Green ’07 Wrestles Injured but Faces Defeat; Losses to St. Paul’s and Brooks Overshadow Wins

| Andover | 60 |
| Tilton | 18 |

| Andover | 36 |
| Andover | 37 |

| Brooks | 51 |
| Andover | 27 |

| Andover | 47 |
| Thayer | 20 |

Alex Green ’07 fought a hard match against a St. Paul’s opponent, but came up just short of a win in the Andover Wrestling team’s tight 37-36 loss last Saturday. Andover bounced back with a decisive 46-20 win against Thayer, finally picking up some much needed momentum with just two weeks before the Class A Championships. After losing four straight against a gauntlet of top-ten teams last week, Andover rebounded this week, finishing a solid 2-2 against four quality teams. Andover started this week with matches against Brooks, St. Paul’s, and Class A rival Tilton Academy. Andover came out firing against Tilton, taking an impressive 60-18 victory. After the match, Andover anticipated the remaining competition. “That was really just our warm-up,” said Coach Gannon. Andover’s match-up against St. Paul’s proved to be the main event of the day. For the third time in three years, the final bout decided the match, as St. Paul’s emerged victorious by a single point in Andover’s most thrilling match of the year. St. Paul’s opened the match with a pin at 160 lbs, but at 171 Hector Cintron ’08 countered with a win by technical fall (the wrestling equivalent of the mercy rule). St. Paul’s took another pin at 189 lbs, but Reid Mosquera ‘09 at 215 came right back with a 9-1 victory. With one bout to go, Andover held a five-point lead over St. Paul’s. The final contest at 152 lbs. went the full three periods. Wrestling up a weight class on an injured hip against the St. Paul’s Captain, Alex Green ’07 battled hard but ultimately came up just short. St. Paul’s scored a pin in the final seconds of the bout to clinch victory by a single point. Andover next took on ISL powerhouse Brooks. Andover was unable to overcome the more experienced Brooks squad, losing by a final score of 51-27. Coach Gorham spoke with his team about the day’s events. “Today is a frustrating day,” he said. “But today is the day that we learn just how good a team we can be. If one of ten different things breaks a little differently for us we could’ve beaten St. Paul’s, and if two or three things go differently we could’ve taken Brooks too.” With these words in mind, Andover came out firing against Thayer Academy on Wednesday. Andover wrestled to its full potential, and came away with 46-20 win.