The Hyde Phoenix Varsity Wrestlers concluded the 2012 – 2013 campaign at Lehigh University at the end of February 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-Bath 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.
Dwight entered the National Tournament seeded #3. After a series of tough matches, Steven Dwight finished 3rd in the nation in the 285 pound class. Congratulations are well deserved as Steven became Hyde’s 2nd All American in many years, and finished the tournament only outpaced by late 1970’s alumnus 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.
When asked how he was able to accomplish such a major achievement, Dwight said he secret was attitude. “I believe attitude is everything. Attitude determines outcomes. Whether I’m competing in a tournament or studying for a test, going into things, whether I am having a bad day or not, I try to have the best attitude I can in order to perform at the best of my ability.”
Hyde-Bath is also proud of Junior Darvin Anderson. Darvin finished the season with an incredible 25 wins against only 8 losses. 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. Furthermore, Hyde-Bath finished in 4th place among New England teams just ½ point behind Avon-Old Farms of Connecticut.
For the Hyde team from Woodstock, Connecticut, team captain Marcos Mercado ’14 qualified for the annual National Prep tournament held at Lehigh University. Marcos entered the tournament as an unseeded wrestler who took 4th in New England’s, and then defeated a #10 & #7 seed. He went from being a 0-2 National Preps participant in 2012, to being a Top-12 Nat preps finisher this year. That incredible, exponential growth is what embodies unique potential. As a “homegrown” wrestler, Marcos inspired all with the grit and determination he brought to the sport. All in all, it was a great season for Hyde wrestling.
Interview with Steven Dwight
In this interview with Hyde staff member Jenny Collinson, All American Hyde wrestler Steven Dwight talks about where he is from, what he has learned at Hyde, his future plans, and most importantly, how he has developed confidence he never had before here at Hyde-Bath.