Suffield Academy: 60
Hyde hosted its second home tri-meet this past Saturday the 11th against Suffield Academy and Canterbury School. We opened against Suffield, a team we had previously lost to a week ago (12-63). With only a week to make vast improvements, as well as losing several members of the team to various causes, the Hyde grapplers had to rise to the occasion to match up against this very tough team. Unfortunately, with little time to prepare and key missing people, Hyde fell short of their goals this round. However, there were two stand outs for the day. Marcos Mercado ’13earned his 4th win of the season against his opponent at the 119lb weight class by pin, and Zack Guidice ’12 won by decision against his opponent who he had lost to last week at the 189lb weight class. Although we only had a small amount of success against Suffield, we geared up for the more close match up we were to face against Canterbury.
Canterbury School: 39
Hyde-Woodstock entered into the second match of the day with a renewed sense of purpose. Canterbury was a very beatable school, and with some crucial wins at certain weight classes, Hyde clinched its second win of the season. Some highlights of the day were Marcos Mercado ’13, Peter Markham ’12, Chris Hershberg ’12, Zach Guidice ’12, Brian Sanz ’11, and Alex Underwood ’12 who all received pins against their opponents. Also, Kevin Smith ’12 faced two tough opponents for the day at the 135lb weight class, but his refusal to be pinned in his match versus Canterbury allowed for us to clinch the win rather than tie since he gave up 3pts instead of the 6pts awarded for a fall. Lastly, David Smith ’14 entertained us all with a riveting exhibition match at the end against the 103lb opponent. He fought off his back several times and eventually turned the tide against his man and earned a pin. David has a bright future as a 103lb wrestler, and need only make weight upon our return to take his place in the line-up. After this victory, the excitement of the Wolf Pack was palpable as they finished with the “spirit run” and inspiring speech. It is also important to note, that the teamwork to clean up after these past two home meets has been great to see as well as the school support we have received. Keep it up Hyde, and we look forward to the winter break and future matches.