LC Wrestling Fans, apologies for the late posting. You should nevertheless be proud of your varsity wrestlers for their performance on Wednesday over the river and through the woods at Pomfret, from which they returned two wins wiser, two wins humbler, and hopefully, two wins more excited about their work this season.
Our first match, against Wilbraham & Monson, was not very pretty, coming right down to the last three matches (at which point we were trailing 24 to 30). Fortunately, Alex Smith (132), Ben Pipernos (138), and Sam Broda (145) all stepped up, finishing their matches in 1:08 or less with big pins. Earlier in the meet, Nate Cleveland (120) and Andrew Segal (220) also added extra points, though I hesitate to commend Segal on this one. I’m still waiting for him to score a leg attack, rather than chasing that slippery headlock.
Kevin Caba (285) was off to a very solid start against W&M, leading 7-4, before turning into a half. But we’ll give him a break on this one, since he’s still new-ish to the sport and wrestled a great match otherwise. Although he didn’t win, Ed Smutharaks (113) also has to be commended for great movement in the front headlock. (Just get those legs back!) Pete Falsey (152) wrestled a very tough match, holding W&M’s McLarney to a 5-point decision (5-10), and showing the type of team-awareness that we’d been talking about all week. Immediately after Falsey’s match, Zach Harris (160) dropped a rare decision to Colin Driscoll (0-3) after giving up an early takedown and a mysterious wrist-bending “unnecessary roughness” call. (We’re still wondering about that one.) Zach’s conditioning was solid, and he rode tough on top, but had a difficult time getting out on bottom.
In fact, escaping has been a challenge for us all season, and we took on Pomfret with that in mind. Although Pomfret ended up forfeiting six weight classes, inflating the score in our favor, we did wrestle significantly better in our second match of the evening. Will Fierston (170), Andrew Segal (220), Kyle Douglas (106), and Nate Cleveland (120) all recorded falls. More importantly, in view of our team goals, we doubled the number of escapes and reversals we scored against W&M, though we wrestled fewer total matches. Deserving of particular credit are Ben Pipernos (138) and Tim Mahoney (126) and Sam Broda (145), who wrestled tough six-minute matches and never stopped moving, recorded a solid eight escapes between them.
While our performance with W&M left a lot to be desired, it’s been good to see that most of our losses are coming from mental lapses and simple technical blunders, not a lack of intensity. We’re moving in the right direction.
P.S. We had a great snow-day workout yesterday morning. Good work, gentlemen.
Senior Zechariah Harris placed fifth in the 182-pound weight class at the Prep National Wrestling Tournament at Lehigh University on Saturday, surpassing his No. 9 seed in the tournament and becoming Loomis Chaffee's first All-American wrestler since his older brother, Caleb Harris '11, carried the mantle in 2011.
Ten Loomis Chaffee wrestlers competed in the New England Prep Championships on Saturday at Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts. By the time the final match ended, Loomis had advanced six grapplers to the Prep National Championship at Lehigh University.
Loomis welcomed 12 teams to the Island on Saturday for the Class A Wrestling Tournament. The event, which started at 9 a.m., was a tight battle through the last pairing at 6 p.m. After the dust settled and the points were tallied, the Pelicans emerged victorious. Loomis claimed the title with a one-point margin over No. 2 Choate, 199-198.