Three OA wrestlers reached the finals in the Hockomock Tournament
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Submitted to Easton Patch: Oliver Ames Senior Captain Matt Harding went undefeated in the Hockomock Tournament in North Attleboro today, and as he prepared for the title match to win the tournament championship in his weight class, he knew it wasn't just another match. Harding, his family, friends and the entire OA team knew exactly what it meant. It would represent his 100th career victory as a high school wrestler for Oliver Ames, the first wrestler in OA team history to accomplish that feat. Achieving the 100 win mark is a milestone that very few high school wrestlers ever achieve. The 100 win club is typically limited to wrestlers with very special talent and Harding has exactly that. With this milestone achieved and behind him…
Matt Harding (Class of 2011) finishes first in 189-pound weight class at Bay State Games.
Every year, the annual Bay State Games sees a growth in numbers. In the 30th edition of the summertime event (held in June and July) over 8,000 athletes in 29 different sports took the spotlight from ages 6-86. Very few come out victorious, let alone come away with a medal. Matt Harding, a member of the class of 2011 at Oliver Ames High School, recently put himself in that elite category capturing a gold medal in wrestling in the 189-pound weight class. Harding, a member of the wrestling and baseball teams at OA, basked in the moment after becoming the first athlete in school history to win a Bay State summer event. “It was mentally tiring, but it felt so good to come out with the win,” Harding reflected. “No one from the school had ever…