The Hyde-Woodstock varsity wrestlers traveled to the Roxbury-Latin School on Wednesday, February 2nd, to face-off against Marianapolis Preparatory and the host school. Roxbury-Latin ran the tri-meet like a miniature tournament which helped speed up the competition and prepared us for this upcoming weekend in Tilton, NH at the Northern New England Invitational.
The Roxbury-Latin School: 48
Roxbury-Latin has always had a strong wrestling program, especially since they begin coaching many of their kids in the 7th grade through their lower school program. Although we did not win this match, the Wolf Pack wrestlers showed really toughness and many forced their opponents into decisions rather than giving up pins. Cullum Thompson ’12, Ben Errera ’12 and Andreu Cullere ’12 held their own against tough opponents and did not give up the 6 points each of their opponents desired. The 18 points scored for our side came from the pins of Marcos Mercado ’13 and Mike Kanda ’12, as well as the decisions of Kevin Smith 12’ in a 10-3 win and Graham Davidson ’13 in a 5-0 win. A big moment for the team came with Post-grad Mike Kanda ’12 hitting a tough arm throw on his opponent and pinning him in 17 seconds! This was a move learned the day before in practice and he was obviously excited to give it a try. The coach of Roxbury-Latin remarked at the toughness of Hyde wrestlers and is excited to keep us in their regular rotation in the years to come.
Marianapolis Preparatory School: 34
In our rematch against Marianapolis, the Wolf Pack won many of the same matches as before but there were a few surprises on the day. For example, Ben Errera ’12 earned a pin against his opponent who had bested him in the prior match with a 5-3 decision. Also, Alex Katz ’15 earned his first pin and win of the season against his opponent who had pinned him in the previous match. Although not a victory,Cullum Thompson ’12 went the distance against his opponent who had pinned him earlier in the season, and forced him into a 12-2 decision. This toughness is appreciated on the mat and by the team since it is the difference between giving up 6 points for a pin and 3 or 4 points for a decision. Other highlights included pins by Graham Davidson ’13, Kenrick Vincent ’12, Marcos Mercado ’13, Kevin Smith 12’, Peter Markham ‘13 and Mike Kanda ’12.
All in all, the day was a success. It was great to see wrestlers beat an old rival or hit a new move on the mat. It was also great to see our 113lb. wrestler earn his first win of the season. We have a lot of work to do in preparation of the coming weeks, especially with the NNEI, Class A and NE Tournaments on the next three weekends. Wish the men luck and hopefully we will bring home some medals in the coming weeks.