Yesterday afternoon, the Hyde-Bath JV Wrestling team traveled with Varsity down to our sister school in Woodstock, Connecticut for their only dual meet of the season. With a team of primarily first-year wrestlers, it is fair to say that the JVs have struggled this season to find confidence and composure during practices. However, as the matches against Woodstock began, it was clear that these wrestlers were ready to leave it all on the mat.
Freshman, Kevin Gao, was the first to step out onto the mat. Despite his overall lack of experience, KG had a six point lead at the end of the first period, nearly pinning his opponent. Although he took a loss, Kevin fought hard and showed potential for a successful season. Sophomore Karl Shen and senior Sam Mann also had strong performances, and by the end of their first periods were heavily outscoring their opponents. Our first win of the day came with Senior Sagel Prosser. Sagel wrestled hard through a match of endurance and ended in the third period with a well-deserved pin at 5:20.
Next up came Junior Alexy Billon, who was fired-up for the past three days, ready for battle. Alexy walked onto the mat like he had already won, and it was clear he was ready to give it everything he had. Alexy’s match ended in a win by technical fall, with a final score of 15-0. Our two female competitors, Senior Caroline Hammond and Junior Erica Hirschhorn, showed promising potential and true grit in each of their matches.
The last four matches of the meet were a real triumph for the JV squad, as Max Kaplan, Andy Li, Austin Makris and Ross Ji all pinned their opponents in the first period of their matches. Kaplan wrestled like a Varsity athlete, Andy Li showed an impressive amount of determination, and Austin’s experience was put on display for all to see. Freshman Ross Ji ended the meet with a great victory and positive winning attitude.
The JV team ended the day with a team score of 35 points, falling just short to the Wolfpack’s 39 points. Out of the 13 matches, the Phoenix recorded six wins, five of which were won by pins and one tech-fall. Our first JV meet was an overall success and a proud moment for coaches and fans alike, a true testament to just how far a positive attitude can carry a team. The JV Wrestlers are looking forward to working hard upon the return after break and preparing themselves for future contests.