WESTPORT, February 16, 2019 – Five Connecticut wrestlers won New England Prep School championships Saturday at the New England Independent School Wrestling Association (NEISWA) tournament at Greens Farms Academy.
Greens Farms sophomore Nico Provo of Stratford (113) won his second straight New England championship along with senior teammate Griffin Seyfried (126). Freshman Peter Kane of Westport also won for Greens Farms at 132 pounds to lead the Dragons to a third place finish – their best-ever finish in the New England tournament.
Pomfret’s Cole McGill won a title at 145 along with Pearson Hill (152), an eighth grade student at Hamden Hall.
Belmont Hill from Belmont, Mass., and Northfield Mt. Hermon from Northfield, Mass., tied for the championship with 195½ points. It is the first time in tournament history that two teams have shared the title. Both teams had three individual champions.
The top six wrestlers in each weight class earned an invitational to the 2019 National Prep School championship tournament next weekend at Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa.
Provo beat Kelvin Griffin of the Brooks School, 4-3 with a takedown with 56 seconds left in the match. Kane made a first period takedown stand up in a 2-0 win over Owen Finn of Northfield Mt. Hermon.
Seyfried, who was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler, won a thriller with Chris Perry of Brunswick-Greenwich, 8-6 in overtime. Perry took a 6-4 lead with a reversal with 24 seconds left in the match but Seyfried battled back to get a reversal with two seconds remaining to tie the match at 6-6 and send into OT.
Seyfried, who ranked No. 10 in the nation in the prep school rankings, got the winning takedown with 24 seconds left in overtime. Perry slips to 37-2 on the season.
McGill had four pins as he rolled to a championship. McGill pinned Brunswick’s Nick Bell in the final in 4:53. Hill, an eighth grade student from Hamden Hall, was outstanding at 152 pounds. He was 5-0 in the tournament with three pins and a technical fall.
In the final, Hill had a pair of takedowns and three near falls in a 16-4 win over Charlie McLaughlin of Northfield Mt. Hermon.
Brunswick School from Greenwich finished fifth, a half point behind Trinity Pawling.
Senior Luca Errico (138) won his first New England championship with a 5-4 win over top-seeded Dominic Rossetti of Loomis Chaffee in Windsor, who is ranked No. 6 nationally. Errico got a takedown with 1:15 remaining to take a 5-3 lead. Rossetti escaped with 1:01 left but couldn’t get another takedown.
In the semifinals, Errico (44-0) beat Phillips Exeter’s Zach Spencer, who is ranked No. 11 in the nation. Spencer scored five points in the final 29 seconds but Errico was able to survive, 9-8.
Perry, Bell (32-8) and Tim Saunders each finished second for Brunswick.
Saunders (38-3) pinned his way through the 195 lb. bracket to get to the finals, but lost a 9-5 decision to returning Prep All-American Henry Lagasse (Exeter), who is ranked No. 4 nationally.
For Belmont Hill, it is their fifth New England championship while it is the sixth New England title for Northfield Mt. Hermon. Greens Farms Academy won the New England title for Small Schools.
2019 New England Independent Schools Wrestling Association (NEISWA) championships
At Westport (Greens Farms Academy)
Team results — 1. Belmont Hill-Belmont, MA and Northfield Mt. Hermon-Northfield MA 198½, 3. Greens Farms Academy-Westport 162½, 4. Trinity Pawling (NY) 148½, 5. Brunswick-Greenwich 148, 6. Phillips Exeter Academy-Exeter NH 137½, 7. Hamden Hall 95½, 8. Pomfret 84½, 9. Suffield Academy 79, 10. Governor’s Academy-Newbury MA 61½, 11. Phillips-Andover MA 58½, 12. Hotchkiss-Salisbury 57, 13. Avon Old Farms, Brooks School-North Andover MA, Roxbury Latin-Boston MA 55, 16. Noble & Greenough-Dedham MA 47, 17. St. Paul’s (NH) 41, 18. Loomis Chaffee-Windsor and Portsmouth Abbey (NH) 39, 20. Middlesex School-Concord MA 38, 21. Landmark-Beverly MA 37, 22. St. Thomas More-Montville 33, 23. Milton (MA) Academy 32, 24. Thayer Academy-Braintree MA 29, 25. Saint Sebastian’s-Needham, MA 26, 26. Buckingham Brown & Nichols-Cambridge MA 23, 27. Saint Mark’s-Southborough MA 22½, 28. Tabor Academy-Marion MA 21, 29. Choate Rosemary Hall 20½, 30, Hopkins-New Haven 19, 31. Deerfield (MA) Academy 17, 32. Williston-Northampton – Easthampton MA 16, 33. Concord (NH) Academy 13, 34. Chase Collegiate-Waterbury and Chauncey Hall-Waltham MA 11, 36. Marvelwood-Cornwall and Wilbraham and Monson Academy-Wilbraham MA 7, 38. Salisbury School 4, 39. Marianapolis Prep and Taft-Watertown 2
