NEW BRITAIN - Coming out with a win is never a bad thing. That was certainly the case for the New Britain wrestling team Wednesday night.
While the Hurricanes walked away with a close 39-37 victory over Newington, the meet was still a little too close for comfort for the team. New Britain was only to win three of its matches by pins and another by decision as the Indians won more than half of them.
“Overall I think the team did pretty well,” New Britain head coach Jordan Jacquo said. “[Our wrestlers] lost some matches they shouldn't have lost. I think that has a lot to do with them not being assertive enough on the matt and them not doing what they needed to do.”
In total, there were three weight classes Jacquo thought the Hurricanes should have won and weren’t able to come out on top. And like their head coach, the wrestlers know that could prove costly in future meets and tournaments.
“We almost lost [Wednesday],” New Britain’s 195-pound wrestler Isaiah Medina said. “We need to take our shots and rack up the pins because we can’t win on just three’s.”
Sophomore and 106-pound wrestler Isahus Maldonado put the Hurricanes on the right path, pinning his opponent Duarte Cordeiro of Newington in 31 seconds.
“[Wednesday’s] match was actually very easy,” Maldonado said. “I guess my opponent was new to wrestling so it was a quick pin for me.”
Unfortunately for the Hurricanes, not all the matches were that simple.
One leading factor that swayed the dual meet was the amount of forfeits Newington had. The Indians gave up 18 points which would have been crucial game changer if Newington had the backup.
“We have to work on getting our half nelson’s and all the moves right because if we don’t do anything right it’s not going to work out for us as a team,” Maldonado said.
The Hurricanes also have to work on little things such as cardio. Some matches can be grueling and take the full three periods and as a result, endurance is extremely important for the wrestlers.
“It’s something we’re lacking,” Medina said.
But a win is a win and New Britain has started out its season with strong with five wins to just the one loss to Simsbury (53-25).
The Hurricanes next competition will be Enfield on Saturday at 8 a.m. and they’ll be looking to keep winning.