This Saturday, December 12th, the Hyde-Woodstock varsity wrestlers traveled to Suffield Academy for a tri-meet against Canterbury School and the host school. We had a full line-up this time around, allowing for the match-ups to be more even, and we also worked hard in the past week to prepare for the day.
Suffield Academy: 51
We opened up against Suffield, a team that we faced a week prior and lost to with a final score of 18-61. Of the 18 points we scored last time, 12 were from forfeits and only 6 were scored from an actual pin. This time around we were better prepared, and used this match as a way to beat them at weights we previously lost. Jae Kang Lee ’13, Peter Markham ’13 and Kenrick Vincent ’12 all earned pins against opponents who had beaten them prior, and Zach Guidice ’12 beat his opponent yet again bringing our score to 24 on the day. Our team captain,Marcos Mercado ’13, faced Will Evangelakos ’12 and came out strong against him in the first and second periods. His goal was to win after being defeated by him last week. Although he was up for most of the match, his opponent scored a critical takedown in the last seconds of the match bringing the score to 15-14, beating Mercado by a point. Although we lost to this team, we showed dramatic improvements from the last match. To beat opponents who had beaten you a week prior says a lot about a wrestler. Never count your opponent as beat, especially when they are a Hyde grappler.
Canterbury School: 54
Our next match was against Canterbury School. Their team has shown some improvement from last year, and was much stronger than expected. They matched up well against us, and made us work hard for the points we earned. Cullum Thompson ’12 had a tough match against his opponent in the 138lb class and after going the distance with him, he trailed by two points. Mike Kanda (PG) also fought a solid 6 minute match against his opponent at the 220llb weight class and lost in a 9 to 12 decision. This was a great opener for him and he will surely be a contributor in future matches. Kevin Smith ’12 also went all 6 minutes with his opponent and won by decision with a final score of 6 to 5. This was a “nail-biter” of a match, and showed Kevin’s grit and determination. Graham Davidson ’13 followed suit with yet another 6 minute match and a decision victory with a score of 12 to 8. Marcos Mercado ’13 was the only victory by pin for the day, earning us 6 points towards our 18. The match against Canterbury showed us some of our weaknesses; conditioning and remaining control on top were the primary issues. We will need to work extra hard this week to prepare to face-off against Bath in hopes of securing the President’s Cup once more at the Woodstock campus. Wish us luck!