Dominating Nobles, Eight of Ten Wrestlers Win Matches to Gain Win

Andover opened its season at home versus Nobles and came away with a strong 57-18 victory. The team then traveled to New Jersey for the Lawrenceville School’s Big Red Duals. Against Nobles, Andover won eight of the ten contested bouts, with five wins coming by fall. Colt Dempsey ’12 (125 pounds) opened his Andover career with a pin in 24 seconds for the 125-pound weight class. Along with Dempsey, Ryan Gaiss ’11 (135 pounds), Robert Palmer ’11 (140 pounds), Ben Elder ’09 (145 pounds) and Scott Sanderson ’09 (152 pounds) all recorded pins. Among the other victories, Duncan Crystal ’10 won by decision at 130 pounds, Brandon Sneider ’12 (119 pounds) won by decision, and Captain Shaun Stuer ’09 won by forfeit. Andover started the winter break confident and prepared for the up and coming Big Red Duals on December 13, in New Jersey, hosted by the Lawrenceville School. The competition included teams from both Maryland and Pennsylvania (Archbishop Curley and Episcopal Academy). The stiff competition promised to make the tournament the most taxing event for Andover so far this winter. Andover faced Lawrenceville first. The competition sported an injury-racked lineup, hindering key starters. But regardless of injuries, Andover proved to be much more conditioned and prepared for the meeting, firmly taking a 70-9 victory. With 10 overall pins—including a first-time victory for Brian Hanafin ’12 (103 pounds)—Andover rolled on to a completely different team: Archbishop Curley. Andover battled the Maryland team in an astounding dual meet, but lost in a tough 41-30 decision. Crystal won a 15-5 major decision at 130 pounds, Gaiss had a technical fall victory at 135, and Sanderson and Stuer each recorded pins. Andover looked to rebound in their next dual. The final opponent at the tourney was Episcopal Academy, and Andover found the drive to succeed. The team worked hard to earn a 36-31 victory. Stuer (who went 3-0 on the day) and Sneider pinned their opponents, and Sanderson ended his 3-0 day with a 7-0 win. At the end of the meet, Chris Latham ’09 secured the victory with a clutch win and his overall performance earned him the Team Sportsmanship award, sponsored by Lawrenceville. Latham’s wrestling was one of the highlights of the New Jersey Tournament. The stats on the day included two pins from Stuer, Sanderson and Sneider, along with two victories each from Crystal, Gaiss, Latham and Robert Palmer. With a 3-1 record so far this year, Andover resumes its season this Saturday at Choate Rosemary Hall.