In the past two weeks the Whitman Vikings have put on two consecutive performances to capture the Montgomery County and 3A/4A West Region Tournaments.
Last week the Vikes placed 11 wrestlers among the top 6 to win the tournament. The Vikes were headlined by going 4-0 in the finals. Winning their respective weight classes were Junior Mike Harder at 140, Senior Taylor Leighton at 189, Senior Danny Lee at 215, and Junior Ned Daryoush at HWT. Both Mike and Ned beat previously undefeated wrestlers in Joe Galeano from Springbrook at 140 and Pat Teixeira from Walter Johnson at HWT. Taylor secured a fall in the finals while Danny won a tough match in overtime.
Also placing for Whitman were Sawyer Symington at 112(3rd), Dylan Symington at 119(5th), Ben D’Elia at 125(6th), Eric Harder at 130 (4th), Jordan Tritell at 135(6th), Andrew Follmann at 145 (3rd), Alex Hysong at 152(6th).
The West Region Tournament was again headlined by the finalists for the Vikings. Harder, Leighton, Lee, and Daryoush once again advanced to the finals, securing their spot in the State Tournament at Cole Field House. Joining that quartet in the finals was Junior Andrew Follmann at 145. Follmann avenged a county tournament loss to Garrett Hoover from Paint Branch in the semifinals of the region to advance to the finals. Winning in the finals in the Region were once again Harder, Leighton and Lee. Mike Harder won a thrilling match with a takedown with less than 15 seconds to go in the third and held on for the victory. Leighton again secured a fall in the finals while Lee avenged one of his two losses this season. Lee lost to Bernard Wolley from Seneca Valley in the Mad Mats Tournament finals and beat him in the finals this weekend.
Also placing in the top four and advancing to the State Tournament were third place finisher Sawyer Symington at 112 and third place finisher Eric Harder at 130. Both Dylan Symington and Alex Hysong placed 5th at 119 and 152 respectively. Each are the first alternates to go to States should someone in their weight class not be able to wrestle.
Please come out and watch the Whitman wrestlers at Cole Field House at the University of Maryland this Friday and Saturday!!