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Wrestling - Varsity

Record: 1-0

Overview

Overview

Wrestling is one of Taft's oldest and most storied sports programs. The wrestling room is named for John Wynne, legendary coach from 1965-2000. Taft has enjoyed 29 winning seasons in the past 30 years. Since 2001, the Taft wrestling team has fielded six Western New England champions and one New England champion. We compete in the Western New England wrestling association with 16 other teams, including Hotchkiss, Avon, Hopkins and Brunswick.

The philosophy of Taft wrestling is that we are part of the education of the whole person. While we have had alums wrestle in college, many of our wrestlers enter our program with minimal or no experience. We do not differentiate between the Varsity and JV teams. We are one program, and we try to get as many wrestlers into the Varsity lineup as we can during the course of the season. Wrestling is about building character. You both walk out onto the mat as an individual and as a member of a team. Taft's winning dual meet tradition is about that sense of team. Taft wrestlers (all wrestlers) learn the value of hard work, of learning to push through discomfort and finding out that limits are made to be transcended. Taft wrestling is another facet of the school's mission to educate and cultivate the whole person.

Email Head Coach Greg Hawes

Schedule

Schedule

Opponent Date Time Location Advantage Details Result Score Status
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Hopkins School
Hopkins School Away Details Placed 4-0
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Canterbury School
Canterbury School Away Details Win 66-12
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Loomis Chaffee School
Loomis Chaffee School Away Details
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Hotchkiss School
Hotchkiss School Away Details
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Marvelwood
Hotchkiss School Away Details
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Brunswick School
Brunswick School Away Details
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Suffield Academy
Suffield Academy Away Details
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Salisbury School
Avon Old Farms School Away Details
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Avon Old Farms School
Avon Old Farms School Away Details
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Williston Northampton School
Avon Old Farms School Away Details
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Williston Northampton School
Williston Northampton School Away Details
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Hotchkiss School
Williston Northampton School Away Details
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Chase Collegiate School
Williston Northampton School Away Details
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Trinity-Pawling School
Hamden Hall Country Day Away Details
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Hamden Hall Country Day
Hamden Hall Country Day Away Details
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Forman School
Hamden Hall Country Day Away Details
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Hopkins School
Home Details
All Day
Home Details
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New Englands
All Day
New Englands Away Details

Roster

Roster

# Name Position Class Hometown
Eugene Acevedo 2020 Bronx, NY
Aliyu Ahmad 2019 Ikoyi
Thomas Archie 2020 Darien, CT
Spencer Batten 2020 Norfolk, CT
John-Jack Bryant 2020 Fort Lauderdale, FL
Sean Cummings 2020 Brooklyn, NY
Andrew Dye 2018 New York, NY
Jonathan Elkins 2020 South Deerfield, MA
Jan Fitzgerald 2019 New York, NY
Chase Harper 2019 Woodbury, CT
Brendan Holleck 2021 Southbury, CT
Alexander Jones 2018 Wadsworth, OH
Trung Le 2019 Ho Chi Minh
Binghong Li 2019 Beijing
Zhiyuan Li 2019 Shanghai
Austin Omala 2021 East Stroudsburg, PA
John Parsons 2020 Hanover, NH
Gavin Pintro 2020 Brooklyn, NY
Sarnai Reiner 2018 East Longmeadow, MA
Francis Robertshaw 2018 Clinton Corners, NY
Joshua Schwartz 2020 Armonk, NY
Matthew Schwartz 2018 Armonk, NY
Marcus Valenta 2019 Pontresina
Omar Veliz 2020 Maspeth, NY
Charles Verheggen 2018 Arlington, VA
Portia Wang 2018 Beijing
Charles Warren 2020 New Canaan, CT
Kelvin Welbeck 2020 Far Rockaway, NY
Zongyang Yu 2020 Beijing

Coaches

Coaches

About Head Coach Greg Hawes

Greg began teaching at Blair Academy in 1994, when former Taft faculty member and former Blair headmaster Chan Hardwick tapped him to be Blair’s writer in residence and help with the wrestling program. After several years of trying to break into screenwriting, the move to the classroom proved a better fit, and Greg has never looked back. Greg eventually returned to Taft, his alma mater, where he is head of the history department. In addition to being an AP U.S. History teacher, he introduced AP Comparative Government to Taft, designed the lower mid history course, served as dean of students in the Taft Summer School, and helped run the Taft Education Center. He is an AP reader for the College Board and has held multiple workshops on teaching research-based writing. Greg now serves as head wrestling coach. He and his wife, Rachael Ryan, also a Taft history teacher, live in Watertown with their two boys, Peyton and Lachlan.

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Record

Record

Year Record Year Record
2006-0712-42007-0810-6
2008-097-82009-1010-6
2010-11 12-6
2011-12 5-11
2012-13 13-8 2013-14 11-7
2014-15 16-3
2015-16 12-5

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