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Wrestling Wins One, Loses Two

The team opened up its first meet against Loomis with a technical fall.

The team opened up its first meet against Loomis with a technical fall.

Miles Palmer ’23 pinned his Loomis Chaffee opponent, scoring his second pin of the day and contributing to a 59-24 win. The victory was in the team’s second meet in Saturday’s triple header at Tabor Academy. The team won its first match 49-30 against Avon Old Farms but ended the day with a 58-29 loss to Northfield Mount Hermon.

The meet against Loomis showcased a technical fall to begin the meet and five pins in its remaining matches. Andover fell short to NMH later in the day, despite having pins from Co-Captain Eamon Garrity-Rokous ’20 and Nick Buehler ’21. The team’s record now stands at 6-2 in the Class A league.

According to Garrity-Rokous, various members on the team stepped up to contribute to its success in the triple header.

“I would say Miles Palmer definitely had some memorable performances, and I think he had some hard-fought matches in which he was able to put some of his opponents on their back in a really clutch time. I’d also say Arnav [Bhakta ’22] had some great performances and I think he has done a lot over the course of the season. Nick Buehler also had some great pins that were definitely a great addition to our success as a team,” said Garrity-Rokous.

To cap off the week, Andover won 60-0 against Worcester Academy in its last home meet on Wednesday.

Garrity-Rokous attributes the team’s success in part to its ability to transfer techniques learned during practice into its matches.

“In the past weeks, we have done a great job of actually learning moves that we are being taught and are drilling during practice and we are taking those moves and actually applying them to our real live wrestling,” said Garrity-Rokous.

Heading into the Class A tournament in the Hyde School this weekend, the team looks to focus on staying tough during matches, according to Palmer.

Palmer said, “I’d say as a whole, we need to be more aggressive and when we get people on their back, we need to finish the pin. I’m really excited to see what we are going to do at Class A’s this weekend.”

The team will travel to the Hyde School in Maine on Friday, marking the start of the tournament season.