Hyde-CT: 66pts (9th out of 12 Teams)
The Woodstock wrestlers traveled to Loomis Chaffee this past weekend to compete in the Class A League Championship Tournament. This annual tournament acts as a qualifier for the New England Tournament that takes place in the following week. Considered the most competitive out of the four leagues in New England, the Class A’s allows each team to bring their best and compete at a high level. This year, the WolfPack had some great moments on the mat. Markus Rhyner ’16, Paul Randall ’15, Scott Leonard ’14, Dawit Kiflemariam ’15, Doug Main ’15 and Magomed Shaydaev ’16 all received at least one win in this tournament. Magomed was the real surprise considering he is a first year wrestler and almost did not attend the tournament. He finished the day 3-2 and took 5th overall in the Class A’s. Team captain, Marcos Mercado ’14, inspired his team and many others who have known him for the past five years by achieving his long term goal. He won four straight in the Class A’s and earned the title of the 2014 Class A Champion. This will earn him a spot on our banner and he will be most remembered for the fact that he is a homegrown wrestler. His five years of hard work paid off for him as he dominated the competition, yet did so with dignity and humility; a true champion. This placing places him in the New England Tournament, where he is seeded #2 overall. Wish him luck this upcoming weekend. Also, wish all the JV wrestlers luck since they will be competing on Sunday at the JV New England’s at Tabor.
On Wednesday, Hyde-Woodstock held its last home meet of the season against Marianapolis and Cheshire Academy. These two teams were evenly matched with our own, and the day was full of great matches. We opened up against Marianapolis.
Always a close match, Marianapolis and Hyde have had a back-and-forth rivalry for years. This year Marianapolis, proved to have the upper hand. Wins on our side came from Scott Leonard ’14, Marcos Mercado ’14, and Felipe Azevedo ’14. A very special win to add to this was made by Charlie Levine ’15 who earned his first varsity win of the year with a great pin! Unfortunately, we had some matches fall in unexpected outcomes resulting in a loss to Marianapolis this year.
Having never faced Cheshire in a head-to-head match-up, we did not know what to expect from this team. They had a line-up with several holes in it and forfeited the 126, 132 and 138. Hyde would forfeit the 220, 285, 106, 113, and 120. Forfeits aside, we came out on fire with successive pins and wins by Marcos Mercado ’14, Dawit Kiflemariam ’15, Felipe Azevedo ’14, and Doug Main ’15. In fact, Hyde only lost one match against Cheshire and the rest of their points were the result of forfeits. It was nice to end the season with a team victory, and we hope to find opportunities in the off-season to prepare for next year.
Coach Jenkins & Assistant Coach Labeef