Hyde-Woodstock varsity wrestlers traveled to the Canterbury School on Saturday, December 8th to face off against Suffield Academy and the host school. We were lucky enough to have filled some of the weight classes that we lacked before and some fresh faces graced our team. Kevin Wang ’16 filled in at the 285lb class, Graham Davidson ’13 stepped in as our 170lb wrestler, and Leo Cao ’14was our 152lb man. We only had to forfeit 3 weight classes, which reduced are opening deficit to 18 points.
Suffield Academy: 53
We opened up against Suffield Academy, a team we faced off against and lost to 66-12 in the previous match up. We were not daunted by the past, and stepped up to face this tough team again. As always, Hyde wrestlers cannot be counted out, and we had some great highlights from guys who have yet to be seen. Holt Brown ’14 and Doug Main ’15 both earned pins against their opponents at the 182lb and 195lb respective weight classes. This was huge for these young men since it was not only 12pts on the board for Hyde, but their first wins in their varsity careers! Another stand out match was Brian O’Dea ’13, who forced his very tough opponent to a technical fall (victory by 15 point lead) rather than let himself be pinned. His opponent was a WNEISWA champ and National Prep competitor. Team captain, Marcos Mercado ’14 continued his winning streak by easily pinning his man at the 132lb weight class. When the dust settled, we found that we had done better than the last time we had met, and we had a lot to be a proud of on the day. We will see Suffield Academy in many of the tournaments to come, and we look forward to besting them where we can.
Canterbury School: 54
Our second match was against the host school, a team we have had seesaw matches against over the years. This year, Canterbury came out strong with a good foundation of wrestlers with a solid background in the sport. Since they matched up well against us, many of our better wrestlers fell to pins early on. Holt Brown ’14 had a great match that went to the third period. He was down two points with the score at 8-10, but succumbed to a pin with 15 seconds on the clock. A valuable lesson was in this loss; conditioning is what separates the winner and loser of the long haul matches. Brian O’Dea ’13 had a pin against an opponent that matched him in strength, but not ability. Sean-Michael McCrystal ’13 wrestled a great match and won by pin in the 145lb weight class. Canterbury put one of their best wrestlers out against our captain, Marcos Mercado ’14, but he could do little to keep from being dominated. Marcos earned a sound victory by major decision with a 14-2 win over Canterbury’s finest. He is currently 7-0 on the season, and I look forward to see the outcome of how he does at the Tabor Winter tournament.
Although we left Canterbury with two losses, we have begun to see some growth from the team. Matches lasted longer, wrestlers tried new moves, and the fight in our boys was more pronounced. With time the Hyde-Woodstock wrestlers will hopefully find their niche in the sport and start putting points on the board. We look forward to hosting our sister school, Hyde-Bath, on Wednesday. It will be our first home meet of the season and we hope to earn points towards getting that President’s Cup. Wish us luck.