The Hyde Phoenix Varsity Wrestlers concluded the 2012 – 2013 campaign at Lehigh University over the weekend at the National Prep Wrestling Championships. This event brought together the qualified wrestlers of 121 private schools across America to settle who would emerge as National Champions.
Hyde – ME was represented by junior 138 pounder Darvin Anderson, who qualified as New England’s 5th place finisher and senior 285 pounder Steven Dwight, the New England Champion.
The tournament got off to a furious start as Anderson faced off against the #2 seeded wrestler from Blair Academy in round 1. Darvin battled from the starting whistle but couldn’t find an answer for his opponent’s offense. He surrendered only his first pin of the season, and entered the wrestle backs. In the first consolation round, Darvin was determined against his St. John’s College High School opponent and rolled to a dominant 10 – 4 victory. In the following round, Darvin lost a tough one to his opponent from Friends Central, and his run at the Nationals was over.
Darvin finishes the season with an incredible 25 wins against only 8 losses, and has made tremendous improvement as a wrestler this year. Though he didn’t reach his goal of wrestling in the All-American rounds, he has done incredible things and has proven that he can wrestle with anyone in the nation. Expect to see this Northern New England Invitational Champion on the podium frequently next season!
New England Champion Steven Dwight entered the National Tournament seeded #3. In the opening rounds, Steven put on a show racking up two pins and a dominating 6-2 decision in the quarterfinals. Saturday morning, Steven faced off against Wyoming Seminary’s heavyweight, ranked #7 nationally, in the semi-finals. It was an amazing match! Steven gave up an early takedown, but quickly reversed his opponent. With the score of the match 5-2, Steven scored a brilliant takedown to bring the score to 5-4! With time running short, Steven allowed the escape and went to work on his feet looking to score the takedown to tie the match. Steven attacked and attacked and finally got in on his opponent’s legs with 15 seconds left in the match, but was unable to finish as time expired and had to settle with the 6-4 loss in arguably the best match he wrestled all season.
In the consolation bracket, Steven rallied from the loss in simply dominating fashion. In the consolation semi-finals, he racked up several takedowns before pinning his Choate-Rosemary Hall opponent in just 1:19. In the Consolation finals, for 3rd place in the Nation, Steven once again put on a show. He dominated every position against the Maryland Independent State Champion from Good Counsel. Though he had beaten this same opponent in the championship round by the score of 6-2, he suffered no letdown or complacency. In his last high school match, Steven ran the score up with brilliant takedowns before turning his opponent and locking up the third period pin!
Steven Dwight finished 3rd in the nation at 285 pounds! Congratulations are well deserved as Steven became Hyde’s 2nd All American in as many years, and finished the tournament only outpaced by late 70’s alum Arnold Goodgame as Hyde’s highest National Placer ever. His final record this season stands at an unbelievable 32 – 3, with all 3 losses against the same opponent. Of those victories, all but 4 were wins by pinfall.
Though he is a very humble champion, and the last to tout his accomplishments, Steven has earned a big place in the record books as one of Hyde’s most dominant wrestlers ever.
The efforts of the Boys from Bath paid off incredibly in the team race as well. Hyde finished in 32nd place out of 121 schools participating in the tournament! Further, we finished in 4th among New England teams just ½ point behind Avon-Old Farms of CT (who finished New Englands in 3rd). The “cream rises to the top” in tournaments, and Phoenix Wrestling had an outstanding weekend.
As the 2012 – 2013 season concludes, Hyde Wrestling has much to be proud of, much to be thankful for, and much to work towards for the future.
Dreaming Big Working Hard,