Hyde-Woodstock: 91pts – 10th Place
This past Saturday, Hyde-Woodstock hosted the Northern New England Invitational Tournament. This tournament was started over 15 years ago by Hyde-Bath Coach Bill Baron. We share the NNEI with Tilton and Hyde-Bath, and this year it was our turn to host. The entire community jumped in to set-up, staff, and clean up this 14 team tournament, and the Happy-to-do-it attitude was felt throughout the gym on Saturday. The wrestling began at 10a.m. and the Wolfpack earned several early wins that put the team into fourth place. Although we couldn’t hold this lead, it was impressive to see our young team put forth this much effort. Some highlights included Paul Randall ’15, Doug Main ’15, Dylan Marx ’15, Colin Studwell ’14, Andrew Wang ’15, Holt Brown ’14, and Doug Main ’15 who all earned one win in the tournament. These pins were what gave our team the boost in points. Sean-Michael McCrystal ’13 and Scott Leonard ’14 added more points to the team score by earning two pins for the day. The biggest points for the day came from our three place winners. Brian O’Dea ’13 battled against some tough opponents winning 4 out of his 5 matches and earning himself a third place medal. Greg Munetz ’13 entered the tournament in the unlimited weight class. This was his first competition for the season and he came out on top in a three man round robin. He handily defeated his two opponents with phenomenal pins to earn a first place medal. Team captain Marcos Mercado ’14 walked through the tournament with three quick pins to earn him a first place medal. In total, he wrestled less than 3 minutes and dominated his weight bracket. As a final highlight, the Hyde Wolfpack were unanimously voted as the team with best sportsmanship. This was an honor for the whole school, since it was the helpful and happy attitudes of all those involved that made coaches see our school as one founded in character. Overall, this was the best tournament I have been a part of and I look forward to the next time we host this event. We look forward to our match on Wednesday against Gunnery and Chase. It will be our last home match of the season, so come and support us.
Championship Round, Northern New Englands