On Friday, the Hyde Phoenix made the long trip to Deerfield Academy for the Class A League tournament. This tournament, equivalent to the State tournament, concluded the regular season and qualified the top 4 place winners for the New England Championships.
Several Hyde Wrestlers had standout performances at the tournament. In the opening round, junior 171 Chester Hill avenged last weekend’s loss in the Northern New England Invitational 3rd place bout with a solid 4-2 win over his Phillips Andover opponent. Sophomore 140 Jamal Borden won his first bout and finished the day 1-2. Senior 285 Chip Wohlstetter defeated two wrestlers seeded higher than himself en route to a sixth place finish. Junior 215 Nikita Smolentsev earned a first round pin against Sanz of Hyde –CT who won the NNEI last weekend, and Senior 189 Anthony Callahan earned two W’s and finished in 6th place as well.
Two wrestlers in particular stood out for their exceptional effort. Junior 171 Chester Hill was losing by 6 or 8 points with time expiring, and needing a pin to win the match, he reversed his opponent and locked up a cradle. Though he failed to secure the pin, Chester has learned to battle through some of his bad attitudes this season and he put himself in position to win! Similarly, junior 145 Alec Randall faced an 8 point defecit in his final match. With 34 seconds left on the clock, Alec threw his opponent to his back and worked to put his shoulders to the mat. When time expired, Alec ended up on the short side of the points, but certainly not for lack of effort.
Time running out, down by points, looking to do whatever it takes to outwork their opponents! That is Hyde Wrestling!
Despite our best efforts on the day, the Phoenix failed to qualify wrestlers for the New Englands, and so will now set our sights on our season ending event, the JV New England tournament, hosted this year by Avon Old Farms School in Avon, CT. This event will get under way at 9am on 26 February.