Varsity Wrestling at the Western New England Tournament
It was another year of excitement at the Western New England Independent School Wrestling Association Championships at Brunswick School where Greens Farms Academy put forth an incredible performance, dethroning the 6-time defending champions, Brunswick.
Marvelwood's fearsome foursome of Mya German '23 (132), Dante Abad '21 (145), Tommy Howell '20 (152) and Devin Sierra '21 (160) competed in the prestigious event, representing Marvelwood with class and tenacity. Dante and Mya battled hard all day in two tough weight classes, but unfortunately were not able to earn a trip to the podium.
Devin and Tommy, on the other hand, put on a show for the blue and white. Tommy kicked off his tournament in the quarterfinals as the #4 seed at 152. He faced off with #5 seed Neil Gawande of WNEISWA champions Greens Farms Academy. Tommy jumped out to a 4-0 lead and cruised home to a 6-4 win over the very quick and crafty GFA wrestler. In the semifinals, Tommy ran into a roadblock named #1 seed Robbie Acommando of Trinity-Pawling School. Tommy lost that match but battled back to the third-place match with a dominant win in the consolation semifinal over, Eugene Acevedo of Taft, with a 2nd-period pin. Tommy was again set to face Gawande of GFA in the third-place match, but Gawande forfeited the match due to injury.
Devin nearly blew the roof off the building in his first match of the day. Seeded #6, Devin faced #3 seed, Kyle Lee of Trinity-Pawling, in the quarterfinals at 160 pounds. Lee started off the match firing, getting a takedown in the first period and the 6-point set to start the 2nd. Down 8-0 and bleeding from the lip, Devin treated the lip and refocused his mind and immediately earned a reversal and locked in an armbar to put Lee on his back. Devin came very close to earning the pin on a few occasions, but time expired before he could lock it down. In the third, with the score 8-5, Devin earned an early escape to make it 8-6 and went on the offensive to earn the match tying takedown. Devin battled for it, but the Trinity-Pawling wrestler scored the 2-point takedown to put the match out of reach. Devin earned one more escape and got a point from his opponent stalling, as the match ended 10-8, Kyle Lee.
It was a tough way to drop out of the championship bracket, but Devin was determined to fight his way back to the podium. He received a bye to the consolation quarterfinal and took on Matt Son of Avon Old Farms, who was the #7 seed, for a place on the podium. Devin dominated from start to finished and earned the hard-fought 5-1 decision. In the consolation semifinal, he took on the very talented #4 seed Will Donovan of Brunswick, who made no mistakes against Devin and beat our man, 12-1. After that, Devin was still determined and now even more motivated as he had a chance to avenge a loss from January 28th and earn 5th place.
Devin faced #5 seed Lachlan Hawes, of Taft, in the 5th place match. It was a short intense first period, where neither wrestler was able to secure the first takedown. Hawes chose the bottom for his second-period choice and was never able to return to his feet. Devin locked in his far side cradle, rocked Hawes to his back and pinned his opponent 15 seconds into the 2nd period! With the pin, Devin earned 5th place and moved into the top 5 for all-time wins in Marvelwood wrestling history, with 56!
After their fantastic displays, Tommy and Devin qualify for the New England Prep Championship at The Hartford National Guard Armory on Friday and Saturday. Tommy will compete in his final home contest on Wednesday when the team takes on Avon Old Farms, Canterbury and Woodhall in the wrestling room at 2:30.