Hyde-Woodstock varsity wrestlers traveled to Worcester Academy on Wednesday, November 7th to compete in a tri-meet against Northfield Mount Hermon and the host school. We were unfortunately down several men yet again, due to issues outside of the team’s control, and this led to the team being down five wrestlers in a 14 person line-up.
Northfield Mount Hermon School: 66
Our first match of the day was against the nationally ranked NMH wrestlers. They have been known to have one of the strongest team in both the league and New England, and last year placed 5th as a team in National Preps. Due to lack of experience and our missing numbers, the Wolf Pack was not able to put anything on the scoreboard against this team with the exception of Kenrick Vincent ’12, who earned a pin at the 152lb weight class. This match showed us that we have a lot of work to do in terms of fighting off our backs and learning better technique. One last highlight to note was Ben Errerra ’12, who was the only wrestler on our team to make it into the second period against a very tough opponent. Ben has shown himself to be a tough wrestler this year and prides himself in his never quit approach to the sport. With the tougher match out of the way, we turned our sights to Worcester Academy.
Worcester Academy: 36
Worcester Academy faced many of the issues Hyde had in the second match-up of the day. They were also down several wrestlers for various reasons and the combined issues between our teams led to only six matches occurring with all the other eight as forfeits from one team or the other. Marcos Mercado ’13 wrestled a very tough opponent (Mendenhall ’12) and came out strong in the first and second periods, but a careless mistake led to his pin in the last seconds of the second period. Ben Errera ’12 displayed grit and determination in his match and earned his first pin of his varsity career. He embodies the idea that hard work and never quitting pays dividends in the end. A final highlight of the match was Kenrick Vincent ’12 going the full six minutes with his opponent and winning by a 7-1 decision. He is usually a power pinner and this was a nice change of pace for him. He learned the importance of conditioning at the end of this tough match. Although we lost the match up with a score of 9-24 (not including forfeits), this was a good learning experience for all.
Wish us luck this Saturday when we have a rematch against Suffield Academy and take on Canterbury School. We hope to bring a full line-up to help even out the point spread, as well as improving our previous match up against the very tough Suffield wrestlers.