Hyde-Woodstock: 46pts (12th Place – Out of 12 Teams)
This Saturday, February 14th, the Wolfpack varsity wrestlers traveled to Northfield Mount Hermon School to compete in the annual league tournament, the Class A’s. We started out the day rough due to losing several guys to fatigue, injury, and other issues. With only six men out of the 14 weight classes, it truly was more about individual effort than team scores. Markus Rhyner ’15 had a great day going 2-2 to clench 4th place overall. This earned him a spot in the New England Tournament. Chris Kerdavid ’15 also went 2-2 to earn 4th, and had a major win over the #2 seed in the consolation quarters. He obviously was hungry for the New England Tournament since that win automatically earned him a spot on the bracket. Team captain, Dawit Kiflemariam ’15, faced a tough bracket and was pitted against the #1 seed in the first round. He wrestled back though, winning his next two, but unfortunately lost in the consolation quarters and then again for the fifth place spot. He earned 6th place overall. Although seeded #4, Jack Cardew ’15 was sidelined by a previous shoulder injury and ended his day after the first match. Jesse McKiernan ’15 continued to show us why he should have been wrestling since his sophomore year by going 2-2 to earn the 5th place spot. It should also be mentioned that he was wrestling a class above his own and gave up 10lbs to all of his opponents. He has been a pivotal man on the mat this season. Charlie Levine ’15 also wrestled up a weight, but the 25+ lbs he was giving up was too much for him. His commitment to the sport has sent him to Cornell for the summer and he’s put in extra time after practice. Although he went 0-2 for the day, his heart and grit were a highlight. With two definite entries in the NE Tournament, as well as a few others who meet the win percentage criteria, we will be working hard this week to prepare. We also have a match at Marianapolis Prep against Pomfret and the host school. If you can make the 10min drive, we would greatly appreciate the support.
All the best,
Coach Jenkins & Coach Labeef