On Saturday the Hyde Phoenix travelled to Woodstock, CT for the 2012 Northern New England Invitational, hosted by Hyde – CT this year. This tournament brought together 14 prep schools from the ISL, Class A, and EIL leagues for a big test in the final weekend before the post season. When the dust settled, Hyde – ME finished in 5th place, just 4.5 points behind Lexington Christian Academy, MA. Philips Academy Andover repeated as tournament champion.
The Phoenix showed up to wrestle, and the effort and attitude put forth by the whole team was inspirational. Standouts included junior 152 Elliott Wang who notched two more wins with gutsy performances, seniors Sam Williams (106) and Will Davis (220) finished the day just one match shy of placing, and junior 170 Charles Chen who earned his first win of the season! Sophomore 126 Hang Zhao and senior 132 Billy Martinez, and sophomore 145 David Wu fought impressive battles in their matches though they fell short of securing victories in three of the tougher weight classes in the tournament. Senior Sagel Prosser (160) wrestled with toughness and determination in his matches though he fell short of placing. His was one of the standout attitudes. Junior 152 Andrew Martz returned to the lineup, and while the rust showed, he wrestled tough and turned in gutsy performances. Senior 120 Austin Wang wrestled very well, including a big win over his Hyde – CT opponent before his day ended unfortunately and he did not make the final round.
Senior Cody Baker (160) and junior 195 Jack Howarth wrestled impressively and earned their way into the consolation finals. Cody finished in 4th place behind his Hyde – CT opponent in a match that had the gym on its feet. Jack was caught in unfamiliar territory in his final match against a very good Milton Academy opponent and ended up in 4th place as well. His drive, work ethic, and learning attitude lead the team and he keeps improving from match to match.
The spotlight in the Championship finals fell on two mighty Phoenix. Top Ranked 285 Steven Dwight continued his winning ways with a very solid 4-2 victory over his Lawrence Academy opponent. Steven was absolutely dominating on his feet and the low score does not speak to the level he is wrestling at. The championship match at 138 pounds was simply amazing. Junior Darvin Anderson, ranked 5th in New England, sought to avenge an earlier loss to 3rd ranked Josh Berland from Beaver Country Day School. In the semifinals, Darvin dismantled the 7th ranked wrestler in New England by the score of 15-0. The match was furious! Darvin scored the opening takedown and proceeded to go to work. Berland battled back and tied the match with a reversal in the third period, and off we went to sudden victory overtime. In the overtime period, Darvin threw his opponent to his back for 5 points and the victory!
For his tremendous effort and incredible championship victory, Darvin Anderson was voted the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.
The Phoenix now head into the post season with Saturday’s New England Class A League Championships at The Williston-Northampton School. The top four placers in this tournament qualify for New Englands. We are excited to work hard and continue to build on our successes.
Dreaming big, Working hard,