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Thursday, April 19 Sports

GFA roundup: Wrestlers compete at national tournament

The GFA Wrestling team wrapped up its season this Feb. 22 at the Prep National Tournament in Bethlehem, PA at Lehigh University. The Dragons had three qualifiers in junior captains Riley Grady (126 pounds), Jad Qaddourah (152) and freshman Hans Forland (106). Competing in what is generally regarded as the second toughest post season tournament in the country, the Dragons competed alongside some of the toughest teams in the sport.

Forland suffered an early loss to the eventual tournament champion, but bounced back in the consolation bracket to finish the day 1-2. Qaddourah had one of the toughest brackets and draws on the day and wrestled two tough opponents and was ousted from the tournament. Grady finished the day 2-2 and came up a match away from the medal round.

Despite not having the outcome they were looking for, the Dragons placed ahead of all other FAA teams, including Brunswick.

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The Dragons (10-10) lost to Masters 37-36 Feb. 17 and then defeated Hopkins 53-39 Feb. 19. To start the week, the Dragons faced off against Masters, losing a tough, hard fought game, 37-36. After having a 9-point lead with 6:30 minutes to go in the game, Masters held on for the win.

Junior captain Lisa Johnson had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the defeat, while Lexi Kimball had 14 points, six rebounds and four steals.

GFA rebounded to defeat Hopkins in its final regular season game, despite falling behind 8-0 early in the contest. The Dragons had a two-point lead at the half and pulled away over the final 16 minutes.

Kimball had a career-high 37 points in the win.

The Dragons then lost to Convent of the Sacred Heart 45-32 in the FAA quarterfinals Feb. 20.