The Greens Farms Academy wrestling program was once again in the national spotlight this week with two more All-American honors for its wrestlers.
Recent graduate Nico Provo ’21 and rising sophomore Nathan Taylor both earned All-American honors at the 2021 USA Wrestling Junior Nationals in Fargo, N.D. Additionally, Provo was named the 2021 Dave Schultz Award winner for Connecticut as awarded by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He is the second-ever Schultz Award-winner to come from a private school, joining Matt Powers of Loomis-Chaffee in 2005, according to the ctwrestling.com website.
The Stanford-bound Provo placed seventh overall in the 126-pound freestyle division, finishing 7-2 overall in the tournament.
Provo opened the tournament with three dominant wins in his first three matches, all of which came via technical fall. In the Round of 16, Illinois wrestler Vincent Robinson eked out a 5-4 win over Provo, sending the former Dragon standout into the consolation bracket.
Three more technical fall victories secured Provo’s spot as an All-American, but a 12-7 loss to Oregon’s Gabe Whistenhunt sent Provo into the 7th-8th match—which he won handily at 10-0 to take seventh.
Earlier this spring, Provo won two national championships, including the 2021 Prep School National title at 120 pounds. A few weeks earlier he had taken the NHSCA Senior National Championship at 126 pounds, as well.
Two All-American honors came with those titles.
The Schultz Award was established to honor the former Olympic wrestler and world champion, whose career ended early when he was killed in January 1996. The national award is presented annually to a high school senior based on outstanding wrestling success, scholastic achievement, and citizenship and/or community service.
Taylor won seven straight consolation matches to earn his spot as an All-American in the 16U Freestyle Division.
He lost his opening match to the eventual national champion out of Georgia before notching four straight 10-0 victories and a 7-0 win to clinch All-American status. A 9-5 loss pushed Taylor down to the 7/8 match, where his victory secured a seventh-place spot.
Other Dragons taking part in the event were rising senior Peter Kane (152 pounds) and Class of 2021 graduate CJ Shea (136), both of whom posted 3-2 marks, as well as Caleb Seyfried, a rising senior wrestling at 132 pounds who went 2-2.