This Wednesday, January 25th, the Hyde-Woodstock varsity wrestlers traveled to Chase Collegiate School to face off in a tri-meet against The Gunnery and the host school. There was an apparent shift in the attitude and effort of the Wolf Pack grapplers as seen in the outcome of the day.
Chase Collegiate School: 18
We first faced off against the host school, Chase Collegiate School. This was not one of our usual opponents during the season, and was newly added this year. We came out strong against their squad, only losing two matches of the 14 weight classes. The wrestlers who earned pins for this match up were Peter Markham ’13 and Graham Davidson ’13. Ben Errera ’12 went into overtime against his opponent after a 9-9 tie after the third period. Errera ’12 not only broke the tie, he stuck his opponent in the first 30 seconds of the overtime period. In the tougher matches, Hyde wrestlers refused to quit and went the distance with their opponents. Marcos Mercado ’13 won a 6-3 decision, Kevin Smith ’12 won a 14-4 decision, and Andreu Cullere ’12 won a very close 10-9 decision. With so many great matches, it was the momentum our team needed to take on The Gunnery.
The Gunnery: 24
After our win against the host school, we turned our sights to The Gunnery. This is another new match in our season schedule, and we knew little about the team. We proved to be a much stronger team and only allowed them to earn two wins by pin and two win by forfeit. Peter Markham ’13, Ben Errera ’12, Kenrick Vincent ’12, and Graham Davidson ’13 all earned pins against their opponents, while Cullum Thompson ’12 won a close 11-9 decision and Kevin Smith ’12 won a 9-2 decision.
After ending the day 2-0, we celebrated with some well-deserved McDonald’s and a ringing of the victory bell upon our return. What made today different was the toughness of the wrestlers in each and every match. It is apparent that the work in practice is paying dividends, and the cheering on the sidelines was inspiring to see. These young men show true concern for one another both on and off the mat. A special thanks goes out to the families that were able to make it to the match. Your support is always a great addition to these competitions.