Last Wednesday night, the recently opened Quan’s Kitchen in Hanover played host to the Duxbury wrestling team’s awards banquet. Outgoing Takedown Club president, Annemarie Kates, thanked the wrestlers, coaches and parents for their support and dedication throughout the season.
As is tradition from years past, the first award of the evening was presented by long-time Duxbury resident and teacher, Mary Barclay, who along with the coaches, selected junior Brian Leddie as the 2011-2012 recipient of The Brett and Kevin Barclay award given in memory of her two sons who were former DHS wrestlers. Leddie has had the last two wrestling seasons cut short due to injury, but he should be a big contributor to the team next season. Sophomore Jim Chappuis took his share of lumps during the regular season in the 132 lbs. weight class, but finished strong with three wins at Sectionals. He was the unanimous choice for this year’s Most Improved Wrestler Award.
Junior JP Geiger was also starting to shine on the mat when he suffered a season-ending concussion. Geiger was the recipient of the Student/Athlete Award for his achievements both in the classroom and on the mat in the 138 lbs. weight class.
Even though junior Nick Kates missed most of the season with injuries, he was ever-present on the mat, coaching and cheering on his teammates. Kates was the recipient of the Coach’s Award.
Top honors went to junior Jake Genereux, who was the Most Valuable Wrestler, leading the team in wins (33 overall), pins (20), and points with 93. Genereux will compete this week in Junior Nationals to be held in Virginia Beach. Senior captain Bobby Boyle (a/k/a Mr. Duxbury) also received MVP honors for his overall value to the team as the lone captain and leader. Boyle was commended by Coach Kyle McCarthy as being one of the best captains and leaders that he has had in his four years as head coach.
Junior Owen Grey was the recipient of the John Duffy Iron Man Award. Despite battling turf toe all season, Grey had a much-improved regular season and a strong showing at D2 States. His work ethic in the weight room made him the obvious choice for this prestigious honor. Grey and Genereux look to be contenders for State titles next season.