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Recap: Worthington Cup Reception

Twenty wrestling alumni, predominantly from teams that competed in the 1970s, gathered in the McCarthy Room on Friday, Feb. 2 for a reception in celebration of the battle for the Worthington Cup, a time-honored matchup on the mat of Gilman vs. McDonogh. 

An unexpected opportunity to see and reconnect with Eddie Brown ’57, former head wrestling coach, was a highlight for many attendees. Greyhounds huddled with Coach Brown to catch up with their beloved mentor and relive favorite memories from the glory days. Current varsity Head Coach Bryn Holmes stopped by the reception after weigh-ins to thank the alumni for their support and update them on the team’s postseason aspirations. Tom Lynn ’71 deserves special credit for showcasing photos and memorabilia from several eras of Gilman’s rich wrestling history, fomenting the nostalgic and spirited atmosphere of the reception.

Enjoying the heavy dose of wrestling nostalgia, many of the former grapplers then made their way to the Old Gym to watch the dual meet unfold. The Worthington Cup, first awarded in 1987, honors the winning team in the Gilman-McDonogh wrestling rivalry. Gilman secured the trophy in 2021 and 2022; a three-peat was on the minds of the faithful. The boys did not disappoint in the 2024 showdown. A dominant 66-12 victory put the exclamation point on the day and a triumphant season for which Gilman secured the MIAA Dual Meet title. Good luck to the Greyhounds as they turn their attention to the postseason tournaments! 


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