As expected, the much-anticipated wrestling match between Brunswick and Greenwich High lived up to its billing.
As far as drama and excitement goes, this rivalry never fails to disappoint. Last year’s match between the Bruins and Cardinals was exciting, but Thursday, the two teams staged a classic.
The Bruins will have fonder memories of the match though, as they pulled out a 38-33 win over the Cardinals. With the Cardinal Crazies in the crowd and the stands at Greenwich High filled with spectators from both teams, the atmosphere was electric.
Fans from both teams chanted their wrestlers’ names each match and the cheering reached a fever pitch several times during the night. Matt Marvin was the man of the match for the Bruins. With the Bruins needing a victory in the final match of the night – the 195-pound match – Marvin pinned his Greenwich foe in 37 seconds, giving Brunswick the victory. The Bruins also received winning performances from Willy Rosato (220), Nick Ulanoff (285), Owen Schubert (126), Jimmy Bell (132), Evan Jonokuchi (145), Connor Kupersmith (152) and Johnny Erdman (170).
As you’ll see in my article on this website, their were a lot of hard-fought matches. The two squads and their coaches relished competing before the enthusiastic crowd.
“It’s a good atmosphere, I had parents come up to me telling me it was one of the most exciting athletic events they had ever been to,” Brunswick coach Tim Ostrye said. “Both teams handled themselves with class, which is what you want.”
Greenwich, which got victories from Mark Chien (106), Alex Margeotes (113), Jack Freiheit (138 by injury default), Mike Gestal (160) and Grant Cucchissi (182), of course took the loss hard. But the Cardinals said the defeat will serve as a motivating factor.
“Our season is not over,” Gestal said. “We have FCIACs and LLs coming up, so this loss will make us push harder the rest of the season.”
The Bruins suffered a bad break when senior Petey Briggs (138) dislocated his left shoulder during his match vs. Freiheit. He went to the hospital Thursday night to have it checked out. Hopefully, his season isn’t over and he’ll be ready to wrestle at Brunswick’s state and New England meets.