Seniors Shine in Last Home Duel Meet

FORT WASHINGTON — The night opened with Germantown Academy honoring a group of six senior wrestlers and ended with the entire team celebrating a win over William Penn Charter in what was their last home duel meet of the year. The Patriots dominated the scoring, topping the Quakers by a score of 52-9.

“It’s crazy,” Ben Sawyer ’18 said. “We’ve been wrestling here for so long, it’s crazy to have that ‘last match’ feeling.”

After GA recognized Mike Roman ’18, Patrick Salmon ’18, Andrew Sandifer ’18, Sawyer, George Schwartz ’18 and Brandon Seidman ’18 for what they brought to the wrestling program for the past four years, the meet began. It did not start off the best way, as the Patriots forfeited their match at 106.

However, after that the team went on a tear, winning seven straight matches. Christopher Kim ’20 and Deon Savage ’20 both won by falls, while Christian Colman ’21 won by decision and Jibrael Moore ’20 won on a major decision. Penn Charter forfeited the 120 and 132 match, making Seidman and Mark Fasciocco ’19 both victorious.

The highlight of the first seven matches came during Roman’s match against PC’s Sam Shemtov. After going through three rounds, the match was tied, 1-1. The score stayed tied until the sixth round, when Roman was able to get another point off of an escape and won the marathon-like match, 2-1.

“I think there were some good matchups there,” Head Coach Solomon Fleckman said. “If you’re in a duel meet where there are good matchups, they should last a long time. This was a more fun match that way. You can see the story unfold and guys go through the struggle. It was much better.”

Following Sami Cerebe’s ’21loss by decision, Germantown Academy started rolling again and reeled off four straight wins. Both Sawyer and Salmon took their matches by fall and Sandifer won his by way of decision. Like Roman earlier in the night, Harrison Levans ’21 was tied with his opponent after three rounds, but unlike the earlier match, Levans won by way of a sudden victory.

Every senior that participated in a match came out victorious. Following the win, Sawyer reflected on his time in the GA wrestling program, and Fleckman spoke about the group that will be graduating at the end of the academic year.

“It’s been a wild ride through the four years,” Sawyer said. “We’ve been having a few rebuilding years, but we’re 9-0 right now. It’s awesome. It’s definitely good to know that we have a really good coach who is going to stay here and help rebuild the program.”

“I’ve inherited a great culture and it comes from those six guys,” Fleckman said. “They look after each other, they take each other out to dinner after each match as a team, it’s just a great fraternity that they have. They mean a lot.”

The Patriots will face a quick turn around as they will compete at the Gilman Duels in Baltimore, Maryland on Jan. 27. After that, the team will travel to a series of duel meets and tournaments until Prep Nationals on Feb. 23 and 24.

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