Wrestlers Advance to Regional, National Competitions
In February, six Landmark wrestlers qualified to compete in the 72nd Annual New England Independent School Wrestling Association (NEISWA) Championships at Greens Farms Academy in Wesport, Conn. George Athanasiadis '21, Isaiah and Josiah Castellucci, '19, '21, Ethan Kerr '21, John Simpson '20, and Rudy Wurlitzer '22 all performed admirably and represented themselves and Landmark with class and great sportsmanship.
Isaiah took sixth and Josiah fifth in their respective weigh classes, and both advanced to the National Prep Championships at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. They were two of four students in the Eastern Independent League who made Nationals. The top six finishers in each weight class in New Englands receive an invitation to Nationals.
Landmark Represented at National Competition
At the National match on February 22, Josiah was pinned twice, pushing him out of the double elimination tournament. Isaiah lost his first match but went on to win his next two decisions. He needed to win again to wrestle on February 23. He lost his match by injury disqualification when his jaw collided with his opponent's head, forcing him out of the tournament.
While neither student placed, it was an accomplishment to receive an invitation to participate. It is an honor few others from Landmark have enjoyed. Jason Haley '02 placed seventh at Nationals his senior year and then placed fifth with Northfield Mt. Hermon as a post-grad in 2003. David Giovannacci '14 placed just outside the eighth and final medal spot at ninth for the 220 weight class.