On Wednesday, December 7th, the Hyde-Woodstock varsity wrestlers traveled to Northfield Mount Hermon to compete against Worcester Academy and the host school. These are two Class A teams and allowed for us to test our meddle against league opponents.
Worcester Academy: 27
We opened against Worcester, a team equal to our squad in size and numbers. With a team of seven versus a team of six, this was to be a quick one. Only three weight classes matched up, meaning all other points came from forfeits. Jacob Callender ’19 faced a tough opponent at the 132lb weight class and fell by pin. Jacob is learning every day how to be a better wrestler and shows a lot of promise. Team captain Alex Sobel ’17 wrestled a tough opponent in the 160lb weight class and lost by decision (9-3). Alex struggled to listen to his corner, but came out of the match with an idea of how to improve. The highlight match was Aaron Douek ’17 who yet again pulled off a pin, this time at the 170lb weight class. Aaron has been a tough wrestler this season who can pull off some upsets with his sheer strength. As the dust settled the score was set with the Wolfpack coming out on top. However, in terms of actual match ups, Worcester bested us 9-6. We look forward to seeing this squad again in the league tournaments.
Northfield Mount Hermon: 76
Our second match of the day was against NMH. This was a team that dominated the Class A’s and New England’s from 2008-20013, even ranking in the Top 10 at National’s. After they declined for a few years, it seems that under a new coach the team is yet again formidable. The Wolfpack was just not ready for this level of wrestling and succumbed to loses in almost all weight classes. NMH also racked up 36 points alone from forfeits since they had a full squad. The highlight match came from team captain Alex Sobel ’17 who wrestled tough at the 160lb weight class to earn a pin in the second period. It was a tough loss on the day, but certainly not demoralizing. We understood that as a team we have a lot of growth to do in the coming weeks.
The Wolfpack will have its third match of the season this Saturday at the Marvelwood School against Suffield, Canterbury and the host school. Wish us luck!
Coach Jenkins & Coach Labeef