Wrestlers lead way for Greens Farms Academy athletics

The GFA wrestling team (front row) Ayziah Abner (Stratford), Charles Bohnsack (Darien), Ethan Haas (Darien), Sam Stuart (Fairfield), Ross Mix (Darien), Adler Viton (Greenwich), JC Foster (Darien), Arman Ozgen (Weston) and (back row) Conrad White (Southport), Hans Forland (New Canaan), Kevin Maldonado (Norwalk), Nick Attai (Bridgeport), Duncan McGrade (Weston) and coaches Jack Conroy and Pat Lemmon at the Western New England Independent School Wrestling Association Championships on Saturday. Forland won his fourth straight WNEISWA Championship, the sixth person in the history of the tournament to secure that feat and GFA’s first-ever four-time FAA and four-time WNEISWA champ. Stuart won his title at 106 pounds, after winning his second FAA crown two weeks ago.

Greens Farms Academy’s Hans Forland (Wilton) and Sam Stuart (Westport) each won Western New England Independent School Wrestling Association championships on Saturday.

For Forland, wrestling for the second straight year at 120 pounds, it was his fourth straight WNEISWA championship. He is the sixth person in the history of the tournament to secure that feat and GFA’s first-ever four-time FAA and four-time WNEISWA champ.

Stuart won his title at 106 pounds after winning his second FAA crown two weeks ago.

A total of five wrestlers placed at this year’s WNEISWA championship meet. Nick Atttai (Bridgeport) took third at 132 pounds, JC Foster (Darien) took fifth at 138 and Arman Ozgen (Weston) was fifth at 113.

Fencing

GFA boys varsity fencing competed against Morgan High School at home on Feb. 8, and won 13 out of the 15 bouts fenced.

Boys epee won 8-1. Captain Luke Duffy (Wilton) went 3-0, scoring 15 points in total, and losing only two points across all three bouts. Captain Teddy Gartland (Darien) went 3-0 and scored 15 points. Willem Schuddeboom (Darien) ended the round 2-1 with 13 points.

Boys foil lost 3-6 (6 losses by default). The GFA foil squad had only one fencer of the required three. Zach Rothwell (Fairfield) went undefeated and finished the round 3-0, scoring 15 points.  

Boys saber lost 2-7 (6 losses by default). The only fencer in this division, Alex Galik (Darien) went 2-1 and scored 10 points.

GFA girls varsity fencing competed against Morgan High School at GFA and lost 3-24, including 21 bouts lost by default, as the GFA team was seven fencers short of a full team.

Girls epee did not fence and therefore lost 0-9 by default.

Foil lost 1-8, including six bouts lost by default. Amy Petschek (Norwalk) went 1-2 and scored 7 points.   Girls saber lost 2-7, including six bouts lost by default. Captain Shira Friedson (Trumbull) went 2-1 and scored 13 points.

Squash

The boys team’s hopes for a national title were squashed by the Taft JV team, which bested the Dragons 5-2 in their Division V quarterfinals on Saturday at the 2017 Head U.S. High School National Team Championship Tournament.

Duda Voldman (Stamford) and John Selkowitz (Norwalk) both notched 3-0 victories to earn GFA its only points in the match.

In the Classic Plate consolation semifinals, GFA lost 5-2 to University School of Hunting Valley, Ohio. Voldman and Panariello earned wins for the Dragons.

Earlier in the tournament, the Dragons eked out a 4-3 win over Friends Central to advance to the quarterfinals against the Taft JV team. Selkowitz earned a 3-0 win in the third match while Bessey, Giani Panariello and Piero Panariello (Westport) all notched wins, as well.

Girls basketball

GFA posted a 65-50 win over Ethel Walker School on Saturday, Feb. 11. Lexi Kimball (Easton) scored 34 points while sophomore point guard Katherine Marcus (New Canaan) netted 23, including a 17-for-19 effort from the foul line.

Sarah Peltier (Stamford) added eight points for the Dragons, who improved to 11-8.

Kimball grabbed nine rebounds to go with four steals and two assists while Marcus had seven rebounds, eight steals and four assists.

Earlier in the week, Kimball’s first time back on the court after missing two games was a resounding success as the senior standout poured in 26 points to lead Greens Farms Academy to a 70-39 win over The Harvey School on Wednesday.

Kimball also grabbed four rebounds, dished out three assists, made two steals and blocked a pair of shots. Marcus added 19 points for the Dragons along with 11 steals, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

Hannah Kozdeba (Shelton) chipped in seven points, Sarah Peltier (Stamford) added five and Elyse Kimball (Easton) had four. Alex Wagner (Southport) had three points while Kristiana Modzelewsi (Westport), Bella Litt (Darien), and Kaly Houston (Norwalk) had two points apiece.

Modzelewski had nine rebounds while Peltier had six. Kozdeba dished out four assists while Modzelewski had three. Litt also had four rebounds and four steals.

The team started the week, falling to Greenwich Academy 50-29. Marcus scored 16 points to pace the Dragons. Kozdeba added five while Peltier, Modzelewski, and Elyse Kimball had two each. Single points were scored by Houston and Litt. Litt had six rebounds and five steals, Houston grabbed six boards and Marcus had five rebounds to go with two steals and two blocks.

Boys basketball

Playing its second road game in as many nights, and coming off the heels of a draining, intense game against FAA rival St. Luke’s, the Dragons dropped a second straight game with a 63-56 loss at Choate on Saturday.

Cole Prowitt-Smith (Fairfield) led GFA with 19 points. Sunday Okeke (Darien) added 11 to go with 11 rebounds and six block. Evan Roteman (Fairfield) and Greg Lawrence (Fairfield) netted nine each while Henry Holzinger (Norwalk) scored eight. Lawrence also had 10 rebounds while Prowitt-Smith had nine assists.

Holzinger, while only a junior, is now the boys’ school record holder in made 3-point shots, breaking the single season mark held by Jim Djema. Holzinger has currently made 50 three-pointers this season.

For the second time this season, Greens Farms Academy’s game against St. Luke’s came down to the final seconds and for the second time it was the Storm escaping with the win, 73-72.

GFA had a three-point lead with 2:09 left to play and had three possessions to build upon the lead, but failed to score while dropping to 15-4 on the season, 9-3 in the FAA.

Okeke and Holzinger netted 18 points each while Roteman and Lawernce added 13 points apiece. Prowitt-Smith added 10 points. Okeke had 14 rebounds, Lawrence had 12 and Roteman dished out five assists for GFA.

The one win GFA did get last week was a 67-50 victory over King on Monday

Holzinger tossed in 22 points, draining six three-pointers. Okeke added 14 points and 12 rebounds while Roteman had 10 points. Lawrence had eight points and gathered in 13 rebounds for the Dragons. Prowitt-Smith dished out nine assists to go with six points.

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