Bear victory on the mats at THE High School PLUS Bear Lax Trax Fax PLUS preview of two hockey games

By Coach Andy Katz

The young Bear wrestlers continue to grow every match, and the momentum they started last weekend carried over to this weekend. We traveled to the newly reconditioned “Cage” at High School and won our first IAC match of the year. Hopefully, this will set the tone for the rest of this season and for the next four years for this amazing freshmen crew.

The match started at 145 where Junior Co-captain Jack Albrittain entered back into the line-up for the first time since December. It was great to have his leadership and his toughness back in action. He bumped up essentially 2 weights and earned us a pin in the third period. Episcopal bounced right back and earned two pins at 152 and 160 to take the lead 12-6.

The Bears then won two in a row as freshman Chris Kirtley (170) pinned his opponent in the 1st period and sophomore Andrew Mitchell (182) pinned his opponent in the second period to make the team score 18-12. The Maroon then came back again with a pin at 195 to make the score 18-18. The excitement and anticipation started to grow as the big men were up next.

Sophomore Jules Desroches (220) and Senior Taylor Greene live up to the expectations. Jules earned a major decision 16-2, while Taylor pinned his guy in the first period. After a forfeit to Chris Colleton (106), the Bears jumped back into the lead 34-18. High School was not done, they earned a pin at 113 to close the gap to 34-24.

With four matches left, it could still go either way. Rob Adkins bumped up to 120 and gave the momentum back to the Bears with a 11-6 decision. The score is 37-24 with three matches left. All the Bears need to do is win one match out of three to clinch it. EHS was not going to go down easy. They earned pins at both 126 and 132 to make the score 37-36 going into the last match.

Our Bear was freshman Jarett Witzal who bumped up a weight. With the match on the line, he ended the match quickly with a pin at the 1 minute mark.

Go Bears!!

In the second match, we took on a battered Boys’ Latin team from Baltimore. BL is part of the highly competitive MIAA. They were struggling through some injuries and sickness and only had 7 wrestlers. All the Bears needed to do for the win was earn one victory against some tough wrestlers. The Bears did better than that. The upper weights pulled through again with victories from Andrew Mitchell and freshman Justin Moore (195). The team score ended at 48-27. This squad is on a 4 match winning streak.

The Bears were set for another IAC match on Saturday morning with St. Stephen’s St. Agnes, but it was postponed because of the weather. It will be rescheduled sometime in the near future.

Our next match is a home match against IAC rival St. Alban’s on Wednesday 1/25 

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Someone sent me the link to Harrison Archer’s page for the Denver Pioneers: http://www.denverpioneers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=90258&SPID=10874&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=18600&ATCLID=204959753&Q_SEASON=2011. It would be fun to accumulate Bears’ pages at the next level. SEND ME THEM! 

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The Bears hockey team has two big games this week: @ Mt. St. Joes on Monday, and at Ft. DuPont versus Gonzaga on Wednesday. MSJ got off on the wrong skate in December losing to Calvert Hall and RP, but have found their stride in TIEs against DeMatha and Spaulding. The Purple Eagles have an equally erratic track record– losing to RP and DeMatha in their 1st two games and by virtue of their Purple Puck tournament beat RP twice.  Through their tournament and subsequent games, they have an eight game win streak UNLESS they have problems with the Little Hoyas on Tuesday.

GO BEARS!!!

 

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