GFA roundup: Boys fencing wins pair
Last Monday, the GFA boys fencing team took down Masters 19-8. The sabre squad won 5-4 with three victories from sophomore William Whitman and two victories from sophomore Phil Nicopoulos. The epee team won 6-3. Junior Ryan Petschek went 1-2, junior Matthew Lichtenberg went 2-1 and sophomore Luke Duffy went 3-0. The boys foil team went 8-1. Junior Alex McKenna went 4-1 and freshman Teddy Gartland went 4-0.
Then on Wednesday Dec. 17, the boys defeated Brunswick School 14-13. Petschek was the clinching bout. The team was short three players, so the epee team all competed in two weapons to help score some extra victories. The epee team finished 4-5. Petschek won a foil bout and an epee bout. Duffy won two foil bouts and three epee bouts. Lichtenberg won two sabre bouts. The sabre team went 4-5 and Whitman won his bout. The foil team went 6-3 and McKenna went 3-0.
GFA competed against The Masters School in New York last Monday, and the team went 4-5 in all three weapons, losing the meet 15-12.
In the sabre squad, sophomore Shira Friedson went 1-2 and sophomore Caroline Kulak went 2-1. Freshman Audrey Brennan (Weston) started for the epee team in her first high school meet and scored four touches against her opponents throughout the competition. Junior Lauren Telesz went 1-2. Junior Taiylor Nunn went 3-0 -- this is the third meet in a row that she has been undefeated.
Last Wednesday, the Dragons fell 21-6 to Greenwich Academy., the girls fencing team competed against Greenwich Academy. Friedson won her bout in sabre 5-3, while Im won her bout 5-0.
GFA earned its first win of the season last weekend over the Westover School in a holiday tournament. The team won 57-49 with senior Daly Naughton leading the way with 15 points. Sophomore Olivia Sullivan and freshman Abby Comey (Westport) each added 12 points.
The Lady Dragons also played in two other games during the holiday tournament., losing 41-16 to Ethan Walker and 60-23 to St. Luke's.
The Dragons then took on FAA opponent, King, which won 41-31.
Last weekend GFA competed in the Shelton Invitational. The tournament featured teams from across the state, including Shelton, Westhill, Norwalk, Greenwich, New Haven, Platt Tech Amity, Weston and Wolcott Tech.
Despite missing four wrestlers from the starting lineup, the Dragons finished in fifth place in the team standings.
Kourosh Saghri (Weston, 138 pounds) wrestled his way into the third place match and dropped a close decision to a Greenwich wrestler. Reaching the finals were seniors Ben Holcomb, Jad Qaddourah (160), Jake Berman (Westport, 195) and Trent Turner (220). Berman and Turner each lost by a single takedown. Holcomb though was able to edge the victory in OT and Qaddourah finished the day pinning in decisive fashion.
Last weekend, GFA traveled to Massachusetts for the inaugural Pingree School Holiday Invitational Tournament. Teams in the tournament were host Pingree, GFA, Governors Academy and Commonwealth Academy.
On Friday, the Dragons squared off against a very talented Governor's team. GFA started off strong, highlighted by a suffocating defensive effort. At the half, GFA led 30-20. In the second half, Governors used its own defense to rally. They did shrink the margin down to as low as two points. GFA stayed clear of foul trouble and closed strong. In the final minutes, GFA protected the ball and made enough free throws to prevail 57-51.
With primary coverage credit going to Sunday Okeke, the Dragons held their opponent's top player scoreless for the entire game. Jim Djema led the GFA scorers with 15 points.
In the tournament championship game on Saturday, GFA faced New England prep school rival Pingree. Nine months ago, GFA rallied to defeat Pingree in the New England tournament semi-finals. A year earlier, GFA closed out Pingree 55-50 in the New England title game. This game's winner not only would win a tournament title, but would also get a significant leg up on seeding for the New England championship tournament in March.
GFA came out fast and hard, streaking to a 20-6 early lead. Pingree countered by increasing their attacking defense. By halftime the score had flipped to a 39-32 Pingree. The Dragons' defense could not stay in front of the Highlanders' top scorer, who put up 16 points in the first half and 17 in the second; Okeke and Isaac Manton both fouled out for the first time this season.
GFA rallied twice in the second half, coming within two and three points of the lead, but Pingree's press break and free throw shooting was good enough to hang on to the lead and earn the win.
Last Wednesday the boys squash team traveled to New Haven to compete against Hopkins, and were defeated 6-1. The girls squash team was defeated by King School 5-2. No. 1 Charlotte Krietler and No. 2 Mia Krishnamurthy (Westport) each defeated their opponents 3-0.