Wolfpack V Wrestling at Class A’s

On Saturday, February 11th, the Wolf Pack varsity wrestlers traveled up to Bath, ME to compete in the Class A League tournament hosted at Hyde-Maine.  We brought a nine man line-up and hoped to bring home a few medals on the day.  The Class A League is widely regarded as the toughest of the four leagues and we have some real obstacles to placing beyond 6th or 7th each year.  With teams like Northfield Mount Hermon, Phillips-Andover, and Choate to contend with, we are at a disadvantage in terms of both experience and team strength.  As any good Hyde team, we take on those challenges and face obstacles with poise.  Many of the Woodstock wrestlers fought well on the day, but succumbed to opponents of more experience.  In terms of team score, we unfortunately placed last among the 14 teams in attendance.  The big highlights of the day were the two placing wrestlers who will now advance to the New England Tournament.  Kevin Smith ’12 was seeded 4th in the tournament and lived up to that expectation by earning 4th overall in the 145lb weight class.  He wrestled with grit and determination, but got stuck in the consolation finals after a poorly setup shot attempt.  He will hopefully see this opponent in the New England tournament so he can try to beat him once again.  Marcos Mercado ’13was seeded 5th coming into the tournament and had to face the Tilton opponent who beat him in the finals at the NNEI tournament a week prior.  This time around, Marcos dictated the speed of the match and wrestled “his” match rather than his opponents.  He won with a decisive 15-4 lead.  Due to bracketing and an upset win by the Tilton opponent in the later brackets, Marcos had to wrestle him for a second time for the 3rd and 4th spot and once again bested him in a 13-11 decision, winning him the bronze medal in the 126lb. weight class.  Wish Marcos and Kevin good luck before they depart on Friday afternoon to go to Northfield Mount Hermon to compete in the New England Championship Tournament.



Coach Jenkins