chipped in nine more.
Okeke had 13 rebounds and 7 blocked shots. Lawrence had 12 rebounds and five blocked shots. Prowitt-Smith had 8 assists
Marcus hauled down 11 rebounds for the Dragons while also notching five steals and two assists. Kimball added seven blocks, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Earlier in the week Hamden Hall posted a 46-39 victory against the Dragons.
Kimball and Marcus ’19 netted 13 points each for GFA. Lexi Kimball had nine steals, four rebounds and two assists while Marcus had five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
The GFA boys varsity squash team finished their regular season defeating Kingswood-Oxford 6-1 at home Feb. 15.
Sophomore Andy McIlvaine defeated his opponent in five (11-5, 9-11, 12-10, 11-2) while Duda Voldman won 11-6, 11-6, 11-6, John Selkowitz won 2-11, 11-8, 11-7, 14-12, and Giana Panariello (Westport) won 11-5, 12-10, 9-11, 11-3.
The boys head to New Englands this weekend.
The GFA girls played well, but numbers dwindled due to illness and conflict, so many played up at least two spots yesterday against Kingswood-Oxford, which pulled out a 6-1 win.
Katie Mackle (New Canaan) was the only victory, pulling out an 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 win.
Last week GFA fencing varsity fencing competed in a scrimmage with Bridgeport Central High School at Central.
Senior and captain Shira Friedson, fencing epee, went 0-6 for the day and scored 13 points. Junior captain Teddy Gartland went 3-0 in epee and scored 15 points; in foil, Teddy went 3-0 and scored 15 points.
Junior Caroline Telesz, a junior, went 1-2 in foil. Sophomore Amy Petschek went 1-2 in foil; in epee, Petschek went 1-2 and scored 11 points.
Sophomore Lila Wells (Westport) also went 1-2 in foil.