The Brunswick Wrestling program is a team marked by excellence, discipline, and character. Fed by a thriving Middle School program for 7th and 8th graders, all Upper School wrestlers train together throughout the winter in the Ostrye Wrestling Gymnasium. The plaques and banners lining the walls speak to the successes of past Bruin wrestlers. Brunswick has dominated league competition, winning 27 out of the last 28 F.A.A Championships. Under Coach Ostrye's tenure, the team has captured 9 Western New England Championships.
Brunswick Wrestling added to its proud tradition in the 2012-2013 season. The squad posted an impressive record of 22-2 with dual meet wins over top ten NEISWA teams Avon Old Farms, Suffield, Loomis Chaffee, and Choate. Team depth allowed Brunswick to capture its 16th straight FAA Championship, win the 38th Annual Brunswick Invitational Tournament by 121 points, and go an undefeated 13-0 against league (WNEISWA) competition. The Bruins were snowed out of their chance to win the State title, but there were many other highlights throughout the winter.
The team came out of the gates in early December with a 63-16 win over the defending WNEISWA/State champions from Avon. But the Bruins were dealing with injury, illness, and line-up issues and took their two losses of the season in that month. The first was in the finals of the eight-team Loomis Chaffee Holiday Duals against (eventual New England Champions by 51 points) Northfield Mount Hermon by a score of 36-40, the closest any team in NE came to NMH all season. The second loss was to a tough Horace Mann team, 26-39 in front of a loud crowd in NY. The highlight of the season may have been the Town Crown dual. In a wild, back-and-forth match in front of a big crowd at Greenwich High School, Brunswick emerged with the 38-33 victory. The match featured five lead changes, a double-overtime bout, a tough injury, and high quality wrestling from both teams.
Tri-captains Petey Briggs 13 (10-5, B.I.T. Champ), Connor Kupersmith 13 (29-8), and Jimmy Bell 14 (30-8, 2nd at Cant. & B.I.T.) led this strong team that topped all NEISWA schools in team points and pins. Owen Schubert 14 (32-10) led Brunswick in wins, team points, and pins. Johnny Erdman 13 (23-10, 4th at Cant., B.I.T. Champ.) provided multiple exciting late match wins, while fellow seniors Joe Caruso 13 (8-5) and Holden Fett 13 (5-3) provided steady leadership and were key contributors at several moments throughout the season.
In the post-season, nine Bruin wrestlers advanced to the second day of wrestling at the NEISWA Championships and were among the remaining twelve in their respective weight classes. Rohan Das 14 (16-16), Evan Jonokuchi 14 (20-10), Gregg Nabhan 14 (16-10), Michael Keating 14 (17-13) and Matt Marvin 15 (22-9) finished out fine seasons again. Five Brunswick wrestlers went on to earn All-New England laurels: Jack Jones 15 (5th at 106 lb.), Schubert (6th @ 126 lb.), Bell (5th @ 132 lb.), Willy Rosato 13 (8th at 220 lb.) and Nick Ulanoff 13 (8th @ 285 lb.). Those five went on to represent the School at the National Prep School Wrestling Tournament.
Twenty-five guys earned varsity wins for the Bruins and the team went 47-4 in JV matches on the year.
2012 BIT Tournament Results
The Brunswick Wrestling team took first place in the 2011 Brunswick Invitational Tournament under the guidance of coaches Tim Ostrye, Bob Benjamin, John Martin and Neil Minsky.
2011 BIT Tournament Results
With only five seniors on the roster, the 2009-2010 varsity wrestling team looked to be in the midst of a youth movement. Despite consistently having six freshmen and sophomores in the starting lineup, the Bruins grappled their way to an overall season record of 21-3 while also winning the Brunswick Invitational Tournament, the FAA league championship meet, and the WNEISWA (state) tournament.
Team captains, Matt Wales and Cliff Simmons, along with fellow seniors Andrew Cohen, Ben Galef and Peter Kiernan, deserve tremendous credit for getting the younger team members ready to compete at the varsity level. Wales and Simmons definitely set the tone for the Bruins all season, both winning their respective weight classes at the B.I.T. as well as at F.A.A.s and WNEISWAs. Junior Corey Kupersmith also won his weight class at the WNEISWA meet, while fellow juniors Patrick Wales and Alex Marcus finished in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. The captains continued to set the tone, even at the New England meet, with Cliff Simmons taking 3rd place overall, and Matt Wales finishing 4th overall after losing in overtime in the semifinal match. Patrick Wales and Petey Briggs also placed at the WNEPSWA meet, finishing 4th and 8th respectively.
Because of the depth of their lineup, impeccable senior leadership, and the talent and guidance of coaches Tim Ostrye, Bob Benjamin, John Martin and Neil Minsky, the 2009-2010 team enjoyed tremendous success.