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Wrestling - Varsity

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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 Type Details Result Score Status
vs.
Hopkins School
Hopkins School Away Tournament Details N/A
vs.
Forman School
All Day
Home Details
vs.
Canterbury School
Home Details 51-18
vs.
Tabor Academy
All Day
Tabor Academy Away Details N/A
vs.
Forman School
Away Details POSTPONED: Postponed
vs.
Chase Collegiate School
Away Details POSTPONED: Postponed
vs.
Loomis Chaffee School
Home Details 27-37
vs.
Brunswick School
Brunswick School Away Details 6-77
vs.
Hotchkiss School
Brunswick School Away Details 18-54
vs.
Marvelwood
Brunswick School Away Details 60-6
vs.
Choate Rosemary Hall
Home Details 36-45
vs.
Suffield Academy
Home Details 33-37
vs.
Salisbury School
Williston Northampton School Away Details 48-18
vs.
Williston Northampton School
Williston Northampton School Away Details 54-6
vs.
Avon Old Farms School
Williston Northampton School Away Details 24-45
vs.
Avon Old Farms School
Avon Old Farms Away Details
vs.
St. Thomas More
Home Details 60-12
vs.
Hotchkiss School
Home Details CANCELLED
vs.
Williston Northampton School
Home Details CANCELLED
vs.
Trinity-Pawling School
Forman School Away Details 24-53
vs.
Forman School
Forman School Away Details 54-18
vs.
Hopkins School
Hopkins School Away Details 23-57
vs.
Chase Collegiate School
Hopkins School Away Details 42-3
vs.
Western New Englands
All Day
Trinity-Pawling School Away Details
vs.
New Englands
All Day
Greens Farms Academy Away Details
vs.
New Englands
All Day
Greens Farms Academy Away Details

Roster

Roster

# Name Position Class Hometown
Robbie Accomando 2022 Sandy Hook, CT
Eugene Acevedo 2020 Bronx, NY
Jamal Ahmad 2019 Ikoyi
Joe Apupalo 2021 Woodhaven, NY
Elijah Cohen 2021 Chappaqua, NY
Ben Coleman 2020 Naples, FL
Ishmael Cummings 2020 Brooklyn, NY
Griffin Elliott 2021 Monroe, CT
Chase Harper 2019 Woodbury, CT
Loren Lacruz 2021 Bayside, NY
Rachel Lau 2019 Fremont, CA
Morgan Malcolm 2020 Aspen, CO
Michael Negrea 2021 Greenwich, CT
Austin Omala 2021 East Stroudsburg, PA
Gavin Pintro 2020 Brooklyn, NY
Teely Rhyne 2019 Schererville, IN
Jacob Rooks 2021 Chicago, IL
Omar Veliz 2020 Maspeth, NY
Kelvin Welbeck 2020 Far Rockaway, NY
Lance Zhang 2022 Shanghai

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
2006-07 12-4 2007-08 10-6
2008-09 7-8 2009-10 10-6
2010-11 12-6 2011-12 5-11
2012-13 13-8 2013-14 11-7
2014-15 16-3 2015-16 12-5
2016-17 5-3 2017-18 9-3

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