The Whitman wrestling team capped off another amazing season with a third place showing at the 4A/3A State Tournament. The Vikes qualified an impressive 7 wrestlers for States.
Senior 112 pounder Sawyer Symington qualified for States for the second consecutive year. Sawyer went 1-2 in the tournament contributing to the team’s impressive 78 points.
Junior 130 pounder Eric Harder won his first two matches on Friday night to put him into the semi-finals and automatically place. There he lost to the eventual State Champ. However, Eric wrestled aggressively Saturday afternoon and won two tough matches to take third.
Junior 140 pounder Mike Harder went 2-2 in the tournament. Mike wrestled very well and missed out on placing by one match in the tournament.
Junior 145 pounder Andrew Follmann also placed in the tournament. Andrew is also a two-time state qualifier. Andrew lost his first match on Friday and wrestled all the way back to get into the 3rd/4th place match and went 4-2 in the tournament to place 4th in his weight class.
Senior 189 pounder Taylor Leighton is a four-time state qualifier!! Taylor is a three-time state placer taking 4th, 2nd, and 2nd. Taylor secured two falls in his first two matches Friday night. Taylor came back on Saturday and won his semifinal to advance to the finals for the second straight year!! Unfortunately, Taylor lost a very close match to a tough opponent 5-3. Taylor finished the year with an incredible 39-2 record!!
Senior 215 pounder Danny Lee was the fourth Whitman state placer. Danny is a three-time state qualifier and a three-time state placer. Danny placed 6th, 2nd, and 3rd the past three years. Danny won his first match by fall but then lost a tough match in triple overtime in the quarters. Danny however came back and wrestled with pride to win four straight matches on Saturday to take 3rd place. In his last match he beat the same wrestler who beat him in the quarters by wrestling very aggressive and offensive.
Junior heavyweight Ned Daryoush also wrestled very well on both days of the tournament. Ned went 2-2 in the tournament and missed placing by one match.
Congrats to the entire Viking squad for another terrific State Tournament and another highly succesful season!