The varsity basketball team hosted the Class A Winter Classic tournament last weekend and completed a sweep by earning victories over three teams from Connecticut. In the opener, the Arrows held their annual "Silent Night" game and took down a physical and talented Taft team by the score of 64-47. The team continued its fine play with a 86-54 victory over Brunswick to set up a showdown with a 6-1 Choate squad on Saturday. The Arrows jumped out to an early lead, scoring 62 first-half points, and defeated the Boars 102-61. The Arrows head into the Christmas break with a 7-0 record and will return to action on December 30 with a 3 pm game against Nobles at the Belmont Hill Tournament.
The Varsity Hockey Team had a successful Mutch Cup Tournament, making it to the finals. The Arrows defeated Albany and Williston in the first and second rounds, 4-1, respectively, to earn a berth in the tournament finals, versus Brunswick. Despite St. Seb's losing 2-0, the game was well played, and it was back and forth most of the contest. The Hockey team resumes play on December 30 when it hosts Berkshire at 11 am.
The Squash Team did not have any contests before Christmas Break and will resume play and matches after the new year.
On 12/17 the Saint Sebastian's wrestling team traveled down to Tabor Academy to compete in the "Battle on the Bay," tournament. After a long day of battling, the arrows finished in 5th place out of 22 other wrestling teams. The great day was made even more impressive, due to the fact that the team only brought nine wrestlers out of a possible fourteen due to illnesses. Even so, the day included many amazing wins including a last-second pin by captain Eddie Ryan after wrestling three periods from behind. Eddie Zhang continues to impress and placed 4th after wrestling several skilled and experienced wrestlers. Seamus McDonough battled all day to finish in 3rd place in the highly competitive 157 lb. weight class. However, the day was capped by Landon Bailey winning the tournament at 215 lbs. He pinned all three of his opponents and wrestled less than a total of five minutes the entire day. Another impressive feat was that every wrestler had a win at the tournament, something that is not easy to accomplish with so much nuance in weights, style, skill, etc. Other bright spots were senior Michael Kalinichenko getting his first varsity win and sophomore Luis Sosa Espinal, 8th grader Jack Usechek, and 8th grader Nolan Wishart all placing 6th.
The Ski Team did not race before Christmas Break and will resume practice after the new year, with races in early January.