48th Annual Hubie Wagner Granville Wins FH’s Lee Takes OW
18 teams landed in Middlebury, Vt. for the 48th Annual Hubie Wagner Christmas Invitational Wrestling Tournament, Sat. Dec 28, and after the finals ended, perennial participant, Granville walked away with the team trophy; followed by Essex, Mt. Abe, Bow and Newport. (See Brackets and Results) The OW award was garnered by Fairhaven’s Dylan Lee. The FH senior bested Andrew Bliss of Bow in a rematch of last years final that saw Bliss come away with the bacon. This year’s version was easily the most exciting match of the day!
Lee took a dramatic come from behind win in the third period. To see the video, click here.
To see all of the finals videos, click here.
The tournament is set up in a pool format. Everyone wrestles all of the other wrestlers in that pool. Points are derived from how you fare in your pool. The top wrestlers from each pool will compete for places.
The Big Question
The really big question of the day is why a sixty-four old man would wake up at 5 o’clock in the morning and spend 16 hours traveling and reporting about the 48th Annual Hubie Wagner Christmas Invitational Wrestling Tournament. The answer is easy…. I’m NUTS! Nuts about watching some awesome wrestling; nuts about witnessing high school athletes pouring it all out on the mat; and nuts about the tournament itself where all the participants were able to wrestle up to five matches against quality competition.
My Favorite Tournament
The Hubie Wagner has always been one of my favorite tournaments. The folks at Middlebury always strive to get the wrestlers ‘wrestling’…..not watching! The tourney was run smoothly and efficiently, they have a great concession, friendly staff, and provide some awesome hardware for the winners. Oh…..and BTW…..there are no medals for participation……just the satisfaction of knowing that you competed against some quality athletes!
One Day Format
The 48th Annual Hubie Wagner Christmas Invitational Wrestling Tournament was different in format this year. Normally it’s a two day tournament where each wrestler will compete in up to Nine matches. This year, Middlebury staff decided to run it as a one day affair because of the way Christmas and New Year fell. I must say I prefer the longer version as a good amount of the wrestlers et al stay over night and enjoy each other’s company.
As usual, the Vermont Wrestler Team was at the Hubie to provide coverage of the tourney and run the tee shirt concession which donates a portion of the proceeds to the host school and raises funds to power the Vermont Wrestler website; the soul source of wrestling news and information in the state of Vermont. When you purchase one of our shirts, you’re supporting wrestling in Vermont!