106: Final — Jimmy Harrington (Belmont Hill) dec. Caleb Seyfried (Greens Farms Academy), 6-2; 3. Christian Petry (Phillips Exeter Academy) dec. Aiden Maag (Avon Old Farms), 8-5; 5. Cristian Diblasi (Governors Academy) tech fall Corey Gaffney (Brooks School), 16-0 2:20
113: Final — Nico Provo (Greens Farms Academy) dec. Kelvin Griffin (Brooks School), 4-3; 3. Shaymus Macintosh (Tabor Academy) pin Alexander Gavronsky (Belmont Hill), 4:11; 5. Kellen Horst (Pomfret School) dec. Jackson Wolfram (Brunswick), 12-7
120: Final — Jake Shaifer (Northfield Mt. Hermon) pin Nick Kruczynski (Pomfret School), 3:28; 3. Christopher Shea (Green Farms Academy) tech fall Daniel Bittner (Belmont Hill), 15-0 3:30; 5. Ethan Wilson (Thayer Academy) pin Ozzy Gomez-Santana (Phillips Exeter Academy), 2:53; 7. John Chung (Deerfield Academy) forfeit over Ian McConnell (Loomis Chaffee)
126: Final — Griffin Seyfried (Greens Farms Academy) dec. Chris Perry (Brunswick), 8-6, OT; 3. Noah Burstein (Northfield Mt. Hermon) forfeit over Aiden Hebert (Hamden Hall); 5. Trevor Nugent (Governors Academy) forfeit over Tyler Morris (Phillips Exeter Academy); 7. Robert Accomando (Trinity Pawling) pin Nicholas Adams (Hotchkiss School), 0:42
132: Final — Peter Kane (Greens Farms Academy) dec. Owen Finn (Northfield Mt. Hermon), 2-0; 3. AJ Caba (Hotchkiss School) dec. Vinny Marino (Philips Andover), 4-2; 5. David Bancroft (Trinity Pawling) dec. Matt Cuomo (Choate Rosemary Hall), 3-2
138: Final — Luca Errico (Brunswick) dec. Dominic Rossetti (Loomis Chaffee), 5-4; 3. Zachary Spencer (Phillips Exeter Academy) pin Kyle Hammel (Trinity Pawling), 1:12; 5. Josiah Castellucci (Landmark) forfeit over Ben Richardson (Pomfret School); 7. Kevin McDonald (Chase Collegiate) pin Kailen Richards (Belmont Hill), 0:58
145: Final – Cole McGill (Pomfret School) pin Nick Bell (Brunswick), 4:53; 3. Connor Massey (Hamden Hall) forfeit over Hunter Hockensmith (Northfield Mt. Hermon; 5. Michael Bartush (Green Farms Academy) pin Peter Murray (Trinity Pawling), 2:15; 7. Dylan Kasperzyk (Avon Old Farms) pin Doevy Estimphile (Roxbury Latin), 3:23
152: Final — Pearson Hill (Hamden Hall) dec. Charlie McLaughlin (Northfield Mt. Hermon), 16-4; 3. Eamon Garrity-Rokous (Philips Andover) pin Nadji Ngbokoli (Brunswick), 2:33; 5. Kyle Lee (Trinity Pawling) dec. Chris Millay (Nobles), 4-3
160: Final — Aiden Hanning (Northfield Mt. Hermon) dec. Dante Gutbrod (Middlesex School), 8-2; 3. Colin Vallis (Belmont Hill) dec. Christian Crider (Hotchkiss School), 8-2; 5. Mark Shadt (Avon Old Farms) dec. Isaiah Castellucci (Landmark), 6-0
170 : Final — Luca Pontone (Belmont Hill) pin Luis Perez (Suffield Academy), 1:19; 3. Gunnar Garriques (Northfield Mt. Hermon) dec. Antony Ramierez (Portsmouth Abbey), 7-4; 5. Makoto Kobayashi (Roxbury Latin) forfeit over Zack Conlan (Trinity Pawling); 5. Scott Behman (Saint Sebastian’s) dec. Dylan Reynolds (Brunswick), 11-3
182: Final — Harrison Shapiro (Belmont Hill) dec. Tabor Wanag (Phillips Exeter Academy), 3-1; 3. Klyde Ayba (Hamden Hall) dec. Lucas Hughes (Trinity Pawling), 6-2; 5. William Gunn (Williston) forfeit over Owen Brine (Portsmouth Abbey); 7. Scott Lewis (Hotchkiss School) dec. Pablo Sanchez (Philips Andover), 3-1 OT
195: Final — Henry Lagasse (Phillips Exeter Academy) dec. Tim Saunders (Brunswick), 9-5; 3. Shane Rockett (Belmont Hill) pin Peterson Monexant Suffield Academy), 2:07; 5. Will Shiber (St. Pauls NH) pin Adler Viton (Green Farms Academy), 4:26
220: Final –– Yaraslau Slavikouski (Northfield Mt. Hermon) tech fall Will Jarrell (Buckingham Browne & Nichols), 18-3 4:30; 3. Dakota Grover (St Thomas More) pin Kechaun Bennett (Suffield Academy), 2:32; 5. Will Thayer (St. Pauls NH) forfeit over Jack Daley (Thayer Academy); 7. Brian Namoun (Avon Old Farms) forfeit Adam Cummings (Concord Academy)
285: Final — Mert Bayturk (Milton Academy) pin Jesse Polansky (Suffield Academy), 4:38; 3. Liam Dietrich (Trinity Pawling) pin Liam Rimas (Roxbury Latin), 2:15; 5. Anthony Burnett (Brooks School) dec. Leighton Graham (Nobles), 5-1; 7. Wilfred Pene (St Thomas More) pin Cam Macro (Governors Academy), 0:14
Outstanding wrestler: Griffin Seyfried (126), Greens Farms Academy
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