Phoenix Wrestling @ National Preps

25 February 2014

Jake Deutschlander Victorious vs. Mercersberg.
Jake Deutschlander Victorious vs. Mercersberg.

The 2013 – 2014 Hyde Phoenix Varsity Wrestling season concluded Saturday at the National Prep Wrestling Championships at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.  The Phoenix were represented by the dynamic duo of junior 160 Jake Deutschlander and senior 170 Jared Jensen.  Every wrestler in this tournament represents the best of their qualifying zone and about 130 private schools across the country had wrestlers competing in this event.

Hyde – ME finished in a very respectable 65 place and the efforts of our wrestlers outpaced 62 other schools in the tournament.

Jake Deutschlander about to go BIG at Nationals.
Jake Deutschlander about to go BIG at Nationals.

Both Deutschlander and Jensen lost their opening round matches to tough opponents who would move on in the tournament to finish as All- Americans.  Jake surrendered his first and only pin of the season to a returning AA from MD and Jared lost a close bout to a solid Texas wrestler 5-2.  These losses created “must win” situations for each of the Boys from Bath and they responded with dominating performances in the wrestle backs.

Jake scoring back points on the edge vs. Archbishop Curley.
Jake scoring back points on the edge vs. Archbishop Curley.

Jake Deutschlander fired back into contention with three straight wins by decision, major decision, and technical fall over wrestlers from Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland respectively to set up a rematch with the Suffield Academy opponent who defeated him last weekend in the New England semi-finals.  The match was a tactical battle, and despite incredible effort, Jake came up short by the score of 1-0.

Jared Jensen responded to the early setback by pinning his Cape Henry Collegiate opponent and gutting out an inspiring close win by decision over his Hotchkiss opponent.  Jared then squared off against a tough wrestler from St. Christopher’s in Virginia.  Jared ended up on the losing end by the score of 7-2, and Hyde – ME would have no All-American placers this year.

One of the universal truth of wrestling is that someone must win and someone must lose.  As competitors, coaches, and fans we accept and value this honesty even when the outcome doesn’t go our way.

Jared Jensen locking up the pin at Nationals.
Jared Jensen locking up the pin at Nationals.

The effort and attitude of the Boys from Bath has been inspiring all season long, and this tournament was no exception.  Though we fell short in our goal of placing at Nationals, testing our mettle against the best in the Nation is exactly how we wished to end the season.  As we take some time to rest, regroup, and start to think about the future, we know we took our shot and gave it our best.

Jared scores the winning takedown vs. Hotchkiss.
Jared scores the winning takedown vs. Hotchkiss.

Congratulate Jake and Jared when you see them.  They have represented us all with character, class, and unbelievable poise in the biggest competition of any team, of any season here.  Well done!

Dreaming Big, Working Hard… Hyde Wrestling

Logan Kidwell