Greens Farms Academy is a PreK-12, coed school in Westport, CT

Torres Makes Wrestling History

John Nash

Not much intimidates April Torres. A football and rugby player who has grown up with four brothers, Torres walked into the Greens Farms Academy wrestling room this winter excited for the season ahead.

Last week she became the first-ever GFA female wrestler to win a match during the Avon Old Farm duals. Torres’ pin against a wrestler from Nobles and Greenough made school history, and is hopefully the first of many wins as a Dragon.

“We’re excited to have April on the team — she is dedicated and committed to wrestling,” GFA coach Jack Conroy said. “We’re hopefully moving in a direction where we can bolster women’s wrestling.”

Women’s wrestling is now a collegiate sport and the NEPSAC offers a girls wrestling tournament, so later Torres will be able match herself up against some of the region’s best female wrestlers.

But don’t look for her to be intimidated by any competition.

“I have four brothers,” she said. “I played football for my old school, Shelton High, and I’ve been playing rugby. I just really like aggressive sports.”

One day, while taking the train to New York City, she struck up a conversation with a group of students who were in formal clothing.

“I asked them where they went and they said, ‘GFA,’ so I looked it up online,” Torres said of her introduction to the school. “Two years later, here I am.”

The first female wrestler to notch a victory, Torres went into the match last week unsure she was going to be on the mat. When the other team showed up with another girl, though, Conroy saw the opportunity as a big test for one of his newest wrestlers.

“She’s really thrived and she’s doing great,” Conroy said. “She has a lot of talent, and it’s only a question of how far she wants to take it.”

Torres said she hopes to take wrestling as far as she can.

“I want to go undefeated,” she said.