The Hyde community hosted the Northern New England Invitational on Saturday through the outstanding efforts of the faculty, staff, and especially the students. Phillips Andover took the team title and the Phoenix finished in seventh place in a field of twelve. While the Hyde wrestlers displayed great heart, even more importantly, their amazing character stole the show. Through an overwhelming majority, the visiting coaches voted for the Bath squad to win the Sportsmanship Award. Congratulations to the Phoenix wrestlers for a powerful display of effort, determination, and class last weekend.
On the mat, the Phoenix received strong efforts from Austin Wang (’13) and Matt Carson (’14). Working hard and earning a victory each, Isaac Pfosi (’12) and Zach Leighninger (’13) both finished 1-2 on the day. Co-Captain Scott Georgaklis (’12) racked up two victories on Saturday and finished with a well earned 2-2 record, as did Michael Novas (’12).
The Phoenix coaches awarded Outstanding Effort medals to three deserving recipients. First year wrestler Scotty Bartlett (’12), demonstrated the grit and determination he practices with daily and he finished the day 1-2. In one of the toughest weight classes, Alec Randall (’12) turned in one of the toughest performances. He ended 1-2 but he turned in a gutsy performance against a very good wrestler, proving that he can wrestle with the best. WonSeo Huh (’11) wrestled to a 2-2 record as he displayed a combination of exceptional mental toughness and excellent sportsmanship. These three wrestlers competed with the heart, determination, and desire that exemplifies Hyde Wrestling.
The Phoenix further exhibited the hard work of a grueling season by placing five wrestlers in the top four. Freshman and first year wrestler, Yousef Al-Taie, stunned the competition by pinning his second opponent and finishing in fourth place at the 285 pound weight class. Nikita Smolentsev (’12) also turned in a fourth place finish as he went 2-2 at the 215 pound weight class. In a deep weight, Chester Hill (’12), fought his way to a 2-2 record and a fourth place finish at 171 pounds.
Two seniors wrestled their way into the Championship Finals of the Northern New England Invitational. Anthony Callahan pinned two opponents and took the finals into overtime in a strong second place performance. Co-Captain, Chip Wohlstetter, wrestled one of the strongest tournaments of his career as he decked two opponents of his own before losing by Fall in his Championship bout.
The Phoenix crew extend a heartfelt thanks to the community and fans who supported a great showing this past weekend, and they look to continue their strong performance as they head to Deerfield Academy for the Class A Tournament on Saturday.