Northfield Mount Hermon: 72
The Hyde Wolf Pack Grapplers hosted their first meet of the year against some of the tougher teams in the league. Our first match was against the powerhouse wrestling school Northfield Mount Hermon. They came with a stacked line-up with several returning wrestlers, many boasting All-American or New England Champion status. Although the day was heavily favoring NMH, the Wolf Pack rose to the challenge to fight hard on the mat. The spirit remained upbeat throughout, even though the scoreboard continued to rise in favor of the opponents. Some surprising victories came from the new members of the pack. Both Peter Markham ’12 and Kenrick Vincent ’12 earned pins against their opponents, accounting for the 12pts for our team. The team held their heads high, and used this match as a learning experience. It was hard not to be proud when everything was left on the mat and they were all supportive for one another.
Worcester Academy: 36
The last match of the Hyde-Woodstock tri-meet was against Worcester Academy. The Wolf Pack entered the match with an internal fire and optimism that was great to see. The line-ups initially favored the Wolf Pack, but Worcester had a coach who was great at strategizing with the weighs he had. After shuffling their line-up around, Worcester came out on top in a close match. Some notable matches of the night were Marcos Mercado ’13 who went 5 minutes with his opponent before losing by a questionable pin. Also, Mac McGuire ’11 and James Ziede ’12 earned pins in weight classes above their usual weights. Finally, Brian Sanz ’11 earned his first victory of the season with an aggressive pin against his opponent at the 215lb weight class. The Wolf Pack did not achieve wins for the day, but they inspired others with their effort and enthusiasm. They will only get better as the season continues, especially since they already have great attitudes about one of the toughest sports at Hyde. We will have another home match this upcoming Saturday against Canterbury and Suffield. If you can make it, please come and support us!