The Phoenix Varsity Wrestling team took to the mats at Northfield- Mount Hermon School on Saturday for the 2015 Class A League Championships. Every wrestler of each of the 12 schools represented was looking to punch their ticket to New Englands with a top 4 place finish.
The Phoenix showed up ready to wrestle! It has been a season full of ups and downs, and each of us has had to dig deep at times. Saturday felt like our day. To a man, the Phoenix wrestled to the best of their abilities and finished off the season in a way they should be proud of.
Among the standouts, sophomore 182 Kyle Henderson earned his first varsity win and freshman 132 Connor Foye wrestled with an inspiring poise, power, and toughness in both of his matches. Louis Liu ended his season with tremendous grit and a never say die attitude.
For the first time in recent memory, the Phoenix had 5 wrestlers place in their respective weights! Please congratulate freshman 138 Jacob Dawson, junior 170 Andre Allen, and junior 220 Jason Tang on their 6th place finishes! Sophomore 120 Alex Hilton entered the tournament unseeded and pinned his way to the finals! In the first round, he pinned Wilbraham and Monson Academy’s #2 seeded wrestler and Deerfield Academy’s #3 seed met the same fate in the semi finals. Alex wrestled incredibly well and captured these victories in dominating fashion though he fell short of the championship against the #1 ranked wrestler in New England.
Congratulations Alex on your Runner Up finish!
Senior Captain Jake Deutschlander entered the tournament as the man to beat at 160 pounds, and defended his New England #1 ranking in dominant fashion. Jake won the 160 pound Championship over his NMH foe by the score of 10 – 5!
Congratulations 2X Class A Champion Jake Deutschlander!
Jake was awarded the very prestigious Ted Seabrooke Most Outstanding Wrestler Award as well.
The Phoenix finished in a respectable 9th place in the Class A League Tournament and both Alex Hilton and Jake Deutschlander will return to the mats on Friday 2/20/2015 in the 2015 New England Independent School Wrestling Championships hosted by Tabor Academy.
Wish us luck!
Dreaming Big, Working Hard… Hyde Wrestling