Wolfpack Wrestlers @ LCA Quad, NNEI, Chase-Gunnery Meet

Hyde-Woodstock: 30
Worcester Academy: 23

On Wednesday, February 4th, Hyde-Woodstock traveled to Lexington Christian Academy to face-off against the Worcester Hill Toppers, the Lexington Lasers and the Middlesex Zebras.  We opened against Worcester, a team we had already bested earlier in the season due to their low numbers.  History repeat itself as we took 30 of our 36 points in forfeits.  The only win on the day was by team captain Dawit Kiflemariam ’14 who pinned his opponent in the first period.  Another notable match was Jack Cardew ’14 who went all three periods against a ranked opponent, but lost by technical fall after falling behind 15 points in the match.  In terms of actual match ups, we were bested by Worcester since they won 3 out of the 4 matches that took place.  This goes to show how important having a full line up is in this sport.

Hyde-Woodstock: 12
Lexington Christian Academy: 63

Our second match of the day was against the host school.  LCA has always been a tough team and this year they brought a nearly full line up, therefore it was Hyde’s turn to hemorrhage points due to missing weight classes.  We gave up 18 points on forfeits alone.  Notable matches included Markus Rhyner ’15 going the distance against a tough 106 lb opponent, but falling short in a 4-2 loss.  Chris Kerdavid ’15 amazed the crowd as a fought back from a 14 point defecit to then pin his man in the last 30 sec of the final round.  He may earn the nickname “The Comeback Kid” for his style of wrestling this season.  Jesse McKiernan ’14 also added another notch to his belt with a quick first period pin against his man in the 182lb weight class.  He has had a heck of a season for a 1st year guy!

Hyde-Woodstock: 12
Middlesex School: 63

Our final match of the day was against Middlesex, a school we usually do not see until the New England Tournament.  This year, Middlesex showed their strength (and would go on to win the NNEI’s as well).  They would actually shut us out in this match up, only giving up 12pts in forfeits at the 112 and 126lb weight classes.  Many of our boys fell to pins in the first and didn’t bring the grit needed to get more points on the Hyde scorecard.  We have a lot of work to do in terms of fighting off our backs and not quitting, and this is something that can only be taught through tough conditioning and live wrestling.

Hyde Finishes 15th out of 17th @ NNEI’s

Hyde-Woodstock went on to compete in our annual Northern New England Wrestling Invitational on Saturday, February 7th.  This is a tournament hosted between our school, Hyde-Bath and Tilton.  This year we had to travel to New Hampshire and brought energy and tenacity with us.  Unfortunately, no one on the team placed this year, which was a surprise.  This is sometimes how the brackets work out and ultimately you win some and lose some.  Some notable performances were seen by Corban Basile ’17 who battled his way into the Consolation Quarters, as well as by Jesse McKiernan ’14 who fought all the way into the Championship Quarters but then lost two successive matches to fall out of the tourney.  It was a long day, but rewarding in that it gave us a glimpse of how tournament run.  We have the Class A League tournament in one week and will have to work hard to prepare for this season closer.

Hyde-Woodstock: 9
Chase Collegiate: 60

Hyde-Woodstock traveled with a small squad of only six men to compete in a tri-meet against Chase and The Gunnery on Wednesday, February 11th.  Having such a small squad meant that this was to be a day for individual achievement since we would be giving up 48pts to a full line-up.  We would have only one win in this match and one forfeit, but there were some great efforts by a few.  Jesse McKiernan ’14 won a hard fought match by decision with a score of 8-4.  Dawit Kiflemariam ’14 fought hard but lost in a close decision as did Markus Rhyner ’15.  Going the distance is the toughest part of wrestling.  Six minutes feels like an eternity and you can only think about getting a break or a sip of water, but having three out of our six guys do so was a noteworthy moment, win or lose.

Hyde-Woodstock: 18
The Gunnery: 24

Our final match of the day was versus Gunnery.  We do not see much of this team throughout the season, and luckily we matched up well against them.  They only brought eight men and we had six.  Markus Rhyner ’15 came out like a man possessed, determined to get points on the board.  He hit technically sound moves and pinned his opponent in the third period.  Doug Main ’14 also earned a pin for the day and was followed up by Jesse McKiernan ’14.  When the dust settled, we were tied 18-18 with Corban Basile ’17 as our one and only hope of winning.  Although he fought tough, he was pinned in the first period.

This Saturday will be our league tournament, the Class A’s.  For many, this will end their seasons and for some it may lead to a place in the New England and even National Tournaments.  Make sure to wish the wrestlers good luck in the coming days and weeks.

All the best,

Coach Jenkins & Coach Labeef