Belmont Hill Wrestling concluded this past weekend. This year, the team fielded two Varsity squads en route to a historic season. After the first meet, when BH traveled to Germantown, the season quickly picked up with a dual meet and 2nd Place performance by the second Varsity squad at Marvelwood while the first team had a convincing win over Green Farms Academy. Wrestling came back in full force after Winter Break, with dual meets and ISL League competition in full swing throughout January, with a notable 71-6 victory over the otherwise undefeated Roxbury Latin and victory over St. Sebastian’s.
The team secured the ISL Dual Meet Trophy and began the postseason with an incredible showing at the Graves-Kelsey Tournament. BH wrestlers were entered into all but one of the weight classes, with the 113-pound class being double entered. Everyone made their respective finals, where Isaac Novod ’27, Scotty Moreau ’26, Andrew Pimental ’25, Jack Dragoumanos ’26, Cord Vallis ’24, Freddy Pimental ’23, Turner Rayment ’23, Alex Gavronsky ’23, Will Stewart ’24, Haden Bottiglieri ’24, Josh Houston-Davis ’23, and Dave Lograsso ’23 all won their weight classes, while Aaron Stanger ’24 and Bennett Carroll ’23 finished second. Along with having the record number of finalists, fourteen, Belmont Hill also scored the most points by any team ever in the history of the ISL Championship, with 377 of the total 390 points possible scored. Cord Vallis won the “Most & Least” Trophy for pinning every opponent in the least amount of time, and Freddy Pimental received the “Globe All-Scholastic Award”. Next weekend the team drove up to Andover for New Englands, where Scotty Moreau and Alex Gavronsky won their weight classes, Isaac Novod, Jack Dragoumanos, Cord Vallis, Freddy Pimental, and Turner Rayment placed second. Aaron Stanger, Andrew Pimental and Haden Bottiglieri placed third, with Will Stewart, Josh Houston Davis, and Bennett Carroll also placing and qualifying for Prep Nationals. Dr. Davis was also awarded the trophy for “Assistant Coach of the Year” at New Englands. The team placed in third. However this ranking is deceptive as BH was only 10.5 points behind the second place team while finishing 162 points ahead of the fourth place squad. Belmont Hill had a record 13 Wrestlers qualify for Nationals, and placed record best for the team in school history, scoring 93 points and finishing 11th out of 128 teams. Alex Gavronsky ’23 finished and Haden Bottiglieri ’24 both are All-Americans, finishing fifth and seventh in their respective weight classes. Also noteworthy, six wrestlers total made the round of 12. Alex Gavronsky ’23 also won the award for “Most Pins Least Time”, awarded to the individual wrestler who pinned the most opponents in the least amount of time.
After a record breaking season, Coach Bradley proudly stated, “Top to bottom probably the strongest team we ever had” and “with so many good wrestlers we were able to do something pretty unprecedented.”