This past Saturday, the Junior Varsity Wrestling team brought 13 eager wrestlers to St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. They were met there by St. Paul’s, Northfield Mount Herman, and Exeter for three rounds of officiated competition against wrestlers of all sizes and abilities. Overall, the team demonstrated solid technique, but even stronger effort. The team was led by captain Alexi Billon, Teo Meyerhoff, and Austin Makris. Billon won two of his four matches of the day, including an amazing comeback in his fourth and final match, finishing the day with a pin victory. Teo Meyerhoff went unbeaten on the day, dominating one match by a score of 9-1 and defeating two opponents by pin. Austin Makris lost a tough first match, but recovered to win his next two matches, both by pin fall.
There were many other personal victories throughout the day, by both experienced and new wrestlers. The first match of the day was a true test for James Lee, who competed in his first ever live match. Lee battled a more experienced opponent and took him into the third period, eventually losing by pin. Karl Shen had an impressive day, completing multiple take-downs throughout his three matches. Captain Ben Vandewater received his first career victory, beating his opposition by a score of 6-4. Vandewater also went on to win another match by pin later in the day. First year wrestlers, Caroline Hammond, Andy Li, and Ross Ji displayed phenomenal effort in every match, and maintained great positive, learning attitudes.
The JV Wrestlers have high hopes for their coming meet at Milton this Saturday. They have now seen live competition and are ready to work hard at practice and get in shape for their upcoming matches.