On Wednesday, December 14th, Hyde-Woodstock varsity wrestlers traveled up north to their sister school in Bath, ME for the 1stannual Winter Classic showdown. Bath had moved the mats into the theater for this event and spotlights were trained on the mats. The intensity in the room was palpable, and the home team had an advantage over the Wolf Pack in terms of school spirit and the three hour travel time our team had to endure. This did not make it a lopsided battle though, and the Wolf Pack opened up with a commanding lead against the Phoenix. We had back to back wins by Peter Markham ’13, Marcos Mercado ’13, Jae Kang Lee ’13, and Cullum Thompson ’12. These wins brought us to a 29-6 lead. After a tough loss in the 145lb class, Kenrick Vincent ’12answered back with another pin bringing the score to 35-12. At this point, the Wolf Pack weakness (and Phoenix strength) at the higher weights worked against us. We lost consecutive matches from 160 through the 285 weight classes. Zach Guidice ’12 forced his opponent to a 2-10 major decision though and showed some grit. After the final match, the score ended with a Phoenix victory. They were a much better team this year, and Coaches Logan Kidwell and Jesse Sataloff have put in great work to improve their team. Congratulations to Bath as this year’s winner, and a special thank you for hosting such a phenomenal match. We were also invited for a Christmas Dinner afterwards, which all of the Wolf Pack enjoyed. We will be sending two of our wrestlers to join the Bath team at the Doug Parker Invitational tournament this weekend. Hopefully our conjoined team can place high in this very competitive tournament. The Hyde-Woodstock varsity wrestlers will now depart for a few weeks for some well-deserved rest, but they will also need to do some work over the break to stay in shape and prepare for the season to come in the New Year. Thanks to all of our supporters and we wish you all a happy holiday season.