By: Jake Loomis — Correspondent
On Saturday, December 11, after facing Brookline, Lincoln-Sudbury, Mansfield, and Leominster, the Eagles record sat at 4-0. The Eagles had 46 Varsity matches (not including forfeits) and won 37 out of 46 to finish the day with an 80 percent match win rate.
Brookline pushed ahead for a little bit, but the Eagles fought back and after a big match by Heavyweight Ron Lobel gave the Eagles the momentum. Sharon went on to crush Brookline after losing to them by only one point two years ago and was looking for revenge.
Sharon then had to take on a strong Taunton team on Wednesday. Sharon won mostly all the lower weight classes by pin. As the weight moved up Taunton was slowly creeping back. By the time they got to Lobel, Sharon was down and they needed a big match out of their heavyweight. Sharon would need Lobel to win if they wanted a chance in the match, but Taunton outlasted him winning 7-6 and gaining three points for their team. After Lobel, Sharon had two more weight classes and at 106and at 113. Ashmith Yeruva got pinned and Sharon had to suffer a forfeit. Sharon would lose to Taunton, moving their record to 4-1. Senior Ben Shocket said that there’s room for improvement. “The teams been doing well overall, I mean against Taunton we got complacent and didn’t perform the best we could have and that showed when we went out there against a good hungry team,” stated Shocket.
Senior Captain Adam Landstien said that going in the team knew it was going to be a very competitive match. “We knew that we would have to stay off our backs and not get pinned. The problem was we ended up getting pinned about six times plus a forfeit we had to give up so overall not a great team performance there,” stated Landstien.
On Saturday the 18th Sharon traveled to Foxboro for a tough Quad where they had Plymouth North, Plymouth South, and Boston Latin. Sharon first beat Plymouth North, winning 54-12 and getting some major pins along the way. Sharon also got wrestler Phillip Varvack back on Saturday and in his first match against Plymouth North, he dominated his man and earned the Eagles 6 points towards their total.
Next, Sharon would face Boston Latin, one that saw Sharon pull away and win convincingly 53-30. It was also a bounce-back match for reigning Hockomock MVP Cam Birnbaum as he dropped his first match against Plymouth North and came out hungry.
Next, the Eagles would take on Plymouth South, a team that the Eagles knew would come out swinging, but Sharon pulled out to a big lead early in the match, leading 26-6. Sharon would then have some troubles as Plymouth South forged a comeback as the two teams moved towards their upper weights. When the two teams met at the 106-pound weight class it was 38-30 and Yeruva was up for the Eagles. Yeruva would end up gaining 6 points for the Eagles as he pinned his man and sealed the deal. The final score was Eagles 44 Plymouth South 36 and that meant the Eagles had gone 3-0 on the day to improve their record to 6-1 on the season.
Senior Connor Grew was happy with the way they wrestled but there is still room for improvement.“ There’s a lot of stuff that we could work on and I look forward to seeing how we develop as a team in the future”. (when asked about the loss against Taunton) it shows that we need to work a lot harder, we wrestled with a lot of spirit in that match and I think we could have done a lot better” added Grew.