Hyde-Woodstock: 69 Team Points – 8th Place Overall
This Saturday the Woodstock Varsity wrestlers traveled to Deerfield Academy to compete in the annual Class A league tournament. The Class A’s consist of 13 schools, and features some of New England’s toughest schools. This year we entered the tournament short five weight classes, and seeded 10th out of 13. As Hyde has shown this year, rankings are for those confined by standards of mediocrity. The nine wrestlers we brought left everything on the mat and worked their way into the eight place position, above many schools which have bested us in dual meets this year.
Some standouts on the day were Marcos Mercado ’13, who was unfortunately placed in the same bracket as the #1 seeded wrestler in New England and lost by technical fall, yet wrestled back for 3rd place defeating Hongsmantip from Worcester Academy (a wrestler who previously defeated him 10-13 at the NNEI’s). Peter Markham ’12 wrestled tough for a first year guy and went 3-3 for the day, finishing in 6th place. Kenrick Vincent ’12, also a first year guy, found his niche on the mat and powered through several opponents before losing in the last round for the 5th and 6th places. Mac McGuire ’11 had a great day and yet again bested his brother from Tabor Academy. He made it to the 3rd and 4th place finals and took 4th after a questionable call by the official in the last 30 seconds of the match. Addison Wheat ’11 was unable to place, but wrestled well for his last match of his Hyde career. He will be missed next year as our 160lb man. Brian Sanz ’11 finished out his first and last year of wrestling honorably with several wins helping him to clinch the 6th place award at the 215lb class.
At the conclusion of the day, Hyde had astonished many of the other teams with their tenacity and grit. They had impeccable sportsmanship and faced each obstacle with poise and determination.
Coach Rich Gorham from Phillips Andover made special note of the Wolfpack’s fighting spirit in his coverage of Class A’s:
“Coach Wes Jenkins has something special building down in Woodstock as Hyde-CT (6-10) has shown great improvement during the season. Northern Champ Brian Sanz (215) and Class A placer Marcos Mercado (119) are among the Wolfpack’s best, along with Kenrick Vincent (145) and Patrick McGuire (152).”
This was inspiring for me as a coach to see that people outside of our school have witnessed the same transformation that we highlight each week in the morning meetings and write-ups. This has been a special year.
Mac McGuire and Marcos Mercado have qualified for the New England Tournament where they will face off against the best in the area. Wish them luck, since top 7 will go to Lehigh for the National Preps.
Thanks to Coach Jenkins and Sandra Platt (Marcos Mercado ’13) for these photos from the Class A Tournament.