This Saturday, the Wolfpack wrestlers traveled to Deerfield Academy to compete against Phillips Academy and the host school.
Deerfield Academy: 33
Hyde had its first match against Deerfield. We have had an up and down battle against this team for years. This year, we surprised ourselves with an excellent performance that put us on top. Some highlights included wins from team captains Dennis Cavalli ’15 and Dawit Kiflemariam ’15. Doug Main ’15 won a match due to his opponent accidentally pinning himself. Jack Cardew ’15, Charlie Levine ’15, and Jesse McKiernan ’15 also earned quick pins. Another highlight was the toughness displayed by Chris Kerdavid ’16 in his match. He lost in a 5-11 decision, but showed his teammates that even when you are outmatched, you can still keep your opponents from gaining points by simply refusing to be pinned. With a win under our belt, we looked to our next match against Phillips Academy.
Phillips Academy- Andover: 39
The Wolfpack squared off in their next match against Phillips; a program well known in New England wrestling for being competitive due to a solid base of wrestlers and a great coaching staff. Although they were light in terms of their numbers, there were some tough guys at each weight class. Phillips quickly jumped to a 24-6 lead before Hyde began slowly pushing to earn more points. Some highlights of this match included pins by Chris Kerdavid ’16 and Harrison Hall ’16, as well as Corbin Basile’s ’18 win by an 8-4 decision and Jack Cardew’s ’15 14-3 major decision win. Also of note is the fact that Jesse McKiernan ’15 refused to be pinned by his opponent in a tight 7-9 battle. When the dust settled, the score reflected a loss by one match. Instead of wondering about “what if” or “what could have been,” our squad plans to work even harder to prepare for our next competition. Obviously the work is beginning to pay off.
Wish us luck in the coming week when we travel to the Brunswick School in Greenwich, CT for the annual Brunswick Invitational. Hopefully we can bring home some medals and gain more experience.
Coach Jenkins & Coach Labeef