Choate Rosemary Hall: 66
The Wolf Pack varsity wrestlers traveled to Wallingford, CT this Wednesday the 11th to face off against Choate. Over the past few years this has been a fairly close match-up, but this year was slightly more lopsided. Choate has built quite a program over the past few years and has not lost many of its stronger wrestlers, where as we are currently in a building season. Therefore, with Hyde at a skill and ability deficit, we fell to the Choate opponents for most of the matches. Kenrick Vincent ’12 was the only win on the day with a power pin against his opponent at the 152lb weight class. Team captain, Marcos Mercado ’13, received a forfeit in the regular line-up, but then won a decisive victory in an exhibition against an opponent who was two weight classes above him. Although we lost by a substantial margin, there were several other highlights to note. First, only two wrestlers in our line-up did not make it beyond the first period. This is a major improvement that was discussed as a challenge earlier this week. Secondly, Mike Kanda ’12, Kevin Smith ’12, and Ben Errera ’12 all forced their opponents into a non-pinning victory. I was especially impressed with Kanda since he has continued to grow since his victory at Pomfret. These are the small victories that a coach needs to note even in a losing scenario. We also want to thank Claude and Becky Errera, as well as Rose Markham for attending our match this week. Parent support is always a blessing, and means a lot to the team seeing as we only had one home meet this season. Wish the team good luck as we head into the weekend at Phillips Andover School against Deerfield Academy, Hyde Bath, and the host school.