25 January 2015
The Phoenix Varsity Wrestling Team hit the road north on Friday to attend Saturday’s University of New Brunswick Invitational/ Eastern Canadian Wrestling Championships in Fredericton. The University of New Brunswick played host to two concurrent freestyle wrestling tournaments: the senior level UNB Invitational and the junior level Eastern Canadian Wrestling Championships. We were represented by competitors who have been learning the sport of freestyle (one of the two Olympic styles) wrestling this season. Led by Senior Captain Jake Deutschlander, sophomore Alex Hilton and freshmen Connor Foye and Jacob Dawson were excited and nervous as action started Saturday morning.
The day began with the Senior Level UNB Invitational and Jake Deutschlander representing Hyde at 72kg. Jake put on an incredible display of power, poise, skill, and sportsmanship en route to the Gold Medal in both the UNB Invitational and the Eastern Canadian Wrestling Championships. He wrestled 9 individual matches Saturday, winning all by technical fall (10 point superiority)or pin and only surrendering 4 points during the entire tournament! Jake delivered his characteristic BIG throws as well as relentless “gut-wrench” turns from the top position. In the Eastern Canadian Gold Medal Match, Jake turned an advantage situation for his opponent into a decisive touch-fall pin victory that resembled a “WWE Powerbomb” and electrified the crowd!
Congratulations to our Double Gold Medalist Jake Deutschlander!
Brand new to freestyle wrestling, our underclassmen took to the mat in a flurry of activity. Sophomore Alex Hilton wrestled competitively at 54kg against a much more experienced opponent in the finals and came up with a Silver Medal in his first international competition. Freshman Connor Foye finished the day with a 2-2 record. After opening the tournament with two losses, he rebounded with two inspiring victories, locking up a full nelson (legal move in freestyle) to earn the Bronze Medal with a pin!
Freshman Jacob Dawson had an unbelievable day on the mat in Canada! New to wrestling this season, he has been an incredible young man to coach thus far. As a new wrestler, what he lacks in technical skill and experience, he more than makes up for with competitiveness and toughness! Jacob began the tournament 3 -0 before shaking hands with his opponent in the Gold Medal Match. Jacob went right on the attack and jumped out to an early lead before his opponent threw him to his back with a headlock. In freestyle, the merest suggestion of shoulders touching the mat equates to a pin and yet Jacob managed to battle off is back, and right into a score on the edge of the mat. On the restart, his opponent once again hit a throw that put Jacob in danger and once again, he reversed the situation! Scrambling on the edge of the mat, Jacob Dawson locked up his opponent in a pinning hold and got the victory and the Gold Medal in his first freestyle competition!
Congratulations to our Gold Medalist Jacob Dawson!
This was an incredible opportunity for Hyde Wrestling, and we are so appreciative of the support and help we received in taking our team outside the country to compete. What began months ago as a dream and an opportunity which fell into our laps through a scheduling snag will hopefully become part of our lasting traditions. I am so proud of this team for buying in to the dream, our coaching staff for going the extra mile for our guys, and these wrestlers in specific for all that they have worked to create this season.
The Phoenix return to the Gary Kent Wrestling Center on Monday to prepare for our final weekend of dual meet competition this season at Lexington Christian Academy on Saturday. The events we have been working towards all season are right around the corner. Tournament time arrives the first weekend in February! Wish us luck!
Dreaming Big, Working Hard… Hyde Wrestling