The Duxbury Dragons travelled to Hingham last Wednesday for a match against the Harbormen. With a win, the Dragons would have moved into a tie for first place in the Patriot League, however the Harbormen, who have seven seniors in the starting line-up, proved to be a formidable opponent, handing the Dragons a 51-21 loss.
Freshman Carter Lewis (106 pounds) began the night against a wrestler who caught him in a headlock in the opening seconds of the first period, which put him in a five-point hole. Although Lewis battled back in a great show of determination, gradually gaining points throughout the next two periods, he couldn’t make up the difference, coming up short by two points. It was a solid performance for the freshman standout.

Patrick Quilty (120 lbs.) has come back from injury in great form, winning a 8-4 decision in what was one of the more exciting matches of the evening. Although Quilty never relinquished the lead, his opponent was tough and had the backing of the rowdy crowd. However, not even the crowd could eclipse the passion displayed by coach Kyle McCarthy as he managed his athlete to a victory from the sideline.

Throughout the night Hingham’s seniors cut through the Duxbury underclassmen, but the Dragons’ upperclassmen stemmed the tide of Hingham’s momentum with big wins in the upper weight classes. The Harbormen first hit the rocks in the form of Jim Chappuis (152). Chappuis’ poise against a tough adversary proved to be the spark the Dragons needed. The senior captain’s 11 – 5 decision was followed by three great performances. Kyle Auer (170 lbs.), who continues to grow, gave a great effort in a 7-0 decision and pins by Hal Mosher (220 lbs.) and heavy weight Matt Boyle quieted Hingham’s celebration and ended the night on a high note for the Dragon wrestlers.

Although the outcome was in Hingham’s favor the horizon is bright for a young Duxbury team that will return with all but one of its starting varsity line up next year.