RL Earns Second Place Finish in the Graves-Kelsey Tournament

On 10 February, members of the varsity wrestling team competed in the prestigious Graves-Kelsey Tournament (the ISL championship tournament), earning a competitive second place finish overall. The team achieved this accomplishment through a collective effort, with 11 of 14 wrestlers placing. Doevy Estimphile (II) earned second place in his weight class. Earning third place finishes were captain Evan Lim (I) and Javi Rios (III). Coming in fourth place in their weight classes were Avi Attar (III), Ben Morris (II), Mat Cefail (III), Makoto Kobayashi (II), Eric Zaks (II), Nate Lopes (II), and Liam Rimas (II). Earning a fifth-place finish was captain Ayinde Best (I). Led by head coach Josh Wildes, tournament representatives from RL were rounded out by Pete Levangie (III), Alvin Massenat (II), and Lo Monteiro-Clewell (II).

The Graves-Kelsey Tournament was named in honor of Bert Kelsey and Gibby Graves in 1966. Bert was Roxbury Latin’s wrestling coach from 1937 to 1966, earning 24 winning seasons and numerous individual championships. A master of English and debate, his energy and good nature endeared him to hundreds of students. Gibby Graves was a long-time coach at Buckingham Browne and Nichols and was a pioneer in developing the league tournament. Roxbury Latin has earned the title of Graves-Kelsey Champion 20 times since 1966; this marks the seventh time the team has placed as runner-up.


RL’s wrestling team will continue on to the New England Championships this weekend at Tabor Academy.