On Saturday, December 7th Hyde Woodstock held it season opener at home against Suffield Academy, Hopkins School and Williston Northampton School. The wrestling room was packed and the noise bounced off the rafters, leading to an electric environment in which the Woodstock grapplers tested their skills. Due to several forfeits in the line-up, the Wolfpack had an uphill battle set before them, giving up 36pts at the onset of each match.
Suffield Academy: 55
Suffield Academy was the first opponent for the day, and was specifically chosen to be first due to their tough line-up. Historically, Hyde-Woodstock has battled well against this team, especially since we will see them once again next Saturday. The word of the day was “toughness” and this was embodied in the opening exhibition match that pitted first year wrestler, Orestes Nicopoulos ’18 against his Suffield opponent. As a 13 year old with only a week of wrestling under his belt, Orestes wowed the audience by going all six minutes and wrestling tough. Chris Kerdavid ’17 also had a great exhibition in which, he too, went the distance against his opponent. These two young men will be in the regular line up this week once they pass the necessary tests to be entered into the weight management system. Our team only had two wins against Suffield’s line-up, and those came from Holt Brown ’14 and team captain Marcos Mercado ’14. Although seemingly a blowout, this match showed the grit of our team. Many matches went the full six minutes against tough opponents and every wrestler left it all on the mat.
Hopkins School: 42
Our next match against Hopkins displayed just how important it was to fill the weight classes and not take forfeits. This was evident in the fact that the team score would have been 27 Hyde-24 Hopkins if we hadn’t been missing so many weight classes. This match up was high energy and the side lines were loud and proud. Five out of the eight Hyde wrestlers won their matches, with four of these by pin. McCallum Landt ’15 earned his first win of the season with a great pin in the 132lb weight class. Marcos Mercado ’14 earned his second pin of the day. Dawit Kiflemariam ’15 also earned a great pin which was followed by a tough fought win by decision made byDylan Marx ’14. A highlight of this match up was a big win by pin, made by senior rookie Felipe Azevedo ’14. He decided to challenge himself by joining wrestling this winter and shows a lot of potential. Keep an eye on him this season, he could go a long way. We also had great showings for Chris Kerdavid ‘17, Orestes Nicopoulos ’18, and Andrew Wang ’14 in their exhibition matches.
Williston Northampton School: 46
Our final match-up of the day pitted the Wolfpack against Williston. This has been a back and forth struggle for the past few years. Both teams are generally equal in strength. Due to forfeits and the fatigue of the previous two matches, the Wolfpack fell in points quickly. With only two wins coming from our line-up, we were outmatched this year. The score minus forfeits would have been 22-12, WNH. Marcos Mercado ’14 earned his third pin of the day, allowing for him to remain undefeated in the season opener. He will not likely see too much competition until the post-season tournaments. A surprising victory came from first year wrestler Will Kuphal ’15, who won by pin against his opponent in the 145lb weight class. He has a lot of potential in the sport and seems to really enjoy it so far.
With our first quad meet behind us, the Wolfpack looks ahead to several more meets to come. On Monday the 9th, we will have a scrimmage against Providence Country Day followed by two more home meets this week. Wednesday we will face-off against Northfield Mount Hermon and Worcester. Please come and support us.
Coach Jenkins & Asst. Coach Labeef