The Hyde Phoenix wrapped up the 2011 – 2012 dual meet wrestling season in Avon, CT yesterday in a quad with the host Winged Beavers of Avon-Old Farms School as well as Lexington Christian Academy and Class A League rival Worcester Academy. The Phoenix finished the day 2-1 to complete the dual meet season with a record of 7-6!
In the opening round of the event, Hyde squared off against Lexington Christian Academy, an Eastern Independent League team the Phoenix hadn’t beaten in several years. The Phoenix prevailed by the score of 48 – 34 on the strength of dominating performances from senior 160 Chester Hill and senior 170 Bemnet Banks.
Hyde faced the Hilltoppers of Worcester Academy in the second round and really went after them with focus and intensity. The Phoenix earned 2 pins a technical fall and a major decision in the first four bouts with senior 145 Alec Randall wrestling to a shutout 15-0 win by technical fall, seniors Scott Georgaklis (152) and Bemnet Banks (170) winning by pin and senior 160 Chester Hill earning a win by major decision. The phoenix would continue to roll with victories from senior 220 Michael Novas, junior Austin Wang at 113 and sophomore Andrew Martz at 138. Hyde upended Worcester by the score of 61 – 12.
In the final match of the day, the Phoenix and the Winged Beavers took to the mat. The matches were all well contested, and the battle waged back and forth through the weight classes. Despite Hyde’s best wrestling of the day, Avon won 2 of the final 3 bouts and emerged victorious by the score of 45 – 31. Standouts included seniors Alec Randall (145) and Chester Hill (160) who both earned major decision wins – with Chester working hard in the final moments to score a reversal which guaranteed the bonus point for the team score! Lukas Fischer (195) and Michael Novas (220) continued their winning ways by earning pins against stout competition. In the most anticipated match of the day senior 170 Bemnet Banks met his Avon opponent in a matchup of the #3 and #6 ranked wrestlers in New England. Bemnet simply dominated his opponent by the score of 19-3 to win by technical fall and keep his New England Prep record a perfect 13- 0 on the season (15 -0 in all competition).
The Phoenix now head into TOURNAMENT TIME! On Saturday Feb. 4, Hyde will compete at Tilton School in NH in our final regular season event, the 2012 Northern New England Invitational. This our final tune up opportunity before hosting the 2012 Class A League Championships in Bath on February 11th, with qualification for the New England’s up for grabs to the top four place winners in each of the 14 weight classes. Hyde School is ready to host, and Hyde Wrestling is ready to COMPETE! Please join us in Bath for an amazing day of wrestling.