Portsmouth Abbey wrestler and co-captain Garrett Roskelly recorded a career combined high school and club milestone of 100 wins on December 10.
The competition stopped briefly to recognize Roskelly's accomplishment in an announcement by Portsmouth Abbey Athletic Director Chris Milmoe. Roskelly is a fourth-year wrestler from Portsmouth, RI, and competes in the 165-pound weight class this season.
"Garrett Roskelly breaking the 100-win barrier is a great accomplishment in normal times," said Milmoe, "but Garrett didn't wrestle for Portsmouth Abbey during normal times. He overcame the challenges presented by the pandemic, stayed on course, and had a remarkable high school career. That is an extraordinary accomplishment, in addition to this 100th win."
"His accomplishments have gained notice beyond the Ocean State. He was recruited by several collegiate programs and recently committed to Elmira College. More importantly, he is a leader on the Raven team. He never settles and works to improve constantly. He always treats his opponents with great respect. Roskelly is a good example of the values we hold high here at Portsmouth Abbey. We are certain he will positively reflect on our institution in college and beyond," Milmoe added.
In addition to wrestling for Portsmouth Abbey, Roskelly has competed year-round with Iron Faith Wrestling Club since 2019. From June through August of 2022, he wrestled 59 matches, competing all over New England and the mid-Atlantic (New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania). He attributes his success to "keeping focused on every match, one at a time."
"Garrett is an exceptional wrestler and an even better teammate,” commented Ebed Jarrell, head coach at Iron Faith. “One thing that amazes me about Garrett is his desire to compete. He competed in far more tournaments than any of my wrestlers at Iron Faith. Garrett is always looking to improve on and off the wrestling mat, and I'm excited to have been a part of his wrestling journey."
Garrett started the evening quad match with a pin against Lucas Ng from Lexington Christian Academy. Then with a forfeit win against Marianapolis Prep, Garrett achieved his career 100-win. He then went on to garner win 101, ending the day with another pin against the wrestler Joel Lahore from St. Mark's school.
Head Coach for Elmira College, CJ Bostwick, offered Roskelly his congratulations via text, saying how excited he was to have him join the Soaring Eagles. Roskelly responded, "I am extremely excited to be admitted into the mathematics program at Elmira and to be able to continue wrestling for Coach Bostwick for the next four years."
Roskelly finished by thanking his teammates for their support and recognizing their collective accomplishments, "Portsmouth Abbey's 2022-23 team is coming together perfectly. We're better than ever. We have 29 wrestlers filling the roster, and the girls' side is growing yearly. We're looking good, and I am happy to be a member of this team."