The Hyde Wolfpack varsity wrestling team traveled to Andover, Massachusetts on Saturday, January, 17th to compete against Deerfield Academy and the host school, Philips Academy. We began the day optimistic because we had filled our ranks with some new faces. We went with a line-up of 12 wrestlers, which was far better than our usual numbers. Unfortunately, the day took several surprising turns that brought our numbers down to 7 before the end of the matches.
Deerfield Academy: 66
We opened up against Deerfield, a program which we have competed well against in the past. Deerfield had over 20 wrestlers in their line-up and looked much stronger than in past years. It seemed as though we had a curse hanging over our heads from the start since two of our wrestlers were not on weight and three of our guys were injured in this first match. Although not major injuries, these three young men were not allowed to wrestle for the remainder of the day. Deerfield bested us in most weight classes, but the two highlights were team captains, Dominick Rizzo ’16 and Alex Sobel ’17, who both earned pins at the 145 and 152lb weight classes.
Philips Academy: 69
After a tough loss against Deerfield, we faced Andover, another tough wrestling program with over 20 wrestlers in their line-up. Having only 7 members left on our team, we knew this would be an uphill battle. We would give up 42pts alone in forfeits and they were strong where we were strong. With little hope of any advantage, we looked to have individual highlights and moments. Alex Sobel ’17 faced a tough opponent at the 152lb class and he bested him by a technical fall. This means he beat him by 15+ points which leads to the match being stopped. Sobel was tough and technical in his match, truly showing his best. The surprise of the day was new wrestler Wren Piper ’16, who switched from drama to the Wolfpack varsity team. He showed innate ability and great body awareness. He pinned his opponent in the 220lb weight class in the first period. He will be one to watch as we approach Class A’s.
Although a tough day, there was good effort by all, including some of the new comers we brought with us. Bronson Kirby ’16, Jim Wang ’16, Jack Fu ’19, and Chris Shannon ’19 were all new to the varsity team, but worked hard to contribute. We look forward to our biggest match of the season as we face off against Bath this upcoming Wednesday on their home turf. “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop!”
– Coach Jenkins