On Saturday, December 11th, the Hyde-Woodstock varsity wrestlers traveled to The Marvelwood School to face off in a quad meet against Canterbury, Suffield, and the host school. We brought a small squad with us, only filling 6 of the 14 weight classes, which meant we would be giving up 48 points in forfeits if any of these teams had a full line up.
Canterbury School: 36
We opened the quad against Canterbury. Their squad is usually pretty strong and this year was not much different. Due to multiple forfeits on each side, we only matched up against Canterbury in three weight classes: 145, 160 and 285lb. We would win one of these three matches thanks to Alex Sobel’s ’17 performance at the 160lb weight class.
Suffield Academy: 42
Our second match of the day was against Suffield Academy, a team we had wrestled a week ago and lost 12-48. We were more prepared this time around and even bested them in three out of the four matches. Our three wins for the day came from Alex Sobel ’17, Aaron Douek ’17, and Josh Angel ’17 who all earned pins. Most impressively was team captain Josh Angel’s pin over a nationally seeded opponent who had bested him in the last match by pin. Although we lost by 12 points, this match was a victory in terms of growth and individual matches.
The Marvelwood School: 36
Our final match of the day was against the host, The Marvelwood School. This team was new to our rotation which allowed our team to see some fresh competition. Again, due to forfeits we would only match up at four weights: 106, 145, 220 and 285lb weight classes. We would end up tying the Pterodactyls 2-2 in matches with pins coming from Ben Damschroder ’17 and Josh Angel ’17.
With six wins in eleven matches, the day was great overall. The Wolfpack wrestlers will now have some well deserved rest until after the New Year. This will give us the week to focus on technique so we are better prepared in future events. Team captain Josh Angel ’17 will be competing this upcoming Saturday at the Battle of the Bay. This annual tournament at Tabor will have a heavyweight who placed fourth last year at National’s. Make sure to wish him luck.
Coach Jenkins & Coach Labeef