On Saturday, the JV Wrestling team traveled to Andover, Massachusetts to Phillips Academy. They were met there by Phillips Academy, Cardigan Mountain School, and St. Paul’s School. Having many injuries and ailments troubling the wrestling program, many new and untested wrestlers took to the mat for their first live wrestling experiences. The team was led by new-comer Mike Harris, first year wrestler James Lee, and senior Michael McInerney. He has only been wrestling for a few weeks, but Mike Harris has already put multiple wins under his belt. Harris had two matches on the day, and though he would lose his second match, he dominated his first test of the day. Harris won on an early decision tech-fall, beating his opponent by more than 15 points, with a score of 18-3.
James Lee would also compete in two matches during the meet. In the first round, Lee would battle the light-weight from St. Paul’s. He would lose this match by pin, with the score at 7-4. But this match would not differ Lee, as he would challenge the same opponent again in the second round, a true sign of courage. James Lee would battle his opponent with his best effort and attitude, and although Lee lost his second attempt, he maintained a positive attitude and encouraged his teammates. Michael McInerney also maintained a great attitude and assisted his teammates throughout the day. McInerney took on two skilled opponents in his two matches, but did not let that deter him from his best effort. In McInerney‘s second match, he brought his stronger opposition into the second period, but would eventually lose by pin after a well fought match.
Karl Shen and Alexy Billon also had tough matches through the course of the day. In Karl Shen’s second match, he was leading his opponent 4-0 with just seconds left in the match. When his opponent from Cardigan Mountain would complete a nice 2-point take-down and attempt to pin Shen. Karl Shen would hold out to avoid the pin, but gave up 3 back points and would lose the match by a final score of 5-4. Billon was eager to compete in multiple matches, and although he did not win, he kept a positive, learning attitude all day. Both coaches were also very proud of the performances by first time wrestler Jason Tang and the effort by Kellin Sweeney. Both competed very well in their two matches each, and gave their best effort.
Although the team struggled in many aspects on Saturday, there were many glimpses of light and positive attitude. Those who came to compete, did not let their surroundings distract them from doing their best. The team will be working hard this week to correct these issues and improve their discipline. The JV Wrestling team will prepare to travel back to Phillips Academy this coming Saturday to rematch some schools they are familiar with, as well as some unseen challengers.