Grapplers open with three wins

The Greens Farms Academy wrestling team had a strong showing in its first home action with three dual-meet victories.
The Dragons defeated the Gunnery, 54-18, with important pins from sophomores Kourosh Saghri at 126 pounds, Colin Tauck from Fairfield at 132, Jad Qaddourah at 170 and Jake Berman at 220. Freshman Seth Henriquez at 160 also pinned against The Gunnery.
GFA then went on to defeat Storm King School, 60-24, with big pins coming from sophomore Riley Grady at 120, freshman George Garland at 145, Henriquez, and Qaddourah.
During the third and final dual meet of the day, the Dragons once more won in decisive fashion with a 42-26 victory.
The team again relied on pins for this victory, as Garland, Henriquez, Qaddourah, Berman and sophomore Sean Kozdeba at 182 all took down their opponents.
The day was capped by five, 3-0 decisions from Grady, Henriquez, Qaddourah, Berman and Trent Turner.
Varsity girls squash
GFA started the week off against a strong Convent of the Sacred Heart, falling 6-1.
Returning junior Cole Vanacore, playing at #6, won her match, while juniors Arabella Crawford and Rachel Cohen ultimately lost.
The second match of the week was at home against Holy Child. GFA came out of the gates strong and determined.
A special mention goes out to the team’s newest member, freshman Avery Vanacore, who won her first match as a Dragon. The team played its best squash of the season and was able to pull off a great 7-0 victory over Holy Child.
Varsity boys squash
GFA dropped a nailbiting 5-2 season-opener to a tough Brunswick team. Some of GFA’s notable players were freshmen Jack Mackle, senior captain Rashad Nimr of Southport and senior Reid Manning, all of whom had close decisions.
Sophomore Scott Brown  and senior co-captain Spencer Hartig, playing at #2 and #3 respectively, both won their matches with 3-0 scores.
Girls varsity basketball
GFA was plagued by turnovers against NEPSAC opponent, Chase Collegiate. GFA was slow to start, but was able to find their rhythm and played hard against Chase for the remainder of the game.
Sophomore Claire Comey  led the way for the Dragons, as she recorded her first career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Comey was the dominant force in the game and extremely hard to stop on either end of the floor.
Senior captain Meighan Grady put in seven points for GFA, while eighth grader Lexi Kimball from Fairfield added five points and grabbed six rebounds.
Freshman Caroline Lewis from Fairfield made her varsity debut, grabbing multiple rebounds and stepping up on the defensive end.
Varsity boys basketball
GFA started with a 28-4 lead over FAA-rival Brunswick and never looked back.
Defensive ball pressure from junior Matt Tate and senior captain Hunter Eggers, along with rapid defensive rotations from the big men, consisting of sophomore Zach Baines and senior captains Pat Ryan and Sean Obi, proved to be way too much for the Bruins.
The team’s defensive intensity only increased when they brought in fresh legs off the bench.
Seniors Scott Deutsch from Southport and Van Barnet, as well as junior Andrew Chase all assisted in strengthening the team.
At the offensive end, the Dragon’s ball movement was awesome to watch. Every GFA player had at least one assist and high-quality shot opportunities.
Eggers had another big game, leading the stat sheet in scoring (18 points), steals and assists.
Obi kept his three-year 48- game double-double streak rolling with 15 points and 19 rebounds. He and Baines also combined for seven blocked shots.

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