The Hyde-Woodstock varsity wrestling team traveled to Northfield Mount Hermon on Wednesday, December 5th for a tri-meet against the host school and Worcester Academy. It is always daunting to enter the NMH wrestling room. Their walls are adorned with banners for previous All-American’s, New England Championships and League Championships. They are a nationally ranked team with three All-American’s currently on their roster, but that did little to deter the efforts of the Wolf Pack. We warmed up and prepared to do battle on the mat.
Northfield Mount Hermon School: 66
We faced off first against the host school. Beginning at the 132lb weight class, our team captain Marcos Mercado ’14 set the tone in a very tough match. This was his first challenge of the season, and their wrestler was no slouch. After a grueling 6 minute match, Marcos was able to clinch the win with a 2 point lead over his man. It was a great reminder for our captain, that although he is favored in the Class A and New England tournaments, the path to a title will be strewn with tough competitors. He was our only win in the dual, and we fell to successive NMH pins. Their team was very strong this season with All-American’s in the 138, 145, and 182 weight classes. Although a tough loss, we reminded ourselves that there was still another match to go and it was a winnable one.
Worcester Academy: 30
Our second match was against Worcester Academy. The Worcester squad faced several of the same issues we are having, that being the inability to fill all the weight classes. They took forfeits at the 132, 138, and 182lb classes, and we took forfeits in the 152 and 285lb classes. Both teams forfeited the 106, 126 and 220lb classes. That left only 6 contested weight classes to battle in. Sean-Michael McCrystal ’13 opened up the match with his first win on the season, and was even wrestling a weight class higher. Brian O’Dea ’13 used his strength to accomplish a beautifully executed over-under lateral throw which made the whole crowd cheer. He also earned a pin and is currently 4-1 for the season. He may be a “dark horse” in this year’s league tournament. The wrestler of the day went to Paul Randall ’15 who earned a 10-9 decision over his opponent in the 120lb weight class. He was the reason for the win against Worcester, since a loss in this match would have flipped the score around to 33-30 in Worcester’s favor. It was a great match up and a nail biter of a finish. With only a three point lead, Hyde earned its first win of the season!
We look forward to this upcoming weekend when we will travel to the Canterbury School for yet another quad meet. Wish us luck!