Hyde-Woodstock traveled to Lexington Christian Academy this past Saturday, January, 30th to compete in a quad meet against Worcester Academy, Marvelwood School and the host school. We were down a few key guys so others needed to step into these weight classes. This meant we brought a rookie squad with us in this meet, but we were excited to give new guys a chance at varsity.
The Wolfpack VW’s our opening match was against Marvelwood. They had previously bested us 48-9 back in December. This time around, Marvelwood had several holes in their line-up which led to the Wolfpack earning 24pts in forfeits while only giving up 6pts in forfeits ourselves. With an 18pt lead going in, it came down to the 6 head-to-head matches. Marvelwood quickly pinned our men at 132, 138 and 145lbs. Our two wins against Marvelwood came from new appointed captain, Markus Rhyner ’16 who won a major decision (11-3) at the 106lb weight class, and Wren Piper ’16 who bumped up to the heavy weight class to earn a pin in under a minute. Although the score reflected a win, Marvelwood outworked us with 4 wins out of the 6 match ups.
Worcester Academy: 42
Our second match was against Worcester, a team we bested 33-30 back in December. Worcester came with a larger line-up this time around and proved to be quite formidable. The Wolfpack grapplers worked exponentially harder the second time around. Many of our newer guys made it to the second period and beyond. Unfortunately, team captain Alex Sobel ’17 went down with a knee-injury at the 152lb class and we are hopeful he will recuperate quickly so he can be ready for the Class A Championships in two weeks. Again, the two wins we earned came from Markus Rhyner ‘16 and Wren Piper ’16 who both earned pins in their weight classes.
Lexington Christian Academy: 52
Our final match was against the host school, Lexington Christian Academy. With the home mat advantage and a sizeable line-up, they were a solid opponent. With our captain out with an injury, we relied on our newer guys to step up. Unfortunately, LCA had a lot of experience and tough guys leading to most of our team falling to pins. Markus Rhyner ’16 had the highlight match after he bumped up to the 113lb weight class. He went the distance against his opponent and won by decision (12-7). It is worth noting that Markus has only lost two matches this season, one by injury default and the other to a New England ranked 113lb opponent. He may earn a top-3 spot in the Class A Championships.
We look forward to a week of rest and then will head up to Bath for the NNEI Tourney this Saturday. Wish us luck!
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