The son of Gary Kent, I remember as a faculty brat attending meets watching Hyde wrestle Bath’s Morse High School. Both schools excelled on the mats, and the rivalry was intense.
This past week, we lit the fire again, only this time bringing in neighboring Topsham’s Mt. Aarat High School into the ring. To welcome the schools, we hosted the meet in our Theater. It was an amazing atmosphere for a wrestling meet as the spotlights were on the mat and the stands were filled with fans.
We first wrestled Mt. Aarat in what proved to be an exciting meet as the outcome was decided by the final match of the evening resulting in a score, Hyde 40 – Mt. Aarat 39. In the lighter weights, both Jack He ‘18 and Alex Hilton ‘18 jumped out to early leads but ran out of gas ultimately falling short in their matches but each showed some promise wrestling from the neutral position. Jack wrestled like he was shot out of a canon for the first minute of the match. Early season rust and subpar fitness were the key factors in these matches.
At 145, David Donnelly ‘19 earned a major decision earning some back points off what seem to be his go to moves, the cradle and the Peterson roll. David’s match seemed to get the team rolling because from that point on, we were able to win six of the next seven matches. In that stretch, Steve Waddill ‘PG, Charlie Koshivas ‘PG, Rob Hetherman ‘PG, Pajebo Myers ‘PG, Ippokratis Georgiadis ‘18, and Max Hewitt ‘18 all earned first period pins.
Overall, the energy of the team was great, and the room was filled with bursts of noise from the crowd as our wrestlers hit moves and celebrated their success.
In the second meet of the evening, we wrestled Morse. The final score being Hyde 24 – Morse 48. We came out flat in this one and weren’t able to match the energy of our opponents. I expected a response from the team at some point, a rally, some sort of turning point, but it never came. The lone bright spot did come when Charlie Koshivas ‘PG wrestled as he put the pressure on his opponent early and often earning a pin in the first period.
It was a special evening for me to be coaching at Hyde again after 20 years. The support of our school was incredible and I want the community to know how grateful we are that everyone came out to see what is the early stages of a Hyde wrestling team – full of hope, determined to get better, and do WHATEVER IT TAKES to be the best version of ourselves as we look to peak as a team in early February. We will be hosting the Northern New Englands this year on February 3, 2018 – so come JOIN THE PACK and see what we have become at that point in the season.